WALLDORF — Werner Brandt, chief financial officer of SAP AG, and Matthias Heiden, head of Treasury for SAP AG, yesterday received the Corporate Finance Consistency Award of German financial newspaper Börsen-Zeitung. With this award, the publication’s jury honored the acquisitions of SAP companies SuccessFactors and Ariba as “outstanding transactions in the past year in terms of corporate strategy and financing.”
SAP acquired SuccessFactors and Ariba in 2012. In this context, it placed a public bond on the Eurobond market in the amount of EUR 1.3 billion and arranged a U.S. private placement in the amount of EUR 1.1 billion to refinance an acquisition credit syndicated by six banks in the amount of EUR 2.4 billion. Both transactions were highly successful. The Eurobond met high international demand; the emission’s order book was significantly oversubscribed. The bond includes a triennial tranche with a volume of EUR 550 million (coupon: 1.000 percent) and a septennial tranche with a volume of EUR 750 million (coupon: 2.125 percent). The majority of investors come from Germany and the U.K.
The U.S. private placement (USPP) was the biggest individual transaction by a foreign issuer in the U.S. market to date. It includes maturities from five to 15 years. With an overall USPP volume of US$2.65 billion, SAP is the third largest issuer in the market for U.S. private placements and the biggest non-American issuer.
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