Guarantee for Privately Placed Samurai Bonds Issued by the Government of Malaysia
Supporting vitalization of Samurai bond market and enhancing relationship with the Government of Malaysia
- Region: Asia
- Untied Loans
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC, Governor: Tadashi Maeda) signed on March 12, a set of agreements to provide a guarantee for yen-denominated foreign bonds in the Japanese bond market (Samurai bonds) *1
issued by the Government of Malaysia (GoM). This is a privately placed issue totaling JPY200 billion. The joint lead arrangers are Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.; HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited, Tokyo Branch; and Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.; with Mizuho Bank, Ltd., serving as a commissioned company for bondholders.
This guarantee is provided under JBIC's "Guarantee and Acquisition toward Tokyo market Enhancement" (GATE)*2
. JBIC's credit enhancement through the GATE facility for the GoM's Samurai bond issuance is expected to provide broader investment opportunities for Japanese investors. It will also contribute to maintaining and strengthening the competitiveness of Japan's capital market.
Japan has a close economic relationship with Malaysia, where about 1,400 Japanese companies conduct business activities. The countries are expected to further develop bilateral collaboration under the "Look East Policy," revived by H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. JBIC's guarantee for the bond issuance by the GoM is a cooperation plan from Japan, which was proposed at the Japan-Malaysia Summit meeting in November 2018. This guarantee is also expected to help deepen the cooperative relationship between the two countries.
JBIC will continue to support the issuance of Samurai bonds by foreign governments and their agencies in the Tokyo bond market by utilizing its GATE facility, as well as contributing to further deepening and developing economic relations between Japan and other countries.
Samurai bonds are yen-denominated bonds issued by foreign governments or companies in the Tokyo bond market.