Sunday, 12 August 2007

New NZD Kauri Bond issue

Who says offshore investment is drying up?

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, said on Friday it had launched its first-ever New Zealand dollar Kauri bond, issuing a five-year NZ$300 million note to raise funds to support poverty reduction work.

The notes mature on Aug 23, 2012 and carry a coupon of 7.75 percent, paid semi-annually, and were priced to yield 82 basis points over the benchmark New Zealand government bond, IFC said in a statement. A Kauri bond is a New Zealand dollar-denominated bond issued by a foreign issuer. It can be sold to both domestic and international investors.

The issue was joint lead-managed by ANZ Institutional and Bank of New Zealand, and the notes were placed with both local and international banks and find managers, IFC said. The proceeds of the issue were swapped into floating rate dollars and will be used to finance IFC's operations to support and encourage private enterprise in developing countries.

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