CNH ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL PRICING OF SENIOR NOTES OFFERING
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Lake Forest, Illinois (July 29, 2003) CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH) today announced the pricing of the private offering of senior notes issued by its subsidiary, Case New Holland Inc. at an annual fixed interest rate of 9.25%. The company limited the size of the offer to $750 million, due to recent developments in interest rates.
"We are pleased with the results of our offering," CNH chief financial officer Michel Lecomte said. "With this transaction, CNH continues the overhaul of our financial structure with a significant improvement in our financial flexibility. Now, over 60% of our Equipment Operations net debt will mature in 2008 or beyond."
The transaction is expected to close on August 1, 2003. The proceeds will be used to refinance debt maturing in 2003 and reduce short-term debt.
"Since June, 2002, through two debt exchanges with majority shareholder Fiat, and the issuance of new capital, we cut our Equipment Operations net debt by $3.5 billion," Lecomte added. "Now we have established CNH's direct access to the debt market, further increasing our financial strength."
The senior notes will only be offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act. The senior notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. Unless the senior notes are so registered, the notes may be offered and sold only in transactions that are exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the senior notes, nor will there be any sale of the senior notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.
CNH is the number one manufacturer of agricultural tractors and combines in the world, the leader in light construction equipment, and has one of the industry's largest equipment finance operations. Revenues in 2002 totaled $10 billion. Based in the United States, CNH's network of dealers and distributors operates in over 160 countries. CNH agricultural products are sold under the Case IH, New Holland and Steyr brands. CNH construction equipment is sold under the Case, FiatAllis, Fiat Kobelco, Kobelco, New Holland, and O&K brands.