Amid the constant bloviating out of Washington yesterday came some real news on the BP front courtesy of some excellent reporting from my colleague, Kate Kelly: BP could come to market with a massive bond offering as early as next week.
For those thinking of buying BP stock, my call to action could not be more timely: Wait and see how that potential bond sale goes before doing anything.
Additionally, I wonder if any potential deal would need to include provisions that force BP to pay creditors more if its debt were to be downgraded.
Some are speculating a deal near $20 billion.
Don't get me wrong. BP brass doesn't view this as some type of "opportunistic financing," where they're taking advantage of low rates. This is a dose of bad medicine intended to shore up its balance sheet in the face of an overwhelming predicament.
Still, if this deal is a success, long-term investors can begin to assign some type of value to BP stock, and the uncertainty that surrounds the company today will begin to fade.
Only then will I like the idea of buying the BP.
BP's spokesperson had no comment.
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