Greece sells 4.38 bln eur T-bills- debt agency

ATHENS Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:19am EST

ATHENS Dec 11 (Reuters) - Greece sold 4.38 billion euros ($5.67 billion) of one- and six-month treasury bills on Tuesday to roll over maturing issues that come due Dec. 14, its debt agency (PDMA) said.

PDMA sold 2.762 billion euros of one-month T-bills priced to yield 3.99 percent and 1.625 billion of six-month paper at 4.38 percent, three basis points below a previous sale in November.

The six-month auction's bid-cover ratio was 1.54, down from 1.7 in the Nov. 6 sale.

Greek banks traditionally buy the bulk of T-bill issues, meaning funding costs do not fully reflect the strains from the country's debt crisis. Banks can deposit the bills as collateral with Greece's central bank to receive funding.