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Apple Bonds Stick Buyers With $280.6 Million Loss as Rates Climb

Apple Bonds Stick Buyers With $280.6 Million Loss as Rates Climb
The only bonds sold last month by Apple Inc. that gained were those that pay floating-rate coupons. Photographer: Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s bonds have lost $280.6 million of market value since buyers snapped up $17 billion of the iPhone maker’s debt last month, declining as yields climb from record lows.

The iPhone maker’s $3 billion of 30-year, 3.85 percent bonds, issued at 99.418 cents on the dollar, dropped 4.3 cents through yesterday to 95.145 cents on the dollar since the April 30 offering, creating a loss of $128.2 million and pushing the yield on the bonds to 4.1 percent, according to data from Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Buyers of the biggest corporate-bond offering ever are losing as speculation the Federal Reserve may start scaling back its unprecedented stimulus efforts triggers the biggest increase in 10-year Treasury yields in 12 months. Average yields on dollar-denominated investment-grade bonds have climbed to 2.78 percent from 2.68 percent since Apple’s April 30 debt sale, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate Index shows.

The company’s $5.5 billion of senior unsecured 2.4 percent notes due in 2023, which were issued at 99.867 cents on the dollar, have sunk to 97.377 cents through yesterday, Trace data show. That implies a loss of $137 million from issuance, Bloomberg data show. The yield climbed to 2.7 percent and the extra yield investors demand to hold the debt instead of similar-maturity Treasuries widened to 76.5 basis points from 75 at issuance.

The only bonds sold last month by Apple that gained were those that pay floating-rate coupons. The securities have increased $6.7 million in market value since the offering, Bloomberg data show.

Apple’s $2 billion of floating-rate securities due in May 2018, which pay 25 basis points more than the London interbank offered rate, climbed 0.3 cent to 100.3 cents on the dollar from their issuance price, Trace data show.

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