The Asian green bond market has gone from being a minnow two years ago to dominating global issuance, proving the product is here to stay. But there is still plenty of untapped potential, and more needs to be done to make environmental concerns top on the priority list.

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Analysis

  • MUFG talks to investors about green senior

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is the latest Japanese bank to market a green bond in euros, with a five year senior trade. Proceeds are earmarked for renewable energy projects.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Bond market revival gives second chance to debut issuers

    A receptive market and generous pricing worked in favour of China’s Concord New Energy Group and Indonesia’s Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS) this week, as both managed to pull off debut dollar bonds two months after failed attempts. Morgan Davis reports.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • BPCE reruns client-directed social Samurai

    Groupe BPCE issued ¥116.1bn ($1.04bn) of Samurai notes this week across six tranches, two of which were social bonds. But unlike with many socially responsible deals, the proceeds will go to clients rather than financing projects directly.

    • 15 Jan 2018
  • Agricole puts green banker in Asia

    Crédit Agricole has moved one of its sustainable banking specialists to Asia, hoping to capitalise on what it expects to be a growing market for green bonds.

    • 11 Jan 2018

Deals

  • GlobalCapital SRI Awards: poll extended

    In response to requests from market participants, GlobalCapital has extended the closing date of its poll to determine the 2019 winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards. Market participants can now vote until July 26.

  • Foncière Verte closes Euro PP

    French property company Foncière Verte has sold €85m of privately placed bonds.

  • RBS’s McEwan heads to NAB for clean-up job

    National Australia Bank has hired Ross McEwan as its new group CEO, as the bank seeks to improve its reputation after a damning report criticised its conduct.

  • Legal ignorance chills bondholder engagement

    Bondholders are still afraid to form alliances like those in the equity market to pressure issuers to improve their environmental, social and governance performance. They are paralysed by fear of market abuse and competition rules. But there is hope regulators will reassure them.

Comment

  • Asian green bonds: more catching up needed

    Asia’s green financing market has made great strides since issuance started to pick up two years ago, with 2017 seeing more regulators and issuers giving the asset class a push. But for all its impressive feats, the region’s green market is yet to come of age.

    • 12 Dec 2017
  • Asian sustainable lending needs a big push

    A novel green loan for Singapore-listed Wilmar has put a focus on sustainability-based borrowings in Asia — or the lack thereof. But now the agribusiness company has provided a template for such financings, the onus is on banks and borrowers to push for change in the region. The benefits may be intangible, but they will be more far-reaching than a few extra basis points on the P&L.

    • 05 Dec 2017

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Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets special report

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 7.79%
2 Goldman Sachs 8,791.68 35 7.33%
3 Morgan Stanley 7,131.69 47 5.94%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 6,923.83 42 5.77%
5 UBS 6,281.96 46 5.24%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 21,623.09 187 8.54%
2 Citi 15,676.35 116 6.19%
3 JPMorgan 13,488.58 90 5.33%
4 Standard Chartered Bank 10,556.88 105 4.17%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,701.88 75 3.83%

Asian polls & awards

  • GlobalCapital SRI Awards: poll extended

    In response to requests from market participants, GlobalCapital has extended the closing date of its poll to determine the 2019 winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards. Market participants can now vote until July 26.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Investment banks

    In the fourth and final instalment of GlobalCapital Asia’s capital markets awards announcements, find out the Best Asian Investment Bank and the Best Investment Bank in the region for 2018.

  • GlobalCapital Asia capital markets awards 2018: Bonds

    In part three of our results announcements, we reveal the winning bond deals across a variety of categories. In addition, we also name the Best G3 Bond House, Best Local Currency Bond House, Best High Yield Bond House and the debut winner of the Best House for SRI Financing.