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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  • 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

  • Paris-compatible bond demand behind SABs

    The increasing demand for bonds compatible with the Paris Agreement on climate change is one of the major factors driving the European Investment Bank’s plan to add Sustainable Awareness Bonds (SABs) to its funding mix, according to the issuer.

  • Lifers could fail en masse in next crisis, says EIOPA

    Bad governance and management is a key cause of failures and near misses among insurance firms, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has found, in a report released this week. The body has previously called for a harmonised approach to resolution and recovery.

  • Terna round finds investors hungry for Italian risk once more

    Electricity network operator Terna has sold the first investment grade corporate bond from an Italian issuer since the formation of the country’s new government and was rewarded with an order book that was more than 5.5 times subscribed, demonstrating an investor base that is open to Italy risk once more. Nigel Owen reports.

  • KHNP uses green label to cut new issue premium

    Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) raised $600m with a green bond on Wednesday, offering no new issue premium to an investor base desperate for environmentally friendly assets.

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 China Merchants Securities Co 20.87
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.74
3 CITIC Securities 12.47
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 11.34
5 China CITIC Bank Corp 10.21

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 12,347.28 50 8.23%
2 Citi 10,940.93 60 7.29%
3 Morgan Stanley 9,919.63 37 6.61%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 8,032.87 28 5.36%
5 China Securities Co Ltd 7,436.55 29 4.96%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 15,555.62 124 7.35%
2 Citi 14,596.34 92 6.90%
3 JPMorgan 10,469.33 53 4.95%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 10,014.06 57 4.73%
5 Goldman Sachs 9,025.15 40 4.26%

Asian polls & awards

  • GlobalCapital opens Green/SRI Bond and Loan Awards Poll 2018

    After a year of burgeoning growth and change in green, social and sustainability bond issuance, with huge acceleration in green loans, GlobalCapital today invites you to vote in its third Awards poll for this market.

  • The Australian Fixed Income Poll 2018

    Asiamoney, in association with National Australia Bank, invites all fixed income investors in Asia and Europe to participate in the Australian Fixed Income Poll 2018. The online poll will take only five to 10 minutes to complete.

  • Regional Capital Markets Awards Part IV: Investment Bank

    In the last instalment of our 2017 awards, we present the full write-ups of the winners of Best Asian Investment Bank and Best Investment Bank.

  • Regional Capital Markets Awards Part III: Bonds

    In the third instalment of our 2017 awards, we present the full write-ups of the winners of the Best Local Currency Bond, Best High Yield Bond, Best Financial Bond, Best SSA Bond, Best Investment Grade Bond, Best Project Finance Deal, Best Bond, Best G3 and Local Currency Bond House, and Best High Yield Bond House.

  • Regional Capital Markets Awards Part II: Equities

    In the second instalment of our 2017 awards, we present the full write-ups of the winners for Best Follow-On/Accelerated Bookbuild, Best Equity-Linked Deal, Best IPO, Best ECM Deal and Best ECM House.