Telefonica gets max sizes, little or no NIP on hybrid/senior pair

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By Jon Hay
08 Mar 2019

Telefónica, the Spanish telecoms group with €55bn of debt, came to the euro market on Tuesday to refinance two of its hybrid capital bonds. It launched a tender offer for the pair, which now total €1.3bn, and a hybrid new issue to replace them, tacking on opportunistically a 10 year senior bond issue.

The company is rated Baa3/BBB/BBB, all with stable outlooks, but with such a huge debt — 3.7 times its Ebitda at the end of 2018 — it needs to be careful with its balance sheet structure.

It has a €705m hybrid that will reach its call date in ...

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