December 01, 2008 11:55 ET

Linde launches 600 million euro bond

MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Linde Finance B.V., guaranteed by Linde Aktiengesellschaft, issued a 6.75 percent 600 million euro 7-year Eurobond securing further long-term financing for the Linde Group. The bond, which is due 8 December 2015, had a re-offer price of 99.534 percent to give a spread of mid swaps plus 330 basis points. This equates to a spread of 403.4 basis points over the respective July 2015 German government benchmark. Joint Bookrunners were Deutsche Bank and Société Générale with LBBW and DZ Bank as further Co-lead managers. Linde is rated Baa1 (stable) by Moody's and BBB+ (stable) by S&P. The transaction has been launched under Linde's Debt Issuance Programme. The bond has the following ISIN XS0403540189 and will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.3 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

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