RNS Number : 1627S
Centrica PLC
12 June 2024
 

 

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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES TO THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION THAT QUALIFIED OR MAY HAVE QUALIFIED AS INSIDE INFORMATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 7(1) OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014 AS IT FORMS PART OF UK DOMESTIC LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018 ("EUWA").

Centrica plc

(the "Company")

announces the results and pricing of its Tender Offer for its £770,000,000 7.00 per cent. Notes due 2033

12 June 2024. The Company announces today the results of its invitation (the "Offer") to holders of its outstanding £770,000,000 7.00 per cent. Notes due 2033 (ISIN: XS0388006123) (the "Notes") to tender their Notes for purchase by the Company for cash, subject to the conditions described in the tender offer memorandum dated 4 June 2024 (the "Tender Offer Memorandum"), and subject to the offer restrictions set out in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

Capitalised terms used in this announcement but not defined have the meanings given to them in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

The Expiration Deadline for the Offer was 4.00 p.m. (London time) on 11 June 2024. As at the Expiration Deadline, £611,280,000 in aggregate nominal amount of the Notes had been validly tendered for purchase pursuant to the Offer.

Final Results and Pricing

The Company hereby announces that it has decided to set the Final Acceptance Amount at £370,000,000 and that, on the basis of such Final Acceptance Amount, it will accept for purchase the Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Offer subject to pro rata scaling at a Scaling Factor of 60.4765 per cent., as further described in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

Pricing of the Offer took place at or around 9:30 a.m. (London time) today, 12 June 2024. A summary of the final results and pricing of the Offer appears below:

Final Acceptance Amount

Scaling Factor

Benchmark Security Rate

Purchase Spread

Purchase Yield (annualised)

Purchase Price

£370,000,000

60.4765 per cent.

4.219 per cent.

90 bps

5.185 per cent.

113.060 per cent.

Accrued Interest will also be payable in respect of any Notes accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer.

 

Settlement

Settlement of the Offer and payment of the Purchase Price and Accrued Interest in respect of the Notes accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer is expected to take place on 14 June 2024.

Following the Settlement Date, the Company intends to cancel the Notes purchased pursuant to the Offer and, accordingly, £400,000,000 in aggregate nominal amount of the Notes will remain outstanding after the Settlement Date.

Full details concerning the Offer are set out in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

 

Russell O'Brien, Centrica Group Chief Financial Officer, said: "I am delighted with the strong outcome we have achieved from this bond tender.  This transaction follows on from the recent successful hybrid bond refinancing and represents another example of Centrica's prudent approach to balance sheet management."

Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, RBC Europe Limited and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited are acting as the Dealer Managers for the Offer and Kroll Issuer Services Limited is acting as the Tender Agent, and their contact details are set out below.

 

DEALER MANAGERS

Barclays Bank PLC

1 Churchill Place

London E14 5HP

United Kingdom

 

Telephone: +44 20 3134 8515

Attention: Liability Management Group

Email: eu.lm@barclays.com

BNP PARIBAS
16, boulevard des Italiens
75009 Paris 
France

 

Telephone: +33 1 55 77 78 94

Attention: Liability Management Group

Email: liability.management@bnpparibas.com 

RBC Europe Limited

100 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AA

United Kingdom

 

Telephone: +44 20 7029 7420

Attention: Liability Management

Email: liability.management@rbccm.com

SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

100 Liverpool Street
London EC2M 2AT

United Kingdom

 

Telephone: +44 204 507 5043

Attention: Liability Management

Email: liability.management@smbcnikko-cm.com 

 

TENDER AGENT

Kroll Issuer Services Limited

The Shard

32 London Bridge Street

London SE1 9SG

United Kingdom

 

Telephone: +44 20 7704 0880

Attention: Alessandro Zorza

Email: centrica@is.kroll.com

Offer Website: https://deals.is.kroll.com/centrica

This announcement is made by Centrica plc and contains information that qualified or may have qualified as inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the EUWA ("UK MAR"), encompassing information relating to the results of the Offer. For the purposes of UK MAR and the Implementing Technical Standards, this announcement is made by Raj Roy, Company Secretary at Centrica plc.

 

DISCLAIMER Subject to applicable law, the Company or any of its affiliates may at any time following completion of the Offer purchase remaining outstanding Notes by tender, in the open market, by private agreement or otherwise on such terms and at such prices as the Company, or if applicable, its affiliates may determine. Such terms, consideration and prices may be more or less favourable than those offered pursuant to the Offer.

This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Tender Offer Memorandum. If any Noteholder is in any doubt as to the content of this announcement or the Tender Offer Memorandum or the action it should take, it is recommended to seek its own financial advice, including in respect of any tax consequences, from its broker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial, tax or legal adviser.

The distribution of this announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum comes are required by each of the Company, the Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions. Neither this announcement nor the Tender Offer Memorandum constitutes an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell Notes or an invitation to participate in the Offer. The Offer has now expired and no offer or invitation to acquire any securities is being made pursuant to this announcement.

 

Centrica plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (CNA)

Registered Office: Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5GD

Registered in England & Wales number: 3033654

Legal Entity Identifier number: E26EDV109X6EEPBKVH76

ISIN number: GB00B033F229

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