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DGAP-News: Symrise AG: Symrise Secures Financing for Diana Acquisition by Successfully Issuing a Bond

July 3, 2014

DGAP-News: Symrise AG / Key word(s): Bond/Mergers & Acquisitions Symrise AG: Symrise Secures Financing for Diana Acquisition by Successfully Issuing a Bond 03.07.2014 / 16:48 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Symrise Secures Financing for Diana Acquisition by Successfully Issuing a Bond - EUR 500 million bond issued - Comprehensive financing totaling EUR 1.3 billion secured - The investors' unwavering trust is a validation of the company's strategy and financial power Symrise AG has secured the financing for acquiring the Diana Group by successfully issuing a bond. The EUR 500 million bond was oversubscribed several times. Part of a comprehensive financing concept totaling EUR 1.3 billion, it boasts highly attractive conditions and will be used by Symrise to finance the largest acquisition in the company's history over the long term. Due to a capital increase based on authorized capital, which was equally well received by the market, Symrise achieved proceeds from the issue of around EUR 400 million in May 2014. In June 2014, the company secured short and medium-term borrowings from its primary banks amounting to EUR 400 million. The bond financing has a term of 5 years and a coupon of 1.75 %. The issuance was supported by Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International plc and UniCredit Bank AG as active book runners together with Banco Santander S.A., BNP Paribas, Landesbank Hessen-ThÜringen and J.P. Morgan Securities plc. The bond shall be listed and admitted for trading on the official list of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000SYM7704). As part of its refinancing activities, Symrise successfully issued its first corporate bond in October 2010 with a maturity of seven years. Bernd Hirsch, CFO at Symrise AG, said: "With the bond successfully issued, our long-term financing concept for the Diana acquisition is complete. The fact that this was achieved within a very short period of time between the purchase offer and completion is a great accomplishment of all those involved. The trust of the investors underlines the convincing logic of the transaction and is a confirmation of our strategy and our financial power. Symrise will accelerate its profitable growth even more with the successful integration of Diana." Diana is one of the leading suppliers of sensory solutions based on natural ingredients and has become a preferred partner to manufacturers of foods, pet food, aquacultures and cosmetics. With the planned acquisition, Symrise will substantially expand its market position particularly in natural flavors, intensify backward integration for raw materials and gain a greater foothold in the highly attractive market segment for pet food. About Symrise: Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements. Its sales of EUR 1.830 billion in 2013 place Symrise among the top four companies in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 35 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America. Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in every part of its corporate strategy. The company was awarded the German Sustainability Award in 2012. In 2013, Symrise was certified as a "Green Company" by DQS. Symrise - always inspiring more. Media contact: Bernhard Kott Tel. +49 (0)5531 90-1721 Investor contact: Tobias Erfurth Tel. +49 (0)5531 90-1879 End of Corporate News --------------------------------------------------------------------- 03.07.2014 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. DGAP's Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at and --------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Symrise AG MÜhlenfeldstraße 1 37603 Holzminden Germany Phone: +49 (0)5531 90 0 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: DE000SYM9999 WKN: SYM999 Indices: MDAX Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, DÜsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, MÜnchen, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 276601 03.07.2014

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