Corporate | Financial

— High oversubscription enabled increase in volume from € 250 million to € 500 million

— Pricing at lower end of marketing range

— Proceeds to be used for financing of the Pinova Holdings acquisi-tion and other growth projects

— Funding base and maturities profile further diversified through placement with European and German institutions

Symrise AG has successfully placed a € 500 million promissory note loan (“Schuldscheindarlehen”) at extremely advantageous terms. Due to the very strong demand among investors, the Group was able to substantially increase the originally planned issue volume to € 500 million. The pro-ceeds will serve primarily to finance the acquisition of US-based Pinova Holdings announced in September.

"We are delighted with the positive response to our placement, which has ena-bled us to broaden our portfolio of financial instruments while diversifying the maturity profile of our funding. We consider the healthy demand, long maturities and the favourable terms as a strong indicator of trust in our stable business model, our strategy and our company's sustainable and profitable growth. Sym-rise will thus continue to operate on a very solid financial base in the coming years," said Bernd Hirsch, CFO of Symrise AG.

The issue involved the placement of promissory note loans with maturities of five, seven and ten years. Symrise was able to secure extremely good interest rates, in each case at the lower end of the marketing range.

The issue was arranged by Commerzbank, LBBW and UniCredit Bank.

The proceeds will primarily be used to finance the acquisition of US-based Pi-nova Holdings, which is scheduled to close at the beginning of 2016. With the integration of Pinova Holdings, Symrise will strengthen its Scent & Care seg-ment, expand its range of fragrance ingredients and reinforce its expertise in the production of fragrance compositions. 

About Symrise:

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavors, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.

Its sales of more than €2.1 billion in 2014 place Symrise among the top three companies in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in every part of its corporate strategy. The company was awarded the German Sustainability Award in 2012. In 2013, Symrise was certified as a “Green Company” by DQS. 

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