Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG announces the successful placement of a total of CHF 1 billion in bond issues for the purpose of the financing of its acquisition of Russell Stover Candies, LLC, USA


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Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG announces the successful placement of a total of CHF 1 billion in bond issues for the purpose of the financing of its acquisition of Russell Stover Candies, LLC, USA

Kilchberg, 24 September 2014 – Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG announces the successful placement of a total of CHF 1 billion bond financing, comprising the following three  tranches:

With this seamlessly executed transaction in the domestic Swiss bond market, Lindt & Sprüngli secures CHF 1.0bn three-tranches bond financing at very attractive terms in a historically low interest rates environment.

 

In parallel, the transaction enables Lindt & Sprüngli to diversify and broaden its investors base, as well as to establish a staggered maturity profile underpinning  the Group’s conservative financial profile and strategy.

Disclaimer

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the bonds described herein, or any kind of advice, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale in any country or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any country or jurisdiction. This press release also does not constitute a prospectus as such term is understood pursuant to article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Federal Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

In particular, this announcement and the information contained herein are not for distribution in or into the United States of America and must not be distributed to U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act")) or to publications with a general circulation in the United States or in any other country or jurisdiction where such circulation would be unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws or in any other country or jurisdiction outside Switzerland and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

Within the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed only at persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 ("relevant persons"). The investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is only available to and will only be engaged in with relevant persons and person who receive this announcement who are not relevant persons should not rely or act upon it.

The relevant information on the bonds and the issuer is only available in the final prospectus. The bonds are subject to the selling restrictions set out in the prospectus. Electronic copies of the prospectus can be requested by [Credit Suisse to insert].

This announcement may include projections and other "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any such projections or statements reflect the current views of Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG about further events and financial performance. No assurances can be given that such events or performance will occur as projected and actual results may differ materially from these projections. 


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