KBC Groep : KBC Group: KBC Bank NV perpetuals not being redeemed early
Press release - Outside trading hours - Regulated information*
Brussels, 29 April 2013
KBC Bank NV does not intend to redeem early the perpetuals issued to private
investors in 2008 on the first call date scheduled in 2013. The securities in
question are the KBC Bank 8% Perp NC5 Tier-1 hybrids (issues of 1.25 billion
euros and 700 million euros, respectively), which - in accordance with the
relevant prospectus - could have been redeemed early on 14 May 2013 and 2 June
2013, respectively. These securities are currently trading (offer prices at 1
p.m.) at 102.125% and 101.60%, respectively, of their face value.
One of the terms of the refocused strategy agreed with the European Commission
in 2009 was that KBC would not exercise this call right until the end of 2013.
Every decision on whether to redeem the securities early is also evaluated
in-house by KBC as part of its priority to maintain solid capital buffers now
and in the years ahead, even when EU restrictions are lifted.
Despite the volatility on the financial markets in recent years, investors
have always received payment in accordance with the terms and conditions
specified in the prospectus, receiving a coupon of 8% for both issues in 2009,
2010, 2011 and 2012. The decision not to exercise the call right will not
affect payment of the coupon in any way whatsoever and investors will be paid
an 8% coupon this year again. KBC does not currently see any reason why these
payments should be called into question in the years ahead and will continue
to evaluate the annual call option each year.
Investors holding these securities who are still considering selling their
investment are welcome to contact their KBC Bank branch. KBC will then check
whether a counterparty on the secondary market is prepared to acquire these
securities and at what terms.
*This press release contains information provided in compliance with the
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