AXA announced today the successful placement of Euro 1.25 billion of Reg S subordinated notes due 2043 with institutional investors. The notes will be used for general corporate purposes, including the refinancing of part of the Group’s outstanding debt, comprising AXA XL USD 500 million 4.45% subordinated notes due 2025 and AXA XL Euro 500 million 3.25% subordinated notes due 2047 (callable in 2027)*.
The initial fixed rate has been set at 4.25% per annum until the end of the 6-month call window period (March 2033), when the interest rate will become a floating rate based on 3-month EURIBOR plus a margin including a 100 basis points step up. Investor demand was strong with a book subscribed close to 2 times.
The notes will be treated as capital from a regulatory and rating agencies’ perspective within applicable limits. The transaction has been structured for the notes to be eligible as Tier 2 capital under Solvency II.
The notes are expected to be rated A-/Stable by Standard & Poor’s, A3(hyb)/on Review for Upgrade by Moody’s and A-/Positive by Fitch, which reflect notably the recent upgrade of AXA S.A.’s long term issuer credit rating by S&P** and Fitch***, as a result of the transformation of AXA S.A. into the Group’s internal reinsurer.
The settlement of the notes is expected to take place on May 31, 2022.