Kookmin secures re-opening

Korea''s largest domestic bank re-opens its December 2007 bond with a further $200 million line of paper.

Joint lead managers Barclays Capital and HSBC took Kookmin Bank's 4.625% December 2007 bond up to $500 million yesterday Tuesday. The re-opening priced exactly where the market had been anticipating and came flat to the secondary market bid of its existing paper.

The deal was re-opened at 104.72% to yield 3.478% or 130bp over Treasuries. This was the tight end of 130bp to 135bp guidance released to the market Monday lunchtime in Asia. Over the course of the one-day bookbuild, the bid side of Kookmin's existing deal was said to have fluctuated between 133bp to 130bp, meaning that some accounts were placing orders slightly through the bid.

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