Sandvika, October 2, 2009, REC has successfully completed issue of the convertible bond announced earlier today. REC announces the pricing of its convertible bond of EUR 320 million. REC intends to use the proceeds from the issue for general corporate purposes. The subordinated unsecured convertible bonds will have an annual coupon of 6.50 percent, payable quarterly in arrear on the specified payment dates and a conversion price of EUR 6.4938 representing a conversion premium of 30 (...)
Sandvika, October 2, 2009, REC has successfully completed issue of the convertible bond announced earlier today.
REC announces the pricing of its convertible bond of EUR 320 million. REC intends to use the proceeds from the issue for general corporate purposes.
The subordinated unsecured convertible bonds will have an annual coupon of 6.50 percent, payable quarterly in arrear on the specified payment dates and a conversion price of EUR 6.4938 representing a conversion premium of 30 percent over the reference price of EUR 4.9952 (NOK 42.3040). The applicable EUR: NOK exchange rate has been set at 8.4690
The Bonds will be issued and redeemed at 100 percent of their principal amount and will, unless previously redeemed, converted or purchased and cancelled, mature on June 4, 2014.
REC shall have the right to convert the Bonds into ordinary shares at any time on or after January 4, 2013, provided that the value of the underlying shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange (translated into EUR) on at least twenty trading days within a period of thirty consecutive trading days has exceeded 150 percent of the principal amount of the outstanding Bonds.
The Bonds are expected to be settled on or around October 13, 2009. REC may decide to list the Bonds on an exchange at a later stage.
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