Conti to Close Credit Facility for Siemens VDO Purchase
Continental AG is closing the syndication of a €13.5 billion loan package, supported by a consortium of international banks. The credit facility will provide the long-term financing for its purchase of the Siemens VDO Automotive unit. Despite what Conti calls ‘challenging conditions in the financial markets’, the transaction was well received and will be healthily oversubscribed. Continental further adds that a total of 39 banks are participating in the financing, which has been led by Citi and Goldman Sachs.
“We are extremely satisfied with the results attained. In view of the difficulties in the market we regard it, at the same time, as an explicit demonstration of trust in Continental’s solidity and trustworthiness that it has proved possible for us to conclude financing of this magnitude so quickly and without running into any problems. In the case of the syndicated loan we were able to rely on banks with whom we have had dealings all along the way, while simultaneously winning over new banks, particularly from Asia, a region in which we are growing,” said Continental CFO Dr. Alan Hippe. “Throughout the syndication phase there was, moreover, not the slightest doubt on the part of the banks that the purchase of Siemens VDO made good business sense, that it will create value and that our financing concept is on sound footing.”
Continental plans to repay a portion of the loan in short order by means of an increase in shareholders’ equity not exceeding ten percent of outstanding shares, and by issuing bonds.