Bonds & rating
Bonds & rating

Securing liquidity, minimizing risks

The financial management of the K+S Group follows three overriding objectives:

  • secure liquidity and manage it efficiently throughout the company,
  • to maintain and optimize the ability to finance,
  • to reduce financial risks also by using financial instruments.

Through centralized cash management, we control liquidity and optimize cash flows within the company. In order to maintain our financing capability and to achieve favorable costs for debt and equity, we aim to achieve a long-term capital structure based on the criteria and ratios for an investment grade rating, irrespective of the current non-investment grade rating. We manage our capital structure on the basis of the following key figures:

Key figures for managing the capital structure

  Value 2018 Value 2017 Value 2016 Value 2015 Value 2014
Net debt / EBITDA 7.3 7.2 6.9 2.3 1.8
Net debt / equity (in %) 107.2 99.5 78.7 55.9 40.9
Net debt ratio (in %) 41.6 42.7 47.2 51.9 50.6

Currency and interest rate management is carried out centrally for all major Group companies. Derivative financial instruments are only concluded with banks of good credit standing, spread across several banks to reduce the default risk and monitored regularly.

Rating

Rating agencies assess the creditworthiness of companies - their so-called credit rating. A rating describes the assessment of a company's ability to meet its future interest and repayment obligations on time. The higher the rating, the lower the estimated potential risk. A company with a good rating can therefore generally borrow capital on the capital market at better terms than a company with a weak rating.

Current rating classification

Rating agency Rating Outlook Date of the last update
Standard & Poor's BB- stable September 27, 2019

You will find more information on the rating definitions at Standard & Poor's.

Bonds

K+S Aktiengesellschaft issued corporate bonds on the capital market on 11 July 2018, 31 March 2017, 2 December 2013 and 12 June 2012. These enable longer-term financing at attractive conditions and offer lenders an interesting investment opportunity.

Facts and figures July 2018 bond
WKN / ISIN: A2N BE7 / XS1854830889
Listing: Stock exchange Luxembourg
Issue volume: 600 million EUR
Denomination: 100,000 EUR
Issue price: 100.000 
Interest coupon: 3.250%
Maturity: July 18, 2024
Facts and figures March 2017 bond
WKN / ISIN: A2E 4U9 / XS1591416679
Listing: Stock exchange Luxembourg
Issue volume: 625 million EUR
Denomination: 1,000 EUR
Issue price: 100.000 
Interest coupon: 2.625%
Maturity: April 6, 2023
Facts and figures December 2013 bond
WKN / ISIN: A1Y CR5 / XS0997941355
Listing: Stock exchange Luxembourg
Issue volume: 500 million EUR
Denomination: 1,000 EUR
Issue price: 99.539
Interest coupon: 4.125%
Maturity:
Dec. 6, 2022
Facts and figures  June 2012 bond
WKN / ISIN: A1P GZ8 / DE000A1PGZ82
Listing: Stock exchange Luxembourg
Issue volume: 500 million EUR
Denomination: 100,000 EUR
Issue price: 99.422
Interest coupon: 3.000%
Maturity:
June 20, 2021

Detailed information and bond prospectuses can be found here.

Contact

Your contact persons

K+S Aktiengesellschaft Investor Relations
Julia Bock, CFA
Senior Investor Relations Manager
K+S Aktiengesellschaft Investor Relations Manager
Janina Rochell
Investor Relations Manager
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