Republic of Portugal successfully returns to the EUR long-term international capital markets

PRESS RELEASE - 23 January 2013

Republic of Portugal

(Ba3 (neg) / BB (neg) / BB+ (neg))

EUR 2.5 bn OT Syndicated Tap due 16 October 2017

  • The Republic of Portugal on 23 January successfully returned to the EUR long-term international capital markets with a €2.5 billion syndicated tap of its OT 4.35% bonds due 16 October 2017
  • This is Portugal's first OT syndication since February 2011 and marks the sovereign's return to the international long-term bond markets following its request for official assistance in April 2011
  • Transaction was upsized and priced though initial guidance following a single-day execution, a testament to Portugal's access to the international capital markets at beneficial terms
  • Significant and consistent tightening across Portugal's EUR government bond curve, positive investor feedback, a constructive tone in the EUR market, and minimal competing supply gave Portugal an attractive window for issuance
  • The mandate was announced at 15:30 Lisbon/London time on Tuesday 22 January 2013. The Republic began taking Indications of Interest at 08:45 Lisbon/London time on Wednesday 23 January 2013, communicating Initial Pricing Thoughts (IPT) of mid swaps +410 basis points area
  • Books were formally opened at around 10:00 Lisbon/London time, with price guidance announced at mid swaps +400 basis points area. Indications of Interest (IOIs) at that stage exceeded €8 billion, with a strong presence from both domestic and international accounts. Books closed for European and Asian accounts at 12:45 Lisbon/London time, standing at over €10 billion. Orders exceeded €12 billion by 14:00 Lisbon/London time, when books closed for US investors
  • The final order book exceeded €12 billion via approximately 300 accounts, underlining the breadth of support for this important transaction. The deal enjoyed particularly strong take-up from international real money investors, demonstrating widespread support for Portugal in the capital markets
  • The quality and size of the order book enabled Portugal to fix the spread of the tap at mid swaps +395 basis points, 15 basis points inside of Initial Pricing Thoughts. This represents approximately a 5 basis point new issue concession versus the corresponding secondary market at the time of announcement
  • Transaction priced at approximately 6:15 pm Lisbon/London time, at Mid-Swaps +395 basis points or 436 basis points over the corresponding OBL
  • Market making obligations on MTS Portugal, BrokerTec, and eSpeed will apply





IssuerThe Republic of Portugal
Issuer Ratings Ba3 (neg) / BB (neg) / BB+ (neg)
Issue Amount EUR 2.5 billion
Trade Date 23 January 2013
Settlement Date 30 January 2013 + 106 Days Accrued Interest
Maturity Date 16 October 2017
Benchmark OBL 0.50% due October 2017
Spread to Benchmark+436 bps
Coupon4.35% annual, ACT/ACT
Next Coupon Date16 October 2013
Reoffer Spread Mid Swaps +395 bps
Yield 4.891% annual
Issue Price97.751%

Joint Lead Managers 

Barclays, Banco Espirito Santo, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley

For further information please contact:
Embassy of Portugal in Canberra