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  • Grünenthal places €650 million bond
  • Crucial step to finance the company's growth strategy and its efforts to make progress towards its vision of a world free of pain


Aachen, Germany, 06 May 2021 – Grünenthal, a science-based pharmaceutical company and a leader in pain therapy, announces that it has successfully closed its first bond transaction.

The bond with a volume of €650 million includes a five-and-a-half-year tranche of €400 million with a coupon of 3.625-percent due in November 2026, as well as a seven-year tranche of €250 million which bears interest at 4.125 percent and will be due in May 2028. Due to significant investor demand, the original offer size was increased by €150 million.

“This first ever bond placement marks a milestone for Grünenthal,” said Gabriel Baertschi, CEO Grünenthal. “It helps us to continue our successful transformation journey by enriching our product portfolio with established brands and investing in the development of innovative pain therapies.”

In preparation for the bond, Grünenthal was assessed by three major independent credit rating agencies for the first time. They confirmed that Grünenthal is in a solid financial position. Standard & Poor's assigned Grünenthal and the bond 'B+' ratings with a positive outlook. Fitch Ratings assigned a rating of 'BB' to Grünenthal (stable outlook) and a rating of 'BB+' to the bond. Moody's Investors Service assigned a 'B1' rating to both the company and the bond, with a stable outlook.

“We are encouraged by the positive feedback from the market and the independent rating results, which show that we are on the right course. The bond will help to optimise our capital structure and diversify our financial profile," explained Fabian Raschke, CFO Grünenthal. “In February, we successfully extended the maturities of our €400 million revolving credit facility and our €535 million term loan bank facilities. With the bond, we will gain further flexibility to pursue targeted investments.”

Grünenthal has a successful M&A track record, and has invested approximately €1.3 billion in acquisitions of established brands since 2017. Additionally, Grünenthal recently acquired the Swiss biotech company Mestex AG and its investigational medicine, which will enable the company to tap into the global osteoarthritis market.

In early April, Grünenthal announced the results of its first Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rating which was also positively recognized by the bond investors. The company was categorized as ‘medium ESG risk’, placing it in the top five percent of its peers in the pharmaceutical subindustry.

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About Grünenthal
Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 29 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in around 100 countries. In 2020, Grünenthal employed around 4,500 people and achieved sales of € 1.3 bn.


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Florian Dieckmann, Head Global Corporate Affairs & Communication

Florian Dieckmann

Head Global Corporate Affairs & Communication

Grünenthal GmbH

52099 Aachen


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