The ministry of finance arranged a payment of more than 990 million euros to holders of five year Bulgarian Euro bonds, issued at an annual coupon of 4.25% on 9 July 2017.
The transaction included a tranche of 7-year bonds worth 1.144 billion euros at an interest coupon of 1.875% and a tranche of 12-year bonds worth 850 million euros at a 3% interest coupon.
By making the payment, Bulgaria's sovereign debt was reduced by 950 million euros, from 12,884 to 11,934 billion euros. This represents a decrease in the ratio of debt to gross domestic product by almost two percentage points, respectively, from 25.9% to 24%. Thus, the state budget will save debt servicing costs amounting to 40.375 million euros per year, the Ministry of Finance said.