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Brussels Airport sells PPs, North Americans dominate

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Brussels Airport has issued a €500m US private placement in three tenors in a “blowout transaction”, according to market sources.

Crédit AgricoleMUFG and SMBC arranged the transaction, which they began marketing with a €300m target. The tenors were 15, 20 and 30 years.

“Everyone had a look,” said a source familiar with the transaction, referring to every PP investor. But he said that in the end, those that bought the notes were North American investors. “European institutions I think were invited but my gut is it was priced too tight for them.”

There was a delayed drawdown till next year, said another market source. "It was a very easy sell for the market I think, but you've got to think, this would have been the perfect candidate for Euro PPs." 

The investor added that another example of a European borrower opting for US PPs over Euro PPs is French pharmaceutical firm Ipsen, which is roadshowing a seven to 12 year US PP next week via Bank of America and Crédit Agricole