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MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) announced today that it has priced an offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.80% series 6 unsecured debentures due 2024 (the "Series 6 Debentures"). The Series 6 Debentures are being offered through a syndicate of agents led by BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial Markets, as joint bookrunners, and which also includes Scotiabank, RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities, HSBC Securities, BNP Paribas and Desjardins Securities. The Series 6 Debentures will be issued at par and closing is expected to occur on or about August 18, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. SNC-Lavalin intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay certain outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit facility, to fund the repurchase of a portion of its outstanding Series 1 Debentures through open market purchases and the balance will be used for general corporate purposes.
The Series 6 Debentures will bear interest at a fixed annual rate of 3.80%, payable in equal semi-annual instalments over the four-year term, commencing on February 19, 2021.
The Series 6 Debentures will be direct unsecured obligations of SNC-Lavalin, will rank pari passu with all other unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of SNC-Lavalin (including all of its other existing debentures as well as indebtedness under its existing main credit agreement) and will be guaranteed by the same subsidiaries that guarantee SNC-Lavalin's obligations under its existing main credit agreement and its other outstanding debentures.
The Series 6 Debentures have been assigned a provisional rating of BBB (low), with a negative trend by DBRS Limited (DBRS) and BB+ from Standard & Poor's (S&P), and they are being offered in Canada on a private placement basis in reliance upon exemptions from the prospectus requirements under applicable securities legislation.
The Series 6 Debentures have not been and will not be qualified for sale to the public under applicable securities laws in Canada and, accordingly, any offer and sale of the Series 6 Debentures in Canada will be made on a basis which is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. The Series 6 Debentures have not been and will not be registered under the United StatesSecurities Act of 1933, as amended (the U.S. Securities Act), or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under, or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of, the U.S. Securities Act. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Series 6 Debentures in any jurisdiction where it is unlawful to do so.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging — consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital – and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. www.snclavalin.com
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The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements herein reflect the Company's expectations as at the date of this press release and are subject to change after this date. The Company does not undertake to update publicly or to revise any such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable legislation or regulation.
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