Greece Raises EUR 1.3 B in Debt Sale

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 14:49|  views

A municipal worker attaches to a tree the flag of his union near the Greek Parliament building during a demonstration in central Athens, Greece, 14 December 2012. EPA/BGNES

Greece has raised EUR 1.3 B in a three-month treasury bill auction with demand to spare, returning to short-term debt sales after completing an EU-funded debt buy-back last week.

"During the auction of EUR 1.0 B of 13-week treasury bills conducted today, the total bids reached 1.73 billion and the amount finally accepted was 1.3 billion," Greece's state debt management agency said in a statement quoted by international media. The sale offered a yield of 4.11% to lenders.

In the last three-month auction in November, the agency had raised EUR 1.3 B at an interest rate of 4.20%.

Greece last week attracted offers of EUR 31.9 B in a bond buy-back designed to alleviate its enormous sovereign debt by some EUR 20 B.

The scheme was a condition for the unblocking of pending EU-IMF loans, which had been held back since June owing to reform delays and a protracted electoral campaign in Greece that raised doubts about the future of its fiscal overhaul.

Because of the delay in receiving the EU-IMF funds, Greece had been forced to make emergency one-month debt auctions in November and earlier this month.

After EU leaders gave their approval last week, Greece is to receive EUR 34.3 B in scheduled bailout aid in December, and another EUR 14.8 W in the first quarter of next year.

The first seven billion was disbursed on Monday and another EUR 27.3 B is expected by Wednesday.

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Tags: greece, debt sale, bond sale, bond issue, IMF, EU


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