Apple Completes Its Second Blockbuster Bond Sale In a Year – AAPL

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Apple’s second major bond sale, designed to fund its expansion of share buybacks from $60 billion to $90 billion, was more than three times over-subscribed, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple sold $12 billion of debt of varying maturities at interest rates that were mostly less than a percentage point above comparable U.S. Treasury debt, highlighting widespread faith in the iPhone maker’s prospects. Investors flocked to the offering, placing more than $40 billion in orders.”

A year ago, Apple sold $17 billion in bonds – a new record for corporate debt  – to provide funding for its initial buybacks and dividends. In both cases, the tech giant only had to offer less than 1 percentage point above Treasury bonds, which are a safe form of government backed investment.

Apple will use proceeds from its bonds sale, which are rated double-A-plus, the second-highest rating, to fund the buyback rather than tap its massive $150 billion cash pile.

AAPL was up 0.94% to $ 597.77 at 1:17PM EDT on Wednesday.

h/t 9to5mac

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