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Thursday 10 June, 2010

National Express

Bond Issue

RNS Number : 4437N
National Express Group PLC
10 June 2010

10 June 2010


National Express announces launch of ten year bond


National Express Group PLC ("National Express" or the "Group") has today successfully launched a £225 million ten year Sterling bond issue. The Group expects the bond to be issued on 17 June 2010 with an annual coupon of 6.625 per cent and a bullet repayment on 17 June 2020. The joint bookrunners for the issue are Bayern LB, BBVA, BNP Paribas and HSBC.


The proceeds from the issue of the bond will be used to repay part of the Group's existing bank borrowings.  Following on from the issue of the Group's debut £350 million seven year bond in January 2010, the new bond will further extend the average maturity of the Group's debt, reduce the Group's reliance on bank financing and diversify and strengthen the Group's overall funding structure.


Commenting, Jez Maiden, Group Finance Director, said:


"The successful launch of our 10 year bond has allowed us to refinance the majority of our 2011 bank debt ahead of schedule.  Leading bond investors have continued to be strongly supportive of National Express, despite uncertain credit markets, and we have the long term capital structure in place to deliver opportunities across the Group."





National Express Group PLC

Jez Maiden, Group Finance Director  

0121 460 8657

Nicole Lander, Director of Communications 

0121 460 8401


George Hudson   

020 7379 5151



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