Commerzbank successfully issues additional tier 1 bond
July 2 2019
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- Issue meets with great interest on the part of investors
- Bond volume of 1 billion US dollars – coupon laid down at 7.0% per annum
Commerzbank AG has successfully issued its inaugural additional tier 1 bond. The bond has a volume of 1 billion US dollars and a fixed coupon of 7.0% per annum. As part of the marketing process, talks were held with more than 140 investors in Germany, Europe and Asia. The order book was several times oversubscribed, which reflects the extensive interest of investors. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
With the issue today, the Bank is optimising its capital structure, also in light of changed regulatory requirements imposed by the European Banking Authority (EBA). The subordinated bond meets the criteria set out in the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) for additional tier 1 capital (AT1). The instrument has a perpetual maturity and a first call date in April 2025. The bond terms allow for a temporary write-down in the event that the core equity tier 1 ratio (CET1 ratio) of the Bank drops below 5.125 per cent. Joint lead managers for the transaction were UBS, Commerzbank, Barclays, HSBC, and JP Morgan.
Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in almost 50 coun¬tries. In the two business segments Private and Small Business Customers and Corporate Clients, the Bank offers a comprehensive portfolio of financial services which is precisely aligned to its clients’ needs. Commerzbank finances approximately 30% of Germany’s foreign trade and is the leading finance provider for corporate clients in Germany. Due to its in-depth sector know-how in the German economy, the Bank is a leading provider of capital market products. Its subsidiaries Comdirect in Germany and mBank in Poland are two of the world’s most innovative online banks. With approximately 1,000 branches, Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank serves more than 18 million private and small business customers, as well as more than 70,000 corporate clients, multinationals, financial service providers, and institutional clients worldwide. In 2018, it generated gross revenues of €8.6 billion with approximately 49,000 employees.
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