For Immediate Release
24 January 2020
NOT FOR PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE SUCH ACTIONS WOULD BE UNLAWFUL
PhosAgro Completes USD 150 mln Partial Buyback of 2017 Eurobond
Moscow - PhosAgro ("PhosAgro" or "the Company") (Moscow Exchange, LSE: PHOR), one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces the results of the early stage of a tender offer for the partial repurchase of its 2017 Eurobond issue. The USD 500 million Eurobond with a coupon of 3.95% matures in 2021.
As part of the early stage of the tender offer, the Company made a decision to repurchase Eurobonds in the total amount of USD 150 million at USD 1,031.25 per USD 1,000 in principal amount of the Eurobonds. The expected early settlement date is 28 January 2020.
The transaction will enable the Company to optimise its loan portfolio by replacing some of its short-term debt with longer-term borrowings and by improving interest rates.
Citi, Gazprombank, J.P. Morgan, BofA Securities, Sberbank CIB, VTB Capital, and Renaissance Capital acted as the joint dealer managers for this transaction.
Andrey Serov, Head of Investor Relations
+7 495 232 9689 ext. 2187
Timur Belov, Press Secretary
+7 495 232 9689 ext. 2652
+44 207 002 7859
PhosAgro (www.phosagro.com) is one of the world's leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher. PhosAgro's environmentally friendly fertilizers stand out for their high efficiency, and they do not lead to the contamination of soils with heavy metals.
The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and one of the leading producers of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia's only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP).
PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world's inhabited continents. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia.
PhosAgro's shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and global depositary receipts (GDRs) for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company's GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes.
More information about PhosAgro can be found on the website: www.phosagro.com.
This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Offer to Purchase. No offer or invitation to acquire or exchange any securities is being made pursuant to this announcement. This announcement and the Offer to Purchase contain important information, which must be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Offer. If any Noteholder is in any doubt as to the action it should take, it is recommended to seek its own legal, tax and financial advice, including as to any tax consequences, from its stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial adviser. Any individual or company whose Notes are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee must contact such entity if it wishes to participate in the Offer. None of the Offeror, the Joint Dealer Managers or the Tender Agent or their respective directors, employees or affiliates makes any recommendation as to whether Noteholders should participate in the Offer and none of the Offeror, the Joint Dealer Managers or the Tender Agent will have any liability or responsibility in respect thereto.
This announcement is released by the Company 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 ("MAR"), encompassing information relating to the Offer described above. For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is made by the Company.
OFFER AND DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTIONS
NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO OR TO ANY PERSON LOCATED OR RESIDENT IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO RELEASE, PUBLISH OR DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
None of this announcement or any other documents or materials relating to this announcement have been or will be submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa ("CONSOB").
This announcement may only be carried out in Italy as an exempted offer pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of Legislative Decree No. 58 of 24 February 1998, as amended (the "Financial Services Act"), and article 35-bis, paragraph 4, of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of 14 May 1999, as amended.
Noteholders or beneficial owners of the Notes can offer to sell some or all of the Notes through authorised persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in the Republic of Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 16190 of 29 October 2007, as amended from time to time, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of September 1, 1993, as amended) and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or with requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority.
Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in respect of the Notes and/or this announcement.
This announcement has not been approved by and will not be submitted for approval to the Luxembourg Financial Services Authority (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier) for purposes of a public offering or sale in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Accordingly, the Offer may not be made to the public in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, directly or indirectly, and neither this announcement nor any other circular, prospectus, form of application, advertisement or other material may be distributed or otherwise made available in or from, or published in, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg except in circumstances which do not constitute a public offer of securities to the public, subject to prospectus requirements, in accordance with Luxembourg law of 10 July 2005 (as amended) on prospectuses for securities.
The communication of this announcement by the Offeror and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer is not being made, and such documents and/or materials have not been approved, by an authorised person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended (the "FSMA"). Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials is exempt from the restriction on financial promotions under section 21 of the FSMA on the basis that it is only directed at and may be communicated to (1) those persons who are existing members or creditors of the Offeror or other persons within Article 43(2) of Financial Promotion Order, (2) those holders being investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Promotion Order, (3) those holders being high net worth companies/undertakings within the meaning of Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Financial Promotion Order, and (4) to any other persons to whom these documents and/or materials may lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). The Offer is only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to purchase or otherwise acquire the Notes will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.
The Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, to the public in the Republic of France ("France"). None of this announcement or any other documents or offering materials relating to this announcement have been or shall be distributed to the public in France and only (a) persons providing investment services relating to portfolio management for the account of third parties (personnes fournissant le service d'investissement de gestion de portefeuille pour compte de tiers), and/or (b) qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) acting for their own account, other than individuals, all as defined in, and in accordance with, Articles L.411-1, L.411-2 and D.411-1 of the French Code monétaire et financier are eligible to participate in the Offer. None of this announcement or any other such offering materials have been and shall be submitted for clearance to, nor approved by, the Autorité des marchés financiers.
None of this announcement or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Financial Services and Markets Authority ("Autorité des services et marches financiers / Autoriteit financiële diensten en markten") and, accordingly, the Offer may not be made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Articles 3 and 6 of the Belgian Law of 1 April 2007 on public takeover bids (the "Belgian Takeover Law") or as defined in Article 3 of the Belgian Law of 16 June 2006 on the public offer of placement instruments and the admission to trading of placement instruments on regulated markets (the "Belgian Prospectus Law"), both as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the Offer may not be advertised and the Offer will not be extended, and none of this announcement or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) has been or shall be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than (i) to persons which are "qualified investors" in the sense of Article 10 of the Belgian Prospectus Law, acting on their own account; or (ii) in any other circumstances set out in Article 6, §4 of the Belgian Takeover Law and Article 3, §4 of the Belgian Prospectus Law. This announcement has been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in this announcement may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.
No action shall be taken in Ireland with respect to this announcement, the Offer to Purchase, the Offer or Notes otherwise than in conformity with:
- the provisions of the European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (as amended, the "MiFID II Regulations"), including, without limitation, Regulation 5 (Requirement for Authorisation (and certain provisions concerning MTFs and OTFs)) thereof, any codes of conduct made under the MiFID II Regulations, and the provisions of the Investor Compensation Act 1998 (as amended);
- the provisions of the Companies Act 2014 (as amended, the "Companies Act"), the Central Bank Acts 1942 - 2015 (as amended) and any codes of practice made under Section 117(1) of the Central Bank Act 1989 (as amended); and
- the Market Abuse Regulation (EU 596/2014) (as amended) and any rules and guidance issued by the Central Bank of Ireland under Section 1370 of the Companies Act.
Information contained in this announcement is not an offer, or an invitation to make offers, to sell, purchase, exchange or otherwise transfer securities in the Russian Federation or to or for the benefit of any Russian person or entity and does not constitute an advertisement or offering of securities in the Russian Federation within the meaning of Russian securities laws. Information contained in this announcement is not intended for any persons in the Russian Federation who are not "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 51.2 of Federal Law no. 39-FZ "On the Securities Market" dated 22 April 1996, as amended (the "Russian QIs") and must not be distributed or circulated into Russia or made available in Russia to any persons who are not Russian QIs, unless and to the extent they are otherwise permitted to access such information under Russian law.
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell or buy the Notes (and offers of Notes for sale pursuant to the Offer will not be accepted from the Noteholders) in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. In those jurisdictions where the securities, blue sky or other laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer and any of the Joint Dealer Managers or any of their respective affiliates is such a licensed broker or dealer in any such jurisdiction, the Offer shall be deemed to be made by such Joint Dealer Managers or such affiliate (as the case may be) on behalf of the Offeror in such jurisdiction.