Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. Announces Closing of US$50 Million Private Placement of Senior Unsecured Notes

May 30, 2013, 17:13 ET from Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.


GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (TSX: CUP.U) ("CUC" or "the Company") announced today the closing of a US$50 million private placement of US$10 million 3.34% Senior Unsecured Notes due May 30, 2028  and US$40 million 3.54% Senior Unsecured Notes due May 30, 2033.

The debt offering was privately placed with institutional investors in the United States with J. P. Morgan Securities LLC acting as placement agent.  Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay short-term indebtedness and for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hew stated, "We are pleased to secure this financing on favourable terms, a reflection of the continued stability of the Company."  He added that "CUC's strong credit ratings help secure access to efficient capital markets.   Significant capital investments are necessary to sustain a reliable electricity service to Grand Cayman, to which CUC has remained committed for over 47 years."

The notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") as amended, nor will they be registered under any state securities laws. Unless so registered, the notes may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

CUC provides electricity to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, under a non-exclusive Electricity Generation Licence expiring in 2029 and an exclusive Electricity Transmission and Distribution Licence expiring in 2028.  Further information is available at

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SOURCE Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.