• Sino-Ocean lays groundwork for Panda return

    Property developer Sino-Ocean Group Holdings is set to return to the Panda bond market with a Rmb3bn ($467.9m) three year trade — its first Panda since its debut in the asset class last March.

    • 22 Jan 2018
  • The week in renminbi: Counter-cyclical factor tamed but not gone, PBoC puts new ceiling on cross-border RMB financing, CSRC tightens grip on private bonds

    China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) insists that the counter-cyclical factor remains in place, the Chinese central bank introduces a new limit on cross-border financing for commercial banks, and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) reportedly cracks down on risky private bond issuance.

    • 22 Jan 2018
  • Local investors keep Ford’s ABS on track

    Ford Automotive Finance (China) started the year in China’s asset-backed securities market by selling a Rmb4bn (Rmb618.3m) deal on Thursday. The deal was open to foreign investors, but onshore demand formed the core support for Ford’s sale, sources on the deal told GlobalRMB.

    • 19 Jan 2018
  • RMB round-up: Safe asks companies to adapt to RMB volatility, CBRC’s Guo lashes out at banking outlaws, Chinese rating agency downgrades the US

    China’s FX watchdog tells corporates to prepare for more volatility in the RMB exchange rate, the chief of China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) criticises illegal activities in the banking sector, and a domestic Chinese credit rating agency moves US sovereign rating as a result of the recent tax cut.

    • 19 Jan 2018
  • Bundesbank eyes small RMB allocation for FX reserves

    Germany's domestic central bank said this week that it would start buying renminbi assets. Andreas Dombret, a member of the board at the Bundesbank, indicated to GlobalRMB that the central bank — like others in the developed markets — would follow the European Central Bank’s small initial allocation to the currency.

    • 19 Jan 2018
  • Mizuho, MUFG open Panda market for Japan’s issuers

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and Mizuho Bank opened the Panda bond market for Japanese issuers on January 12, with both crossing the finish line on the same day.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • RMBi concerns Chinese national security, says ex-HK official

    Promoting RMB internationalisation is necessary for China to safeguard its national security, Anthony Leung, chairman and CEO of Nan Fung Group and former financial secretary of Hong Kong, told the Asian Financial Forum on January 16.

    • 18 Jan 2018
  • Shenzhen International ends long wait for Panda

    Following nearly a year of waiting, red chip company Shenzhen International Holdings is finally gearing up for its Panda bond debut on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. But the issuer appears to be cautious in its first outing, targeting only Rmb300m ($46.6m).

    • 17 Jan 2018
  • Country Garden unveils interbank Panda offer

    Property developer Country Garden Holdings is planning a return to the Panda bond market on Friday, after approaching onshore investors with a Rmb1.8bn ($279.8m) three year bond. It will be the first time the company has sold a Panda in the interbank bond market.

    • 17 Jan 2018
  • UBS’s Hu: More countries to add RMB to reserves

    More central banks may add the Chinese currency to their FX reserves following Bundesbank’s indication to do so, Yifan Hu, regional chief investment officer and chief China economist at UBS, said at the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) on January 16.

    • 17 Jan 2018
  • Dim sum bonds: here today, gone tomorrow

    China’s offshore renminbi bond market has made a strong start to the year, with two foreign issuers already selling dim sum notes. The signs for a robust 2018 are there but the market’s return to form will be contingent on more than just issuer interest.

    • 16 Jan 2018
  • Share and share alike: China D-shares ready to take off

    China's listed companies are set to sell stock directly to European investors. The first listing of an A-share company on the China Europe International Exchange (Ceinex) in Frankfurt will happen by June this year. Investment banks have already been mandated, GlobalCapital Asia's sister publication GlobalRMB has reported.

    • 16 Jan 2018
  • MUFG goes local in Panda debut

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) has become the first Japanese issuer to tap the Panda bond market, crossing the finishing line on the same day as Mizuho Bank. The issuer focused on attracting local investors in its debut deal, raising Rmb1bn ($154m) from the onshore market.

    • 16 Jan 2018
  • Mizuho makes cautious Panda debut

    Mizuho Bank opened the Japanese Panda bond market on January 12, sharing the title of first issuer in the category with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). But instead of aiming for a blockbuster transaction, Mizuho treaded carefully – raising just Rmb500m ($77m) from the debut deal.

    • 15 Jan 2018
  • The week in renminbi: PBoC’s Yi sees room for improvement for RMBi, CBRC warns Chinese banks on risk, Citic forecasts strong cross-border RMB demand

    The deputy governor of China’s central bank believes the country is punching below its weight on renminbi internationalisation, the Chinese banking watchdog stresses the need to prevent risk, and China Citic Bank International projects strong demand for cross-border RMB transactions in the first quarter.

    • 15 Jan 2018
  • China sticks with US Treasuries – for now

    The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (Safe) has poured cold water over claims that China may stop buying US Treasury bonds. But there is a need for the country to diversify its debt portfolio in the long run if it is serious about promoting RMB internationalisation, economists told GlobalRMB.

    • 12 Jan 2018
  • RMB round-up: China touts RMB IPOs in HK for Belt and Road, international investors up stake in Chinese bonds, Li Keqiang unveils 2017 GDP figure

    The Chinese government contemplates RMB-denominated IPOs for mainland companies fundraising for Belt and Road projects, foreign ownership of Chinese bonds goes up in December, and premier Li Keqiang indicates the economy grew by 6.9% in 2017.

    • 12 Jan 2018
  • IL&FS cooks up first HY dim sum since 2016

    India’s IL&FS Transportation Networks sold a Rmb900m ($138.21m) offshore renminbi bond on Wednesday, making it the first high yield issuer to seal a deal in the market in more than 16 months.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • Updated: Ford China starts engine for 2018 auto ABS race

    Ford Automotive Finance (China) is preparing for a Rmb4bn ($614m) deal in the onshore asset-backed securities market – the first by a foreign originator in 2018. But the carmaker is not in the mood for change in the New Year, sticking with the same format it printed in last August.

    • 11 Jan 2018
  • CALC takes new route in Chinese dollar ABS

    China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings (CALC) has sealed a rare asset-backed securities deal in the onshore market — the first dollar-denominated ABS to be publicly traded. But while the transaction holds symbolic significance, the format is unlikely to become the norm for the Chinese ABS market.

    • 10 Jan 2018
  • IL&FS returns for dim sum bond

    India’s IL&FS Transportation Networks launched an offshore renminbi bond on Wednesday morning, following Westpac Banking Corp’s opening of the dim sum market earlier this week.

    • 10 Jan 2018
  • PBoC U-turns on tight currency grip

    The People’s Bank of China has reportedly tweaked the way it sets the daily renminbi fix against the dollar, abandoning a key control mechanism it introduced last May. While some analysts hail the move as a sign of confidence from China, others say it exposes the failure of the PBoC’s previous FX policy.

    • 10 Jan 2018
  • Westpac dim sum opens offshore renminbi supply

    Westpac Banking Corp raised Rmb500m ($77m) from a three year offshore renminbi bond on Monday, becoming the first dim sum note issuer of 2018.

    • 09 Jan 2018
  • Belt and Road Pandas finally come of age

    DCM bankers often market Panda bonds as Belt and Road bonds, even when they have little to do with China’s landmark infrastructure plan. But in recent weeks, issuers with genuine needs for funding Belt and Road projects have started to tap the market. The change could open up a new frontier for RMB internationalisation.

    • 09 Jan 2018
  • Westpac set for new dim sum bond

    Westpac Banking Corp is poised to sell the first offshore renminbi bond of the year, opening books for a three year trade on Monday.

    • 08 Jan 2018
  • The week in renminbi: Regulators tighten bond repo rules, China’s FX reserves at $3.14tr, BOC completes RMB payment for Chinese diplomats

    Chinese financial regulators publish fresh rules on the bond market to control leverage, China’s FX reserves grow again to $3.14tr in December, and Bank of China completes a RMB salary payment for Chinese diplomats abroad after the central bank’s call to push for cross-border RMB transactions.

    • 08 Jan 2018
  • Four BRI countries get direct access to onshore FX market

    China has relaxed access to the onshore renminbi (CNY) foreign exchange market for overseas banks based in Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Thailand, all countries that fall under the Belt and Road initiative, GlobalRMB has learned.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • RMB round-up: PBoC in fresh push for RMBi, HSBC eyes BRI business with Warsaw desk, ABC gets green light for Hanoi, Macau branches

    The People’s Bank of China announces new rules to promote cross-border RMB transactions, HSBC plans to launch a new service in Poland to capture business opportunities related to the Belt and Road Initiative, and Agricultural Bank of China obtained approvals for new branches in Southeast Asia.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • China to loosen outbound grip in 2018

    With growing demand for overseas investment, Chinese regulators could release new outbound investment quotas in 2018 by rebooting the qualified domestic institutional investor (QDII) programme and launching a two-way ETF Connect with Hong Kong.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • Updated: GLP jumps on Belt and Road bandwagon with new Panda

    Chinese regulators have given their blessing to Global Logistics Properties (GLP) returning to the Panda market. The company is putting a Belt and Road spin to the issuance programme, even though proceeds are going towards a recent acquisition in Western Europe.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • MUFG sets sight on January Panda deal

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is preparing to sell a Rmb1bn ($154m) three year bond before the end of January, GlobalRMB understands. The financial institution has become the second Japanese issuer in two weeks to secure a Panda bond programme.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • IL&FS raises curtain on 2018 dim sum market

    India’s IL&FS Transportation Networks is laying the groundwork for the first offshore renminbi bond of the year, mandating banks on Friday.

    • 05 Jan 2018
  • BlackRock, Fidelity kick off 2018 private fund race

    Foreign asset managers in China have started the New Year in style. Fidelity International launched two funds on January 2, covering onshore equity and fixed income, after receiving its private fund management (PFM) licence last May. The move came less than a week after BlackRock got the regulatory green light for its own PFM licence.

    • 04 Jan 2018
  • New Year round-up: PBoC to maintain monetary policy stance, Pakistan backs RMB payments, RMB rebounds in global payments race

    China’s central bank will hold on to its 'neutral and prudent' monetary policy, the central bank of Pakistan encourages businesses to trade with China in renminbi, and the Chinese currency regains its position as the sixth most used global payments currency.

    • 03 Jan 2018
  • CMP seeks Panda funds to buy Sri Lanka port

    China Merchants Port Holdings is returning to the Panda bond market for a Rmb500m ($76.8m) deal to fund its acquisition of a port in Sri Lanka — a flagship project under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

    • 03 Jan 2018

GlobalRMB Panda Bonds league table

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 28.62
2 CITIC Securities 21.06
3 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.72
4 China Merchants Bank Co 9.18
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 7.56

Panda Bond Database

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 12-Jan-18 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) Japan 1,000
2 12-Jan-18 Mizuho Bank Japan 300
3 10-Jan-18 Daimler Germany 3,000
4 22-Nov-17 Province of British Columbia Canada 1,000
5 15-Nov-17 Daimler Germany 4,000

Offshore RMB Bond Top Bookrunners

Rank Bookrunner Share % by Volume
1 Standard Chartered Bank 55.56
2 CLSA 22.22
2 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) 22.22

Latest Offshore RMB Bonds

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 17-Jan-18 IL&FS Transportation Networks India 100
2 10-Jan-18 IL&FS Transportation Networks India 900
3 08-Jan-18 Westpac Australia 500
4 30-Nov-17 Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China (MoF) China 7,000
5 15-Nov-17 Bank of China Paris Branch (BOC Paris) China 1,000