Ministry: Successful Completion Of $50M Bond

December 19, 2013

The Ministry of Finance today [Dec 19] announced the successful completion of a BD$50 million local bond offering.

This summer the Government raised $750 million in 10-year bonds at a yield of 4.85%, and said they would borrow another $50 million in local dollars.

Earlier this week, the Bermuda Stock Exchange announced the approval of the listing of the Government of Bermuda’s BD$50 million 4.750% Senior Notes due 16 December, 2023.

The Government said, “The Ministry of Finance conducted meetings with local investors to provide an update on economic and fiscal developments. More importantly, local investors were also informed of the Government’s plan to turn around the economy and reduce deficit levels.

“This also allowed the Ministry of Finance to evaluate local market conditions and potential funding opportunities to implement their new multi-year borrowing strategy as announced earlier this year.

“This strategy will give the Government certainty of financing instead of borrowing on a year to year basis in a rising interest rate market. The Government will be locking in low rates saving on interest cost.”

Minister of Finance Bob Richards said: ‘The Ministry of Finance has long discussed using the domestic capital market for some of the Government’s financing needs and I indicated earlier in the year that if rates of interest were competitive Government proposed to finance some of its borrowing requirements with the issue of a local bond.

“This policy choice was intended to spur more economic activity in Bermuda, to stimulate local capital markets and to provide Bermudian investors with an opportunity to feel that they are being part of the development of our country’s affairs. The issue supports the local markets as the Government bonds are listed and trading on the Bermuda Stock Exchange”.

Minister Richards concluded by saying: “I am pleased with the results of this successful bond offering which was the first local public bond offering by the Government of Bermuda, for many years.

“I am also particularly delighted with the competitive rate attracted by this issue. This transaction has created a new source of funding for the Government and expanded local capital markets. It has also provided a new investment product and opportunity locally which keeps capital here on the island.”

Highlights of the transaction include:

  • On Monday, December 16, 2013, the Government of Bermuda raised B$50 million in 10-year bonds at a yield of 4.75% – for a spread to US Treasuries of 191.1 basis points
  • Fully subscribed, broadly distributed across nearly 250 retail, high net worth and local institutional investors [including Butterfield, the underwriting institution]
  • All retail and high net worth investors who submitted subscription forms by the deadline received 100% allocations
  • Approximately two-thirds of orders (66%) were for subscriptions of BD$50,000 or less, 90% of which were from Bermudians [individuals and companies]
  • The low pricing and decent orderbook confirmed that the local market have a very favorable view of the Bermuda credit story despite ongoing economic challenges
  • The rating agencies will look at this local issue positively as they have typically noted in their reports that the relative lack of a domestic government bond market implies less financing flexibility than that which sovereigns able to borrow largely from their own residents enjoy.


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  1. terry says:

    Well done.

  2. sage says:

    I’m glad I suggested this local issue to Minister Richards.

  3. terry says:

    Your the guy behind the “sage” report.
    Thanks Doc.