AIR FRANCE - KLM : AIR FRANCE - KLM : launches an offering of bonds
convertible due February 15th, 2023
March 20^th, 2013
Air France-KLM launches an offering of bonds convertible into and/or
exchangeable for new and/or existing shares (OCEANE), with a priority
subscription period for shareholders, of approximately €480 million, which may
be increased up to a maximum amount of approximately €550 million, due
February 15^th, 2023
Air France-KLM is launching today an offering of OCEANE due February 15^th,
2023 (the "Bonds"). The initial offering size will be approximately €480
million and may be increased up to a maximum of approximately €550 million
upon the full exercise of an approximately 15% extension clause by Air
France-KLM in agreement with the Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, no
later than March 25^th, 2013.
Existing shareholders as of March 19^th, 2013 will be entitled to subscribe to
the offering in priority during a period of three trading days (délai de
priorité), from March 20^th, 2013 to March 22^nd, 2013 (5:00 pm Paris time)
inclusive (subject to applicable selling restrictions), for a maximum amount
in euros corresponding to their respective stake in Air France-KLM's share
capital applied to the maximum issue size, i.e. approximately € 550 million.
The French State has decided to subscribe to this issue during the priority
subscription period up to its current 15.9% stake in Air France-KLM's share
The Bonds' nominal value will represent an issue premium of 30% to 35% over
Air France-KLM's reference share price^ on the regulated market of NYSE
Euronext in Paris ("Euronext Paris").
The Bonds will bear interest at an annual yield comprised between -0.02% to
+0.73% over the Reference Rate^ payable annually in arrear on February
15^th of each year. For the period from 28 March 2013 to 14 February 2014
(inclusive), the interest will be paid on February 15^th, 2014 on a pro rata
The Bonds will mature and be redeemed in cash at par on February 15^th, 2023.
The Bonds may be early redeemed at the option of Air France-KLM subject to
certain conditions, at par plus accrued interest. Bondholders will be entitled
to request the redemption of the Bonds on February15^th,2019, at par plus
The conversion / exchange ratio of the Bonds will be one new and/or existing
Air France-KLM share per Bond (subject, if applicable, to potential
The proceeds of the issuance will be used for the Group's general corporate
purposes, notably to finance its fleet and allow for the optimisation of its
debt repayment schedule. As a reminder, the estimated total amount of the
Group's investments for the 2013 financial year is €1.2 billion, and the
Group's debt maturing in 2013 is €1.3 billion.
The proceeds of the issuance will be made available to Air France up to 60%
and to KLM up to 40%. Air France and KLM will severally and not jointly,
irrevocably and unconditionally guarantee the payment of all sums due by Air
France-KLM under the Bonds (respectively for 60% and 40% of such guarantee).
Air France-KLM, Air France and KLM are subject to a 90-day lock-up, subject to
The Bonds will be offered through the combination of a private placement on
March 20^th, 2013 to qualified institutional investors, in France and outside
France except in the United States of America, Australia, Canada or Japan, and
a public offering in France from March 20^th, 2013 to March 22^nd, 2013, 5:00
pm (Paris time).
The final terms of the Bonds are expected to be set on March 25^th, 2013.
Settlement and delivery of the Bonds are scheduled to take place on March
The Air France-KLM's share, listed on Euronext Paris (Compartiment A) and
Euronext Amsterdam, is a member of the SBF 120, AEX and Stoxx 600 indices and
is entitled to deferred settlement (Service de Règlement Différé - SRD).
Code ISIN: FR0000031122 (AF)
Web site: www.airfranceklm-finance.com
Tel : +33 1 49 89 52 61
SVP Investor Relations
Tel : +33 1 49 89 52 60
VP Investor Relations
Tel : +33 1 49 89 52 59
This announcement does not, and shall not, in any circumstances constitute a
public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer
in any jurisdiction other than France.
The Bonds will be offered by way of (i) a private placement in France and
outside France (but not in the United States of America, Canada, Australia or
Japan) to persons referred to in Article L.411-2-II of the French Monetary and
Financial Code and (ii) through a public offering (offre au public) in France
only after the granting of a "visa" by the French Autorité des marchés
financiers on the prospectus relating to the issuance and the admission to
trading on the Euronext Paris market of the Bonds.
With respect to the member States of the European Economic Area, other than
France, which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a "Relevant
Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an
offer to the public of the Bonds requiring a publication of a prospectus in
any Relevant Member State. As a result, the Bonds may only be offered in
Relevant Member States:
(a) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the
(b) to fewer than 100 or, if the Relevant Member State has implemented
the relevant provision of the 2010 PD Amending Directive, 150, natural or
legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus
Directive) in each Relevant Member State; or
(a) in any other circumstances falling within article 3(2) of the
For the purposes of this paragraph, (i) the notion of an "offer to the public
of Bonds" in each of the Relevant Member States, means any communication, to
individuals or legal entities, in any form and by any means, of sufficient
information on the terms and conditions of the offering and on the Bonds to be
offered, thereby enabling an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe for
the Bonds, as the same may be varied in that Relevant Member State (ii) the
expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments
thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented
in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure,
in the Relevant Member State and (iii) the expression "2010 PD Amending
Directive" means Directive 2010/73/EU.
This selling restriction comes in addition to other selling restrictions
applicable in the other Member States.
The distribution of this press release is not made, and has not been approved,
by an "authorised person" within the meaning of Article 21(1) of the Financial
Services and Markets Act 2000. As a consequence, this press release is
directed only at persons who (i) are located outside the United Kingdom, (ii)
have professional experience in matters relating to investments and fall
within Article 19(5) ("investment professionals") of the Financial Services
and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotions) Order 2005, (iii) are persons
falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies,
unincorporated associations, etc.") of the Financial Services and Markets Act
2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 or (iv) are persons to whom this
communication may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons
together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). The Bonds and, if
applicable, the shares of Air France-KLM to be delivered upon conversion or
exchange of the Bonds (the "Financial Instruments") are directed only at
Relevant Persons and no invitation, offer or agreements to subscribe, purchase
or otherwise acquire Financial Instruments may be proposed or made other than
with Relevant Persons. Any person other than a Relevant Person may not act or
rely on this document or any provision thereof.
This press release is not a prospectus which has been approved by the
Financial Services Authority or any other United Kingdom regulatory authority
for the purposes of Section 85 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or
solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The
Bonds and the shares to be issued upon conversion or exchange of the Bonds
have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of
1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or with any securities regulatory
authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States, and may not
be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, 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. Terms used in this paragraph have the meanings given to them
by Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S"). No public offering
will be made in the United States. This notice is issued pursuant to Rule
135(c) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
 The reference share price will be the volume-weighted average
price (VWAP) of Air France-KLM's shares quoted on Euronext Paris from the
opening of trading on March 25^th, 2013 until 12:00 noon, Paris time.
 The Reference Rate will be the 9.89 years linearly interpolated mid swap
rate based on the 9 and 10 year mid swap rates as they will appear on
Bloomberg EUSA9 Index and EUSA10 Index pages at 12.00 noon CET on March 25th,
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