CASABLANCA, Morocco--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OCP S.A announced today that it has successfully priced a US $1 billion offering of aggregate principal amount.
This offering follows the Group’s inaugural global bond in April 2014.
OCP intends to use the proceeds for its industrial capital expenditure program, which aims to double its mining capacity and triple its fertilizer capacity by 2025, as well as for general corporate purposes. The joint book-running managers for the offering are Morgan Stanley and Barclays.
“We are pleased to have successfully priced this $1 billion bond offering, our second global debt offering. This underscores the position of OCP as a leading vertically integrated phosphate fertilizer company. It also highlights the great confidence of the global financial markets in our strategy, our demonstrated track record, and our ability to create value,” said Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OCP.
The competitive pricing of this issue follows the announcement of the Group’s strong 2014 financial results and a successful roadshow in London, New York and Boston by senior management.
This transaction highlights the success of the Group's financing strategy, which in recent years has shifted from predominantly bank debt financing to international capital markets, which accounted for nearly half of the Group's gross debt at the end of 2014.
Bond debt in US dollars provides the Group with long tenor, non-amortizing and low cost debt to fund its industrial capex program.
OCP Group is the largest global producer of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid, and a leading global fertilizer player, backed by almost a century’s production history. The Group has exclusive access to Morocco's phosphate rock reserves, the largest global reserve base according to the USGS. The Group is a leading low-cost producer of phosphate rock, and it has become a leading player across the whole phosphate value chain. For more information visit: www.ocpgroup.ma.
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