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Credit rating and bonds

Credit rating and outlook

AkzoNobel is committed to maintaining a strong investment grade rating. Regular review meetings are held between rating agencies and AkzoNobel senior management.

See table for present rating and outlook:




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Long-term rating



Rating affirmed on March 16, 2009.


Rating affirmed on August 25, 2009, unchanged since February 25, 2009







Standard & Poor’s2



Bonds successfully issued

As part of our long-term financing strategy, we successfully issued a €750 million and a £250 million bond in March and April 2009 respectively. The proceeds of this transaction allowed AkzoNobel to extend its debt maturity profile. The €750 million bond offers a 7.25 percent coupon, and has a maturity of six years. The £250 million bond offers an 8 percent coupon, and has a maturity of seven years. Both bonds are issued by Akzo Nobel N.V., and are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Furthermore, in November 2009, AkzoNobel tendered €212 million from its 4.25 percent bond due in 2011 and added €225 million to its 7.25 percent bond due in 2015 to lengthen its bond maturity profile.

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