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DGAP-Adhoc: Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG: Successful placement of CHF 1 billion bond issues

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24.09.2014 18:30

Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG announces the successful placement of
a total of CHF 1 billion in bond issues for the purpose of the financing of
its acquisition of Russell Stover Candies, LLC, USA.

Kilchberg, 24 September 2014 - Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
announces the successful placement of a total of CHF 1 billion bond
financing, comprising the following three  tranches:

  - CHF 250 million floating rate bonds 2014 - 2017 with a floating
    interest rate based on 3-month CHF LIBOR plus 0.18%  payable quarterly
    as per January 8, April 8, July 8, October 8. The first interest
    payment will be made on January 8, 2015, and final interest payment on
    October 6, 2017.

  - CHF 500 million bonds 2014 - 2020 with a fixed coupon of 0.5% per
    annum. The interest payments will be due on an annual basis, starting
    October 8, 2015.

  - CHF 250 million bonds 2014 - 2024 with a fixed coupon of 1.0% per
    annum. The interest payments will be due on an annual basis, starting
    October 8, 2015.

With this seamlessly executed transaction in the domestic Swiss bond
market, Lindt & Sprüngli secures CHF 1.0bn three-tranches bond financing at
very attractive terms in a historically low interest rates environment.

In parallel, the transaction enables Lindt & Sprüngli to diversify and
broaden its investors base, as well as to establish a staggered maturity
profile underpinning  the Group's conservative financial profile and

All the three tranches were broadly allocated to institutional, private
banking and retail investors.

About Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (SIX: LISN, LISP):
As the global leader in the premium chocolate sector, Lindt & Sprüngli
looks back on a long standing tradition of almost 170 years which takes its
origins in Zurich, Switzerland. Today, quality chocolate products by Lindt
& Sprüngli are made at 12 own production sites in Europe (key brands:
RUSSELL STOVER, WHITMAN'S). They are distributed by numerous subsidiary
companies and branch offices and also via a comprehensive network of
independent distributors all over the world. With some 9,000 employees, the
Lindt & Sprüngli Group reported sales worth 2.88 billion Swiss francs in

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This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of
an offer to buy any of the bonds described herein, or any kind of advice,
nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale in any country or
jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful
prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any
country or jurisdiction. This press release also does not constitute a
prospectus as such term is understood pursuant to article 652a or article
1156 of the Swiss Federal Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus
within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
In particular, this announcement and the information contained herein are
not for distribution in or into the United States of America and must not
be distributed to U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S of the U.S.
Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act")) or to publications
with a general circulation in the United States or in any other country or
jurisdiction where such circulation would be unlawful. The securities
referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the
Securities Act or any state securities laws or in any other country or
jurisdiction outside Switzerland and may not be offered or sold in the
United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such
registration requirements.
Within the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed only at persons
having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall
within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005
("relevant persons"). The investment or investment activity to which this
announcement relates is only available to and will only be engaged in with
relevant persons and person who receive this announcement who are not
relevant persons should not rely or act upon it.
The relevant information on the bonds and the issuer is only available in
the final prospectus. The bonds are subject to the selling restrictions set
out in the prospectus. Electronic copies of the prospectus can be requested
by [Credit Suisse to insert].
This announcement may include projections and other "forward-looking"
statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any such
projections or statements reflect the current views of Chocoladefabriken
Lindt & Sprüngli AG about further events and financial performance. No
assurances can be given that such events or performance will occur as
projected and actual results may differ materially from these projections.

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Language:               English
Company:                Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
                        Seestrasse 204
                        8802 Kilchberg
Phone:                  + 41 44 716 25 37
Fax:                    + 41 44 716 26 60
ISIN:                   CH0010570759, CH0010570767
Valor:                  1057075, 1057076
Listed:                 SIX

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