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  • New Panda bond framework: a missed opportunity

    China’s impending Panda bond framework offered the country a chance to sort out a messy approval process that deters all but the most dedicated issuers. Instead, the country doubled-down on chaos.

    • 28 Aug 2018
  • In China, there is a lesson in stocks for bond index providers

    Bond index providers are racing to include Chinese bonds in their benchmarks. But before taking the leap, they should study a recent decision on A-share inclusion — and the sceptical response it got from investors.

    • 01 Aug 2018
  • Regulation ad hominem on Xiaomi is a bad omen

    The decision of China’s exchanges to bar mainland investors from dual-class stocks may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but it is the darkest moment for China's market reform path since the infamous summer of 2015.

    • 17 Jul 2018
  • President Xi shows how to make stalling look like reform

    Chinese president Xi Jinping delivered the message everybody wanted to hear: despite the trade spat with the US, China will keep opening up its markets to foreign firms. But the speech was light on substance. The remarks feel like more of China’s vintage ‘stall and delay’ strategy rather than the much-touted ‘new era’. That could backfire, especially since Donald Trump seems hell-bent on making his aggressive trade policy towards China a reality.

    • 16 Apr 2018
  • Panda bonds aren’t fit for purpose. Time to cut the red tape.

    Panda bond issuance has so far been dominated by overseas-incorporated Chinese names. That bolsters volumes, but it does little to help the market fulfil its role of boosting RMB internationalisation. Policymakers have the chance to fix it — but only if they are bold enough to let markets play a bigger role.

    • 07 Feb 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
  • 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
  • Backtracking on reforms not an option for China

    Foreign ownership reform in the Chinese financial sector is not only a landmark in the country’s opening up, but also a strategic move to rebalance US-China trade. But recent guidelines curtailing banking sector liberalisation appear to be a case of one step forward, two steps back for China. Now more than ever, Beijing must not let its caution around financial risk take over and undo its strategy.

    • 28 Nov 2017
  • The bold and the beautiful

    The hubbub over China’s five-yearly Party Congress is now behind us and the country’s regulators are ready to get back to business. In that vein, unusually forceful comments from Zhou Xiaochuan, outgoing governor of the People's Bank of China, on the urgency of deleveraging are more than welcome.

    • 14 Nov 2017
  • China reforms: Banks are right to be cautious

    China’s extraordinary liberalisation of its financial markets last week, which cleared the way for foreign ownership of a range of financial institutions, has only found mild enthusiasm among foreign banks so far. They can be forgiven for not immediately breaking out the champagne.

    • 14 Nov 2017

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GlobalRMB Panda Bonds league table

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 China Merchants Securities Co 19.83
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 14.01
3 CITIC Securities 11.86
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 10.78
5 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.70

Panda Bond Database

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 20-Aug-18 ABC International (parent: Agricultural Bank of China) China 3,000
2 16-Aug-18 Daimler Germany 4,000
3 15-Aug-18 Everbright Water China 800
4 08-Aug-18 Veolia Environnement SA France 1,000
5 19-Jul-18 Beijing Enterprises Water Group China 3,000

Offshore RMB Bond Top Bookrunners

Rank Bookrunner Share % by Volume
1 Standard Chartered Bank 34.32
2 HSBC 21.16
3 Societe Generale 4.40
4 Bank of Taiwan 3.77
4 Cathay United Bank 3.77

Latest Offshore RMB Bonds

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 13-Sep-18 CIFI Holdings China 1,000
2 05-Sep-18 Daimler Germany 1,000
3 03-Sep-18 First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC United Arab Emirates 650
4 21-Jun-18 Shimao Property Holdings China 1,200
5 19-Jun-18 Korea Development Bank (KDB) South Korea 1,750