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Groupe Casino - Refinancing plan: Casino Group has completed the transaction strengthening its liquidity and financial structure

Groupe Casino

Refinancing plan: Casino Group has completed the transaction strengthening its liquidity and financial structure  

Paris, 21 November 2019,

Yesterday, Casino Group completed its refinancing plan announced on 22 October that strengthens its liquidity and financial structure.

The closing of the transactions allows the Group to fully concentrate on reaching its operating, financial and strategic objectives, as well as on executing its asset disposal plan.

This plan included two transactions:

  • raising €1.8bn of financing, of which a €1,000m1 Term Loan B (“TLB”) and a €800m secured high yield bond2, both maturing in January 2024,
  • extending €2bn of confirmed credit lines in France (« RCF »), maturing in October 2023.

The receipt of the TLB proceeds and the issue of the secured high yield bond yesterday, have enabled the Group to:

  • finance the buyback offer on the bonds maturing in 2020, 2021 et 2022 for a total cash amount of €806m,
  • repay the drawn credit lines to date for a total amount of €630m, and
  • pay the fees and commissions related to the transaction.

The €290m3 remaining amount has been placed on a segregated account, dedicated to debt repayment.

This transaction has extended the debt maturity4 to 3.8 years, against 3.3 years before the transaction.

The extension of the confirmed credit lines into the new €2bn RCF brings the amount of the Group’s undrawn confirmed credit lines in France to €2.3bn. The average maturity of these lines is now 3.6 years, against 1.6 years before the transaction.

This press release constitutes a public disclosure of inside information by the Group under Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (16 April 2014) and Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2016/1055 (10 June 2016).

Forward-Looking Statements

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The forward-looking statements and information contained in this announcement are made as of the date hereof and the Group undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or

+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

 PRESS CONTACTS
Casino Group – Direction of Communication
Stéphanie ABADIE - sabadie@groupe-casino.fr - +33 (0)6 26 27 37 05

or

+33(0)1 53 65 24 78 - directiondelacommunication@groupe-casino.fr

Agence IMAGE 7
Karine ALLOUIS  -  +33(0)1 53 70 74 84 - kallouis@image7.fr
Flore LARGER – Tel : +33(0)6 33 13 41 50 - flarger@image7.fr




 

1 Issued at 1% discount, i.e. €990M received by the Group


 

2 Issued by Quatrim, a 100% indirectly-owned subsidiary of Casino, Guichard-Perrachon


 

3 Bond and term loan


 

4 Including c. €100M to repay the Segisor loan



 

 

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