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Commonwealth Bank Said to Market 50 Billion Yen Samurai Bond

December 14, 2011

(Updates with size in first paragraph, possible sale of floating-rate notes in third paragraph)

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Commonwealth Bank of Australia started marketing at least 50 billion yen ($641 million) of bonds, its first Samurai sale in six months, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The nation’s biggest lender told investors it will offer five-year notes on Dec. 16 at a yield of 75 basis points, or 0.75 percentage point, above the yen swap rate, said the person, asking not to be identified as the information is private.

Commonwealth Bank may also offer floating-rate notes with the same maturity yielding 90 basis points more than the three- month London interbank offered rate for yen, should there be demand from investors, the person said.

Daiwa Securities Group Inc., Mizuho Financial Group Inc. and Nomura Holdings Inc. are managing the sale, according to an e-mailed statement from Daiwa earlier today.

Samurai bonds are yen-denominated debt sold in Japan by overseas borrowers.

--Editors: Beth Thomas, Andrew Monahan

To contact the reporter on this story: Yusuke Miyazawa in Tokyo at ymiyazawa3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shelley Smith at ssmith118@bloomberg.net


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