Brussels, November 27, 2018, 18:30 --- Solvay has successfully placed a perpetual hybrid bond for an aggregate nominal amount of € 300 million, to be used for general corporate purposes, including the possibility to refinance the existing € 700 million hybrid bond with a first call date in May 2019.

The € 300 million hybrid bond has a first call date on March, 4 2024 and a coupon of 4.25% until this date, with a reset every 5 years thereafter.

The hybrid bond will rank junior to all senior debt and will be recorded as equity (and coupons will be recorded as dividends) in accordance with IFRS requirements. S&P and Moody’s will assign an intermediate equity content, which corresponds to a 50% equity treatment of the borrowing.

Solvay's portfolio transformation over the past few years has been accompanied by a significant improvement in cash generation and a progressive deleveraging. This successful issue is part of our active hybrid portfolio management aiming to optimize the Group’s capital structure and reduce financial charges while remaining fully committed to an investment grade rating and to the permanence and significance of hybrids as part of that strategy.

Karim Hajjar, Chief Financial Officer

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Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 26,800 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were €10.1 billion in 2017, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program.

Financial figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.