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Friday 21 May, 2021

Premier Foods plc

£330m Fixed Rate Notes coupon confirmed at 3.5%

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Premier Foods plc
21 May 2021
 

21 May 2021

Premier Foods plc

("Premier Foods" or "the Group")

 

£330m Fixed Rate Notes coupon confirmed at 3.5%, raising expectations for adjusted PBT

 

Premier Foods is pleased to confirm that following its announcement on 19 May 2021, it has priced the offering of new £330m Fixed Rate Notes (the "Notes")1 due October 2026 at an annual interest rate of 3.5%. This will result in a further £8m per annum reduction in the Group's financing costs and so increases its FY21/22 expectations for adjusted profit before tax.

 

Duncan Leggett, Chief Financial Officer, said:

 

"The pricing of these Notes at 3.5% further illustrates the substantial progress we have made in the last two years to strengthen our financial position. With now significantly improved leverage, our reduced levels of fixed debt and lower interest costs mean we are raising our expectations for adjusted PBT."

 

The proceeds of the Notes will primarily be used to redeem the £300m Fixed Rate Notes due October 2023. This redemption will take place on 16 June 2021, subject to the closing of the offering of the Notes. Meanwhile, the Group's £20m outstanding Floating Rate Notes due July 2022 will be repaid on 3 June 2021. Interest costs on the new Notes will be paid semi-annually.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Premier Foods plc  +44 (0) 1727 815 850

Duncan Leggett, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Godden, Director of Investor Relations

 

Headland:  

Ed Young  +44 (0) 7884 666830

Francesca Tuckett                                                                                                                                +44 (0) 7884 667661

 

Notes:

 

1.  The Notes are issued by Premier Foods Finance plc and the ISIN is XS2347091279

2.  The Notes are callable at a price of 101.75% from 15 June 2023 and at a price of 100.875% from 15 June 2024

 

 

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