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February 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Minority-owned firms handled 4% of Microsoft’s record bond sale

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, on a campaign to spotlight the lack of diversity in the technology industry, praised Microsoft this week after the company included minority-owned banks its largest-ever bond sale.

“Microsoft is making a major statement,” Jackson said on Monday after Microsoft raised its heap of cash.

How much of that cash did Microsoft put behind its statement? The company told us in a securities filing Wednesday.

Microsoft included four minority-owned firms — CastleOak Securities, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Williams Capital Group and Loop Capital Markets — among the 14 banks and brokers charged with selling its bonds. The four together sold $422 million, or just under 4 percent, of the $10.75 billion in bonds Microsoft ended up selling on Monday.

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April 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Microsoft selling $2.67 billion of bonds

Microsoft is selling about $2.67 billion of bonds in four parts in the U.S. and Europe. The company announced Thursday the prices of the debt offerings, which consist of the following tranches of senior unsecured notes: • $450 million of 1.000 percent notes due May 1, 2018 • $1 billion of 2.375 percent notes due…

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