Danone launches a successful € 1 billion bond issue
Danone announced the successful launch of a € 1 billion 8-year bond issue in euros on November 7th, 2013.
Funds raised will enable Danone to fund its growth and extend the maturity of its debt at favorable market conditions.
The € 1 billion bond, priced at mid swap +53 basis points, pays a coupon of 2.25%, and was widely subscribed by a diversified investor base. The bonds will be listed on Euronext Paris.
Danone is rated A- stable by Standard & Poor’s and A3 stable by Moody’s.
Danone is an international company present on five continents. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Waters, Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Danone has more than 190 production plants and around 102,000 employees. In 2012, the company generated sales of over €20 billion, with more than 50% in emerging countries. Listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, ASPI Eurozone, the Ethibel Sustainability Index and the ATNI index.