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INEOS to repay all of the Term Loan B as well as a portion of the Term Loan C and will have no further significant maturity of term debt until June 2014

INEOS increases its bond offer from $850 million to approximately $1.65 billion on the back of strong demand. 

INEOS to repay all of the Term Loan B as well as a portion of the Term Loan C and will have no further significant maturity of term debt until June 2014.

John Reece, CFO INEOS Capital says: “This is a significant vote of confidence in the ongoing performance of INEOS”.

INEOS Group Holdings S.A. (“INEOS”) announced today that its indirect, wholly-owned, finance subsidiary, INEOS Finance plc, had completed the pricing of its offering of U.S. dollar-denominated fixed rate and euro-denominated floating rate senior secured notes due 2019 (the “Notes”). 

The Notes, in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $1.65 billion equivalent, priced at $1 billion at 8 ⅜% and €500 million at EURIBOR plus 600bps, with a EURIBOR floor of 125bps.

The increase in the aggregate principal amount of the offering from the $850 million equivalent, initially announced at launch of the offering, to approximately $1.65 billion equivalent, is a reflection of the very strong demand for the Notes, both in Europe and the US. 

The net proceeds of the offering will be used to prepay all of the Term Loan B, as well as a portion of the Term Loan C, outstanding under a bank facilities agreement dated 12 May 2010, putting the INEOS Group in a stronger financial position as trading continues to improve. The next significant instalment of term debt under this facilities agreement does not become due until 30 June 2014.

John Reece, CFO INEOS Capital said today: “This is again a significant vote of confidence in INEOS. Although our aim was to raise $850m, in the end this was extended to approximately $1.65bn. The market is clearly encouraged by the continued performance of the INEOS Group and its ability to deliver its business plan. INEOS continues to perform very well during difficult economic conditions. It has delivered a strong performance in 2011 and is already seeing a positive start to 2012. In combination with our continued focus on cash management and liquidity we have significantly de-levered the Group.

The Notes were assigned a Ba3 rating from Moody’s and a B rating by Standard & Poor’s. 

Barclays Capital and J.P. Morgan acted as joint global coordinators and bookrunning managers for the issue and BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC, Lloyds Securities, Morgan Stanley and UBS Investment Bank acted as bookrunning managers for the issue. 

Ondra Partners advised INEOS in connection with the fund raising. 

For further information, please contact:

Richard Longden Tel: +41 (0) 21 627 7063 

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