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Agence France Tresor announces the launch of the new 15-year index-linked OATei, to take place during the week beginning January 12, 2004, market conditions permitting. The maturity of the new OAT, linked to the euro-zone HICP index of consumer prices (excluding tobacco) is July 25, 2020.
The lead managers of the syndication are BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Société Générale; the distinguished lead-managers are ABN Amro, Crédit Agricole Indosuez, and CDC Ixis Capital Markets. All the SVTs are co-leaders. Settlement will take place at the end of January.
This issue is part of the 2004 State Financing Programme as determined by Mr Mer, minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, as made public December 16, 2003.
As announced on December 16, AFT will auction index-linked OATs on the third Thursday of every month (except in August and December). The first such auction will take place February 19, 2004.
With the 2019 (2020) OAT€i, AFT complements its range of secure and liquid products intended for investors seeking protection against inflation. A total six lines of index-linked OATs are available, with maturities rangin,g fron 2009 to 2032, linked to the French or the euro zone price indexes.