Technip announces euro bond offering
Technip announces its intention to issue a Euro bond with a value of at least € 500 million to be offered to institutional investors outside the United States in an international private placement and to be listed only on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Funds raised by this bond will be used to reinforce the Group’s financial means and allow it to continue its development. The Group decided to reinforce its financial structure without waiting for the 2006 maturity of its outstanding convertible bond by taking advantage of the historically low long-term interest rate environment.
Technip, after having successfully refinanced its existing bank credit lines last week with a new five-year € 850 million syndicated revolving credit facility, specifies that it has no current plans to increase its capital expenditure program or to make any significant acquisitions.
The bond offering is expected to be placed during the coming weeks and will be underwritten by a syndicate of international investment banks.
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of offers to purchase or subscribe for, securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. This notice is issued pursuant to Rule 135c of the Securities Act of 1933.
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This announcement does not constitute or form part of an offer or solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for securities in France. The Notes may not and will not be offered or sold to the public in France except to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) acting for their own account, all as defined in, and in accordance with, Article L. 411 2 of the Code Monétaire et Financier and Decree no. 98 880 dated October 1, 1998.
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With a workforce of about 19,000 persons, Technip ranks among the top five corporations in the field of oil, gas and petrochemical engineering, construction and services. Headquartered in Paris, the Group is listed in New York and Paris. The Group’s main engineering and business centers are located in France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the United States, Brazil, Abu-Dhabi, China, India, Malaysia and Australia. The Group has high-quality industrial and construction facilities in France, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Finland and Angola as well as a world-class fleet of offshore construction vessels.
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