Government’s $50 Million Senior Notes Offering

December 2, 2013

The Government of Bermuda is continuing the process to borrow another $50 million, filing an announcement regarding its BMD$50 Million Senior Notes Offering with the Bermuda Stock Exchange today [Dec 2].

This past summer the Ministry of Finance raised $750 million in 10-year bonds, at a yield of 4.85%, and said they would be borrowing another $50 million.

The filing stated:

“The Government of Bermuda (the “Government”) today launched an offering of BD$50 million Senior Notes targeted at local investors in Bermuda.

Butterfield Securities (Bermuda) Limited (“Butterfield”) has been selected as the sole bookrunning manager for the offering. Investors are invited to attend either of the following information sessions for a presentation by the Ministry of Finance:

Tuesday, 3 December 2013 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Fairmont Hamilton Princess
  • Princess Victoria Room
  • 76 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Fairmont Hamilton Princess
  • Gazebo Room
  • 76 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke

Butterfield will be accepting subscription applications from Permitted Purchasers* until 5pm Friday, 6 December 2013. Subscription applications are available at

The coupon (interest rate) will be dependent upon market demand, but the final rate will not be less than 4.75%. The Government and Butterfield have advised that, in the event of an oversubscribed offering, they will ensure importance is placed on allotments to smaller, individual subscription applications.

Summary of Key Terms

  • Issuer: The Government of Bermuda
  • Issue: [∙]% Senior Notes
  • Tenor: 10 years
  • Coupon: [∙]% subject to pricing, minimum 4.75%
  • Denominations: BD$1,000
  • Minimum Subscription: BD$10,000
  • Expected rating: AA-, Negative Outlook (S&P)/Aa3, Negative Outlook
  • (Moody’s)/AA-, Negative Outlook (Fitch)
  • Form: Book entry only in the Bermuda Securities Depository
  • Listing: Bermuda Stock Exchange
  • Offering Period: Subscription forms accepted from 2 December 2013 to
  • 5:00pm 6 December 2013

For further information, including the preliminary offering memorandum and subscription requirements, please visit or email Alternatively, you may visit Butterfield at 65 Front Street, 2nd Floor, or contact your broker.

* The securities will be offered only to (A) Bermuda residents subject to the laws of any applicable jurisdiction and (B) persons with Bermudian status who may be permitted (i) without further action by the Government and (ii) under the laws of their respective jurisdiction of residence to subscribe for securities of this nature (“Permitted Purchasers”).

Butterfield Securities (Bermuda) Limited is admitted as a trading member of the Bermuda Stock Exchange and licensed to conduct investment business by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

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  1. sage says:

    Why is the local issue 4.75% and not 4.85% like the overseas yield ? Still beats interest at local banks where you pay them to invest and lend out your money and reward you with interest rates around 0.02% .

  2. Same old same old says: