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  • Men stand in front of a screen displaying the Dollar to Yen exchange rate in Tokyo, Japan.

    Yen market seen diversifying

    Bonds | 15 December 2017

    Bankers expect a more diverse range of issuers to sell yen bonds in 2018 as Japanese investors move down the credit curve in search of higher returns.

  • Yen Bond House: Morgan Stanley

    Yen Bond House: Morgan Stanley

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    In a market still struggling under the effects of Japan’s negative interest rates, one bank used its global network to deliver for both issuers and investors. For its leading role in international yen issuance, Morgan Stanley is IFR’s Yen Bond House of the Year.

  • Yen Bond: BPCE’s ¥142.7bn triple-tranche Samurai

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Senior success

  • Lloyds Banking Group head office

    Lloyds Banking prices ¥45.5bn dual-tranche Samurai

    Ticker | 07 December 2017

    Lloyds Banking Group has priced ¥37.8bn (US$337m) six-year Samurai notes at a spread of 30bp over yen offer-side swaps and ¥7.7bn 10-year notes at 41bp over.

  • Turkey takes short route to Japan

    Emerging Markets | 01 December 2017

    The Republic of Turkey raised ¥60bn (US$533m) on Friday through a private placement of three-year Samurai bonds after strong demand allowed it to drop plans for a Japan Bank for International Cooperation guarantee.

  • A Turkish flag is pictured on a boat with the Bosphorus bridge in the background

    Turkey takes the short route into Japan

    Ticker | 01 December 2017

    The Republic of Turkey raised ¥60bn (US$533m) through a private placement of Samurai bonds that it managed to execute successfully despite volatile market conditions at home and no guarantee from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

  • Turkey to test Japanese appetite

    Emerging Markets | 24 November 2017

    The Republic of Turkey is set to return to the Samurai market for the first time since 2014, in a test of Japanese investor appetite for emerging-market credits.

  • 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.

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