Berkshire Hathaway feasts at yen buffet
One of the world’s largest companies made its debut in the yen bond market last week, as Berkshire Hathaway placed ¥430bn ($4bn) of multi-tranche debt. With the Japanese government yield curve offering sub-zero returns for anything under 15 years, the six tranche deal offered investors a chance to earn a yield pick-up, according to bankers away from the deal.
“Amazing deal,” said a banker away from the deal. “Phenomenal. A rare opportunity to buy into the great man himself.” He was referring to Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.“With the Japanese government bonds near zero, you are getting a pick-up against the sovereign,” continued the banker. ...
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