Casino Group pursues the strengthening of its financial structure
Wednesday 9th December 2020
Casino Group announces the launch of a transaction aimed at strengthening its liquidity until end-2023, reducing bond debt and extending its average maturity.
The transaction consists of (i) tapping the 2024 Secured Term Loan B initially issued in November 2019 for a targeted amount of €200 million, (ii) the potential launch of a senior unsecured debt instrument maturing in January 2026 for a targeted amount of €300 million and (iii) a tender offer on Casino's unsecured notes maturing in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 for a maximum amount of €1.2 billion, to be financed with the new financings (target aggregate principal amount of €500 million), the proceeds from the disposal of Leader Price (€648 million) and the cash still available on the segregated account dedicated to debt repayment (€87 million).
The cash raised and potentially not used during the tender offer will be credited to the segregated account dedicated to repayment of debt for future transactions.
The completion of the transactions is expected in the coming weeks.
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Including the same restrictions on dividends as in the November 2019 financing documentation (Cf. 22 October 2019 press release)