Following its September 2011 bond issue in Hong Kong (Dim Sum Bond), Air Liquide Finance innovates yet again with the issue on 9th January, 2015 of its first Chinese renminbi-denominated bond on the Taiwanese market (Formosa Bond).
The Taiwanese bond is for a total of 500 million Chinese renminbi, equivalent to €68m.
Air Liquide is thus the first non-Taiwanese corporate to issue bonds in Chinese renminbi on this market.
This issue, which benefits from favourable market conditions, will contribute to the financing of industrial projects in mainland China, in particular the one located in the province of Fujian announced in May 2013. The group currently has more than 4,000 employees in China and operates 85 production plants in various industrial basins.
With this issue, that will be listed on the Gre Tai Securities Market in Taiwan, the group accesses a liquid capital market and diversifies its sources of financing in Asia. Air Liquide is therefore targeting a new investor base, that is looking for international issuers and longer maturities.
The issue is rated “A+” by Standard & Poor’s, which is in line with Air Liquide’s own “A+/stable outlook” rating.
According to Fabienne Lecorvaisier, CFO and member of the Air Liquide group’s Executive Committee, “This new bond confirms Air Liquide’s continuous innovation focus. The success of this bond issue demonstrates investor confidence in Air Liquide’s credit profile. With the group having a strong portfolio of investment opportunities, particularly in Asia, this transaction will provide the flexibility to pursue its long-term profitable growth.”