Air Liquide issues €300 million of bonds

Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:21pm EST

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PARIS--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News: 

Air Liquide (Paris:AI) 

The Group has issued a bond with the following characteristics:

* Amount: €300 million 
* Issuer: L`Air Liquide S.A. 
* Maturity: September 6, 2023 
* Settlement: March 6, 2013 
* Format: fixed rate, repayment at maturity 
* Coupon: 2.375% p.a.

This transaction, issued under the Group`s €6 billion Euro Medium Term Note
(EMTN) program, allowed the issue of a €300 million euros bond with a 10 year
and a half maturity. This recent transaction brings the total outstanding amount
of bond issued to this day to approximately €5.0 billion, with an average
maturity of 6 years. 

This transaction allowed the Group to refinance part of its German acquisition
debt contracted in 2004 and 2007 and lengthens the average maturity of existing
debt, while benefiting from favorable market conditions. The Group`s capital
structure remains very solid and this operation further strengthens the
liquidity of the Group. 

The bond issue is rated "A" by Standard & Poor`s, consistent with the Group`s
credit rating of "A / positive outlook". 

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Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen carbon dioxide and rare gases have been at the core
of Air Liquide`s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules,
Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of
current and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve
dynamic growth and a consistent performance.

Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to develop valuable
applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry`s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals,
homecare, fighting nosocomial infections…

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer
trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive
growth. The diversity of Air Liquide`s teams, businesses, markets and geographic
presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and
strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and
build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true
to its sustainable development approach. In 2008, the Group`s revenues amounted
to €15.3 billion, of which 82% were earned outside France. Air Liquide is listed
on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC
40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

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Investor Relations
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Group Financing & Treasury
Jacques Molgo
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Edouard Neyrand
+33 (0)1 40 62 57 08 

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