Delaware Holds Successful Bond Sale

Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger announced today that Delaware successfully sold $225 million in triple-A-rated general obligation bonds in Thursday’s competitive bond sale.

Earlier this month, Delaware’s triple-A rating was re-affirmed by Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services. This rating is the highest mark that a state can achieve, and translates to reduced interest costs for Delaware. Today’s sale represented one of the lowest cost of funds in the last 15 years, pricing at very tight spreads to the prevailing AAA index – reflecting strong investor demand for the State’s bonds.

“The success of this week’s bond sale is a validation of the State’s long-term fiscal discipline and prudent financial management even during challenging budget environments,” said Secretary Geisenberger. “The resulting funds will enable us to continue to invest in vital capital projects and infrastructure improvements around the state.”

Some of the projects funded with the proceeds of the bonds include a new elementary school in the Laurel School District, renovations in the Red Clay, Lake Forest, Cape Henlopen, Smyrna, Caesar Rodney and Brandywine school districts as well as public library construction and renovations at Garfield Park, Lewes, Delmar, Selbyville, Harrington and Duck Creek.

Delaware’s true interest cost on this loan was 2.80%. The state received five bids; awarding Morgan Stanley &Co., LLC as the bidder offering the lowest cost of capital.

 


Successful State Bond Sale Saves Taxpayers Over $8M

Wilmington, DE – Finance Secretary Thomas J. Cook announced today that Delaware successfully sold $236 million in triple-A-rated general obligation bonds in Tuesday’s annual bond sale, effectively netting a savings of over $8 million for Delaware taxpayers.

With triple-A ratings recently re-affirmed by Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, Delaware was able to obtain some of the best pricing relative to the triple-A index in recent history, even in a volatile market. “Credit quality matters and translates into reduced interest costs to taxpayers,” said Cook. “In this case, the triple-A rating saved Delaware taxpayers $5.8 million when compared to double-A rates.”

Of the $236 million of bonds sold, $36 million sold as Series C represents a refinancing at lower rates, saving taxpayers more than an additional $3 million.

“It is our responsibility to ensure we are using taxpayer dollars efficiently and maximizing the return on our investments,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Our triple-A rating, and the benefits that come with it, are the result of the fiscal discipline and prudent financial management that have become Delaware’s hallmark.”

Delaware’s combined cost of capital on this loan was 2.32%. “While not the lowest ever, it is lower relative to other high quality issuers that have been in the market recently,” said Cook. The state received seven bids; awarding Morgan Stanley &Co., LLC as the highest bidder on Series A, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC on Series B, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Series C.

The remaining $200 million, Series A and B, represents various capital projects – including over $100 million in school construction projects, improvements to the Veteran’s Home, National Guard readiness facilities, the Port of Wilmington, libraries around the state, and the rehabilitation of park and wildlife areas.

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Leslie A. Poland
Public Information Officer
Delaware Department of Finance
(302) 577-8522
leslie.poland@delaware.gov