Dell Bonds Rally as Company Announces Debt Buybacks
(Bloomberg) -- Dell Technologies Inc.’s bonds rallied on Monday, after the software and computer company said it will buy back older securities in a move expected to cut future interest expenses.
Risk premiums on the company’s 8.35% notes due July 2046 tightened 0.20 percentage point from Dec. 2 levels to 1.98 percentage point over Treasuries as of 2:10 p.m. in New York. That’s closer to the level the company will pay to buy back the securities as part of a larger tender offer that will total as much as $2.5 billion.
Dell is also selling $2.25 billion of new notes on Monday, the proceeds of which can be used for purposes including buying back bonds in the latest tender offer. The company has broadly been cutting debt levels and reducing its interest expenses this year, which has helped it return to investment-grade ratings. The sale priced in two parts: $1 billion of 20-year notes due 2041 for 155 basis points over Treasury notes of comparable maturity and $1.25 billion 30-year notes due 2051 at 170 basis points over Treasuries.
“The combination of improving profitability -- driving trailing 12-month adjusted Ebitda of $13.1 billion -- with a commitment to debt reduction, has improved Dell’s leverage and rating prospects,” Bloomberg Intelligence credit analyst Robert Schiffman wrote in a note dated Monday.
“Though the pace of deleveraging may slow, it should continue, while the risk of fallen-angel status dissipates,” he said adding that “bond spreads and credit-default swaps may tighten even further.”
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