Paris, November 4, 2021 – Atos today announces the successful placement of its first sustainability-linked bond issue for an aggregate amount of €800 million with an 8-year maturity and a 1.0% coupon.
The coupon of the last 3 years will be unchanged if Atos achieves the following Sustainability Performance Target (SPT): reduction in 2025 of Atos’ annual GreenHouse Gas CO2 emissions (Scopes 1, 2 & 3) by 50% compared to 2019.
This target is aligned with the most demanding objective of the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi), which aims to keep global warming at 1.5°C. In its Second-Party Opinion, Sustainalytics underlined that “the KPI chosen [is] Very Strong”, ”the SPT [is] aligned with Atos’ sustainability strategy and … Highly Ambitious, given that: (i) it is in line with its historical performance, (ii) it is above its industry peers, and (iii) it presents a [GreenHouse Gas] reduction aligned with a 1.5°C scenario”.
This landmark transaction enables Atos to further reinforce its commitment to, and industry leadership on, sustainability and to lengthen its debt maturity profile.
The bond issuance was more than 2 times oversubscribed. The final terms of the bonds underline investors’ confidence in Atos’ credit profile.
The proceeds of the bonds will be used for general corporate purposes.
The bonds, which are rated BBB- by S&P Global Ratings, will be admitted to trading on Euronext Paris effective on the settlement date, which is expected to take place on November 12, 2021, subject to the granting of the visa on the prospectus by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.
BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan are acting as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners of the bond issuance. Crédit Agricole CIB, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Société Générale, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Banco Santander, BofA Securities, Commerzbank, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, ING Bank, Natixis, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets, Unicredit Bank and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as Joint Bookrunners.
Rothschild & Co is acting as financial advisor to Atos SE. White & Case is acting as legal advisor to Atos SE and Linklaters as legal advisor to the Joint Bookrunners.
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Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 107,000 employees and annual revenue of over €11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 Paris stock indexes.
The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.
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This press release is for information purposes only and none of the information contained in this press release constitutes an offer of, or an invitation to purchase, any security.
This press release does not constitute an offer by or on behalf of Atos SE or any of its subsidiaries to subscribe for or purchase any securities in the U.S. as defined in the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the U.S. absent registration under that Act or an available exemption from it.
No communication or information relating to the offering of the bonds may be transmitted to the public in a country where there is a registration obligation or where an approval is required. No action has been or will be taken in any country in which such registration or approval would be required. The issuance or the subscription of the bonds may be subject to legal and regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions; none of Atos SE, the Global Coordinators and the Bookrunners assumes any liability in connection with the breach by any person of such restrictions.
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Certain information included in this press release does not constitute historical data but constitutes forward‐looking statements. These forward‐looking statements are based on current beliefs, expectations and assumptions, including, without limitation, assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Atos operates, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results or other events, to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward‐looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified under Section 7.2 “Risk factors” in the 2020 Universal Registration Document dated April 7, 2021, filed with the AMF under number D.21-0269, the Amendment to the 2020 Universal Registration Document dated July 30, 2021, filed with the AMF under number D.21-0269-A01 and available on the Company’s website (www.atos.net) and the AMF’s website (www.amf-france.org) and in the Chapter “Risk factors” of the prospectus relating to the issue of the bonds which will be submitted to the approval of the AMF. These forward‐looking information and statements are not guarantees of future performances.
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