Wells Fargo & Company
) priced a €1 billion ($1.31 billion), seven-year bond. The
Eurobond, having a coupon rate of 2.25%, will mature on Sep 3,
2020. The bond has a re-offer price of 99.463 and spread of 60
basis points over midswaps.
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Moreover, the Eurobond carries a yield of 2.334%.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
) acted as joint lead managers in the pricing. Notably, Moody's
Investors Service has rated the bond A2.
A Eurobond is an international bond that is denominated in a
currency different from the currency of the country where it is
issued. Also called external bond, it can be categorized in terms
of the currency in which it is issued. In general, Eurobonds
provide banks the opportunity to expand international operations
in a more simplified manner and thereby avoid fluctuating
interest rate risks.
The aforementioned pricing underlines the U.S. banking major's
effort to reduce its interest expenses. Notably, Wells Fargo's
interest expenses for the first half of 2013 were $2.2 billion.
Additionally, Wells Fargo is expected to use the proceeds of the
aforementioned pricing for general corporate purposes, including
Investors will not be disappointed with their investments in
Wells Fargo, given its diverse geographic and business mix, which
enable it to sustain consistent earnings growth. Going forward,
we believe that strategic acquisitions will help Wells Fargo to
expand its business and boost profitability.
However, we expect the top-line headwinds to persist, given the
protracted economic recovery. Wells Fargo's legacy mortgage
issues also remain a concern. With the thrust of banking
regulations, fees will be under pressure and loan growth will
Wells Fargo currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).