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University of Southampton today announces the issue of £300 million 2.25% bonds due 2057

Published: 
4 April 2017
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University of Southampton today announces the issue of £300 million 2.25% bonds due 2057

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University of Southampton today announces the issue of £300 million 2.25% bonds due 2057


The University of Southampton today announces that it has priced the issue of £300 million 2.25 % bonds due 2057. 

The bonds have been assigned a rating of Aa2 (negative outlook) by Moody's, and to be formally issued on 11 April 2017.  The bonds were priced at a spread of 72 bps over the relevant reference gilt. 

The  University  will  use  the  net  proceeds  from  the  Bond  for  general corporate  purposes,  including  investment  in  research, teaching and IT facilities, as well as other University assets. 

Commenting on the issue, Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor said:

“The success of our bond issue is a huge vote of confidence by investors in our university and our strategy for the future. The University of Southampton is an exceptional university with a global reputation for our education, research and innovation. This investment will ensure we continue to provide a world-class teaching and research environment for students and staff, all underpinned by cutting edge technology.”

Barclays, HSBC and Morgan Stanley acted as Joint Bookrunners.  Rothschild provided independent debt advice to the University, and Clifford Chance and Mills & Reeve provided joint legal advice.

The  Bonds  are  being  offered  outside  the  United  States  by  the  Joint Bookrunners in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act, and may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States or to, or  for  the  account  or  benefit  of,  U.S.  persons  except  pursuant  to  an exemption  from,  or  in  a  transaction  not  subject  to,  the  registration requirements of the Securities Act.

Any investment decision made in connection with the Bond issue must be based solely on the information contained in the final Prospectus relating to the Bonds.

In connection with the issue of the Bonds, [Barclays] (the Stabilising Manager) (or persons acting on behalf of the Stabilising Manager) may over allot Bonds or effect transactions with a view to supporting the price of the Bonds at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail. However, there is no assurance that the Stabilising Manager (or persons acting on behalf of the Stabilising Manager) will undertake stabilisation action. Any stabilisation action may begin on or after the date on which adequate public disclosure of the terms of the offer of the Bonds is made and, if begun, may be ended at any time, but it must end no later than the earlier of 30 days after the issue date of the Bonds and 60 days after the date of the allotment of the Bonds. Any stabilisation action or over-allotment must be conducted by the Stabilising Manager (or persons acting on behalf of the Stabilising Manager) in accordance with all applicable laws and rules.

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