Raising cheap debt capital

Cenovus Energy (TSX: CVE) raised $1.25 billion in debt financing today. Here were the relevant terms:

TRANCHE 1
AMT $500 MLN    COUPON 3 PCT       MATURITY     8/15/2022
TYPE NTS        ISS PRICE 99.129   FIRST PAY    2/15/2013
MOODY'S Baa2    YIELD 3.102 PCT    SETTLEMENT   8/17/2012   
S&P BBB-PLUS    SPREAD 137.5 BPS   PAY FREQ    SEMI-ANNUAL
FITCH N/A       MORE THAN TREAS    MAKE-WHOLE CALL 20 BPS
    
TRANCHE 2
AMT $750 MLN    COUPON 4.45 PCT    MATURITY     9/15/2042
TYPE NTS        ISS PRICE 99.782   FIRST PAY    3/15/2013
MOODY'S Baa2    YIELD 4.463 PCT    SETTLEMENT   8/17/2012   
S&P BBB-PLUS    SPREAD 165 BPS     PAY FREQ    SEMI-ANNUAL
FITCH N/A       MORE THAN TREAS    MAKE-WHOLE CALL 25 BPS

So they can raise 10-year money at 3.1% and 30-year money at 4.46%. After taxes (assume 26%) this is about 2.3% and 3.3%, respectively. At these rates, I’d be raising as much 30-year capital as I can and figure out what to do with it later – there has to be a way to deploy it at a better pre-tax return rate of 4.46%.

1 thought on “Raising cheap debt capital”

  1. I like that strategy, management locking down the cost of debt for the long term while they can. $1.25B vs a $24B market cap, so a decent sized deal as well.

    I need to start paying more attention to the bond side.

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