The Sales Tax Securitization Corp.’s highly anticipated bond sale has been delayed until next week, Chicago officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

“We did see the bond market strengthen a bit today, but as you know, it’s been off to a bit of a weak start in 2018,” said city Finance Department spokeswoman Molly Poppe. “We decided to postpone until as early as next week and during that time we will evaluate alternative structures.”

Goldman Sachs had been set to price the Sales Tax Securitization Corp.’s $898.07 million of Series 2018A sales tax securitization bonds on Wednesday. Other members of the group include Cabrera Capital Markets, Janney, Blaylock Van, Estrada Hinojosa and Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co.

The deal is rated AA by S&P Global Ratings, and AAA by Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency.

Buyers are eagerly awaiting the deal, which boasts high ratings along with expectations for high yields.

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Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett is a journalist with more than 40 years of experience. Barnett is currently Senior Market Reporter for The Bond Buyer.