AT&T sells $2B in debt ahead of DirecTV deal

|About: AT&T Inc. (T)|By:, SA News Editor

AT&T (T) has sold $2B worth of 30-year bonds yielding 4.8%, or just 140 bps more than comparable Treasurys.

Analysts think Ma Bell could sell as much as $7.5B in debt to help pay for the DirecTV deal, which has a $14.6B ($28.50/share) cash component.

As it is, AT&T had $79.9B in debt at the end of Q1, offset by just $7.2B in cash/investments. 2014 free cash flow is expected to total $11B, and dividend payments are set to be around $9.5B.

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