St.Petersburg, October 28 - Neftegaz.RU.
A transaction on placement of a debut issue of perpetual subordinated Eurobonds of Gazprom expressed in US dollars and euros has been closed on October 26, Gazprom reported.
The volume of investor demand has exceeded $ 7.4 billion, showing an all-time high for Gazprom's Eurobond
offerings since 2013. At the same time, the overall share of foreign investors' applications amounted to 80 % of the total volume. The final order book reflected the following investor structure: continental Europe (33 % for issue in USD and 52 % for issue in EUR), the UK (27 % and 21 %, respectively), the USA (16 % and 5 %), Asia and other regions (4 % and 3 %), Russia (20 % and 19 %).
As a result of placing 2 issues, the Company attracted $ 1.4 billion and EUR 1 billion (equivalent to $ 2.575 billion in total). 220 investors took part in the USD-denominated issue, and 170 investors – in the EUR-denominated issue.
The securities were placed with a minimum premium rate (spread) with regard to senior Eurobonds of Gazprom compared to equivalent securities issued by issuing companies in 2020. The spread was 180 basis points for the USD-denominated issue and 190 basis points – for the EUR-denominated issue (premiums of foreign issuers for placing hybrid instruments ranged from 200 to 320 basis points).
The structure of the transaction, drawing on the best international practices, allows Gazprom
to include perpetual Eurobonds in its equity capital in accordance with the international financial reporting standards. This will help decrease the net debt and the net debt-to-EBITDA ratio of the Gazprom Group. In addition, the rating agencies will be able to account for these bonds with a 50 % weight in the cost of capital.
The attracted funds will be used for general purposes of the company, primarily, to refinance the current debt burden, subject to all legal restrictions. Reduction of borrowings is an essential part of Gazprom's comprehensive measures aimed at improving its financial stability on the backdrop of the challenging external trends in energy prices observed in 2020.
Considering a high investor interest in hybrid instruments, Gazprom is looking at the possibility of placing in the Russian market the first perpetual subordinated bond issue in rubles.