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Banco de Bogota Bonds Soar in Debut as Trading Volume Tops Trace

February 12, 2013

Bonds issued by Banco de Bogota SA, Colombia’s second-biggest lender, rallied in their first day of trading.

The subordinated bonds due in 2023 gained 1.97 cents on the dollar to 101.97 cents at 2:02 p.m. in New York, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The yield fell to 5.12 percent from 5.38 percent in yesterday’s offering. The securities were the most active today in the U.S. corporate bond market, with 396 trades, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The Colombian lender’s notes are gaining a day after Brazil’s J&F Participacoes SA, the parent of the world’s biggest beef producer, postponed a planned junk bond citing “adverse conditions,” and four days after Schahin Oil & Gas Ltd., a Brazilian oil company rated non-investment grade, scrapped a debt offering

Banco de Bogota, rated Baa3 by Moody’s the lowest-rated investment grade, sold $500 million of the bonds yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Veronica Navarro Espinosa in New York at vespinosa@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net


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