United Company RUSAL Plc: Inside Information Results of Consent Solicitation with Respect to the U.S. Dollar-Denominated Fixed Rate Notes

20-Mar-2018 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 7:20 AM Print This Post

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

United Company RUSAL Plc (Paris:RUSAL) (Paris:RUAL):

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of
Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this
announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness
and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever
arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents
of this announcement.

This announcement is for information purposes only and does not
constitute or form part of any advertisement, offer, solicitation or an
invitation to make offers to acquire, purchase or subscribe for
securities or an invitation to enter into an agreement to do any such
things, nor is it calculated to invite any offer to acquire, purchase or
subscribe for any securities.

The information contained herein is not for publication or
distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States of
America, Canada, Australia or Japan. The materials do not constitute an
offer of securities for sale in the United States of America, nor may
the securities be offered or sold in the United States of America absent
registration or an exemption from registration as provided in the U.S.
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations
thereunder. There is no intention to register any portion of the
offering in the United States of America or to conduct a public offering
of securities in the United States of America and the securities will
only be offered for sale in the United States of America to “qualified
institutional buyers” (QIBs) as defined in and in reliance upon Rule
144A under the U.S. Securities Act 1933, as amended and will only be
offered for sale outside the United States of America to persons other
than U.S. persons under Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act 1933,
as amended.

The information contained herein shall not constitute an offer to
sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale
of the securities referred to herein in any jurisdiction in which such
offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration,
exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws
of any such jurisdiction. The offering and the distribution of this
communication and other information referred to herein may be restricted
by law and persons into whose possession this communication or such
other information comes should inform themselves about and observe any
such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may
constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

This announcement contains no information or material which may
result in it being deemed (i) to be a prospectus within the meaning of
section 2(1) of the Companies (Winding up and Miscellaneous Provisions)
Ordinance (Chapter 32 of the Laws of Hong Kong), or an advertisement in
relation to a prospectus or proposed prospectus or extract from or
abridged version of a prospectus within the meaning of section 38B of
that Ordinance or an advertisement, invitation or document containing an
advertisement or invitation to, or directing at, the public falling
within the meaning of section 103 of the Securities and Futures
Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) or (ii) in Hong Kong to
have effected an offer to the public without compliance with the laws of
Hong Kong or being able to invoke any exemption available under the laws
of Hong Kong. This announcement does not constitute or form part of and
should not be construed as a prospectus, notice, circular, brochure or
advertisement offering to sell or issue or solicitation or invitation of
offers to acquire, purchase or subscribe for any securities in Hong Kong
or intended to invite such offers or inducing or intended to induce
subscription for or purchase of any securities in Hong Kong nor should
it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract
or commitment or investment decision whatsoever.

This announcement is directed only at persons who (i) are outside the
United Kingdom or (ii) have professional experience in matters relating
to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services
and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or
(iii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (“high net
worth companies, unincorporated associations etc”) of the Order or (iv)
to whom this announcement may otherwise be directed without
contravention of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act
2000 (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant
persons”). This announcement must not be acted on or relied on by
persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment
activity to which this announcement relates is available only to
relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.

FCA/ICMA stabilisation applies.

In member states of the European Economic Area, this announcement is
directed only at persons who are “qualified investors” within the
meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospectus
Directive”) (“Qualified Investors”). This announcement is an
advertisement for the purposes of applicable measures implementing the
Prospectus Directive.

This announcement or information contained therein is not an offer,
or an invitation to make offers, to sell, exchange or otherwise transfer
securities in the Russian Federation to or for the benefit of any
Russian person or entity and does not constitute an advertisement or
offering of securities in the Russian Federation within the meaning of
Russian securities laws. Information contained in this announcement is
not intended for any persons in the Russian Federation who are not
“qualified investors” within the meaning of Article 51.2 of the Federal
Law No. 39-FZ “On the Securities Market” dated 22 April 1996, as amended
(the “Russian QIs”) and must not be distributed or circulated into
Russia or made available in Russia to any persons who are not Russian
QIs, unless and to the extent they are otherwise permitted to access
such information under Russian law. The securities mentioned herein have
not been and will not be registered in Russia and are not intended for
“placement” or “circulation” in Russia (each as defined in Russian
securities laws) unless and to the extent otherwise permitted under
Russian law.

UNITED COMPANY RUSAL PLC
(Incorporated under the laws of
Jersey with limited liability)

(Stock Code: 486)

INSIDE INFORMATION
RESULTS OF CONSENT SOLICITATION
WITH
RESPECT TO THE U.S. DOLLAR-DENOMINATED FIXED RATE NOTES

This announcement is made by United Company RUSAL Plc (the “Company”)
pursuant to Rule 13.09 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities
on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Inside Information
Provisions under Part XIVA of the Securities and Futures Ordinance
(Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong).

Reference is made to the announcements of the Company dated 26 January
2017, 25 April 2017 and 25 January 2018, whereby the Company announced
the placement of certain U.S. dollar-denominated fixed rate notes (the “Notes”);
and the Company’s announcement dated 23 February 2018 in relation to the
potential acquisition or disposal of shares in PJSC «MMC «NORILSK
NICKEL» (“Norilsk Nickel”).

The Company announces that on 19 March 2018 the holders of the Notes and
Rusal Capital D.A.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and the
issuer of the Notes (the “Issuer”) agreed on certain amendments
to the terms and conditions of the Notes as described below (“Amendments”).

In May 2017, the Company entered into the New PXF, the proceeds of which
were used for refinancing purposes. As part of the New PXF, the Company
agreed with its lenders on a new approach to the calculation pursuant to
certain of its covenants. Specifically, the method of calculating the
leverage ratio (i.e., Total Net Debt/EBITDA) for the purposes of
effecting the leverage covenant in the New PXF was amended to exclude
the impact of the shares that the Group owns in Norilsk Nickel and any
associated indebtedness incurred by the Group. This was achieved by
adjusting EBITDA by excluding the dividends received from Norilsk Nickel
and adjusting the Net Debt by excluding debt secured or backed up by the
Norilsk Nickel shares. The leverage ratio is, thus, tested on the basis
of the Company´s core operations. In the course of 2017, the Company
negotiated corresponding amendments to the leverage covenant in each of
its financing agreements with each of its bilateral lenders.

Following the above change, the Company´s only financial obligations
whereby the old approach remained to be used for calculating the
leverage ratio were the Notes. In order to harmonise the covenant
packages across its debt portfolio and to introduce a common approach to
covenant calculation, the Company proposed the Amendments to the holders
of the Notes.

In addition to harmonisation of the covenants, as described above, the
Amendments were intended to enable the Company to act in a timely manner
in accordance with the Shareholders Agreement between certain
shareholders of Norilsk Nickel, to which the Company is a party, to
protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders by enabling
the Company to have the flexibility, if required, to raise substantial
new financings for the purposes of a potential purchase of shares in
Norilsk Nickel and to create security in respect of such financings over
any Norilsk Nickel shares so acquired.

The key Amendments included the following

(all capitalized terms are as defined in the Terms and Conditions of the
Notes):

1. The calculation of Leverage Ratio is amended so as to exclude from
its calculation (i) debt, secured by Norilsk Nickel shares, and (ii)
dividend flow, resulting from Group’s ownership of these shares;
however, the total amount of such debt secured by Norilsk Nickel shares,
does not exceed 75% of the market value of respective shares;

2. The maximum Leverage Ratio, beyond which, subject to certain
exceptions, further Indebtedness may not be incurred shall be reduced
from 3.5 : 1 to 3.0 : 1;

3. If any acquisition of Norilsk Nickel shares or depositary receipts
pursuant to a legally binding process is commenced within 12 months of
the mandate having been granted by the shareholders as disclosed in the
Company’s announcement dated 23 February 2018, no Event of Default shall
be triggered by any default arising as a result of such acquisition,
provided such default is remedied or waived within 3 months of the
completion of such transaction.

Amendments are expected to come into effect on or about 21 March 2018.

  By Order of the Board of Directors of
United Company RUSAL
Plc

Aby Wong Po Ying
Company Secretary

20 March 2018

As at the date of this announcement, the executive Directors are Mr.
Vladislav Soloviev and Mr. Siegfried Wolf, the non-executive Directors
are Mr. Oleg Deripaska, Mr. Dmitry Afanasiev, Mr. Ivan Glasenberg, Mr.
Maksim Goldman, Ms. Olga Mashkovskaya, Ms. Gulzhan Moldazhanova, Mr.
Marco Musetti, Ms. Ekaterina Nikitina, Mr. Maxim Sokov, and Mr. Daniel
Lesin Wolfe and the independent non-executive Directors are Mr. Mark
Garber, Mr. Philip Lader, Dr. Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Mr. Dmitry Vasiliev,
Mr. Matthias Warnig (Chairman) and Mr. Bernard Zonneveld.

All announcements and press releases published by the Company are
available on its website under the links
http://www.rusal.ru/en/investors/info.aspx,
http://rusal.ru/investors/info/moex/
and
http://www.rusal.ru/en/press-center/press-releases.aspx,
respectively.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY,
IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (EXCEPT TO
QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS), AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER
JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

Contacts

United Company RUSAL Plc

 


Category: BusinessWire, PRAsia

Print This Post

Comments are closed.