NEW YORK (
has issued $60.7 million worth of structured notes to
The equity-linked securities (ELKS), whose ticker is "WFC UN" will pay a yield of 4.646% over a period of six months. At that point, investors can either cash out on their initial investment or exchange the securities for a fixed number of Wells Fargo shares.
The trade is one for Wells Fargo bulls who want to juice returns on the stock.
On the upside, the notes offer a guaranteed yield much higher than Wells' current 0.75% dividend payout. The higher the stock goes, the greater a dividend investors receive and the more the underlying investment could be worth. On the downside, if Wells shares go into a freefall, the structures could end up being worthless.
The securities were priced at $10 apiece but come with a "downside threshold closing price" of $21.44. If Wells' stock drops below that level at any time between now and May 25, investors will still receive a yield but their underlying investment will be nil.
"In this worst case scenario, the ELKS will have outperformed the underlying equity on a per annum basis by the difference between the coupon and any dividends paid on the underlying equity," Citi says in an offering statement filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission
Wells shares have stayed above the downside threshold since May 2009 and traded in a range of $23.02 to $34.25 over the past 52 weeks. On Tuesday morning, the stock was down 0.5% at $27.07.
-- Written by Lauren Tara LaCapra in New York
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