British oil major BP raises $12 bln in debt

British oil major BP raises $12 bln in debt
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  • calendar-gray 18 June 2020

British oil major BP Plc raised $12 billion of debt with equity-like features, taking advantage of low-interest rates to fortify its balance sheet, APA-Economics reports citing Financial Times (FT).

The report of the fundraising comes days after BP decided to write off up to $17.5 billion from the value of its assets, betting the COVID-19 crisis would pressure energy demand and accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels.

The oil company raised $5 billion, 4.75 billion euros ($5.34 billion), and 1.25 billion pounds, the FT said, adding that BP locked in annual interest rates as low as 3.25% on some of its new euro notes.

BP had previously never raised money by issuing hybrid bonds, which place less of a strain on the balance sheet because the principal never has to be repaid, the newspaper said.


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