November 9, 2022
Great-West Lifeco announces pricing of €500 million senior fixed rate euro bonds
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Winnipeg, November 9, 2022 – Great-West Lifeco Inc. announced today the pricing of €500 million senior fixed rate euro bonds. This is Great-West Lifeco’s third debt issuance in the euro market.
The €500 million, 7-year bonds are denominated in euros and will pay an annual coupon of 4.700%, priced at par. The bonds are expected to be rated A+ by S&P Global Ratings (acting through Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC) and A by Fitch Ratings, Inc. An application will be made for the bonds to be listed on the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin. The transaction is expected to close on or around November 16, 2022. Net proceeds of the transaction will be used for general corporate purposes.
The offering was made through Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas and J.P. Morgan Securities plc as Active Joint Bookrunners on behalf of a syndicate of managers.
About Great-West Lifeco Inc.
Great-West Lifeco is an international financial services holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses. We operate in Canada, the United States and Europe under the brands Canada Life, Empower, Putnam Investments, and Irish Life. At the end of 2021, our companies had approximately 28,000 employees, 215,000 advisor relationships, and thousands of distribution partners – all serving over 33 million customer relationships across these regions. Great-West Lifeco trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker symbol GWO and is a member of the Power Corporation group of companies.
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The bonds have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. This news release shall not constitute, or form part of, an offer or invitation to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Bonds will not be qualified for distribution to the public under the securities laws of any province or territory of Canada and may not be offered or sold in Canada, directly or indirectly, other than pursuant to applicable private placement exemptions.