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Successful completion of Pernod Ricard’s € 1bn capital increase through a rights offering

05/12/2009

Pernod Ricard today announces the results of its approximately € 1bn capital increase through a rights offering launched on April 15th and for which the subscription period ended on April 29th

Successful completion of Pernod Ricard’s € 1bn capital increase through a rights offering

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A 229% take-up ratio

 

Pernod Ricard today announces the results of its approximately € 1bn capital increase through a rights offering launched on April 15th and for which the subscription period ended on April 29th .

38,786,220 new shares were offered to the public in France and to institutional investors in and outside France, at a subscription price of €26.70 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering were €1,035,592,074.

Total demand stood at approximately € 2.37bn, an oversubscription of the rights offering by 2.3 times. 38,129,025 new shares were subscribed by shareholders taking up their rights issue entitlement, resulting in a 98.3% take-up ratio. Demand for additional shares from exercising rights holders was for 50,625,518 new shares, of which only 657,195 new shares could be allocated.

Settlement of the rights offering and delivery of the new shares, including the admission to trading of the latter on Euronext Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120693), remain scheduled for May 14th. Note that the new shares are entitled to dividends as of July 1st, 2008 and are therefore eligible for the dividend to be paid out of the earnings for the 2008/2009 fiscal year.

Following the settlement of the rights offering, the issued capital of Pernod Ricard will be comprised of 258,574,803 shares.
This capital increase is part of a set of measures aimed at strengthening the Group’s balance sheet together with the €1bn non-strategic assets disposal program now well underway as well as cash savings resulting from the implementation of the proposed dividend policy for the 2008/2009 financial year. Stronger shareholders’equity will give the Group access to other financing resources under favourable conditions, ultimately enhancing its flexibility for future growth.

Commenting the results of the rights issue, Pierre Pringuet, Chief Executive Officer, declared: “Pernod Ricard is pleased by the statement of confidence made by its shareholders regarding its strategy and growth perspectives.  The Group is now able to focus primarily on expanding the global reach of its business”.

The rights offering was fully underwritten by a syndicate of banks comprised of BNP Paribas, CALYON, J.P. Morgan and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking acting as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners, ABN AMRO and Lazard-NATIXIS as Senior Co-Lead Managers and Banco Santander, Barclays Capital, HSBC and ING Wholesale Banking as Co-Lead Managers.

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements and do not necessarily reflect future performance of Pernod Ricard, which may materially differ. These statements are by their nature subject to risks and uncertainties.

This press release and the information it contains do not constitute an offer to sell or subscribe or a solicitation of an order to buy or subscribe securities in any country. The distribution of this press release may be restricted in certain countries by applicable laws and regulations. Persons who are physically located in those countries and in those in which this press release is circulated, published or distributed must inform themselves about and comply with such restrictions.

The securities mentioned in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent such registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Pernod Ricard does not intend to register any portion of the planned offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.



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