ABB lanserar framgångsrikt obligationer i euro och pund

2002-05-16 – ABB Ltd meddelar idag att dotterbolaget ABB International Finance Limited lanserade och prissatte kombinerade obligationer på 500 miljoner euro med en löptid på fem och ett halvt år samt en obligation på 200 miljoner brittiska pund med en löptid på sju år. Inkomsterna från försäljningen väntas mottas 29 maj 2002.

Ytterligare ett viktigt steg slutfört: företagets finansiella strategi går enligt plan

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”Vi har slutfört ytterligare ett viktigt steg i genomförandet av vår finansiella strategi,” säger Peter Voser, ABB:s ekonomi- och finanschef. ”Vi omförhandlade framgångsrikt vår bankkredit på 3 miljarder USD, vi placerade konvertibla obligationer värda 968 MUSD i slutet av april och vi har nu tagit in ungefär ytterligare 750 MUSD i obligationslån.”

Voser sade att inkomsterna från obligationerna och från de konvertibla obligationerna ska användas för att i förtid betala tillbaka den justerade bankkrediten, vilken ej är utnyttjad fullt ut. ABB har förpliktat sig att betala tillbaka bankkrediten i mitten av december 2002.

”Vi betalar tillbaka bankkrediten enligt tidplan som överenskommet med våra relationsbanker,” säger Voser.

ABB:s finansiella strategi syftar till att förlänga skuldsättningens förfalloprofil.

ABB bekräftade att företaget för långt framskridna förhandlingar med ett antal parter om att sälja verksamheten Structured Finance, en del av divisionen Financial Services. Slutförandet väntas ske under tredje kvartalet. Tillsammans med intäkter från fastighetsförsäljning ska inkomsterna användas för att fullt ut betala tillbaka bankkrediten under 2002.

Obligationserbjudandet leds av Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston och Schroder Salomon Smith Barney.

ABB (www.abb.com) är världsledande inom kraft- och automationsteknik. Våra lösningar förbättrar prestanda och minimerar miljöpåverkan för energiföretag och industrier. ABB har 152 000 medarbetare i mer än 100 länder.

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