Apple Looking to Raise $3.5 Billion From Bond Sale Involving Euros [Updated]

appleeurobondsale Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will be the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt:

The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years.

Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested the eight-year notes will give investors a yield of roughly 1.1% and the 12-year notes around 1.7%.

Apple spoke with investors on Monday about issuing bonds and will use the proceeds of the sale for general corporate purposes, including share buybacks and dividend payments.

This would mark first time that Apple would begin issuing bonds in euros, with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs arranging the sale. This past April, Apple held a $12 billion bond sale, which followed a record $17 billion sale last year. Apple's bond offerings are a part of its expanded capital return program, which primarily involves a major stock buyback program and a quarterly dividend that aims to return more than $130 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015.

Update: The Wall Street Journal has revised its article to note Apple is actually looking to raise €2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) in the bond sale.

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Top Rated Comments

foobarbaz Avatar
127 months ago
Euro? Bit risky with a currency that almost bankrupted itself?

Obviously you were just trying to be clever and don't know much about finance.

If you assume the Euro might be worthless soon, then taking debt in Euro is not a risk. As the Euro falls, your debt (measured in USD) decreases.

The risk, however, is that the Euro is somewhat low at the moment. If it gains (the USD falls), the debt will increase.

Generally speaking, EUR/USD is somewhat stable, though. It has been circling 1.30 EUR/USD for a decade.
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syklee26 Avatar
127 months ago
Can I buy the bonds with Apple Pay?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
throttlemeister Avatar
127 months ago
Euro? Bit risky with a currency that almost bankrupted itself?

*snicker*

You mean that currency that was designed to be 1:1 to the US$, but dropped to $0.8 after its introduction and then climbed to be over $1.50. And then in the American induced crisis went down to fluctuate mostly between $1.30 and $1.40? That currency?

You shouldn't believe all that you see on Fox mate. In fact, you probably shouldn't believe anything you see on Fox, but that's a different discussion.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ritstu Avatar
127 months ago
So the question is: Why would anyone buy it from them if inflation will make you lose money?

So I'm guessing that you don't have any money that is saved in a Money Market account, a savings account, or a checking account that pays interest? What about CDs? All of these will not make money over inflation (in a typical inflation year - obviously not when it's 0%), yet people keep their money in them due to the fact that they are safe and liquid.

Buying these bonds, while they may not be as liquid, is a safe investment that could be sold before maturity if needed. You get a better rate with these bonds than the majority of accounts that are available that I listed above.

Personally, I agree with your statement that I wouldn't buy them just because I prefer riskier investments but there is definitely a place in the market for these and they will be bought up quickly when they go to market.
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TallManNY Avatar
127 months ago
Chump change. What's the point of Apple doing such a small issuance?
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captain cadet Avatar
127 months ago
Euro? Bit risky with a currency that almost bankrupted itself?
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