Hertz Holdings Netherlands B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (HTZ) , yesterday agreed to sell €425 million worth of senior notes in a private offering. We believe that this move is part of the company’s effort to reduce interest expenses.
The offering, which is expected to close by Nov 20, carries an annual interest of 4.375% and will mature in 2019. The proceeds from the transaction will be used to redeem all of the company’s 8.50% senior notes due Jul 2015.
Notably, borrowing costs are still very low, which enable companies to obtain easy financing. Corporate bonds and borrowings from banks are in high demand as the U.S. treasuries are yielding low rates. We believe that the initiatives, such as the above, will provide Hertz Global ample financial flexibility to drive long-term growth.
Recently, the company posted third-quarter 2013 results with better-than-expected top- and bottom-line performance. However, the company has long been grappling with higher debt levels. Hertz Global ended the third quarter with total debt of $17,136.2 million, cash and cash equivalents of $548.7 million, and shareholders’ equity of $2,820.9 million.
The company is trying hard to strengthen its liquidity position. In doing so, in March, Hertz Global concluded a senior notes offering of $250 million due 2018, bearing an interest rate of 4.25%.
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