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METINVEST MINING AND METALLURGICAL GROUP PLACES $500 MLN EUROBONDS

Metinvest mining and metallurgical group has placed 10-year $500 million eurobonds at 7.95% per annum and five year EUR 300 million eurobonds at 5.75% per annum, a source in banking circles has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The total demand for both tranches amounted to more than $1.1 billion in U.S. dollar equivalent.
The benchmark yield on bonds in U.S. dollars was 7.75-7.99% per annum, in euros – 5.75% per annum.
Metinvest held meetings with investors in the United States, the United Kingdom and continental Europe from September 18 through September 27.
Metinvest said on Tuesday that its offer of September 17 for a cash buyback on the amount of $440 million from $944.515 eurobonds due in 2023 with 7.75% coupon as part of the new bond issue was answered by holders of $639.391 million eurobonds.
According to the terms of the offer, other eurobond holders can still apply for redemption until October 15, inclusive, but they will no longer receive a 3% premium for early applications.
“The purpose of the offer is the proactive management of debt repayment, extending the maturity of the debt and reducing refinancing risks,” Metinvest said.
The buyback price for those who agree to sell before September 30 is 106% of the face value plus accrued interest. The results of the offer are to be summarized on around October 16 in order to carry out all settlements on October 17.

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METINVEST MINING AND METALLURGICAL GROUP ON OFFER FOR BUYBACK OF EUROBONDS GETS BIDS FOR $639.4 MLN

Metinvest Mining and Metallurgical Group, which on September 17 announced an offer to buy back $440 million eurobonds from the $944.515 million issue with maturity in 2023 and a 7.75% coupon and issue new bonds, has received bids for buyback from eurobond holders for $639.391 million. “The estimated scaling factor is approximately 71.265%,” Metinvest reported on the Irish Stock Exchange. According to the terms of the offer, other eurobond holders can still apply for redemption until October 15, inclusive, but they will no longer receive a 3% premium for early applications.
“The purpose of the offer is the proactive management of debt repayment, extending the maturity of the debt and reducing refinancing risks,” Metinvest said.
The buyback price for those who agree to sell before September 30 is 106% of the face value plus accrued interest.
The pricing of new eurobonds is preliminarily scheduled for October 1, the results of the offer are summarized on around October 16 in order to carry out all settlements on October 17.
A source in banking circles told Interfax-Ukraine that Metinvest had held meetings with investors in the United States, Great Britain and continental Europe from September 18 to September 27. The organizers are Deutsche Bank, Natixis and UniCredit. The company intends to place dollar-denominated eurobonds with a maturity of eight to ten years, and will also consider the possibility of a tranche in euros for five to seven years.

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UKRAINE’S KERNEL PLANS TO PLACE $300-350 MLN EUROBONDS

Kernel Holding S.A. (Luxembourg), the holding company of Ukraine’s Kernel agricultural and industrial group, plans to place $300-350 million eurobonds (loan participation notes, LPN), a source in banking circles has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The company intends to hold a conference call with investors on October 1, and meetings in London and New York on October 2. The organizers of the transaction are JP Morgan and ING.
Kernel plans to place either eurobonds with a maturity of five years and a call option after three years, or seven-year eurobonds with a call option after four years.
Kernel is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sunflower oil, the leading producer and supplier of agricultural goods from the Black Sea region to the world markets.

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UKRAINE REPAYS $110.7 MLN ON 2032 EUROBONDS – FINANCE MINISTRY

The Finance Ministry of Ukraine on September 25 repaid the fourth coupon on eurobonds with maturity until 2032, the agency has told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the total payment amounted to $110.625 million.
As reported, Ukraine in September 2017 placed 15-year eurobonds worth $3 billion, including $1.682 billion for the exchange or redemption of eurobonds maturing in 2019 and 2020, which were issued as part of debt restructuring in 2015, and payment of accrued interest on them.
New eurobonds have an interest rate of 7.375% per annum. Coupon payment is carried out once every six months on March 25 and September 25.
Their repayment is scheduled in equal parts in the amount of 25% of the principal amount on March 25 and September 25, 2031, on March 25 and September 25, 2032.

STATE-RUN UKRZALIZNYTSIA PAYS $150 MLN DEBT ON EUROBONDS

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Kyiv) has made another payment on eurobonds in the amount of $150 million, head of the company Yevhen Kravtsov said on his Facebook page. He noted that in 2019 the company already paid off 60% of the principal amount ($300 million) on eurobonds raised in 2013. Ukrzaliznytsia intends to repay the remaining $200 million in the next two years.

“This is the second payment this year. We are paying on schedule,” Kravtsov added.

As reported, in March 2019 Ukrzaliznytsia repaid the first part of its $150 million eurobonds and paid coupon income on them, receiving funds for these purposes at Oschadbank and the State Agency of Ukraine for Infrastructure Projects.

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EBRD BUYS ONE-FIFTH OF EUROBONDS ISSUED BY NAFTOGAZ FOR EUR 600 MLN

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has acquired one-fifth (for EUR 120 million) of five-year eurobonds issued by Naftogaz in the amount of EUR 600 million, the bank has said.
“The eurobond proceeds are issued for general corporate purposes including the financing of gas purchases. The bank’s financing will be used exclusively for gas purchases. The transaction will contribute to Ukraine’s energy security, ensuring procurement of natural gas for the upcoming 2019/2020 winter heating season in the country,” the bank said on its website.
As reported, on July 12 Naftogaz Ukrainy placed two tranches of eurobonds denominated in euros and U.S. dollars: EUR 600 million for five years at 7.125% and $335 million at 7.375% per annum for three years. The anchor investors of the issue were the EBRD and a number of U.S. investors. The initial benchmark yield of dollar eurobonds was about 7.75%, eurobonds in euros about 7.5%.
Earlier, Naftogaz announced the need to urgently raise funds for the accumulation of increased volume of gas in storage facilities for winter – 20 billion cubic meters to be ready for a possible termination of transit by Gazprom from January 1, 2020 and strengthen its position in negotiations with the Russian gas monopoly.

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