Bloomberg News

Bank of America Sells Structured Credit Linked to ING

June 22, 2012

(Corrects amount of ING note in second paragraph.)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch sold $100 million of structured notes that will initially reward investors based on the performance of a similar note issued last year by ING Groep NV.

The $100 million credit-linked note is tied to a 6.51 billion-ruble ($194 million) ING security, which itself is linked to a bond from OAO Gazprombank, Russia’s third-biggest lender, until December 12. After that Bank of America’s note is tied to a basket of undisclosed credits.

Andrew Todd, a Bank of America spokesman in London, declined to comment on the note.

Credit-linked notes are securities with derivatives tied to the risk of a company or country’s debt and offer higher yields and tailored maturities that may not be available in the bond market. Investors typically suffer losses if there’s a default for either the bank issuing the note or the reference entity.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alastair Marsh in London at amarsh25@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Armstrong at parmstrong10@bloomberg.net


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