Standard Life Aberdeen shares slip on proposed debt offering

Lucy White
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The new bonds will be US-denominated, and have been assigned a Baa1 rating by Moody's (Source: Getty)

Recently merged asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen saw its shares slip today as it proposed a subordinated debt offering.

The firm said it would use the new capital for “general corporate purposes”, including refinancing existing debt, as part of its “active capital management strategy”. Its shares ended the day down 2.12 per cent.

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Moody’s assigned a Baa1 rating to the proposed bonds, which will be US-denominated, giving them a moderate credit risk. It said this was its standard practice for asset management companies.

Standard Life Aberdeen was formed from the £11bn merger of Standard Life Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management, which completed in August.

Yesterday’s debt issuance, which the firm will be giving more details on as it tours roadshows across London, Singapore and Hong Kong, was the first since the two groups combined.

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