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Tuesday 09 March, 2021

Victoria PLC

Refinancing of Senior Secured Notes

RNS Number : 6137R
Victoria PLC
09 March 2021
 

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ANY PERSON LOCATED OR RESIDENT IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL ANY NOTES.

 

9 March 2021

 

THIS RELEASE CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

 

Victoria PLC
("Victoria", the "Company", or the "Group")

Intention to Refinance existing Senior Secured Notes

 

 

Following the very favourable reception of its recent senior secured note offering announced on 23 February 2021, Victoria PLC (LSE: VCP) today announces that it intends to offer €250 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 (the "Notes"). Net proceeds will be used solely to refinance, in full, the remainder of the Group's outstanding 2024 senior secured notes to further improve the maturity profile of the Group's debt.

 

The Board wishes to highlight the following key items:

 

· Leverage Neutral Transaction. The overall level of gross debt and net debt will remain unchanged following the proposed refinancing (subject to transaction costs and redemption premia).

 

· Further Improved Debt Maturity Profile. Following the refinancing of the remainder of the existing 2024 senior secured notes, which is the purpose of this offering, the earliest of the Group's senior debt will fall due in August 2026. In conjunction with the Group's strong cash generation, this will place Victoria in a very robust financial position for the coming years.

 

· Consistent Financial Policy. The Board stresses that Victoria's prudent financial policy remains unchanged.  The Group is committed to its financial policy of c. 3x senior net leverage post-completion of acquisitions, falling to 2x when in 'steady state'.

 

The Notes will be the general, senior obligations of the Company and will be guaranteed by certain of the Company's subsidiaries. Interest on the Notes will be payable semi-annually in arrears. The interest rate and offering price will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering, subject to market conditions.

 

An update will follow in due course.

 

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in the United States or in any jurisdiction in which, or to any persons to whom, such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any jurisdiction.

 

The Notes and the related guarantees have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

 

This announcement may include projections and other "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any such projections or statements reflect the current views of the Company about future events and financial performance. The use of any of the words "expect," "anticipate," "continue," "will," "project," "should," "believe," "plans," "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information because the Company can give no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

 

The forward-looking statements and information contained in this announcement are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws. Within the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed only at persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 ("relevant persons"). The investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is only available to and will only be engaged in with relevant persons and persons who receive this announcement who are not relevant persons should not rely or act upon it.

 

Manufacturer target market (MIFID II product governance; UK MiFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs or UK PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as not available to retail investors in EEA or the United Kingdom, respectively.

 

This announcement contains inside information within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 on market abuse. The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Michael Scott, Group Finance Director.

 

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

Victoria PLC

(+44 (0) 1562 749 610)

Geoff Wilding

Philippe Hamers

Michael Scott

 

N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

(+44 (0) 207 496 3095)

Rick Thompson

Phil Davies

Alex Bond

 

Berenberg (Joint Broker)

(+44 (0) 203 207 7800)

Ben Wright

Mark Whitmore

Tejas Padalkar

 

Peel Hunt (Joint Broker)

(+44 (0) 207 418 8900)

Adrian Trimmings

Andrew Clark

Buchanan Communications (Financial PR)

(+44 (0) 207 466 5000)

Charles Ryland

Chris Lane

Tilly Abraham

 

 

 

 

 

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