Apple raises record $16.47b in bond sale
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NEW YORK, May 1 AFP
May 02 2013, 00:07AM
Technology giant Apple has confirmed it sold $US17 billion ($A16.47 billion) in bonds in the biggest corporate debt issue ever.
The bond sale, described in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, broke the record of $US16.5 billion from Roche Holding in 2009, according to the research firm Dealogic.
The debt-free Apple offered six tranches of debt, four at fixed rates and two at floating rates with the maturity between three and 30 years.
For the three-year bonds, Apple will pay a rate of 0.45 per cent, which according to Dealogic is the lowest coupon rate on record, tied with Texas Instruments, Unilever Capital and Walt Disney for comparable notes.
The bond maturities go up to 30 years, with a rate of 3.85 per cent, according to the SEC documents.
The company chose to issue debt to finance part of the $US100 billion in share buybacks and dividends it pledged to undertake through the end of 2015.
Apple had a cash pile of $US145 billion at the end of March.
But a significant part of the money is in foreign accounts and the company decided it was better to borrow than bring the money back into the US because of tax issues.