OBERNDORF, Germany, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Heckler & Koch GmbH in Oberndorf/N issued a bond with a volume of 295 million euros on the international capital markets. The bond's purpose is twofold: firstly to supersede the existing bond over 120 million Euros placed by Heckler & Koch GmbH, which is due to mature on 15 July 2011, and secondly, to use the available funds to acquire a payment in kind loan (PIK) of the Heckler & Koch Beteiligungs GmbH, which is due in April 2013.
The bond was oversubscribed and was sold to a broad group of European and U.S. investors. The note has an interest rate of 9.5% and runs until 2018. Citigroup, London, led the placement as the sole global coordinator and book runner, together with Close Brothers Seydler Bank AG, Frankfurt, as joint lead manager.
Shareholders and the management of Heckler & Koch underline that the clear financial structure created with the bond ensures long-term stability. On this basis, further steps to optimize the group structure and the accrual of further capital are planned, which is to reduce company debt and the leverage of the group in the medium-term.
Rating agencies react positively
Moody's and Standard & Poor's have positively rated the transaction by announcing rating upgrades to Caa1 (Moody's) respectively a bond rating of CCC+ (S&P).
2010 with very good results
In 2010, Heckler & Koch GmbH again increased revenue and profit, continuing the successful growth path of the past years. The revenue increased by 5 percent compared to 2009 to 247 million Euros. Operative earnings (EBIT) of 51.8 million Euros were about 30 percent above those of the previous year. The EBITDA figure, important for all aspects of refinancing, was 61 million Euros in 2010 and reached 24 percent of revenue. The net gain after taxes obtained for 2010 is at 30 million Euros.
About Heckler & Koch
Heckler & Koch, in operation for more than 60 years, is a leading European manufacturer of small arms with a premium-quality product portfolio for NATO armed forces and their allies. Heckler & Koch designs, produces and distributes small arms, including rifles, side arms, fully automatic weapons, grenade launchers and a variety of other related products.
Important Regulatory Notice
This announcement does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The Notes mentioned herein (and the guarantees thereof) have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"). The Notes (and the guarantees thereof) may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There will be no public offer of the Notes (and the guarantees thereof) in the United States.
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