NTMA to sell €500m of bonds this week

Ireland will return to bond market on Thursday to sell three-month treasury bills

Bond auction follows Ireland’s sale of 10-year bills earlier this month. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Bond auction follows Ireland’s sale of 10-year bills earlier this month. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tue, Mar 19, 2013, 10:15

Ireland will return to the bond market on Thursday with an auction of €500 million of three-month treasury bills.

The announcement by the National Treasury Management Agency follows the sale of Ireland’s first 10-year bonds since it entered the EU-International Monetary Fund bailout.

Bids on the sale last week totalled€12 billion, well above the €3 billion bonds on offer, with an annualised yield of 4.15 per cent.

A €500 million sale of three-month bills was also made last month, which were sold at an annualised yield of 0.24 per cent.

The total bids received at auction came to €1.637 billion, 3.3 times the amount on offer.

The auction comes as the country seeks to raise €10 billion on the bond market in preparation to exit the EU-International Monetary Fund bailout programme later this year.