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SIX Launches its SIX Digital Exchange by Successfully Issuing the World’s First Digital Bond in a Fully Regulated Environment

SIX just placed the first senior unsecured digital CHF bond with a total volume of CHF 150 million and maturity in 2026 via its holding company SIX Group Ltd.

The bond comprises two exchangeable parts. The digital part (Part A) of the bond will be listed and traded on SDX Trading Ltd and centrally held by SIX Digital Exchange Ltd. The traditional part (Part B) of the bond will be listed and traded on SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd and centrally held by SIX SIS Ltd. This innovative approach ensures the link between the digital and traditional worlds.

The digital part (Part A) of the bond accounts for CHF 100 million of the total issue volume. CHF 50 million was allocated to the traditional part of the bond (Part B). The coupon amounts to 0.125% per year, corresponding to a yield to maturity of 0.125%. Unless the bonds are repaid prematurely or acquired and canceled, they will be repaid at their nominal value on the due date. The company will use the net proceeds of the bond placed for general financing purposes of SIX.

Today’s issuance is an extraordinary success, as this is the world’s first bond issuance with a pure digital part in a fully regulated environment. The offering was oversubscribed several times and attracted strong interest from a very broad institutional investor base in Switzerland – evidence of the fact that the SIX’s stakeholders appreciate its strong track record, its substantial cash generation, robust business model and potential for growth very positively.

The Company has a long-term issuer rating of “A” from S&P Global Ratings Europe Limited (“Standard & Poor’s”), and Standard & Poor’s is also expected to rate the bond as A.

Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as the joint lead managers.

Daniel Schmucki, CFO SIX: “This is an innovative and historic transaction as it is the first of its kind in the world on a regulated and fully integrated digital exchange. The transaction was supported by key Swiss market participants and has demonstrated that the investor base is convinced of the innovative power of the Swiss financial market and of the supporting role of SIX in the transformation and development of the financial center.”

Thomas Zeeb, Global Head Exchanges at SIX: “The first issue of a tokenized bond on the SIX Digital Exchange as well as its listing and placement in the market proves that the forward-looking distributed ledger technology (DLT) also works very well in the highly regulated capital market. This transaction marks the beginning of a new era.

The establishment and launch of SIX Digital Exchange is in line with the mandate of SIX to develop and operate infrastructure services. The aim of this is not only to increase efficiency and quality but also to underline the innovative strength of SIX and thus ensure the leading role of the Swiss financial marketplace in the future in a sustainable manner.”

About SIX

SIX operates and develops infrastructure services for the Swiss and Spanish Stock Exchanges, for Securities Services, Banking Services and Financial Information with the aim of raising efficiency, quality and innovative capacity across the entire value chain of the Swiss and Spanish financial centers. The company is owned by its users (121 banks). With a workforce of some 3,500 employees and a presence in 20 countries, it generated operating income of CHF 1.38 billion and Group net profit of CHF 439.6 million in 2020.

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