Issue of Debt
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OAO LUKOIL TO ISSUE US$1.0BN 10-YEAR AND 15-YEAR
REGULATION S/144A EUROBONDS
OAO LUKOIL announced the launch on 31 May 2007 of its Eurobond issue for the total amount of US$1bn split equally between 10-year and 15-year tranches.
The 10-year US$500mn issue priced with a coupon of 6.356% at a spread of +145bps vs US Treasuries. The 15-year US$500mn issue priced with a coupon of 6.656% at a spread of +175bps vs US Treasuries.
The issue was lead managed by Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Application has been made to list the issue on the London Stock Exchange.
The new issue is the highest-rated private corporate bond offering from Russia to date. After a successful international roadshow, the offering was well received by the market and achieved broad and diversified global distribution. Strong name recognition as well as strong demand for LUKOIL paper attracted orders over US$ 6 bn.
10-year tranche distribution:
Geography: US 56%, UK 17%, Switzerland 5%, Germany/Austria 4%, Asia 6%, Other Europe 8%, Russia 4%.
Investor type : Asset Management 60%, Banks 20%, Insurance 12%, Retail 5%, Central Bank/Sovereign 3%.
15-year tranche distribution:
Geography: US 42%, UK 32%, Germany/Austria 6%, Switzerland 1%, Other Europe 8%, Russia 3%, Asia 4%, Other 4%.
Investor type: Asset Management 75%, Banks 9%, Insurance/Pension 12%, Retail 2%, Central Bank/Sovereign 2%.
OAO LUKOIL intends to use the proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of existing indebtedness and financing of capital expenditures.
A rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to revision, suspension or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating organization organisation. Similar ratings on different types of notes do not necessarily mean the same thing. The significance of each rating should be analysed independently from any other rating.
This press release is being released outside the United States in reliance on Rule 135e promulgated under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration statement or an exemption from registration. OAO LUKOIL does not intend to register any portion of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of any securities in the United States.
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This press release is not a public offer or advertisement of securities in the Russian Federation, and is not an offer, or an invitation to make offers, to purchase any securities in the Russian Federation.
Forward-looking statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of OAO LUKOIL, including in relation to the sale of the notes and OAO LUKOIL’s use of the proceeds from the transaction described above, and of future market conditions and opportunities. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and future performance involves risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that we cannot predict with certainty. Accordingly, our actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what we have expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that OAO LUKOIL will be able to close the sale of the notes or use the proceeds from the transaction described above in the manner described in this press release. We do not intend to update these statements to make them conform with actual results.