Maturity: December 29, 2006
Issue price: 97.81
Fixed re-offer price: 96.21
Launched: Monday December 4
Lead mgr: RBC DS
We had a lead order for a non-supranational on the six year maturity from European investment funds. It has immediately started retailing into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux. Commerz already has a long history in this market.
We have covered quite a few maturities in this market - we did a deal with Deutsche on the five year sector only last week.
"...this was a very cheap deal. We knew a lot of our usual customers had redemptions coming up at the end of December. We sold to German retail."
"...a high coupon, which will make this attractive to retail investors. We took a ticket of R2m and that is not yet all sold. So far, we have encountered strong demand from retail accounts and co-operative banks in Germany."
"...not bad. This is targeted at the retail sector, so, as ever, sales have got off to a slow start. Flows are quite light, but we are confident that we can sell our R2m ticket over time without too many problems."
Compiled by Vusi Mhlanzi, RBC DS Global Markets, London.
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