NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN
Holcim Ltd has issued a CHF 1 billion bond with a coupon of 4 percent and a tenor of 4 years and 5 months. The proceeds will be used to refinance existing debt and for general corporate purposes. The bond will lengthen the average maturity of financial liabilities.
The Holcim Group has refinanced around CHF 3.8 billion in 2009 in local bank and capital markets and successfully maintained its liquidity above the target of CHF 5.3 billion (cash and unused committed credit lines).
Holcim Ltd is rated by international rating agencies as follows: Standard & Poor's (BBB, "outlook stable"), Moody's (Baa2, "outlook stable") and Fitch (BBB, "outlook negative").
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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.
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This announcement is directed only at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom, (ii) persons in the United Kingdom who have professional experience in matters related to investments and who are investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) of the United Kingdom (the "Financial Promotion Order"); (iii) persons who fall within Articles 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc.") of the Financial Promotion Order; and (iv) any other persons to whom this press release may otherwise lawfully be directed (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This announcement must not be acted on or relied on by other persons in the United Kingdom. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.
This publication constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy securities. It does not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of Art. 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations, nor a listing prospectus within the meaning of the SIX Swiss Exchange Listing Rules. Investors should take their investment decision to buy or subscribe for notes solely on the basis of a prospectus, and the offer of debt securities of Holcim Ltd will be made solely by means of a prospectus to be published which will be held available at Holcim Ltd and UBS AG.