Mandatory convertibles set to go mainstream following ArcelorMittal’s blockbuster

11 Jan 2013

ArcelorMittal took $2.25bn from the mandatory convertible bond market, and a further $1.75bn in straight equity, this week in a deal that bankers hope will be replicated by other large-cap European firms seeking capital, writes Nick Jacob.

The strength of demand for mandatories from specialist US investors on top of a broader array of buyers in the US and Europe — first accessed by Volkswagen in its November 2012 deal — makes the market an essential agenda item for firms raising capital, they say.

"The ...

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