Published on 22 October 2021

Orange announces consent solicitation in respect of its outstanding £600,000,000 Undated 8.5 Year Non-Call Deeply Subordinated Fixed to Reset Rate Notes

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Orange announces today an invitation (such invitation, the “Consent Solicitation”) to eligible holders of its outstanding £600,000,000 Undated 8.5 Year Non-Call Deeply Subordinated Fixed to Reset Rate Notes (ISIN: XS1115502988) (the “Notes”) to consent to the execution of the Notes Amendment Deed to effect, inter alia, the modification of the terms and conditions of the Notes in order to change the basis of the interest reset provisions from GBP LIBOR to GBP SONIA and to include appropriate benchmark fallback provisions in respect of GBP SONIA. 

The full terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation are contained in the Consent Solicitation Memorandum dated 22 October 2021 (the "Consent Solicitation Memorandum") prepared by Orange, which is available to Eligible Noteholders from the Tabulation Agent (including on its website via the link https://deals.lucid-is.com/orange).

A notice convening a meeting of the holders of the Notes, to be held via teleconference on 15 November 2021, has been given to noteholders in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Notes on the date of this announcement, including by way of publication on Orange's website (www.orange.com) and by delivery to the Clearing Systems. 

Further details on the Consent Solicitation can be obtained from:

SOLICITATION AGENT
NatWest Markets N.V.

Claude Debussylaan 94 
Amsterdam 1082 MD
The Netherlands
Attention: Liability Management
Tel: +31 2 04 64 27 55
Email: NWMLiabilityManagement@natwestmarkets.com

Requests for documentation and information in relation to the procedures for delivering consent instructions should be directed to:

TABULATION AGENT
Lucid Issuer Services Limited

The Shard
32 London Bridge Street
London SE1 9SG
United Kingdom
Attention: Jacek Kusion
Tel: +44 20 7704 0880
Email: orange@lucid-is.com
Website: https://deals.lucid-is.com/orange

Unless otherwise indicated, capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given in the Consent Solicitation Memorandum. 

Disclaimer
This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Consent Solicitation Memorandum. This announcement and the Consent Solicitation Memorandum contain important information which should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Consent Solicitation. If any Noteholder is in any doubt as to the action it should take or is unsure of the impact of the implementation of the Extraordinary Resolution, it is recommended to seek its own financial and legal advice, including in respect of any tax consequences, immediately from its broker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial, tax or legal adviser. Any individual or company whose Notes are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee or intermediary must contact such entity if it wishes to participate in the Consent Solicitation or otherwise participate at the Meeting (including the adjourned Meeting, if applicable) at which the Extraordinary Resolution is to be considered.  

In accordance with normal practice, none of the Tabulation Agent and the Agent for the Notes has been involved in the formulation of the Consent Solicitation, the Noteholder Proposal outlined in the Consent Solicitation Memorandum or the Extraordinary Resolution. Each of the Agent, the Tabulation Agent and the Solicitation Agent expresses no opinion on, and make no representations as to the merits of, the Consent Solicitation, the Noteholder Proposal outlined in the Consent Solicitation Memorandum or the Extraordinary Resolution.

Nothing in this announcement or the Consent Solicitation Memorandum constitutes or contemplates an offer of, an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to sell securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act, or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and the Notes may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state or local securities laws. 

UK MiFIR professionals/Eligible Counterparties only / No UK PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (UK MiFIR product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No UK PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared. 

EU MiFID II professional investors/Eligible Counterparties only / No EEA PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (EU MiFID II product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No EEA PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared.

The distribution of this announcement and the Consent Solicitation Memorandum in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law, and persons into whose possession this announcement or the Consent Solicitation Memorandum comes are requested to inform themselves about, and to observe, any such restrictions.
 

CAUTION: 
FOR DISTRIBUTION ONLY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES TO PERSONS OTHER THAN U.S. PERSONS (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED). NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO, OR TO ANY PERSON LOCATED OR RESIDENT IN, ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE IT IS UNLAWFUL TO RELEASE, PUBLISH OR DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

Tom WRIGHT
22/10/2021 10:40 CEST