Westpac Seeks to Raise $3 Billion From Sale of Three, Five-Year Debt
July 27 2010
By : Sapna Maheshwari, Bloomberg
Westpac Banking Corp., Australia’s second-biggest lender, plans to sell $3 billion of dollar- denominated debt in two parts as soon as today, according to a person familiar with the transaction.
The bank plans to sell $1 billion of three-year notes that may yield 117 basis points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, and $2 billion of five-year notes that may pay a 137 basis-point spread, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.
The debt from the Sydney-based bank may be rated Aa1 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA by Standard & Poor’s, the person said. The offering represents Westpac’s biggest issue in the U.S. corporate bond market since Dec. 7, when it sold $3 billion of bonds in two parts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.