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Creating Value through Pro-active Capital Management

On 8 August 2013, Willis Group Holdings completed a $525m bond issue. The net proceeds of the offering, together with cash on hand, were used to fund a $521m tender of Willis bonds.

The offering represented Willis's first debt issuance in two and a half years and its inaugural 30-year offering.

Key Points

  • Willis carried out a thorough review of its capital management strategy, deciding first to maintain its investment grade credit rating
  • In order to achieve greater financing flexibility the group extended its current bank facility and then reviewed its portfolio
  • When the bank financing was almost complete Willis launched a waterfall tender for its bonds with an outstandingly successful result
  • The company now subjects its capital management strategy to continuous review based on business strategy rather than as a response to immediate necessity

 

Written by

Christof Nelischer
Global Group Treasurer
Willis Towers Watson

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