CITYCON OYJ Inside information 18 November 2019 at 18:40 hrs
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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES TO THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION THAT QUALIFIED OR MAY HAVE QUALIFIED AS INSIDE INFORMATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 7(1) OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014
Citycon Oyj (“Citycon”) issues EUR 350 million green capital securities (“Capital Securities”). The Capital Securities will bear interest at a fixed interest rate of 4.496 per cent per annum until the reset date 22 February 2025 (“First Reset Date”) and thereafter, the interest rate will reset on each fifth (5th) anniversary. The Capital Securities do not have a specified maturity date but Citycon is entitled to redeem the Capital Securities on any of the 90 days up to and including the First Reset Date, and subsequently, on each annual interest payment date. The issue date is expected to be on or around 22 November 2019.
Citycon has applied for the Capital Securities to be admitted to the Official List of the Irish Stock Exchange, trading as Euronext Dublin, and to trading on its regulated market.
The Capital Securities are subordinated to certain other debt obligations and are treated as equity in Citycon’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS. The Capital Securities do not confer on their holders the rights of a shareholder nor do they dilute the holdings of the current shareholders.
An amount equal to the net proceeds from the issuance of Capital Securities is intended to be allocated to the (re)financing of new or existing assets, developments or projects that meet Citycon’s green financing framework requirements. Citycon expects to apply a portion of the net proceeds of the issue to purchasing certain euro-denominated bonds issued by the Citycon Group which are validly tendered and accepted for purchase in accordance with the tender offers launched by Citycon on 7 November 2019, to the repayment and repurchase of the existing indebtedness of the Citycon Group, including purchasing certain NOK-denominated bonds, and for general corporate purposes (including investments, acquisitions and development projects).
Citycon’s green financing framework reflects practices that support the transition to a sustainable and low carbon economy through the development of green assets. Proceeds allocated in accordance with the framework will be used to finance or re-finance eligible green assets in categories green buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy or waste management.
CFO and Executive Vice President Eero Sihvonen: “We are pleased with the successful execution of this transaction, which is an important milestone in strengthening our credit profile. The capital securities were issued under Citycon’s Green Financing Framework, which integrates Citycon’s sustainability targets with our financing activities. The green capital securities were placed to a broad base of European investors.”
Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Danske Bank A/S, Swedbank AB (publ) and UBS Europe SE acted as joint bookrunners.
For further information, please contact:
Executive VP and CFO
Tel. +358 50 557 9137
IR and Communications Director
Tel. +358 40 838 0709
Citycon is a leading owner, manager and developer of urban, grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic region, managing assets that total approximately EUR 4.4 billion. Citycon is the number one shopping centre owner in Finland and among the market leaders in Norway, Sweden and Estonia. Citycon has also established a foothold in Denmark.
Citycon has investment-grade credit ratings from Moody's (Baa3) and Standard & Poor's (BBB-). Citycon Oyj’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. stock exchange.
Important regulatory notice
This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, an offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction nor shall it (or any part of this announcement) or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, or act as any inducement to enter into, any contract or commitment. Recipients of this announcement who intend to purchase any securities are reminded that any such purchase or subscription must be made solely on the basis of the information contained in any final form prospectus published in connection with any such securities, which if and when published will be available on the website of the Central Bank of Ireland. The transaction described above and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the transaction in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
This communication is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction where to do so would be unlawful. Citycon Oyj has not registered, or does not intend to register, securities in any of these jurisdictions or to conduct an offer of securities for sale in any of these jurisdictions. In particular, no securities of Citycon Oyj have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and such securities may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable state securities laws.
MiFID II professionals/ECPs-only - 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 not available to retail in EEA.
This announcement is directed only at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom (ii) to investment professionals falling within the definition of "investment professionals" under Article 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons in (i), (ii) and (iii) above together being referred to as "relevant persons").
The Capital Securities may not be offered or sold, or be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than (a) to an institutional investor (as defined in section 4a of the Securities and Futures Act (chapter 289 of Singapore), as modified or amended from time to time (the “SFA”)) pursuant to section 274 of the SFA, (b) to a relevant person (as defined in section 275(2) of the SFA) pursuant to section 275(1) of the SFA, or any person pursuant to section 275(1a) of the SFA, and in accordance with the conditions specified in section 275 of the SFA, or (c) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.
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