9 Nov 2010

Keen interest likely in APN's bond issue

6:17 pm on 9 November 2010

Investor interest is expected to be strong in APN News and Media's bond issue of up to $200 million.

The company, which publishes the New Zealand Herald and owns the radio network Newstalk ZB, wants to raise $150 million though a five-year bond issue, with the ability to accept up to another $50 million.

The interest rate has yet to be decided, but the range is expected to be around 7.5%.

APN chief executive Brendan Hopkins says trading has improved further in Australian markets since June, while in New Zealand the recovery has extended to radio and billboard markets after a flat first half of the year.

Some brokers say that the market is crying out for good issues and that APN's prospects are solid: at three times operating earnings its $A700 million net debt is considered reasonable.