Rare issuer Solvay unsticks growing hybrid market

Belgian chemicals manufacturer Solvay sold its first public corporate bonds for three years on Tuesday when it reopened the European hybrid bond market, which has not seen a new issue since September. Despite the recent dearth of issuance, the market is still set to record an increase of more than 57% on 2017’s total volume.

  • By Nigel Owen
  • 27 Nov 2018

Solvay, rated Baa2/BBB, had spent three years without visiting the bond markets, but when it last did so it sold three tranches of senior debt totalling €2.25bn and two €500m hybrid debt tranches on the same day for its $5.5bn acquisition of Cytec Industries.

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