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SoftBank to sell US$3.8b bond to retail investors

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:07
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Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Monday it plans to sell a 450 billion yen (S$5.11 billion) unsecured subordinated bond, mainly to retail investors, with proceeds earmarked for investment and to repay loans.

[TOKYO] Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Monday it plans to sell a 450 billion yen (S$5.11 billion) unsecured subordinated bond, mainly to retail investors, with proceeds earmarked for investment and to repay loans.

SoftBank, which paid US$22 billion for US carrier Sprint Corp in 2013, is a prolific investor in telecoms and Internet firms. It has said it plans to invest US$10 billion in India's potentially huge but underdeveloped online retail market.

SoftBank spokesman Mitsuhiro Kurano declined to comment further on how the proceeds will be used, but company finance manager Yoshimitsu Goto told Reuters in an interview this month they want to be prepared for any investment opportunity. "If an investment opportunity were to suddenly appear tomorrow, we want to be financially prepared and not lose the opportunity due to the lack of money," Goto said.

The offering will carry a coupon of 2.5 per cent and be rated BBB+ by Japan Credit Rating Agency, SoftBank said in a statement.

The underwriters are Nomura Securities Co, Daiwa Securities Co, Mizuho Securities Co, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co, SBI Securities Co, IwaiCosmo Securities Co, Okasan Securities Co and Tokai Tokyo Securities Co, SoftBank said.

REUTERS