Chinese internet and social media giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to raise up to $4 billion in a bond launched on Thursday, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.The deal has been launched with 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-year tranches, according to a term sheet reviewed by Reuters.
Final orders for the dollar-denominated bonds were worth $21 billion when the books closed early Friday during U.S. trading hours, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
The enthusiastic response contrasted with investor jitters around some state-owned Chinese issuers this week as the delayed release of China Huarong Asset Management Co’s annual earnings prompted concerns over its ability to repay offshore debt.
It is striking that worries about the fate of China Huarong Asset Management Co. may have caused sufficient tumult to put Asia’s largest company by stock-market value in wait-and-see mode to sell debt. A Bloomberg Barclays index of Chinese investment-grade dollar bonds showed spreads jumped the most since March 2020 on Tuesday, and Huarong notes fell further Wednesday, with the yield on one nearing 40 percent.
Tencent raised $6 billion in May last year and issued 40-year debt for the first time.The company intends to use proceeds from capital raisings for general corporate purposes.
Price guidance for the 10-year tranche is around U.S. 10-year Treasuries plus 165 basis points and the 20-year at U.S. 20-year Treasuries plus 175 basis points, according to the term sheet.
The bond pricing was set at 25 basis points to 35 basis points lower than the initial price guidance delivered to potential investors when the deal was launched on Thursday.
The 10-year tranche was priced at 130 basis points above U.S. Treasuries, and the 20 year was set at 150 basis points.Pricing for the 30-year tranche was 155 basis points and the 40 year was 165 basis points above their benchmark lending rate.In comparison, Alibaba Group Holding paid between 35 to 50 basis points less than Tencent for cash over the same tenures when it issued $5 billion worth of debt in February.
Not all potential Chinese debt issuers are sitting on the sidelines. Guotai Junan Holdings moved forward Wednesday with a dollar-bond offering, though credit traders said spreads on Asia high-grade debt reversed early moves to widen for what would be an eighth day. The spread for a Tencent 2030 dollar bond, one of the company’s most actively traded, reached its widest in nearly three months.
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