Gazprom places RUR 5 bln bonds
Today, Gazprom has placed the A6 RUR 5 bln bonds with a RUR 1,000 face value and 4-year maturity.
The annual coupon rate payable semi-annually was fixed at 6.95% at the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange, with 45 applications (of the total 158 worth over RUR 12 bln submitted by investors) approved. The securities were placed with a record low rate of return, as compared to identical corporate bond issues ever placed.
Renaissance Capital Group and Rosbank served as lead managers on the loan, Horizon Investment Company and United Financial Group as co-lead managers and Federal Fund Corporation as financial adviser.
The funds are intended to maintain existing production capacities, implement new promising projects, re-finance Gazprom’s short-term debt and optimize the corporate loan portfolio structure.
Gazprom first placed its A1 RUR 3 bln bond loan in July 1999, with the second placement of the A2 RUR 5 bln bonds taking place in November 2002. On 3 February 2004, Gazprom successfully placed the A3 RUR 10 bln bonds with a 3-year maturity. In August 2004, the Company officially registered the A4, A5 and A6 bond issues, each worth RUR 5 bln. The A5 3-year and A4 5-year bonds were successfully floated in October 2004 and February 2005, respectively.
Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom