30 Jun - 2 min read

Aspen secures new financing package

Aspen secures new financing package

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) (“Aspen Holdings”)
Registration number: 1985/002935/06
Share code: APN
ISIN: ZAE000066692
and its subsidiaries (collectively “Aspen” or “the Group”)


Aspen is pleased to announce that a joint financing package has been extended to it as confirmed in a joint
announcement made today by IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, along with Proparco, a
subsidiary of Agence Francaise development, the French Government’s Development Finance Institution,
DEG, the German development finance institution, and the U.S. International Development Finance
Corporation (DFC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution who are co-financiers –
collectively the consortium of development finance institutions (or DFIs). The announcement made by the
DFIs can be viewed here:

The debt financing package sourced from the DFIs , that is for an aggregate of EUR 600 million (“the
Funding”) is structured as an amortising loan, with a two year grace period and with the final loan
instalment being due up to seven years after its effective date. The Funding will be on substantially similar
terms and will rank pari passu with Aspen’s existing EUR-denominated syndicated debt facilities agreement.
The finalisation of the Funding is subject to certain conditions precedent being met.

Proceeds from the Funding will, in its entirety, be applied to refinance a portion of Aspen’s existing EUR-
denominated syndicated debt facilities. The benefits that Aspen will gain from the Funding are as follows:
  1. Increased loan tenor;
  2. Diversification of debt funder base; and
  3. Aspen has the option of fixing the base-rate for the tenor of the loan, at the commencement thereof,
     subject to a base-rate floor.

The all-in cost of EUR debt funding remains largely unchanged.

 Aspen is actively seeking opportunities to further extend and capacitate COVID vaccine manufacturing at
its Gqeberha manufacturing site and is also seeking to play a meaningful role in contributing to the
objective of delivering the majority of Africa’s COVID-vaccine needs from production sites located in Africa.

30 June 2021

Investec Bank Limited

Date: 30-06-2021 04:11:00
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