BNY Mellon appointed paying agent on hybrid bonds issued by Telefonica Europe B.V.

First hybrid bonds issued in sterling by a Spanish company since financial crisis

Jan 14, 2014, 09:00 ET from BNY Mellon

LONDON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has been appointed paying agent, common depositary and fiscal agent on a tranche of hybrid bonds issued by Telefonica Europe B.V.

The hybrid bonds, which are deeply subordinated guaranteed fixed-rate reset securities, raised £600 million and are unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed on a subordinated basis by Telefonica, S.A. Telefonica's hybrid bonds will pay 6.75% interest per annum and have a non-call option for the first seven years which means the issuer can redeem them after this period.

"We have seen a recovery in the issuance of European corporate bonds recently, particularly in hybrid bonds," said Dean Fletcher, Head of EMEA Corporate Trust, BNY Mellon. "These are the first hybrid bonds issued in sterling by a Spanish company since the financial crisis. The fact the issuance was oversubscribed shows that there is strong demand for sterling denominated bonds from investors in the UK and elsewhere."

Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers, with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as the key drivers of its growth in Europe and Latin America.

Notes to editors:

As of September 30, 2013, BNY Mellon Corporate Trust served as trustee and/or paying agent on more than 67,000 debt-related issues globally.  Its clients include governments and their agencies, multinational corporations, financial institutions and other entities that access the global debt capital markets.  The corporate trust business utilizes its global footprint and expertise to deliver a full range of issuer and related investor services and to develop customized and market-driven solutions. Its range of core services includes debt trustee, paying agency, escrow and other fiduciary offerings.

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