Higher standards best for Asia’s bond markets long-term

Last week’s tap of a KWG Group Holdings dollar bond triggered a debate between bankers about what makes for good market practice. The issuer may be an established and reputable one, but the tap was priced with the borrower still in an earnings blackout. If this sort of timing were to take hold, the Asian issuers as a whole will struggle to build a globally diversified investor base.

  • By Addison Gong
  • 26 Mar 2019
The bond was priced last Tuesday, with the Chinese developer’s earnings report only due the following Monday. In other words, KWG was in a blackout period.

Bankers away from the $350m transaction accused sole lead Credit Suisse of being “reckless”, though others defended the move saying ...

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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 26.40
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 20.00
3 China Securities 13.33
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 12.00
5 Bank of China (BOC) 11.33

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 6,126.98 28 8.97%
2 Goldman Sachs 5,994.79 21 8.78%
3 Morgan Stanley 4,359.35 28 6.38%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 3,925.11 17 5.75%
5 UBS 3,727.37 21 5.46%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 12,820.23 113 8.54%
2 JPMorgan 9,032.10 54 6.01%
3 Citi 8,900.47 66 5.93%
4 Credit Suisse 5,896.22 44 3.93%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 5,747.27 53 3.83%

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