Microsoft sells $20 billion in bonds to finance its LinkedIn acquisition

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Microsoft today launched the fifth largest corporate bond offering of all time to finance its LinkedIn acquisition. According to IFR data, Microsoft launched a seven-part $19.75 billion deal.

“The Microsoft deal is a large enough supply/demand event in the market that it is uniquely driving yields a little higher,” said Justin Hoogendoorn, head of fixed income strategy at Piper Jaffray in Chicago.

When Microsoft-LinkedIn deal was announced, Microsoft said that they will finance this all-cash LinkedIn transaction partly by issuing debt.

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