Pricing of Inaugural Hybrid
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Further to its announcement on 17 November 2020, National Express Group PLC announces that it has launched and successfully priced a £500 million 4.250% hybrid instrument, with an order book from investors approximately 8x oversubscribed. The Reg S GBP PerpNC5.25 hybrid has been rated Ba1 by Moody's and BB+ by Fitch (with 50% equity credit from both).
The net proceeds of the offering will be used to partly refinance existing debt. The hybrid instrument (accounted for as 100% equity under IFRS) reinforces the Group's balance sheet strength, creates significantly more gearing and interest cover covenant headroom, supports the Group's investment grade credit rating and provides ongoing financial flexibility to position the business strongly through 2021 and beyond.
The offering will accelerate a reduction in gearing towards the Group's target range of 1.5-2.0x. Both Moody's and Fitch have reaffirmed the Group's investment grade credit rating including consideration for the issuance of the hybrid instrument.
BNP Paribas and BofA Securities are joint structuring agents and BNP Paribas, BofA Securities, MUFG and Santander Corporate & Investment Banking are active bookrunners.
National Express Group PLC
Chris Davies, Group Finance Director
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Anthony Vigor, Director of Policy and External Affairs
Louise Richardson, Head of Investor Relations
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The person responsible for releasing this announcement is Jennifer Myram, Company Secretary.
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