Debut borrowers in the European corporate bond market battled against the global downturn of issuance with remarkable success. They found that investors were willing to participate in their deals for diversification purposes, which resulted in many deals for new credits being emphatically oversubscribed.
Philip Moore reports.
It should scarcely come as a surprise that debut issuance from corporate borrowers in the euro market was sharply down in 2002, for two reasons. First, overall issuance levels, as predicted by most analysts at the start of the year, fell heavily, with total corporate issuance reaching Eu120bn
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