Essilor gets €800m as first benchmark prices like Airbus

By Jon Hay
03 Apr 2014

Essilor, the French maker of optical lenses and equipment, on Thursday launched its first bond in euros since 1996, adding a 10 year tranche to the main seven year offering as the deal attracted strong demand.

Many bankers called the deal a debut, although Essilor issued two Luxembourg franc bonds in 1991, a €122m 10 year in 1996 and a $300m five and seven year US private placement in 2012.

Essilor, a CAC 40 company, gained its first ratings in February, with an A2 ...

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