SGL Carbon SE has today successfully placed EUR 250 million in aggregate principal amount of its 4.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (the “Notes”). The transaction was several times oversubscribed.
SGL Carbon plans to use the proceeds, together with cash on hand, to prefund its existing convertible bonds due 2020 (the “2020 Convertible Bonds”), for repayment of the existing SGL ACF loan related to the BMW Joint Venture, and to pay related costs and expenses. In connection with the prefunding of the 2020 Convertible Bonds, SGL Carbon intends to deposit a portion of the proceeds from the offering of the Notes, representing the aggregate amount of principal and interest that will be due under the 2020 Convertible Bonds until their maturity, into an escrow account that will be pledged for the benefit of the holders of the 2020 Convertible Bonds.
The Notes will be issued at par. The transaction is expected to close on April 10, 2019.
SKion GmbH, one of SGL Carbon’s major shareholders, purchased EUR 25 million of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes in the offering.
About SGL Carbon
SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and world leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in industrial sectors that determine the future: automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems. In addition, SGL Carbon develops solutions for chemical and industrial applications.
In 2018, SGL Carbon generated sales of around 1 billion euros. As of December 31, 2018, the company had approximately 5,000 employees worldwide in 33 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Materials, products and solutions from SGL Carbon are embedded in the major topics of the future: sustainable mobility, new energies and cross-industry digitization. Further developments in these areas demand more intelligent, more efficient, networked and sustainable solutions. This is where the entrepreneurial vision of SGL Carbon evolves around: contributing to a smarter world.
Further information on SGL Carbon can be found at www.sglcarbon.com/press.
The Notes were offered in a private placement only to non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or unless pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any other applicable securities laws. This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
This announcement does not constitute and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC of the Parliament and Council of November 4, 2003, as implemented by the Member States of the European Economic Area (the “Prospectus Directive”). The offer and sale of the Notes was made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Directive, as implemented in Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA), from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities.
Manufacturer target market (MIFID II product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as the offering is not available to retail investors in EEA.
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SGL Carbon SE
Andreas Pütz – Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing