Apple raises record $17 bn in bond sale

May 01, 2013
The Apple logo is displayed on the exterior of an Apple Store on April 23, 2013, in San Francisco, California. Technology giant Apple confirmed Wednesday it sold $17 billion in bonds in the biggest corporate debt issue ever.

Technology giant Apple confirmed Wednesday it sold $17 billion in bonds in the biggest corporate debt issue ever.

The bond sale, described in documents filed with the , broke the record of $16.5 billion from Roche Holding in 2009, according to the research firm Dealogic.

The debt-free Apple on Tuesday offered six tranches of debt, four at fixed rates and two at floating rates with the maturity between three and 30 years.

For the three-year bonds, Apple will pay a rate of 0.45 percent, which according to Dealogic is the lowest coupon rate on record, tied with , Unilever Capital and for comparable notes.

The bond maturities go up to 30 years, with a rate of 3.85 percent, according to the SEC documents.

The company chose to issue debt to finance part of the $100 billion in share buybacks and it pledged to undertake through the end of 2015.

Apple had a cash pile of $145 billion at the end of March. But a significant part of the money is in foreign accounts and the company decided it was better to borrow than bring the money back into the US because of tax issues.

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