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KDB Said to Start Marketing Sale of Samurai Bonds for Next Week

June 05, 2012

KDB Said to Start Marketing Sale of Samurai Bonds for Next Week

The Korea Development Bank (KDB) headquarters in Seoul. KDB last sold Samurai bonds Oct. 12, when it raised 53.7 billion yen including 3.7 billion yen of two-year 1.45 percent notes priced to yield 105 basis points more than yen swaps, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Photographer : Nasha Lee/Bloomberg

Korea Development Bank started marketing a sale of as much as 50 billion yen ($635 million) of Samurai bonds planned for next week, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

KDB told investors it plans to price the two-year notes to yield 60 basis points to 75 more than the yen swap rate as soon as June 13, said the person, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

The lender is following Export-Import Bank of Korea, known as Kexim, in selling yen-denominated debt as the benchmark government bond yield dropped to 0.79 percent this week. That’s the least since June 2003 and the lowest after 0.502 percent for Switzerland globally. Kexim sold a record Samurai bond for a South Korean borrower last month.

The lender will also offer three-year Samurais yielding 70 basis points to 85 more than the benchmark, and five-year debt at a spread of 80 basis points to 95, the person said.

Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Nomura Holdings Inc., Daiwa Securities Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. (8411) are helping Seoul-based KDB with the sale, the person said.

Two calls to the mobile phone of KDB spokesman Park Chan Ho and his office number went unanswered. Today is a public holiday in South Korea.

KDB last sold Samurai bonds Oct. 12, when it raised 53.7 billion yen including 3.7 billion yen of two-year 1.45 percent notes priced to yield 105 basis points more than yen swaps, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The yield premium fell to 58.6 basis points yesterday, according to JS Price data on Bloomberg.

The 100 billion yen of notes sold by Kexim on May 17 included 51.4 billion yen of 1.11 percent notes due 2014 priced to yield 70 basis points more than the benchmark, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporters on this story: Yusuke Miyazawa in Tokyo at ymiyazawa3@bloomberg.net; Taejin Park in Seoul at tpark31@bloomberg.net

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


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