Successful placement of Lufthansa benchmark bond
Coupon fixed at 6.75% / issue fivefold over-subscribed
Deutsche Lufthansa AG successfully concluded the placement of a five-year 850 Million Euro benchmark bond, herewith securing further long term financing. The 6.75% bond, which is due 24 March 2014, had a re-offer price of 99.555% to give a spread of mid swaps plus 410 basis points. The issue was fivefold over-subscribed.
Joint Bookrunners were Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Société Générale. The transaction has been launched off Lufthansa’s Debt Issuance Programme. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Lufthansa is currently the only European airline with an investment grade rating (Moodys: Baa3 stable outlook; S&P: BBB negative outlook). The scale and terms negotiated impressively underline Lufthansa´s solid financial profile. Lufthansa is to utilise the capital raised in the bond issue for general corporate purposes.
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