MILAN -(Dow Jones)- Italian banks sold bonds to domestic retail investors on terms so poor they would have been better off buying government debt while institutional buyers got more advantageous deals, market regulator Consob said Monday.
The average yield on fixed-rate bonds bought by retail investors was more than 40 basis points below that for the equivalent Italian state bond, or Btp, Consob said in its report for 2011. That compares with an average yield of more than 60 basis points above the yield on the equivalent Btp offered to institutional buyers, it said.
Banks raised a total of EUR238.2 billion through bond issues last year, Consob said.
Conditions were better in 2010 when the average yield offered to retail investors was close to zero. The one for institutional was still more than 60 basis points above the Btp's average yield.
A similar trend was seen for bonds with variable rates in 2010 and 2011.
Consob didn't identify any banks.
The report was distributed at Consob's annual meeting in Milan.
-By Gilles Castonguay, Dow Jones Newswires; +39 342 682 6321; firstname.lastname@example.org; @GRCastonguay
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May 14, 2012 07:14 ET (11:14 GMT)
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