Amsterdam, 1 April 2014
NN Group N.V. announced today that it has priced a EUR 1 billion dated subordinated bond with a maturity of 30 years and which is callable after 10 years and every quarter thereafter (subject to regulatory approval). The cou-pon is fixed at 4.625% per annum for the first 10 years and will be floating thereafter. The bond is expected to be rated by Standard & Poor’s (BBB-) and Moody’s (Baa3) and will be listed on Euronext Amsterdam (ISIN: XS1054522922).
Lard Friese, vice-chairman of NN Group said: “We have progressed well to prepare our company for a standalone future. The successful placement of this subordinated bond marks an important step to establish our standalone capital structure. Preparations for our base case Initial Public Offering are on track and we intend to go to the market in 2014, depending on market conditions.”
NN Group intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including repayment of existing indebted-ness. A prospectus for the bond will become available on www.ING.com and www.NN.eu, after approval by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, on or about 4 April 2014.
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NN Group profile
NN Group is an insurance and investment management company with a strong, predominantly European presence in more than 18 countries. With over 12,000 employees the group offers retirement services, insurance, investments and banking to more than 15 million customers. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, ING Insurance Europe, ING Investment Management and ING Life Japan, which are jointly preparing to become an independent, standalone company, separate from ING Group. NN Group is currently a fully-owned subsidiary of ING Group.
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