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FORVIA FURTHER IMPROVES ITS DEBT PROFILE BY USING PROCEEDS FROM ADDITIONAL ISSUANCE OF SENIOR NOTES DUE 2031 TO PARTIALLY REFINANCE EXISTING 2026 SUSTAINABILITY-LINKED NOTES

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NANTERRE (FRANCE)
MAY 7, 2024

FORVIA FURTHER IMPROVES ITS DEBT PROFILE BY USING PROCEEDS FROM ADDITIONAL ISSUANCE OF SENIOR NOTES DUE 2031 TO PARTIALLY REFINANCE EXISTING 2026 SUSTAINABILITY-LINKED NOTES

  • Issued an additional €200 million of 5.500% Senior Notes due 2031 at 101.75% of par, corresponding to a yield of 5.20%

  • Proceeds from the issuance, with additional cash, used to repurchase €250 million of existing 2026 7.250% Sustainability-Linked Notes by way of a tender offer, thus reducing the Group’s gross debt

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FORVIA has successfully closed its previously announced offering of an additional €200 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.500% Senior Notes due 2031 (the “New Notes”), which will be consolidated with and form a single series with the existing €500 million 5.500% Senior Notes due 2031 issued on 11 March 2024 after the expiry of a 40-day distribution compliance period.

The New Notes obtained credit rating in line with the long-term credit rating of FORVIA (i.e., “BB+” by Fitch Ratings, “Ba2” by Moody’s and “BB” by Standard & Poor’s) and are listed on the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin.

The associated tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) for the repurchase of FORVIA’s existing 7.250% Sustainability-linked Notes due 2026 (the “Existing Notes”) also settled today. With the success of the Tender Offer, FORVIA decided to increase the maximum amount of the Existing Notes accepted for tender in the Tender Offer to, and has accepted the tenders of, €250 million in aggregate principal amount of the Existing Notes, which Existing Notes have now been cancelled. This tender offer further reduces the outstanding amount of the Existing Notes, which now stands at €330.2 million vs the initial €950 million issuance.

These transactions allow the Group to proactively manage its liabilities and extend its average debt maturity.

Olivier Durand, Chief Financial Officer of FORVIA, declared:After a first successful operation of bond issue and repurchase of existing maturities in March, this new transaction not only demonstrates FORVIA’s ability to take advantage of improving market conditions to actively manage its maturity profile but also, by deciding to increase the tender offer, its intention to reduce its gross debt. It’s complementary to the Group’s commitment to accelerate the deleveraging and fully rebalance its capital structure.”


PRESS

ANALYSTS/INVESTORS

Christophe MALBRANQUE
Group Media Relations Director
+33 (0) 6 21 96 23 53
christophe.malbranque@forvia.com

Marc MAILLET
Group Head of Investor Relations
+33 (0) 1 72 36 75 70
marc.maillet@forvia.com

 

Iria MONTOUTO
Group Media Relations Officer
+33 (0) 6 01 03 19 89
iria.montouto@forvia.com

 

Sébastien LEROY
Group Deputy Investor Relations Director
+33 (0) 6 26 89 33 69
sebastien.leroy@forvia.com

About FORVIA, whose mission is: “We pioneer technology for mobility experiences that matter to people”.

FORVIA, 7th global automotive technology supplier, comprises the complementary technology and industrial strengths of Faurecia and HELLA. With close to 260 industrial sites and 78 R&D centers, 153,000 people, including 15,000 R&D engineers across 40+ countries, FORVIA provides a unique and comprehensive approach to the automotive challenges of today and tomorrow. Composed of six Business Groups and a strong IP portfolio of over 13,400 patents, FORVIA is focused on becoming the preferred innovation and integration partner for OEMS worldwide. In 2023, the Group recorded consolidated sales above 27 billion euros. FORVIA SE is listed on the Euronext Paris market under the FRVIA mnemonic code and is a component of the CAC Next 20 and CAC SBT 1.5° indices. FORVIA aims to be a change maker committed to foreseeing and making the mobility transformation happen. www.forvia.com


IMPORTANT NOTICE

This document is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The notes being offered by Forvia (the "Notes") may not be sold in the United States unless they are registered under the Securities Act or are exempt from registration. The offering of Notes described in this announcement has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, and accordingly any offer or sale of Notes may be made only in a transaction exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

It may be unlawful to distribute this document in certain jurisdictions. This document is not for distribution in Canada, Japan or Australia. The information in this document does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in Canada, Japan or Australia.

Promotion of the Notes in the United Kingdom is restricted by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “FSMA”), and accordingly, the Notes are not being promoted to the general public in the United Kingdom. This announcement is directed solely at (i) persons located outside the United Kingdom, (ii) persons with professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the “Order”), (iii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order and (iv) persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”)) in connection with the issue or sale of any securities of the Issuer or any member of its group may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons in (i) – (iv) above being “relevant persons”). Any investment activity to which this announcement relates will only be available to and will only be engaged with relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this announcement.

The offer and sale of the Notes will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Regulation from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities. This announcement does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of the Regulation EU 2017/1129, as amended (the "Prospectus Regulation") or an offer to the public.

The offer and sale of the Notes will be made pursuant to an exemption under the UK Prospectus Regulation from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities. This announcement does not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the “UK Prospectus Regulation”) or an offer to the public.

MiFID II professionals/ECPs-only/No PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (MIFID II product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as the Notes are not available to retail investors in EEA.

MiFIR professionals/ECPs-only/No UK PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (UK MIFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No UK PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as the Notes are not available to retail investors in the UK.

Neither the content of Forvia’s website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks on Forvia’s website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement. The distribution of this announcement into any jurisdiction may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

No money, securities or other consideration is being solicited, and, if sent in response to the information contained herein, no money, securities or other consideration will be accepted.

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