Brazilians Reopen Bonds
Brazilian issuers took advantage of the brightening mood in
the international capital markets in September. The Brazilian
government and the country's state-owned oil company,
Petrobras, both nipped into the market to reopen existing
bonds. Brazil closed its funding needs for 2003 with a $750
million reopening of its $500 million, 2011 issue. Citigroup
and Goldman Sachs lead managed the bond, which has a maturity
of seven years and eleven months, and carries a coupon of 10%.
Brazil went to the market with the goal of raising $650 million
and the lead managers were able to help it attract an
additional $100 million in commitments. The bond, which had an
issue price of 96.5, had a spread at launch of 633 basis points
over US Treasurys and a yield to maturity of 10.95%. The bond
is fungible with Brazil's $500 million, 2011 bond issued in
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