8 November 2023
Vår Energi ASA announces pricing of its inaugural issuance of Euro Subordinated Fixed Rate Reset Securities
Sandnes, Norway, 8 November 2023: Vår Energi ASA (OSE: VAR, “Vår Energi”) has today successfully priced its inaugural issuance of EUR 750 million Subordinated Fixed Rate Reset Securities due 2083 (“Securities”), distributed to institutional investors outside the United States only. The issuance is expected to close on or around 15 November 2023.
The transaction has been very well received by the market with an order-book over 3x times oversubscribed at the peak (above €2.4bn, at guidance).
The Securities will be issued at a price equal to 100% of their aggregate principal amount. The Securities will carry a fixed coupon of 7.862% per annum until the first reset date on 15 February 2029. The coupon will reset on the first reset date and every five years thereafter to the prevailing Euro 5 Year Mid-Swap Rate plus the applicable margin. The initial margin will be 476.5bps and will step up by 25 bps in February 2034 and an additional 75bps in February 2049. The Securities will mature on 15 November 2083 but may be redeemed at par at any time during the 90-day period prior to the first reset date and, subsequently, on each interest payment date.
Rating agencies Moody’s and S&P assigned to the Securities issue ratings of Ba2 and BB+, respectively, with an “equity credit” of 50% (until year 50 for Moody’s and until the First Reset Date for S&P).
The Securities will be listed on the regulated market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange on or around the issue date. The net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
Having previously established its presence in the global debt capital markets with senior USD and EUR notes issuances in 2022 and 2023, with this transaction, Vår Energi is broadening its range of funding sources and its investor base and reinforcing its balance sheet with a new layer of capital.
Barclays, Citi and UniCredit acted as Global Coordinators and Structuring Advisors. Barclays, BofA Securities, Citi, Crédit Agricole CIB, DNB Markets, Intesa Sanpaolo (Divisione IMI CIB), Natixis, SMBC, Standard Chartered Bank and UniCredit acted as Active Bookrunners.
For further information, please contact:
Ida Marie Fjellheim, Head of Investor Relations
Rune Dreiem, VP Finance and Treasury
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About Vår Energi:
Vår Energi is a leading independent upstream oil and gas company on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). We are committed to deliver a better future through responsible value driven growth based on over 50 years of NCS operations, a robust and diversified asset portfolio with ongoing development projects, and a strong exploration track record. Our ambition is to be the safest operator on the NCS, the partner of choice, an ESG leader with a tangible plan to reduce emissions from our operations by 50% within 2030. Vår Energi has around 1000 employees and equity stakes in 40 fields and the company produced net 209,000 boe per day in the first nine months of 2023. We have our headquarters outside Stavanger, Norway, with offices in Oslo and Hammerfest. To learn more, please visit varenergi.no.