Air Berlin announces an exchange offer for its convertible bonds due in 2019 and seeks to raise an additional amount of up to EUR 85 million by the issuance of new convertible bonds
Amsterdam, 9 February 2017 – Air Berlin Finance B.V. announces that it intends to (i) invite holders of its existing 6.00% guaranteed convertible bonds due 6 March 2019 (ISIN DE000A1HGM38) with an outstanding principal amount of EUR 140 million convertible into ordinary registered shares of Air Berlin PLC at a conversion price currently set at EUR 2.11 to exchange such bonds for new guaranteed convertible bonds and (ii) raise an additional amount of up to EUR 85 million from an additional offering of the new convertible bonds.
To this effect Air Berlin Finance B.V. intends to issue new convertible bonds guaranteed by Air Berlin PLC in an aggregate principal amount of up to EUR 125 million due 6 March 2019. The new convertible bonds will have a coupon of 8.50% per annum (payable quarterly) and the initial conversion price will be set at EUR 1.15. The holders of the new convertible bonds will have a right to require Air Berlin Finance B.V. to redeem the new convertible bonds on 29 December 2017 against payment of cash (while the holders of the existing convertible bonds have the right to request Air Berlin B.V. to redeem the bonds on 6 March 2017). The new convertible bonds will be issued in denominations of EUR 100,000.
The exchange offer ratio is 1:1. Air Berlin Finance B.V. intends to issue the additional new convertible bonds at an issue price of 100%, having the same terms as the new convertible bonds to be issued under the exchange offer. Air Berlin PLC intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the additional convertible bonds for refinancing and general corporate purposes.
Subject to an early closure, the exchange and subscription period begins on 9 February 2017 and ends on 17 February 2017.
Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. has notified Air Berlin Finance B.V. that it intends to offer its entire holding of EUR 40 million of the existing convertible bonds for exchange into the new convertible bonds. Furthermore, in order to support the offering of the new convertible bonds, Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. will enter into a total return swap with HSBC Bank plc, who acts as Dealer Manager, Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner, in respect of a proportion of the new convertible bonds. The notional amount of the new convertible bonds that will be subject to the total return swap will be determined following the expiration of the exchange offer period.
The issue and settlement of the new convertible bonds are expected to occur on or around 22 February 2017.
Air Berlin PLC and Air Berlin Finance B.V. intend to apply for the new convertible bonds to be included in the Quotation Board segment of the Open Market (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Air Berlin PLC and Air Berlin Finance B.V. have agreed to a lock-up for three months from the settlement date, subject to customary exemptions.
Person making the notification:
Michelle Johnson, Director
Air Berlin Finance B.V., De entree 99 – 197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands; ISIN DE000A0NQ9H6 (Convertible Bonds 2007), Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange; ISIN DE000A1HGM38 (Convertible Bonds 2013), Open Market Frankfurt Stock Exchange
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