Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Telefonica Cuts Debt by 776 Million Euros With Shares Exchange

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Telefonica SA, Europe’s most indebted phone operator, said an exchange of preferred shares for bonds and treasury stock will reduce its debt by 776 million euros ($1 billion).

Acceptance for the offer, announced on Oct. 31, has reached 97.1 percent of the outstanding total, the Madrid-based company said in a filing to regulators today.

Chief Executive Officer Cesar Alierta is reversing a decade-long acquisition spree that expanded the company’s debt. For the exchange of preferred shares, the company had offered to buy back the securities on condition investors reinvest the proceeds in newly issued bonds and shares currently held as treasury stock.

The share price for the exchange was fixed at 10.1642 euros per share and the company will issue 1.16 billion euros of 10-year bonds as a result of the swap, Telefonica said.

This month, Telefonica said its net debt had shrank to 52.8 billion euros from 58.3 billion euros in June. Its year-end target is 50 billion euros.

To contact the reporter on this story: Charles Penty in Madrid at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Thiel at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.