BOGOTA, Colombia, June 10, 2016 /CNW/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (BVC: ECOPETROL; NYSE: EC) reports that, on June 8, 2016, based on the authorization granted by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Resolution 1657 of June 7, 2016) to subscribe, issue and place External Public Debt Bonds in the international capital markets, it reopened its 2023 Bond for US$500 million, with the following results:
- Maturity Date: September 18, 2023
- Total Amount Issued: Five hundred million dollars (US$500,000,000)
- Offering Date: June 8, 2016
- Settlement Date: June 15, 2016
- Credit Rating:
- Moody's Investors Service: Baa3
- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services: BBB
- Fitch Ratings: BBB
- Amortization of Principal: Upon maturity
- Reopening Price: US$101.612
- Reopening Yield: 5.600%
- Coupon Rate: 5.875%
- Interest Payment Dates: September 18 and March 18, beginning on September 18, 2016
The offering had an order book of US$1.7 billion or 3.4 times the amount offered and participation of more than 130 institutional investors from the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. This transaction ratifies investors' confidence in the decisions that have been made to face the pricing environment and Ecopetrol's future.
The resources obtained will be used for general corporate purposes, including the Company's investment plan for the current year. With this operation, the Company has achieved financing for 2016 in an amount totaling approximately US$1.27 billion, covers most of the Company's projected financing needs for 2016.
This offering was made pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form F-3 that was filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
This offering was made by means of a prospectus supplement and related prospectus. The final prospectus supplement relating to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on its website at www.sec.gov.
Ecopetrol is the largest company in Colombia and is an integrated oil & gas company; it is among the top 50 oil companies in the world and among the four top ones in Latin America. Besides Colombia - where it generates over 60% of the national production - it has exploration and production activities in Brazil, Peru & the US (Gulf of Mexico). Ecopetrol owns the largest refinery in Colombia and most of the pipeline and multi-product pipeline network in the country, and is significantly increasing its participation in bio-fuels.
This release contains statements that may be considered forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All forward-looking statements, whether made in this release or in future filings or press releases or orally, address matters that involve risks and uncertainties, including in respect of the Company's prospects for growth and its ongoing access to capital to fund the Company's business plan, among others. Consequently, changes in the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements: market prices of oil & gas, our exploration and production activities, market conditions, applicable regulations, the exchange rate, the Company's competitiveness and the performance of Colombia's economy and industry, to mention a few. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
For further information, please contact:
Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations (A)
Lina María Contreras Mora
Phone: (+571) 234 5190
Media Relations (Colombia)
Jorge Mauricio Tellez
Phone: + 571-234-4329
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SOURCE Ecopetrol S.A.