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Junk Bond Fever Hits a New High in Tajikistan

  • Yield dropped to 7.125% from initial guidance in 8% area
  • Bond sale is indicative of ‘state of the market’: Bluebay
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Just when it looked like appetite for junk debt couldn’t get any stronger, along comes Tajikistan with a successful debut Eurobond sale.

Demand for the $500 million of 10-year amortizing notes of the Central Asian republic was so high it knocked about 90 basis points off the initial price guidance, allowing the government to sell at a yield of 7.125 percent. The nation’s credit rating is six levels below investment grade at S&P Global Ratings, and for perspective, investors were paying the same rate for U.S. Treasuries 22 years ago.