Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)
Registration Statement No. 333-176914
The information in this preliminary pricing supplement is not complete and may be changed. This preliminary pricing supplement is not an offer to sell nor does it seek an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.
Subject to Completion. Dated October 25, 2013.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Callable Step-Up Fixed Rate Notes due 2018
We will pay you interest semi-annually on your notes at a rate of 1.50% per annum from and including November , 2013 to but excluding November , 2015. We will pay you interest semi-annually on your notes at a rate of 2.00% per annum from and including November , 2015 to but excluding November , 2016. We will pay you interest semi-annually on your notes at a rate of 3.00% per annum from and including November , 2016 to but excluding November , 2017. We will pay you interest semi-annually on your notes at a rate of 5.00% per annum from and including November , 2017 to but excluding the stated maturity date (November , 2018). Interest will be paid on each May and November . The first such payment will be made on May , 2014.
In addition, we may redeem the notes at our option, in whole but not in part, on each February , May , August and November on or after November , 2014, upon five business days prior notice, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the outstanding principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest to but excluding the redemption date. Although the interest rate will step up during the life of your notes, you may not benefit from such increase in the interest rate if your notes are redeemed prior to the stated maturity date.
Initial price to public
Proceeds, before expenses, to The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
The initial price to public set forth above does not include accrued interest, if any. Interest on the notes will accrue from November , 2013 and must be paid by the purchaser if the notes are delivered after November , 2013.
The return (whether positive or negative) on your investment in notes will depend in part on the issue price you pay for such notes.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any other regulatory body has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this pricing supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The notes are not bank deposits and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, nor are they obligations of, or guaranteed by, a bank.
Goldman Sachs may use this pricing supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus in the initial sale of the notes. In addition, Goldman, Sachs & Co. or any other affiliate of Goldman Sachs may use this pricing supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus in a market-making transaction in the notes after their initial sale. Unless Goldman Sachs or its agent informs the purchaser otherwise in the confirmation of sale, this pricing supplement, the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus are being used in a market-making transaction.
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Pricing Supplement No. dated November , 2013.
On August 22, 2013, Moodys Investors Service (Moodys) announced that it had placed the senior and subordinated debt ratings of the holding companies of the largest U.S. banks under review as it considers reducing its government (or systemic) support assumptions to reflect the impact of U.S. bank resolution policies. Four of these holding companies, including The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., are under review for a credit ratings downgrade by Moodys.
SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE NOTES
This pricing supplement no. dated November , 2013 (pricing supplement) and the accompanying prospectus dated September 19, 2011 (accompanying prospectus), relating to the notes, should be read together. Because the notes are part of a series of our debt securities called Medium-Term Notes, Series D, this pricing supplement and the accompanying prospectus should also be read with the accompanying prospectus supplement, dated September 19, 2011 (accompanying prospectus supplement). Terms used but not defined in this pricing supplement have the meanings given them in the accompanying prospectus or accompanying prospectus supplement, unless the context requires otherwise.
The notes are part of a separate series of our debt securities under our Medium-Term Notes, Series D program governed by our Senior Debt Indenture, dated as of July 16, 2008, between us and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee. This pricing supplement summarizes specific terms that will apply to your notes. The terms of the notes described here supplement those described in the accompanying prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus and, if the terms described here are inconsistent with those described there, the terms described here are controlling.
Terms of the Callable Step-Up Fixed Rate Notes due 2018
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOTES
We will issue the notes as a master global note registered in the name of DTC, or its nominee. The sale of the notes will settle in immediately available funds through DTC. You will not be permitted to withdraw the notes from DTC except in the limited situations described in the accompanying prospectus under Legal Ownership and Book-Entry Issuance What Is a Global Security? Holders Option to Obtain a Non-Global Security; Special Situations When a Global Security Will Be Terminated. Investors may hold interests in a master global note through organizations that participate, directly or indirectly, in the DTC system.
When We Can Redeem the Notes
We will be permitted to redeem the notes at our option before their stated maturity, as described below. The notes will not be entitled to the benefit of any sinking fund that is, we will not deposit money on a regular basis into any separate custodial account to repay your note. In addition, you will not be entitled to require us to buy your note from you before its stated maturity.
We will have the right to redeem the notes at our option, in whole but not in part, on each February , May , August and November on or after November , 2014, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the outstanding principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest to but excluding the redemption date. We will provide not less than five business days prior notice in the manner described under Description of Debt Securities We May Offer Notices in the attached prospectus. If the redemption notice is given and funds deposited as required, then interest will cease to accrue on and after the redemption date on the notes. If any redemption date is not a business day, we will pay the redemption price on the next business day without any interest or other payment due to the delay.
What are the Tax Consequences of the Notes
You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters set forth under United States Taxation in the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. The following discussion summarizes certain of the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the purchase, beneficial ownership, and disposition of each of the notes. This summary supplements the section United States Taxation in the accompanying prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and is subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth therein.
As of the original issue date, the notes should not be treated as issued with original issue discount (OID) despite the fact that the interest rate on the notes is scheduled to step-up over the term of the notes because Treasury regulations generally deem an issuer to exercise a call option in a manner that minimizes the yield on the debt instrument for purposes of determining whether a debt instrument is issued with OID. The yield on the notes would be minimized if we call the notes immediately before the increase in the interest rate on November , 2015 and therefore the notes should be treated as maturing on such date for OID purposes. This assumption is made solely for purposes of determining whether the notes are issued with OID for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and is not an indication of our intention to call or not to call the notes at any time. If we do not call the notes prior to the increase in the interest rate then, solely for OID purposes, the notes will be deemed to be reissued at their adjusted issue price on November , 2015. This deemed issuance should not give rise to taxable gain or loss to holders. The same analysis would apply to the increase in the interest rate on November , 2016 and November , 2017. If the notes are not called on the interest payment date occurring on November , 2017, then, because the period between the interest payment date on November , 2017 and the stated maturity date of the notes is one year or less, the notes, upon their deemed reissuance on November , 2017, could be treated as short-term debt securities for OID purposes (but not for purposes of determining the holding period of your notes). For a discussion of the U.S. federal income tax consequences to a U.S. holder of owning short-term debt securities, please review the section entitled United States Taxation Taxation of Debt Securities United States Holders Short-Term Debt Securities in the accompanying prospectus.
Under this approach, and subject to the discussion above regarding short-term debt securities, interest on a note will be taxable to a U.S. holder as ordinary interest income at the time it accrues or is received in accordance with the U.S. holders normal method of accounting for tax purposes (regardless of whether we call the notes).
Upon the disposition of a note by sale, exchange, redemption or retirement (i.e., if we exercise our right to call the notes or otherwise) or other disposition, a U.S. holder will generally recognize capital gain or loss equal to the difference, if any, between (i) the amount realized on the disposition (other than amounts attributable to accrued but unpaid interest, which would be treated as such) and (ii) the U.S. holders adjusted tax basis in the note. A U.S. holders adjusted tax basis in a note generally will equal the cost of the note (net of accrued interest) to the U.S. holder. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to significant limitations.
Pursuant to final Treasury regulations and an Internal Revenue Service notice released on July 12, 2013, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) withholding (as described in United States Taxation Taxation of Debt Securities Foreign Account Tax Compliance in the accompanying prospectus) will generally not apply to obligations that are issued prior to July 1, 2014; therefore, the notes will not be subject to FATCA withholding.
SUPPLEMENTAL PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. expects to agree to sell to Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Goldman, Sachs & Co. expects to agree to purchase from The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., the aggregate face amount of the offered notes specified on the front cover of this pricing supplement. Goldman, Sachs & Co. proposes initially to offer the notes to the public at the original issue price set forth on the cover page of this pricing supplement, and to certain securities dealers at such price less a concession not in excess of % of the face amount.
In the future, Goldman, Sachs & Co. or other affiliates of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. may repurchase and resell the offered notes in market-making transactions, with resales being made at prices related to prevailing market prices at the time of resale or at negotiated prices. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. estimates that its share of the total offering expenses, excluding underwriting discounts and commissions, will be approximately $ . For more information about the plan of distribution and possible market-making activities, see Plan of Distribution in the accompanying prospectus.
We expect to deliver the notes against payment therefor in New York, New York on , 2013, which is expected to be the third scheduled business day following the date of this pricing supplement and of the pricing of the notes.
We have been advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co. that it intends to make a market in the notes. However, neither Goldman, Sachs & Co. nor any of our other affiliates that makes a market is obligated to do so and any of them may stop doing so at any time without notice. No assurance can be given as to the liquidity or trading market for the notes.
In relation to each Member State of the European Economic Area which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a Relevant Member State) with effect from and including the date on which the Prospectus Directive is implemented in that Relevant Member State (the Relevant Implementation Date) an offer of the offered notes which are the subject of the offering contemplated by this pricing supplement in relation thereto may not be made to the public in that Relevant Member State except that, with effect from and including the Relevant Implementation Date, an offer of such offered notes may be made to the public in that Relevant Member State:
(a) at any time to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive;
(b) at any time to fewer than 100 or, if the Relevant Member State has implemented the relevant provision of the 2010 PD Amending Directive, 150, natural or legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive), subject to obtaining the prior consent of the relevant Dealer or Dealers nominated by the Issuer for any such offer; or
(c) at any time in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive,
provided that no such offer of offered notes referred to in (a) to (c) above shall require the Issuer or any Dealer to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive, or supplement a prospectus pursuant to Article 16 of the Prospectus Directive.
For the purposes of this provision, the expression an offer of notes to the public in relation to any notes in any Relevant Member State means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the notes to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the notes, as the same may be varied in that Relevant Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Relevant Member State, the expression Prospectus Directive means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression 2010 PD Amending Directive means Directive 2010/73/EU.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. has represented and agreed that:
(a) it has only communicated or caused to be communicated and will only communicate or cause to be communicated an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the FSMA) received by it in connection with the issue or sale of the offered notes in circumstances in which Section 21(1) of the FSMA does not apply to The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; and
(b) it has complied and will comply with all applicable provisions of the FSMA with respect to anything done by it in relation to the notes in, from or otherwise involving the United Kingdom.
No advertisement, invitation or document relating to the notes may be issued or may be in the possession of any person for the purpose of issue (in each case whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere), if such advertisement, invitation or document is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public in Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect to the offered notes which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside of Hong Kong or only to professional investors within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong, the SFO) and any rules made thereunder.
The offered notes have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (Law No. 25 of 1948, as amended, the FIEL) and Goldman, Sachs & Co. has agreed that it will not offer or sell any offered notes, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to, or for the benefit of, any resident of Japan (which term as used herein means any person resident in Japan, including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan), or to others for re-offering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to a resident of Japan, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of, and otherwise in compliance with, the FIEL and any other applicable laws, regulations and ministerial guidelines of Japan. As used in this paragraph, resident of Japan means any person resident in Japan, including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan.
This pricing supplement has not been registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, this prospectus supplement and any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of the offered notes may not be circulated or distributed, nor may the notes be offered or sold, or be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than (i) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore (the SFA), (ii) to a relevant person (pursuant to Section 275(1), or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA or (iii) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.
Where the offered notes are subscribed or purchased under Section 275 of the SFA by a relevant person which is: (a) a corporation (which is not an accredited investor (as defined in Section 4A of the SFA)) the sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals, each of whom is an accredited investor; or (b) a trust (where the trustee is not an accredited investor) whose sole purpose is to hold investments and each beneficiary of the trust is an individual who is an accredited investor, shares, debentures and units of shares and debentures of that corporation or the beneficiaries rights and interest (howsoever described) in that trust shall not be transferred within six months after that corporation or that trust has acquired the offered notes pursuant to an offer made under Section 275 of the SFA except: (1) to an institutional investor (for corporations, under Section 274 of the SFA) or to a relevant person defined in Section 275(2) of the SFA, or to any person pursuant to an offer that is made on terms that such shares, debentures and units of shares and debentures of that corporation or such rights and interest in that trust are acquired at a consideration of not less than S$200,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) for each transaction, whether such amount is to be paid for in cash or by exchange of securities or other assets, and further for corporations, in accordance with the conditions specified in Section 275 of the SFA; (2) where no consideration is or will be given for the transfer; (3) where the transfer is by operation of law; or (4) pursuant to Section 276(7) of the SFA.