PARIS, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis announced today the simultaneous signature of a medium-term syndicated credit agreement amounting to euro 8 billion and four bilateral credit facilities amounting to euro 500 million each.
The syndicated credit agreement consists of two revolving credit lines, each having a different maturity:
* a euro 5.5 billion five-year tranche with the possibility of extending
the maturity up to seven years, and
* a euro 2.5 billion seven-year tranche.
The bilateral credit facilities have three-year maturities.
These new credit facilities, totaling euro 10 billion, which follow the refinancing in January of the short-term euro 5 billion tranche A facility, allow sanofi-aventis to refinance substantially all of the syndicated acquisition financing put in place in April 2004. These operations significantly reduce sanofi-aventis' credit costs.
Sanofi-aventis Group is the world's third largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine and vaccines. The sanofi-aventis Group is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York .
The sanofi-aventis Group conducts business in the U.S. through its affiliates Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc. and Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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