Going Global with Peso Paper

Dec 1, 2002

Bancomext, the Mexican government's export-import bank, set a new benchmark in November when it issued the first peso issue that can be traded by international investors.

Investors have made a lot of money over the years by betting that the economies of eastern Europe would converge with the European Union. Over the last year, they have been taking the same approach in Mexico. Bancomext, the Mexican government's export-import bank, broke new ground in November when it issued the first Euroclear-registered peso issue, which means it can be traded by international investors. The MP$1 billion ($97.8 million), 144a three-year issue, led by Morgan Stanley, is priced at five basis points over TIEE, or the Mexican inter-bank rate, and has an 11% coupon, giving it an 11.175% yield to maturity. Bancomext issued the bond from its existing $2.5 billion Euro medium-term note program. Although the note looks expensively priced - Mexico is an investment grade issuer -...

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