10Sep13

Press release

Group

SCOR successfully places CHF 250 million perpetual subordinated notes

SCOR successfully places on the Swiss franc market perpetual subordinated notes with a first call date in November 30, 2018, for an aggregate total amount of CHF 250,000,000.

Not for distribution in or into the U.S., Canada or Japan

 
 
SCOR successfully places on the Swiss franc market perpetual subordinated notes with a first call date in November 30, 2018, for an aggregate total amount of CHF 250,000,000.
 
The coupon has been set to 5% (until 30 November 2018) and resets to 3-month CHF LIBOR plus a margin of 4.10% thereafter.
 
The notes’ expected ratings are A- / A3 (hyb) by Standard & Poor’s and Moody's, respectively.
 
The settlement of the notes is expected to take place on 30 September 2013.
 
The proceeds from the notes are expected to be eligible for inclusion in SCOR’s solvency margin in accordance with the applicable rules and regulatory standards, and in the capital credit of the capital models of rating agencies. The net proceeds of the issue of the notes will be used to fund the proposed acquisition of Generali’s U.S. Life reinsurance operations by SCOR as announced on 4 June 2013 and for general corporate purposes. Going forward, the placement of CHF 250 million perpetual subordinated notes is consistent with SCOR’s “Optimal Dynamics” strategic plan to optimize its financial structure while retaining leverage well within plan targets (at 22% post-issuance based on Q2 2013 results).
 
 
Denis Kessler, Chairman and CEO of SCOR, comments: “We are extremely pleased that with today’s placement we made an important step in the funding of the proposed acquisition of Generali’s U.S. Life reinsurance operations. The remaining part of the acquisition will be financed through the use of own funds, including excess capital of the combined Life businesses, without the issuance of any new shares. This is the third bond SCOR has issued in the Swiss retail market and it clearly reflects the SCOR group’s desire to be financially active in Switzerland. Together with the strong demand for last week’s extreme mortality bond, it is a renewed sign of investors’ confidence in SCOR’s financial strength and business development.


 
General Notice
This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and the offering of the Notes does not constitute a public offering in any jurisdiction, except in Switzerland. This announcement does neither constitute (i) an offering prospectus within the meaning of Art. 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations, (ii) nor a listing prospectus within the meaning of the SIX Swiss Exchange Listing Rules, (iii) nor a prospectus or a supplement prospectus pursuant to Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council dated November 4, 2003 (together with any relevant implementing measure in each state party to the agreement on the European Economic Area (the “Prospectus Directive”), as amended. Any decision to invest in the notes must be based exclusively on the prospectus published by SCOR for such purpose.
Release, publication or distribution of this press release is forbidden in any country where it would violate applicable laws or regulations.
 
 
United States of America
This press release is not an offer of the notes for sale in the United States. The notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933. Any public offering in the United States may only be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer containing detailed information about the issuer and its management, as well as its financial statements.

Contact

Marie-Laurence Bouchon

Group Head of Communications

+33 (0)1 58 44 75 43

mbouchon@scor.com

 

Ian Kelly

Head of Investor Relations

+44 203 207 8561

ikelly@scor.com