Ford Raises $1 Billion With Year’s First Benchmark 10-Year Bond

Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. automaker, raised $1 billion in its first sale of benchmark 10-year bonds since September.

Ford Motor Credit’s 4.375 percent securities due August 2023 yield 178 basis points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The notes are expected to be rated Baa3 by Moody’s Investors Service, according to a person with knowledge of the offering, who asked not to be identified citing lack of authorization to speak publicly about the matter.

The finance unit’s $1 billion of 4.25 percent debt due in September 2022 traded yesterday at 100.69 cents on the dollar to yield 4.16 percent, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc., HSBC Holdings Plc and Morgan Stanley managed the offering for the Dearborn, Michigan-based company, Bloomberg data show. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

Benchmark sales are typically at least $500 million.

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