Green bonds to accelerate growth

Green bonds to accelerate growth

 Green bonds to accelerate growth

Meyer Burger is ready to accelerate the next growth phase, including the ramp-up of the production site in Goodyear, Arizona, USA. “The net proceeds from the bond issue shall be used to finance the material and equipment sourcing, and ramp-up of module and cell production in response to the expected acceleration of solar energy expansion, now that Europe, like the USA, is also looking to provide public incentives”, says CEO Gunter Erfurt. 

Meyer Burger intends to place bonds with an aggregate principal amount of approx. EUR 230 million that will be issued by the Issuer and guaranteed by the Company.

The bonds will be issued with a denomination of EUR 100,000 per bond at 100% of their principal amount and are expected to carry a coupon between 3.500% and 4.000% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears. Unless previously converted or repurchased and cancelled, the bonds will be redeemed at 100% of their principal amount on May 17, 2029.

Finance investments in green projects

The bonds will be convertible into newly issued or existing registered shares of the guarantor of currently CHF 0.05 nominal value each, at an initial conversion price expected to be set at a premium between 25% and 30% over the volume weighted average price of the Shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd between launch and pricing of the offering (translated into EUR using the prevailing EUR:CHF foreign exchange rate). Shares issued or delivered upon conversion of the bonds will have the same rights and entitlements as, and rank pari passu in all respects with, all other shares of the guarantor.

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The net proceeds from the issue of the bonds shall be used to finance and/or refinance investments in Eligible Green Projects as defined by the guarantor’s Green Financing Framework dated June 2021 including material and equipment sourcing and the ramp-up of module and cell production in response to the expected acceleration of solar energy expansion.

Meyer Burger will be entitled to redeem the bonds at their principal amount plus accrued interest in accordance with the terms and conditions of the bonds at any time (i) on or after June 7, 2027, if the price of a share is equal to or exceeds 130% of the then prevailing conversion price over a certain period or (ii) if less than 15% of the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds remain outstanding.

Placement for professional clients

The offering of the bonds will be conducted as a private placement to professional clients in Switzerland and to investors outside the US and in compliance with the laws and regulations applicable in every country where the offering takes place.

The bonds are expected to price later today. The settlement and payment date of the bonds is expected to be on or around May 17, 2023. The bonds will not be listed or admitted to trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange or any other trading venue and no application has been made to list or admit the bonds to trading. Application for the listing and trading of the bonds may be made at a later stage. (hcn)

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