A major Sustainable Development Bond has been successfully priced in the Chinese Interbank Bond Market (CIBM), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) announced on Thursday.
The bond is valued at 3bn Yuan ($424m USD) and will carry the 'Combatting COVID-19 label' as approved by the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors, the bank said in a statement.
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Both mainland and foreign investors have backed the issuance, receiving 35 and 65 percent, respectively, expanding the bond's book size to $1.18bn (8.34 Yuan).
“The debut panda bond issuance represents an important milestone for AIIB as we enter the Chinese bond market for the first time,” AIIB president and board chairman, Jin Liqun, said in a statement.
He added that the issuance would help raise capital to help the bank's short-term measures against COVID-19 and build sustainable infrastructure in the future, as well as internationalising the Chinese renmenbi.
"As an international organization headquartered in Beijing, AIIB is also playing a role in the internationalization of China’s capital markets by providing both onshore and offshore investors with a very high quality RMB investment. This successful transaction serves as an important benchmark for our future issues in the years ahead,” he concluded.
The AIIB is the first AAA-rated multilateral development bank by international credit ratings associations to access China's Panda bond market, Hu Kun, Bank of China general manager of the Investment Banking and Asset Management Department said.
According to the AIIB, two projects were funded in China in 2019 and a third was approved in April this year to upgrade sustainable public health infrastructure and provide emergency supplies to fight the pandemic.
The issuance has boosted the CIBM market as well as global investor base for the AIIB, allowing investors to access the world's "second largest bond market in the world in terms of outstanding volume," Kun added
The AIIB appointed Bank of China as lead underwriter and bookrunner, with BNP Paribas's China division, China Construction Bank Corporation, China International Capital Corporation Ltd and the UK's HSBC Bank's China wing as joint underwriters by May this year.
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank Ltd, the world's largest cooperative financial institution, was appointed as a financial advisor on sustainability, the bank said.