SMBC Sells $2 Billion in Dollar Bonds as Foreign Loans Expand

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. sold $2 billion of dollar-denominated debt as Japan’s second-largest bank seeks to expand lending abroad.

The bank’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. unit issued $500 million of 3 percent, 10-year bonds that yield 117 basis points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, and $750 million portions of 0.9 percent, three-year notes at a 58 basis-point spread and 1.5 percent, five-year securities at 77, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

President Koichi Miyata said in a Dec. 19 interview that dollar-denominated debt issuance by the company’s lending unit may reach $4.5 billion this year. The bank is increasing lending overseas as deflation and economic contraction damp credit demand and loan profitability at home.

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