CPF to Issue 5 Series of Debentures with an A+ Rating and a Coupon Rate of 3.8%

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF), which operates integrated agro-industrial and food businesses in 17 countries worldwide under the vision to become the “Kitchen of the World“, prepares to issue and offer 5 series of debentures with tenors of 2Y to 12Y to the retail investors and institutional investors and/or high net worth investors.

 

The debentures were assigned a rating of A+ by TRIS Rating and the subscription period is expected to be within January 2021 through 7 financial institutions – Krungthai Bank, KASIKORNBANK, Siam Commercial Bank, Government Savings Bank, CIMB Thai Bank, TMB Bank, and Kiatnakin Phatra Securities. CPF is expected that the debentures will be received well interest from investors.

 

Mr. Paisan Chirakitcharern, Chief Financial Officer, disclosed that CPF plans to issue and offer debentures to refinance existing debts maturing in 2021. These debentures will be offered to the retail investors and institutional investors and/or high net worth investors. CPF believes that this is a good investment opportunity for the investors who missed our previous issuance. Proceeds from the debenture issuance will be used for refinancing existing debts and for funding working capital to support future business expansions.

The retail investors will be offered 4 series of debentures: the 5Y tenor with a coupon rate at 2.99% p.a., the 7Y tenor with a coupon rate at 3.15% p.a., the 10Y tenor with a coupon rate at 3.60% p.a., and the 12Y tenor with a coupon rate at 3.80% p.a. while the 2Y tenor will be offered to institutional investors and/or high net worth investors only. The final coupon rate of 2Y tenor will be determined and announced in the later stage and the interest payment for all debentures is every six months. The debentures are expected to be offered within January 2021.

These debentures have been assigned an A+ rating from TRIS Rating Company Limited on 8 December 2020, reflecting CPF’s leadership in the agro-industrial and food business and strong financial position.

 

CPF operates integrated agro-industrial and food company (Feed-Farm-Food) businesses in 17 countries worldwide. The businesses are classified into three main categories; 1. Feed, 2. Farm and Processing, and 3. Food. Based on the vision to become the “Kitchen of the World”, CPF extended its business to numerous countries to promote modernize farming, promote production and processing of high quality meat products, expand production of ready meal products in alignment with change in consumer behaviors.

In addition, CPF added value by constantly devising agro-industrial and food business innovations to create safe production systems. CPF’s products meet global consumers’ demand and suit their ever-changing behaviors. At the same time, CPF places importance on efficient resource consumption and environmentally friendly practices to strengthen CPF’s capabilities for competition at the forefront of the industry, generating appropriate returns to shareholders while caring for all stakeholder groups.

 

CPF’s stronger financial position is apparent from its performance. For the first nine months of 2020, CFP reported 439,745 million baht of sales revenue, a 12% YOY increase owing to the Asian’s hike in swine prices. This is due to the swine shortage following the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Moreover, CPF reported 19,614 million baht of 9-month net profits, a 36% increase from last year which is at 14,445 million baht.

CPF expects 2021 performance to continue to be strong from previous investments in growing China and Canada swine business and Vietnam’s expansion in an integrated broiler production for export market which will be commercialized next year. Moreover, CPF innovates to add value to products and increase production efficiency in order to escalate CPF’s competitiveness and lower production cost and ensure a continuously improving performance and a stronger financial position.

 

In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, CFP remarkably navigated through the crisis by sharpening its competitiveness and achieve milestones while also helping society as evidenced by the “CPF’s food from the heart against COVID-19” project which keep CPF’s employees and companies safe from COVID-19.

As a result, CPF’s production lines was uninterrupted ensuring food security to the society. Furthermore, CPF took part in reviving and driving the country’s economy through F.T.I Fast Payment program to help 6,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by reducing credit term to not more than 30 days to enhance liquidity for SMEs.

Moreover, CPF has joined hands with the public sector to hire up to 8,000 new entrants in the labor market in order to push Thai economy forward, overcome the Covid-19 epidemic, and build a firm foundation for the economic system.

 

The joint lead arrangers are positive that CPF’s debentures to be offered within January 2021 will attract considerable interest from investors as always, particularly from investors looking to invest in debentures of companies that are stable with a satisfied return. CPF’s strong performance and financial position, its growth potential in the global food industry where CPF has established a secure foothold, and sustainable business practices will bolster investor confidence.

 

Retail investors and high net worth investors interested in the debentures of Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) can subscribe for a minimum amount of 100,000 baht and in multiples of 100,000 baht. More details are available at www.sec.or.th or contact the following joint lead arrangers.

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