The day after Goodyear announced that it is buying Cooper Tire for north of $2.5 billion, Fitch Ratings affirmed its Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) and its Goodyear Europe B.V. (GEBV). Fitch also affirmed its ratings on a number of specific funding lines. Both moves can be interpreted as partially affirming the Goodyear Cooper acquisition’s strategic logic – something that was described as compelling by the senior executives of both companies.
Bridgestone Americas has executed a US$1.1 billion sustainability-linked credit facility in partnership with Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation (SMBC). Under this credit facility, the costs that Bridgestone incurs in relation to its borrowings will decline or rise in line with independent appraisals of its sustainability.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company refinancing itself with $600 million of 5-year senior notes. According to the company, the notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the company. Goodyear intends to use the net proceeds for “general corporate purposes…
Prometeon Tyre Group has arranged an inaugural 600 million euros of credit facilities consisting of 450 million euros of term facility and a 150 million euros of revolving facility. The new credit facilities mature on March 2020, with two one-year extension options. According to Prometeon, the credit facilities secure the firm’s “financial independence and autonomy following its separation from the Pirelli Group and optimise the company’s capital structure”.
Evonik Industries AG has secured improved conditions through the refinancing of its existing syndicated credit facility with a group of 18 banks. The new credit facility with an unchanged volume of 1.75 billion euros has a term of five years, with the option of two extensions of one year each. It will end in 2024 at the latest.