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Amazon Kicks Off a Jumbo 7-Part Bond Sale Including 40-Year Debt

  • Funds can go to repaying debt, share buybacks, acquisitions
  • Retailer last sold bonds in May when it offered $18.5 billion
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Amazon.com Inc. sold $12.75 billion of investment-grade bonds for general corporate purposes that may include repaying debt as well as funding acquisitions and share buybacks in its first note sale in about a year.

The online retail giant issued senior unsecured bonds in seven parts. The longest portion of the offering, a 40-year security, yields 1.3 percentage points over Treasuries after initial talks of around 1.55 percentage points, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified as the details are private.