Attīstības finanšu institūcija Altum
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Placement of Notes
Inside information, 2020-04-08 16:00 CEST --
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The development financial institution ALTUM, which has been assigned a credit rating of Baa1 by the international credit rating agency Moody's, issued bonds in the amount of EUR 20,000,000 with a fixed annual interest rate of 1.3% and a yield to maturity 1.3%. Investors from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia showed interest in this issue and the subscribed amount exceeded the issued amount almost four times.
On 8 April, ALTUM issued Notes in the total amount of EUR 20 000 000 – the second issue of Notes within EUR 70 000 000 Notes issue programme - with a yield to maturity 1.3%. The Notes were issued in addition to EUR 10 000 000 Notes issued on 7 March 2018 and EUR 15 000 000 Notes issued on 5 June 2019 with a maturity date on 7 March 2025 and a fixed annual interest rate of 1.3% (ISIN LV0000880037), which are listed on the Nasdaq Riga Bond list. The transaction attracted a great deal of interest from investors in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and the Notes were oversubscribed 3.8 times. The Notes were allocated to 15 investors in the Baltics: 3 banks (7%) and 12 asset managers and insurance companies (93%).
Proceeds from the Notes will be used for ALTUM’s funding purposes of sustainable business projects that are vital for the national economy within agriculture.
Reinis Bērziņš, Chairman of the Management board of ALTUM:
“Despite the uncertainty in the capital markets caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, ALTUM is confidently moving forward with its chosen fundraising strategy. We are pleased with the strong interest from investors, which allows us to issue notes on better financial terms than we achieved in the issues of 2017 and 2018, when the capital markets were stable, even in these difficult times for the global economy. By implementing special financial instruments, ALTUM in Latvia is one of the cornerstones for supporting companies affected by the virus crisis. At the same time, we provide entrepreneurs with all the ordinary ALTUM instruments, which companies also actively use for development in accordance with their specifics and needs. We will use proceeds from this notes issue to expand operations of the ALTUM-run Land Fund to further strengthen the fund’s rapid growth in recent years. The volume of Land Fund new transactions is growing every year and in 2019 the fund's portfolio doubled, and currently its total amount is rapidly approaching 50 million euros. In general, the fund raising in capital markets ensures diversified funding sources, helps us be sustainable and self-sufficient in attraction of the funding, while at the same time promoting the development of the Baltic capital market.”
AB SEB Bankas acted as the sole bookrunner of the transaction.
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JSC Development Finance Institution ALTUM is a Latvia state-owned company that ensures access of the enterprises and households to the financial resources by means of support financial instruments - loans, guarantees, investments in venture capital funds - in the areas defined as important and to be supported by the state, thus developing the national economy and enhancing mobilization of the private capital and financial resources. On 25 March 2019 Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) reconfirmed Altum’s Baa1 long-term issuer rating, with outlook stable. The baseline credit assessment (BCA) was upgraded to investment grade rating baa3. The assigned Moody’s rating of Altum is one of the highest credit ratings assigned to corporate entities in Latvia. On 24 October 2017 the bonds issued by Altum were listed on a regulated market – Baltic Bond List of Nasdaq Riga. ALTUM was the winner of Stock Exchange Event of the Year award in Nasdaq Baltic Awards 2019.
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