May 20, 2010 02:54 ET


PARIS--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, was yesterday presented the Club des Trente (Club of Thirty) award for the best financing transaction in 2009.

The award recognizes Rexel's refinancing of its debt through two major transactions: the Group's return to the bond market in late 2009, with the offering of €650 million in seven-year notes, and its renegotiation of a new €1.7 billion Senior Credit Agreement comprised of a three-year and a five-year revolving credit facility. The two transactions have enhanced Rexel's market credibility, extended its debt maturity profile, reduced its financing costs and increased its financial flexibility and ability to pursue acquisition opportunities.

The Club des Trente is comprised of the Chief Financial Officers of France's largest corporations. Supported by the HEC Paris business school and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, every year the Club organizes and delivers annually an award for the best financing transaction. The award reflects the successful alignment of the transaction with the company's strategic vision, as well as with a variety of employee relations, human resources, cultural, environmental and sustainable development criteria.

Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, serves three main end markets: industrial, commercial and residential. The Group operates in 34 countries, with a network of some 2,200 branches, and employs 28,000 people. Rexel's sales were €11.3 billion in 2009. Its majority shareholders are an investor group led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and BAML Capital Partners.

Rexel is listed on the Eurolist market of Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker RXL, ISIN code FR0010451203). It is integrated in the following indices: NEXT 150, SBF 120, and CAC Mid 100.

For more information, visit Rexel's web site at


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