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  • Aflac serves generous spread

    Aflac serves generous spread

    Bonds | 20 October 2017

    US insurer Aflac last week paid its second visit of the year to the yen market, this time for an offering of hybrid Global yen bonds – a first from a foreign life insurer.

  • Swap costs shrink Samurai market

    Swap costs shrink Samurai market

    Bonds | 06 October 2017

    Japan’s Samurai bond market has shrunk by ¥490bn (US$4.3bn) so far this year as overseas issuers have turned to other markets for refinancing.

  • BFCM issues its largest Samurai

    Bonds | 06 October 2017

    Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel sold ¥127.1bn (US$1.13bn) of Samurai bonds last week, its largest issue since its market debut in July 2011.

  • Pot system catches on in Japan

    Top News | 18 August 2017

    Japan’s growing appetite for overseas bonds is raising a debate over the role of global DCM practices in the yen markets.

  • Man walks by advertisement for Corning Gorilla Glass 3

    Yen market welcomes Triple B Corning

    Top News | 04 August 2017

    Corning, rated Baa1/BBB+ (Moody’s/S&P), raised ¥78bn (US$708m) on Friday from its first yen bond issue, opening the door for other Triple B multinationals to fund their Japanese operations.

  • Samurai

    Basis swaps raise Samurai tide

    Top News | 30 June 2017

    The recent improvement in cross-currency basis swaps is benefiting both yen issuers and investors as foreign borrowers are able to offer relatively juicy spreads while still matching their funding costs in their home currencies.

  • BPCE

    BPCE looking to issue retail Samurai

    Ticker | 30 June 2017

    BPCE has filed an amended shelf registration ahead of a potential retail offering of five-year senior non-preferred Samurai bonds.

  • BPCE gives Samurais a Social twist

    Bonds | 23 June 2017

    BPCE last week became the first foreign bank to sell Social bonds in the Samurai market.

  • Basis swaps pave way for Samurais

    Bonds | 16 June 2017

    Dollar/yen basis swaps have tightened rapidly in recent weeks, providing encouragement for prospective Samurai issuers.

  • Asahi completes jumbo yen deal for M&A

    Ticker | 07 June 2017

    Asahi Group Holdings raised ¥280bn (US$2.56bn) in a four-tranche bond transaction, with the proceeds to be used for the acquisition of breweries in five Central and Eastern European countries.

  • Abe waves to children with Indonesian and Japanese flags at the Bogor Palace

    Indonesia brings first public Samurai since 1983

    Top News | 02 June 2017

    The Republic of Indonesia last week priced its first public Samurai bond issue in more than 30 years, raising ¥100bn (US$896m) in a popular three-tranche offering.

  • Passers-by walk in front of a branch of French bank Credit Agricole in Marseille

    Credit Agricole sets Samurai record for European financial

    Ticker | 02 June 2017

    Credit Agricole raised ¥203.9bn (US$1.8bn) from the Samurai market with an issue of two-tranche senior non-preferred notes and three-tranche senior preferred bonds.

  • Societe Generale reopens Samurai market

    Bonds | 19 May 2017

    The new issue drought in the Samurai market came to an end last week, as Societe Generale sold senior non-preferred bonds and more foreign issuers lined up yen financings.

  • Societe Generale headquarters

    Societe Generale reopens Samurai market

    Ticker | 19 May 2017

    The new issue drought in the Samurai market came to an end this week, as Societe Generale sold senior non-preferred bonds and more foreign issuers lined up yen financings.

  • Swaps herald more yen issuance

    Bonds | 31 March 2017

    A substantial tightening of Japanese yen/US dollar basis swaps since late January has led some bankers to expect international debt issuance in yen in the near future.

  • European politics trump Asian demand

    Bonds | 24 March 2017

    Japanese investors, who were big net buyers of French sovereign bonds for most of 2016, have been reducing their positions since November, contributing to a dip in Asian allocations on recent SSA offerings.

  • Japanese lifers diversify credit holdings

    Bonds | 17 March 2017

    Two major Japanese life insurers, Meiji Yasuda Life and Nippon Life, have unveiled plans to diversify their credit investments, with a special focus on socially responsible debt, in a move that bankers say could expand global appetite for yen products.

  • Starbucks feeds the yen for SRI

    Starbucks feeds the yen for SRI

    Top News | 10 March 2017

    Starbucks answered Japan’s growing demand for socially responsible investing last week when it chose to launch the country’s first sustainability notes in its maiden international bond offering.

  • BNP Samurai defies French fears

    Bonds | 24 February 2017

    BNP Paribas rose above French political worries to raise funds in the Samurai market last week. The bank priced ¥50.6bn (US$448m) of two-tranche senior non-preferred Samurai bonds on February 23 through joint lead managers BNP Paribas, Daiwa, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley,

  • Tepco

    Tepco hires banks for first bond sale since disaster

    Ticker | 10 February 2017

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has mandated six banks for its first debt offering since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to DealWatch, a Thomson Reuters publication.

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