Tepco, investors discussing first bond sale since Fukushima: Sources

The Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) logo seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) logo seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) is gauging demand for its first bond offering since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with some market participants expecting a sale as early as in February, sources familiar with the plans said.

While the size of the sale has not been decided, potential maturities being discussed are three-, five- and 10-years, bankers and investors told Thomson Reuters DealWatch, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

The company is likely to have to pay investors a premium of 1 percentage point above Japanese government bonds, about three times more yield pick up than on other electric utility bonds, they said.

The company was in discussions last year with investors to sell as much as 330 billion yen (S$4.08 billion) of bonds.

A Tepco spokesman said the company still plans to issue bonds by the end of March but declined to comment on specific target dates or sizes.