Skip to comments.Greece to target US investors with bond
Posted on 04/05/2010 10:12:23 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Greece will this month launch a multibillion-dollar bond in the US in its hunt for new investors, selling itself for the first time as an emerging market country as demand for its debt dwindles in Europe.
Morgan Stanley is being considered to handle the deal after Goldman Sachs plans to sell Greek bonds to US and Asian investors this year fell through amid rumours that the Chinese had shunned Athens debt.
George Papaconstantinou, Greeces finance minister, would lead a roadshow to the US after April 20 but in contrast with plans at the start of the year he would not travel on to Asia, one official said.
Greece is seeking $5bn to $10bn from US investors to help cover its May borrowing requirement of about 10bn to roll over maturing debt and meet interest payments.
The issuance is Greeces first in the US in nearly two years.
Athens is deliberately targeting emerging market investors, who only buy debt that pays high yields, as demand has dropped markedly on successive bond deals in Europe.
Greece is looking to diversify its investor base with this issue, which means attracting emerging market funds as well as other investors, one official said.
Greece attracted demand of more than 25bn for its first bond sale of the year in January, yet order books rose to only 6bn for its last bond syndication at the end of last month.
As Greeces bond yields, or borrowing costs, are much higher than those of many developing world countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Poland, and about the same as Hungary, bailed out by the International Monetary Fund last year, analysts say it makes sense for Athens to tap emerging market funds.
Greece is an emerging market and a Balkan country, and the fact that its a eurozone member is not a contradiction. Its an issue of performance, not belonging, Nikos Mourkogiannis, a London-based economist and restructuring consultant, said.
Greeces 10-year benchmark yields are about 6.5 per cent compared with Brazils at 4.9 per cent, Mexicos at 4.8 per cent, Polands at 5.5 per cent and Hungarys at 6.6 per cent.
Greece last raised money in dollars in June 2008 when it issued $1.5bn of five-year notes.
Hey Greece, good luck with that idea. Obviously you’re not on the internet. China doesn’t want to buy our bonds you morons and we don’t have the money to buy yours. Zero is driving our economy in the ground just like the PSA flight out of LAX/SFO circa 1988.
Beware Greeks bearing gifts or worthless bonds.
by the way, that guy that was a employee of PSA. He was a Muslim.
Added some keywords for you there, birdman. ;-)
Sorry Greece, but our government is already producing plenty of US Treasury junk bonds. We don’t need yours.
It’s interesting, BTW, that Morgan Stanley is trying that. ...possibility of some reputation repercussions.
Morgan Stanley just bought Smith Barney, so they have a lot of retail customers to scam.
10 year US T’s
The Treasury Department will sell $82 billion in notes and bonds this week, including todays offering. It will auction $40 billion of three-year notes tomorrow, $21 billion of 10-year securities the next day and sell $13 billion of 30-year debt on April 8.
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