Bulgaria's Sale of EUR 950 M Govt Bonds Big Success - AnalystsFinance | July 5, 2012, Thursday // 13:48| views
Bulgaria tapped international markets to raise funds to repay the first tranche of about EUR 835 M (USD 1.07 B) in 11-year eurobonds maturing on January 15, 2013. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Bulgaria has successfully issued its five-year sovereign eurobond and on better terms than the country's foray into international capital markets back in 2002, analysts have said.
The Balkan country sold EUR 950 M worth of five-year government bonds at an interest rate of below 5%, lower than the 7.5% for an issue that matures in January 2013.
"Bulgaria's bond issue is a success because of the low interest rate and high number of investors, because it was oversubscribed and because it was successfully marketed in all regions – from Europe to Asia," Georgi Angelov, senior economist with the Open Society Institute Sofia, commented.
"This demand for bonds is proof of the strong credit standing enjoyed by Bulgaria and the confidence given by the international markets for its financial sector," Dessislava Nikolova from the Institute for Market Economics, a Sofia-based think-tank, added.
Analysts have also commented that the timing for the eurobond was right as it seized sudden improvement in market sentiment following last week's European Union summit to tap investors.
Bulgaria tapped international markets to raise funds to repay the first tranche of about EUR 835 M (USD 1.07 B) in 11-year eurobonds maturing on January 15, 2013.
BNP Paribas, HSBC and Raiffeisen were appointed to advise the Bulgarian state as well as manage the sale of the bond.
Bulgaria is rated Baa2 by Moody's Investor Services Inc., and BBB by Standard and Poor's Corp.
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