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Spain places 4.9 bln euros with banks to fund regions

Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

MADRID, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Spain placed 4.9 billion euros ($6.3 billion) of bonds with banks on Thursday, the Economy Ministry said, to finance a liquidity fund set up to help the country's regions repay their debts.

Spain's 17 self-governed regions overshot deficit targets in 2011 and are expected to miss them again this year. Reining in regional spending is key to getting the country's deficit under control as it faces a full-scale international bailout.

The deal, which clears on Oct. 17, includes bonds maturing in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and follows a successful private placement in September.

Spanish banks have contributed 8 billion euros to the 18 billion euro fund through the private placements with the remainder coming from 6 billion euros of lottery funding and a 4 billion euro payout from the Treasury.

Top banks Santander , BBVA and Caixabank

will contribute the main part of the banks' component of the fund, sources told Reuters in September. ($1 = 0.7726 euros)

(Reporting By Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Fiona Ortiz, Ron Askew)

((sonya.dowsett@thomsonreuters.com)(+ 34 91 585 8328)(Reuters Messaging: sonya.dowsett.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: SPAIN FUND/