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PM 102/1967 - Australian Loan in Germany

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Holt, Harold

Period of Service: 26/01/1966 to 19/12/1967

More information about Holt, Harold on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 12/10/1967

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 1684

 PM. No. 102/ 1967

Statement by the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Australian Loan Council, Mr Harold Holt

Arrangements have been completed in Frankfurt for the issue of Australia's first public loan in Germany.

The new loan is for an amoutn of DM153 million ($22.3 million). The loan will have an interest coupon of 61/2 per cent and will be issued at 99 percent, to give a yield to maturity of 6.61 per cent per annum over the 15 period of the loan. The loan will finally mature in November 1982 but will be optionally redeemable by the Commonwealth at various prices from November, 1973 onwards. 

Final negotiations for the loan were completed in Frankfurt with Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft which acted on behalf of an international underwriting syndicate of 57 investment and banking firms. 

The bonds will be offered for sale in nearly every financial centre overseas except the United States.

The Australian Ambassador to Germany ( Mr F. J. Blakeney) signed the loan agreement for the Commonwealth in Frankfurt this morning.

The terms and conditions of the borrowing were settled with the approval of the Australian Loan Council. The net proceeds of the loan will be paid to the Commonwealth on 2C-October. After allowing for the discount in the issue price, and for expenses, net proceeds of approximately $ 21. 6 million will be applied towards the Commonwealth Government's share of the 1967-68 borrowing programme approved by t Ie Loan Council.

12 October, 1967.

NOTE: During the absence of the Treasurer ( Mr McMahon) overseas, Mr Holt is Chairman of the Australian Loan Council. This follows normal procedures adopted when the Treasurer, whom the Prime Minister customarily nominates as Chairman, is overseas.

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