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Principal amount increased to €500 million at 4.5% coupon
Revolving credit facility of €150 million approved
Dublin, 7 June 2016: eir announced today the pricing of the offering by its subsidiary eircom Finance DAC of senior secured notes due 2022 in an aggregate principal amount of €500 million. The principal amount has been upsized from the €350 million initially sought. The new notes will bear an interest rate of 4.5%.
The proceeds will be used to refinance the existing €350 million senior secured notes which had a maturity date in 2020 and a coupon of 9.25%. The incremental proceeds will be used to repay part of eir's senior debt facility.
eir CEO Richard Moat, said, "the solid execution of our strategy over the last three years has delivered a strong turnaround in the performance of our business. The successful outcome of this transaction reflects market acknowledgement of our progress, and the significant appetite which exists to invest in our company."
Furthermore, as of the close of business on 6 June, 2016, eir had obtained the requisite consent from the company's lenders to effect the introduction of a €150m revolving credit facility (RCF), which further strengthens eir's liquidity sources.
eir CFO Huib Costermans, said, "These transactions reflect the improvement of our financial performance and the positive future outlook for the business. The bond refinancing aligns the maturity date of all of our securities in 2022, and will generate close to €17 million in annual interest savings. Together with the RCF that we are putting in place, we have secured much greater flexibility in our capital structure."
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