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NTMA raises €4 billion from sale of new 30-year benchmark bond

(The original version of this press release was subsequently updated to include the press release issued by the joint lead managers for the transaction (105 KB, PDF format)  and the transaction termsheet (94 KB, PDF format).

3 February 2015 – The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has today raised €4 billion through the syndicated sale of a new benchmark Treasury Bond maturing in February 2045. The funds were raised at a yield of 2.088 per cent.

The total order book amounted to €11.2 billion with interest from over 350 investors. Of the €4 billion issued 95 per cent was taken up by overseas investors including U.K. (26%), Germany (24%), France (13%), U.S. (7%), Nordics (7%), Asia (2%) and other mainland Europe (14%).

The main investor categories were asset managers (45%) fund managers (15%), pension funds and insurance companies (12%), banks (11%) with the balance spread across hedge funds, central banks, corporates and others.

“The strength of investor demand for this first 30-year euro benchmark bond at a yield close to 2% opens up a new part of the yield curve for Ireland and further lengthens our maturity profile. With the completion of today’s transaction, the NTMA has now raised €8 billion since the start of the year, taking us over halfway to our full-year target issuance of €12 to €15 billion.” – NTMA Director of Funding and Debt Management Frank O’Connor.