• BMW on funding spree with new auto loan ABS

    BMW returned to China’s auto loan ABS market on Tuesday with a Rmb8bn ($1.2bn) two-tranche deal, its largest issuance so far, and received a big thumbs-up from investors.

    • 17 Jul 2019
  • Ford kicks off 2019 China auto ABS series

    Ford Automotive Finance is set to join the Chinese auto loan ABS issuance spree with a Rmb4.776bn ($695m) four-tranche deal on July 23. After this transaction, the originator will have raised a chunky Rmb31.6bn from the market since its debut five years ago.

    • 16 Jul 2019
  • Geely poised to launch second auto loan ABS

    Genius Auto Finance, a joint venture between Geely Automobile and BNP Paribas Personal Finance, is planning a return to the auto loan ABS market on July 18 with a Rmb4bn ($581.6m) four-tranche deal.

    • 12 Jul 2019
  • Red Cross volcano bond attracts UK state

    The Natural Disaster Fund, backed by the UK government, has a first option to subscribe to a small catastrophe bond to be issued by the Danish Red Cross, which conveys volcano risk.

    • 11 Jul 2019
  • BMW readies its biggest auto loan ABS

    After raising Rmb5.5bn ($799m) from its largest auto loan ABS deal in March, BMW’s Chinese auto finance arm is returning for more. The planned Rmb8bn deal will hit the market on July 16.

    • 10 Jul 2019
  • GlobalCapital opens 2019 poll for SRI Awards

    GlobalCapital has launched its poll to determine the 2019 winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards. Market participants are invited to participate.

    • 28 Jun 2019
  • GlobalCapital launches Sustainable Financing and Investing Survey

    GlobalCapital is conducting a global research survey on the fast-changing markets for sustainable financing and investing. It will combine the views of issuers and investors to give a nuanced picture of how this trend is changing capital markets for both groups.

    • 19 Jun 2019
  • Markets welcome EU Sustainable Finance announcements

    Four major announcements have been made today by the European Commission and its Technical Expert Group, which is drafting the substance of several parts of its multi-faceted Sustainable Finance Action Plan. There were new texts on the Taxonomy, Green Bond Standard and Low Carbon Benchmarks regulations as well as guidelines for companies on how to report climate change-related information. Many market participants welcomed them.

    • 18 Jun 2019
  • Green bond market debates whether opex has a place in use of proceeds

    Green bond specialists are divided over whether proceeds of labelled green bonds can be used for operating expenditure, or whether they should mainly or entirely be used for capital expenditure.

    • 13 Jun 2019
  • ESG price ratchet enters Schuldschein: bonds next?

    A structure developed in the loan market, in which a company’s financing margin can be lowered during the life of the deal if it improves its environmental, social and governance credentials, has crossed over into the Schuldschein market. That raises the possibility it could make the leap to the bond market, write Silas Brown and Jon Hay.

    • 13 Jun 2019
  • Bragging rights available: first ESG-linked bond

    Bond-market alpha types may find it galling when the fusty old loan market can teach them an innovative new structure. And yet, that may be about to happen.

    • 13 Jun 2019
  • Green Bond Principles forms Advisory Council, gives new guidance

    The Green and Social Bond Principles’ executive committee has decided to leave the Principles unchanged this year, but is publishing three new documents on Thursday to help market participants. It also plans to launch an Advisory Council, to enable it to listen better to the concerns of the market.

    • 13 Jun 2019
  • Temasek’s Azalea serves up bigger, better Astrea V

    Temasek Holdings and its wholly-owned Azalea Asset Management this week brought out Astrea V, the latest collateralised fund obligation (CFO) backed by cash flow generated from private equity funds, finding an even better response than their last outing.

    • 12 Jun 2019
  • Updated: Dongfeng Nissan pays up for auto ABS

    Dongfeng Nissan sold its 13th Chinese auto loan ABS, a Rmb4.3bn ($621m) three-tranche note, on June 13. Both senior tranches were priced 25bp higher than the issuer's previous deal.

    • 05 Jun 2019
  • Red Crescent and Red Cross working on a sukuk

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) plans to issue a sukuk as part of its fundraising for a water, sanitation and hygiene programme.

    • 29 May 2019
  • Green innovation: Dutch classify buyers, Germans mull strippable labels

    The green bond market is going through one of its most intense periods, with a wide variety of high profile issuers joining the market. But there are also hints of novelty in the market. The Netherlands and KfW have used systems for classifying green investors, while Germany is considering a radical idea: whether Bunds could be issued with detachable green certificates. Jon Hay reports.

    • 23 May 2019
  • Investors want Big Oil to go green — but aren’t getting tough

    A substantial and growing proportion of asset managers are asking big oil companies to realign their businesses with the Paris Agreement by moving away from fossil fuels, a survey released on Monday has found. But only a few have set deadlines or thought about what to do if the oil companies fail to comply.

    • 29 Apr 2019
  • Leads step in as Merc ABS speeds past regs probe

    Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance pulled off its biggest auto loan ABS deal to date on Tuesday at its tightest price since 2017, despite a last minute regulatory probe into the originator. But the apparent success owed plenty to the lead underwriters’ co-ordinated efforts to keep the issuer happy and the primacy of credit ratings to international buyers, writes Rebecca Feng.

    • 25 Apr 2019
  • BMW innovates with auto lease ABN

    BMW Group has debuted its first asset backed note (ABN) in China, bagging Rmb2.5bn ($387m) with a three tranche fixed rate deal through its majority-owned subsidiary, Herald International Financial Leasing.

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Capital markets need an Extinction Rebellion

    Sustainable finance is bubbling with exciting new initiatives. But making people feel good is not enough. Activity needs to produce results, and so far there is more noise than movement. The tone is far too sedate — it needs some hard core activism to break the torpor.

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • S&P goes its own way on ESG ratings

    Enel and NextEra Energy have, on a pilot basis, become the first companies to obtain one of S&P Global’s new ESG Evaluations. The product, launched last week, takes S&P into direct competition with providers of ESG ratings like MSCI and Sustainalytics — and with Moody’s, which a few days after S&P’s launch acquired Vigeo Eiris, the French-based ESG rating firm.

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Moody's buys Vigeo Eiris in drive for ‘global standard’ on ESG

    Moody’s has acquired a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris, the environmental, social and governance research and ratings provider, as the credit rating agencies move increasingly into the area of ESG investing. The announcement comes just days after S&P Global launched its new ESG Evaluation product.

    • 15 Apr 2019
  • BMW gears up for Rmb2.5bn auto lease ABN

    BMW Automotive Finance (China) is on track to launch its debut auto lease receivables-backed securitization. The company is expecting to close the Rmb2.5bn ($373m) Bavarian Sky China Leasing 2019-1 asset backed note later this week.

    • 15 Apr 2019
  • Geely ABS thrives after strong foreign bid

    Genius Auto Finance, a joint venture between Geely Automobile Holdings and BNP Paribas Personal Finance, has raised Rmb3bn ($446m) from a three-tranche auto ABS. It was the tightest such deal this year, after receiving plenty of demand from foreign banks.

    • 10 Apr 2019
  • Ping An to bring variety to surging China auto ABS market

    Geely and Dongfeng-Nissan will return to the Chinese auto loans ABS market next week with a total of Rmb7.4bn ($1.1bn) of paper. But while China’s auto loans ABS market has been dominated by auto finance companies (AFCs), Ping An Bank will soon bring the first internationally rated auto loan ABS originated by a commercial bank.

    • 03 Apr 2019
  • BMW’s early ABS heralds market boom

    BMW Auto Finance on Tuesday brought its biggest Chinese auto loan ABS since its market debut five years ago. The Rmb 5.5bn ($820m) deal, said bankers, showed that the market will boom this year.

    • 21 Mar 2019
  • BMW eyes ABS deal after Panda

    A week after BMW debuted in the Panda market with a Rmb3bn ($447m) three year private placement, its onshore financing arm, BMW Automotive Finance, returned to more familiar territory with a Rmb5.5bn auto loan ABS.

    • 13 Mar 2019
  • China’s SAIC-GMAC prints ABS comeback amid low yields

    SAIC-GMAC, one of the first issuers in China’s auto loan ABS market, returned with a Rmb10bn ($1.49bn) three-tranche transaction this week.

    • 06 Mar 2019
  • Singapore hosts its first cat bond

    Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has launched the first catastrophe bond out of Singapore, as the Lion City seeks to become a hub for insurance-linked securities (ILS) by offering grants to issuers.

    • 28 Feb 2019
  • Green knowledge is not an efficient market

    Biofuels have swollen thanks to policies to combat climate change — even though often, they do not help the problem and can make it worse. This is a shocking record, born of ignorance, both accidental and wilful.

    • 12 Feb 2019
  • Raters, investors ‘should cooperate’ on ESG

    Rating agencies and investors are realising they have more in common than they thought when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. And they are more inclined now to work together than find fault.

    • 07 Feb 2019
  • Green bond players size up chances of 2019 growth

    Green bond watchers are putting out their forecasts for issuance this year, hoping for a return to growth after a disappointing 2018. The year has started decently, with at least $6bn issued so far, including this week’s debut issue from Telefónica, hailed as the first from the telecoms sector.

    • 01 Feb 2019
  • Why have bond investors taken a vow of silence?

    Pacific Gas & Electric has gone bankrupt with $52bn of debt, blaming forest fires that seared California during 2018. Vale, with $11bn, has been downgraded to the bottom edge of investment grade after its horrific dam burst last Friday.

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • Bondholders remain tongue-tied as climate risks worsen

    Most bond investors are making minimal effort to lobby companies to improve their performance on climate change, a new report has found. Some feel they haven’t the right to make demands; some leave it to equity colleagues; some do not see it as relevant.

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • Climate activists boo Larry Fink’s CEO letter

    Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, became one of the most namechecked people in the responsible investing movement in 2018 when he affirmed that “Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate.”

    • 17 Jan 2019
  • When a bad deal leads to no deal, no one wins

    Maintaining confidence in the system relies on trust that leaders — those selected for their competence and character to set the course for the rest of us — are well informed, able to communicate with others at their level and take decisions that serve the interests of those they lead.

    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Philippines looks to issue cat bond

    The Philippines is preparing a sovereign catastrophe bond, the World Bank said on Monday. The imperilled country could be the next to use the instrument as insurance against natural disasters.

    • 14 Jan 2019
  • US will try to stop MDBs securitizing

    Hopes of a thriving new market for securitizations by multilateral development banks hit a hole in the road in December, when the US Treasury said it disapproved of them and would seek to stop them.

    • 10 Jan 2019
  • Bashing World Bank damages US interests

    That US president Donald Trump’s administration should pick a fight with the World Bank — and the bevy of other multilateral development banks the US owns shares in — is no surprise.

    • 10 Jan 2019
  • Fitch joins ESG caravan with relevance scores

    Fitch Ratings has remedied its long lack of a visible response to the rise of environmental, social and governance investing by launching a set of ESG relevance scores.

    • 10 Jan 2019

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 21.85
2 China Merchants Securities Co 14.67
3 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.44
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 8.89
5 China Securities 7.41

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 9,346.38 46 7.81%
2 Goldman Sachs 8,791.68 35 7.35%
3 Morgan Stanley 7,131.69 47 5.96%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 6,923.83 42 5.79%
5 UBS 6,281.96 46 5.25%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 21,140.46 182 8.46%
2 Citi 15,676.35 116 6.28%
3 JPMorgan 13,488.58 90 5.40%
4 Standard Chartered Bank 10,193.35 102 4.08%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,668.56 74 3.87%

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