Press release no. 4/2012
Iceland has issued a USD 1 billion Reg S / 144A bond offering due in 2022. This is a fixed rate bond with a 6,0% yield. The transaction was well received by global investors with an order book 4 times oversubscribed. The bonds were predominantly placed with US and European accounts. The transaction followed a three day investor roadshow in the US and Europe. The issue was lead-managed by Deutsche Bank,J.P. Morgan and UBS Investment Bank.
“This transaction is an important milestone for Iceland and is very positive for the Icelandic economy“, says Finance Minister Ms. Oddný Harðardóttir. “It follows last year‘s successful re-entry to the international bond markets. We are very pleased with the broad spectrum of investor´s interest. Compared to last year's issue this transaction attracted twice the number of investors and double the size of the order book. This marks another step in implementing our medium-term debt management strategy where the aim is to secure regular access to the international capital markets and further broaden the investor base."
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Any offering of securities will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or any relevant securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. Accordingly, the securities to which this announcement relates would be offered and sold only (1) inside the United States to “Qualified Institutional Buyers”, as defined in, and in reliance on, Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (2) outside the United States to non-US persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of the securities in the United States.
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