This bond issue will serve to refinance existing debt.
The strong demand generated by this operation (with an orderbook over EUR 8 billion after less than an hour, from more than 500 investors) enabled Saint-Gobain to achieve within a short time a very satisfactory cost level for this issue.
The transaction underlines bond investors’ confidence in the credit quality of Saint-Gobain, whose last issuance on the Euro bond market took place in January 2009.
Saint-Gobain’s long-term senior debt is rated BBB+ by Standard & Poor’s and Baa1 by Moody’s.
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., The Royal Bank of Scotland, Banco Santander and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking acted as lead managers for this bond issue.