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CNP Assurances : Successful €500m Tier 3 notes issue

CNP Assurances has successfully placed €500 million worth of notes due 8 March 2028 and paying interest at 0.375%. The notes qualify as Tier 3 capital under Solvency II. Its cost is the lowest ever paid for hybrid capital by a financial institution in Europe.

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CNP Assurances has successfully placed €500 million worth of notes due 8 March 2028 and paying interest at 0.375%. The notes qualify as Tier 3 capital under Solvency II. Its cost is the lowest ever paid for hybrid capital by a financial institution in Europe.

The notes were placed with nearly 90 investors, 55% of whom are asset managers, 25% are insurers, 16% are public investors and 4% are banks. The issue was three times oversubscribed with a total order book of €1.5 billion, attesting to their confidence in CNP Assurances’ financial strength. The notes were priced at 78 basis points over the mid-swap rate.

The Tier 3 bond issue provides bond investors a less risky instrument than a Tier 2 bond, notably via a coupon deferral clause in the event of a breach of the Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR) rather than the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR), thereby providing investors with an additional degree of comfort. This new success confirms investors’ interest and confidence in the CNP Assurances signature.

The issue ensures that the Group has the funds in place for its upcoming debt maturities.

The notes are rated BBB+ by Fitch and are expected to be rated A3 by Moody’s.

Next Finance , December 2020

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