Microsoft is raising 550 million euros ($719 million) from 20-year notes, according to a person familiar with the transaction. French luxury goods maker LVMH is selling its first euro bonds in two years, while Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, is marketing its first securities in the currency since October.
Microsoft’s deal will be priced to yield about 60 basis points more than swaps, according to the person who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Photographer: Stuart Isett/Bloomberg
It’s the busiest day in six weeks for issuance in Europe, as non-financial companies sell 3.9 billion euros of bonds, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average yield investors demand to hold investment-grade corporate bonds in euros has fallen to a record 1.84 percent, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data show.