Build America Bonds Fact Sheet, Q4 and Full Year 2010

Build America Bonds

Build America Bonds (BABs) are taxable municipal bonds that were authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. BABs were an alternative to tax-exempt bonds for state and local governments that were issued in 2009 and 2010. The interest on BABs is taxable to investors. As a result, the nominal interest rate on BABs is about the same as interest paid by non-state and local government borrowers, such as corporations. To make up for the benefit associated with the tax-exemption, the federal government provided two options to BAB issuers to lower their net interest costs.

With direct-pay BABs the Treasury Department provides borrowers with cash subsidy payments equal to 35 percent of their interest costs.

With tax-credit BABs, investors receive the right to a federal income tax credit equal to 35 percent of their BAB interest income. However, all BAB issuance has been direct pay.

BABs could not be used for refundings, working capital, private activities or 501(c)(3) organizations.

The BAB program expired on December 31, 2010.

Taxable vs. Tax-Exempt Issuance, 2000 – 2010

BAB Issuance by Use of Proceeds, 4Q ’10

BAB Issuance as a Percentage of Total Long-Term Municipal Issuance, 4Q ’10

Negotiated vs. Competitive Deals, 4Q ’10

BAB Negotiated vs. Competitive Deals

BAB Issuance, Years to Maturity, 4Q ’10

BAB Issuance Years to Maturity

States by Number of Deals and Deal Size, 4Q ’10

BAB Number of DealsBAB States by Size of Deals

15 Largest Deals, 4Q ’10

BAB Top 15 Deals By Size

State Issuance by Month, 4Q ’10

BAB State Deals By Month

Geographic Distribution, 4Q ’10

BAB Geographic Distribution


  • All 4Q data is from October 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
  • Data Sources: Bloomberg, MSRB EMMA, Thomson Reuters, SIFMA


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