Citgo amends US$2.5bn deal to attract investors - source

viernes 6 de febrero de 2015 12:48 GYT

By Davide Scigliuzzo

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (IFR) - Venezuela's US oil refiner Citgo Holding has restructured and raised the yield on a proposed US$2.5bn financing package following lacklustre investor demand, a source familiar with the deal said on Friday.

The company plans to use proceeds to pay a dividend to state-owned oil company PDVSA.

The oil company has raised the yield on the US$1.5bn offering to 12% area, and pledged 100% of the operating company equity as collateral, the source told IFR.

Original price talk was 11.75%, which was wide to initial price indications - or whispers - of high 10% to 11%.

(Reporting by Davide Scigliuzzo; Editing by Jack Doran and Natalie Harrison)