The transaction, placed with institutional investors following a series of meetings in the main European market places, was three times over-subscribed.
For Nicolas Dufourcq, Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer: “This transaction enables Capgemini to diversify its funding sources by targeting a new category of investors. Despite difficult market conditions, our inaugural issue generated strong demand from investors, demonstrating their interest and confidence in the sector of IT services, which has so far been underrepresented in the euro bond market”.
In accordance with the objectives set by Capgemini on the presentation of its 3rd quarter revenues, this transaction enables the Group to strengthen its financial flexibility and extend the average maturity of its debt. Capgemini thereby anticipates the now likely redemption of its June 2005 issue of bonds convertible/exchangeable into new or existing shares (OCEANE) maturing on January 1, 2012. Furthermore this has been achieved without a significant increase in the interest expense recognized in the Group’s consolidated accounts. Indeed, the OCEANE bond issue – which in case of conversion could lead to the creation of around 12 million shares – generated a €26 million consolidated charge 2010.
In addition, the loan is rated “BBB-” by the international rating agency Standard & Poor’s in the Investment Grade category, with a stable outlook.
BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd., HSBC and Société Générale were the lead banks for this bond issue.
Copies of the prospectus concerning the transaction, filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des marchés financiers, AMF) on November 25, 2011 under the number n°11-546, may be obtained free of charge from the head office of Cap Gemini. The prospectus may also be consulted on the Capgemini website (www.capgemini.com/investor/press) and the AMF website (www.amf-france.org).
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