HeidelbergCement reduces refinancing needs by further Euro500m


Updated Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:46:45 GMT

Germany: HeidelbergCement has taken another step to optimise the financing of the Italcementi acquisition. The volume of the bridge financing could be reduced by a further Euro500m from Euro3.8bn to Euro3.3bn. The refinancing needs in the bond market declined by Euro500m to around Euro2.5bn, correspondingly.

Decisive for the reduction of the financing volume was that some of Italcementi's creditor banks have agreed to waive their change of control clauses. As a consequence, HeidelbergCement will have access to additional credit lines totalling Euro500m on a long-term basis also after the takeover. Therefore, refinancing of these credit lines after the acquisition is no longer necessary and the volume of the bridge financing could be reduced accordingly. As already communicated in the announcement of the Italcementi acquisition, the bridge financing should be refinanced by free cash flow, the sale of production sites and the issuance of bonds. The reduction in the volume of bridge financing thus also reduces the need for refinancing in the bond market by the same amount.