Lithuania issues Eurobond at the lowest yield in the history of the country


2014 10 22


Vilnius, October 22. Lithuania successfully issued a twelve-year EUR 1 billion Eurobond in the international capital markets today and will pay the lowest coupon in the country’s history – 2.125 per cent in EUR market.

According to the Finance Minister Rimantas Šadžius, such result reflects investors’ positive view on Lithuania, which is already treated as a high grade euro zone country. “This Eurobond is a testament to financial markets’ appreciation of Government’s fiscal policy and Lithuania’s economic outlook, particularly the upcoming Eurozone membership. There are more than two months left till Lithuania joins the euro area, however, we see the benefit of decreasing borrowing costs already”, Lithuania’s Finance Minister said.

The Eurobond will not only be the lowest in terms of coupon, but also the longest in terms of maturity (previously the longest Eurobond issued by Lithuania was 10 years) and largest in terms of amount in the euro market (previously the largest amount of Eurobond issue was 600 million euros).

Lithuania has successfully priced an offering of EUR 1 billion 2.125 per cent Notes due 2026 (the “Notes”). The Notes have been issued at a yield of 2.322 per cent and issue price equal to 97.957 per cent of their face value.

The settlement of the Notes will take place on 29 October 2014. The Notes mature on 29 October 2026.

Proceeds from the offering will be used for general budgetary purposes and refinancing of existing debt obligations, including the redemption of USD 1.5 billion Eurobonds due 15 January 2015.

The transaction was lead-managed by HSBC Bank plc, J.P Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale.

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