September 20, 2023
Successfully priced €450 million in new notes with 5-year maturity
Proceeds will be used to purchase notes due october 2024 and december 2025, extending Webuild's overall debt maturity
MILAN, 20 September 2023 – Webuild S.p.A. (“Webuild” or the “Company”) hereby announces the conditions of the new unsecured fixed-rate senior notes (the “New Notes”), whose net proceeds will be used for: (i) repayment of the existing indebtedness of the Company, also through the purchase by the Company of part of the following notes denominated: (a) “€500,000,000 1.750 per cent. Notes due 26 October 2024” (ISIN: XS1707063589), whose outstanding principal amount is currently equal to €500 million (the “2024 Notes”) and (b) “€750,000,000 5.875 per cent. Notes due 15 December 2025” (ISIN: XS2271356201), whose outstanding principal amount is currently equal to €750 million (the “2025 Notes”), pursuant to the tender offer launched by the Company on 18 September 2023 (the “Tender Offer”) and (ii) general corporate purposes of the Webuild Group.
The aggregate nominal amount of the New Notes is equal to €450 million, with a subscription price equal to 98.982% of their nominal amount. The New Notes maturity date is 27 September 2028 and the New Notes annual coupon is 7%.
The results obtained from this new operation show a strong recognition of Webuild on the part of the national and international financial community, with interest coming from more than 100 investors, and orders covering around 2 times the book, that allowed a lower coupon rate than originally proposed. Demand from international investors was significant, more than 85% of the total, coming especially from United Kingdom, France and Germany.
The New Notes issue allows Webuild to manage ahead of time the next main maturity on corporate debt, scheduled for October 2024. The transaction contributed to improve the corporate debt profile, by extending the average debt maturity.
The New Notes are offered to qualified investors only, excluding any placement in the United States of America and other selected countries and will be listed on the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin.
The issue of the New Notes is expected to occur on 27 September 2023 and the purchase of the 2024 Notes and 2025 Notes accepted in the Tender Offer by the Company is expected to occur on 29 September 2023.
BNP Paribas, BofA Securities Europe SA, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC Continental Europe, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (IMI CIB Division), Natixis and UniCredit act as Joint Lead Managers.
No action has been taken by the Company, the aforementioned banks or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this press release or any publicity material relating to the securities in any jurisdiction where action for such purposes is required. Persons into whose possession this press release comes are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
This press release shall not be distributed, whether directly or indirectly, in the United States of America (as defined in Regulation S contained in the US Securities Act of 1933, as subsequently amended - “US Securities Act”) or in any other country where the offer or the sale would be forbidden by the law. This press release is not, and is not part of, an offer or sale of securities to the public or a solicitation to purchase or sell securities, and there will be no offer of securities or solicitation to sell or purchase securities in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation would be forbidden by the law. The securities mentioned in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States of America without a registration or a specific exemption from registration under the US Securities Act. No offers of the securities to the public or solicitation to sell or purchase securities shall be made in the United States of America or in any other country.
Furthermore, in the United Kingdom this press release is only being distributed to and is only directed at persons who (i) are outside of the United Kingdom or (ii) have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”); or (iii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (“high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc.”) of the Order; or (iv) are persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the FSMA) in connection with the issue or sale of any securities may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “Relevant Persons”). Any investment activity to which this communication may relate is only available to, and any invitation, offer, or agreement to engage in such investment activity will be engaged in only with, Relevant Persons. Any person who is not a Relevant Person should not rely on this press release or any of its contents.
Any documentation relating to the New Notes will not be submitted to CONSOB (the Italian Securities Exchange Commission) for approval pursuant to the applicable laws and regulations. Therefore, the New Notes may not be offered, sold or distributed to the public in the territory of the Republic of Italy, other than to qualified investors, as defined by Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”) and the applicable Italian laws, and in other circumstances which are exempted from the rules on public offers pursuant to Article 1 of the Prospectus Regulation and the applicable Italian laws.
Solely for the purposes of each manufacturer’s product approval process pursuant to the Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”), the target market assessment in respect of the New Notes has led to the conclusion that: (i) the target market for the New Notes is eligible counterparties and professional clients only, each as defined in the MiFID II; and (ii) all channels for distribution of the New Notes to eligible counterparties and professional clients are appropriate. Any person subsequently offering, selling or recommending the New Notes (a “Distributor”) should take into consideration the manufacturers’ target market assessment; however, a Distributor subject to MiFID II is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the New Notes (by either adopting or refining the manufacturers’ target market assessment) and determining appropriate distribution channels.
The offering of the New Notes is not intended to be made to and should not be made to any retail investor in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or the United Kingdom (“UK”). For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97 (as amended or superseded), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/1129. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) 1286/2014 (the “PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA or the UK has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the New Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA or the UK may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.
In connection with the offering of the New Notes, each of the aforementioned banks and their respective affiliates, acting as investors for their own account, may subscribe the New Notes and for such reason hold in their portfolios, purchase or sell such securities or any security of the Company or make any related investment. Each and every of the aforementioned banks do not intend to disclose the amount of such investments or transactions other than to the extent required by the applicable laws and regulations.
In connection with the New Notes issue, the aforementioned banks are acting on behalf of the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to their clients or for providing advice given in relation to the securities.
Neither BNP Paribas, BofA Securities Europe SA, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC Continental Europe, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.(IMI CIB Division), Natixis or UniCredit, nor any of their affiliates or managers, executives, employees, advisors or agents, assume any responsibility whatsoever or make any representation or guarantee, express or implicit, for the correctness, accuracy and/or completeness of the information contained therein (or for the omission of information therein) or for any other information relating to the Company, provided in writing, orally or in the electronic form, and anyhow communicated or made available or for any loss in any way deriving from the use of this press release or its content or anyhow emerge relating to this press release or its content.
begin on or after the date on which adequate public disclosure of the terms of the offer of the New Notes is made and, if begun, may cease at any time, and must be brought to an end no later than the earlier of 30 days after the issue date of the New Notes and 60 days after the date of the allotment of the New Notes. Any stabilisation action or over-allotment must be conducted by the Stabilising Manager (or any person acting on behalf of the Stabilising Manager) in accordance with all applicable laws and rules.