Schaeffler plans investment grade bonds
2019-03-06 | Herzogenaurach
Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler plans to issue investment grade bonds on the basis of its full year figures for 2018 and depending on market conditions. Schaeffler established a debt issuance program with a program volume of up to EUR 5 billion for the issuance of investment grade bonds on the debt capital markets.
Since last year, Schaeffler is rated investment grade by all three internationally recognized rating agencies Fitch (“BBB-“), Moody’s (“Baa3”) and Standard & Poors (“BBB-“). These ratings confirm the strong balance sheet and the capital strength of the Schaeffler Group.
The Group’s financing structure currently consists of syndicated bank loans and partly callable high yield bonds. The transformation of the financing structure and the long-term establishment as investment grade rated company create further operational and financial flexibility to support the implementation of Schaeffler’s growth strategy.
Dietmar Heinrich, Chief Financial Officer of the Schaeffler AG, said: “The Schaeffler Group has consistently further developed its financing structure in recent years. With the planned issuance of investment grade bonds, we are continuing along this path and want to establish ourselves in this market segment in the long term.”
This announcement does not constitute an offer to buy, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities of Schaeffler AG or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Schaeffler AG. The purchase or subscription of bonds of Schaeffler AG must only take place on the basis of an approved securities prospectus.
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