July 03, 2006
To finance Bayer's investment program in Caojing, China:

Bayer successfully syndicates a EUR 610 million equivalent credit facility in China

Long-term credit facility available in Renminbi or U.S. dollars/ Syndication significantly oversubscribed

Leverkusen - Bayer has successfully secured a RMB 6.1 billion credit line (equivalent to USD 760 million / EUR 610 million) in China. The syndication, lead-managed by China Construction Bank, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Standard Chartered Bank, was significantly oversubscribed. The credit facility serves to finance a world-scale polyurethanes production plant of Bayer MaterialScience at the Caojing site. The production unit for MDI, a raw material for polyurethane foam, is part of an investment project at this site with a total planned volume of some USD 1.8 billion through 2009.
The credit facility has a term of 10 years and may be drawn either in U.S. dollars or in the Chinese currency Renminbi. The interest rate is 30 basis points above Libor for U.S. dollar drawings, or 90 percent of the applicable base interest rate of the Chinese central bank for drawings in Renminbi. The commitment fee is 8 basis points per annum.

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