Sprint Pays Up to Lead Deluge of Junk Bonds

Company raises funds for an expansion of its wireless network.

Sprint Corp. is paying above-market interest rates on new notes to become the leading issuer of U.S. junk bonds this year as it seeks to fund an expansion of the country’s third-largest wireless network.

Sprint raised $2.5 billion Monday with securities due in June 2024 paying a coupon of 7.125 percent, 66 basis points more than the average yield for similar-maturity debt in the B credit rating tier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The sale adds to Sprint’s more than $12 billion of issuance in the past 24 months to lead speculative-grade borrowers during two years of record annual offerings of at least $350 billion.

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Scott Sloat, a Sprint spokesman, declined to comment on the company’s finances. Proceeds may be used to retire or service outstanding obligations and to expand and modernize its network, the company said in a regulatory filing yesterday.

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