Bayer starts hybrids cheap, cranks in hard

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By Mike Turner
07 Nov 2019

Germany’s Bayer took a cautious approach to issuing a €1.75bn dual tranche hybrid capital issue on Thursday, but despite the huge litigation battle it is facing, yield-hungry investors piled into the deal, pushing the book above €10bn and enabling Bayer to chop a fat slice off the yields.

The Baa1/BBB/BBB+ rated issuer, printing hybrid debt at an expected Baa3/BB+/BBB-, started marketing its 60 year non-call 5.5 and eight year bonds on Wednesday. The first yields offered were 3% area and 3.75% area.

“It’s very cheap,” said a banker away from the deal at the time. 

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