Finance ministry eyes $8.78b bond issuance


HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Finance aims to issue VNĐ200 trillion (US$8.78 billion) worth of Government bonds and develop green Government bonds in 2019.

The goals were set by the finance ministry during a meeting last week held by the Hà Nội Stock Exchange on the status of the Vietnamese bond market in the final quarter of 2018.

According to the ministry, the infrastructure of the secondary bond market is set to be improved to raise the quality of bond trading. Other goals include the publication of issuance dates by quarter for the whole year and the improvement in quality of bond market developers.

In 2019, the State Treasury will focus on fixed rate bonds and long/short coupon bonds and will consider re-issuing the bonds, which had been issued and matured in previous years, to raise the number of bond codes and to reduce the amount of small-valued bonds. It will also buy back Government bonds with maturity of less than three months.

The Hà Nội Stock Exchange (HNX) will aim to develop a trading platform to buyback and convert bonds, and offer supportive tools for market developers.

Lower bond issued in 11 months

According to the HNX, as of November 30, total value of Government bonds raised on the northern trading bourse hit VNĐ147 trillion ($6.45 billion), down 24.3 per cent year on year. The figure was equal to half of the full-year target.

Of the figure, the State Treasury raised VNĐ137.3 trillion worth of G-bonds, down 19 per cent year on year and fulfilling 78.4 per cent of its full-year target. Insurance companies topped the market by market share as their purchases accounted for 66.4 per cent of the market’s total.

The total value of the secondary bond market was nearly VNĐ1.1 quadrillion ($48.3 billion), up 8.2 per cent year on year and equal to 20 per cent of last year’s gross domestic product.

Daily average trading value reached VNĐ8.78 trillion in the past 11 months, down 3.3 per cent year on year. The value of repurchase agreement transactions accounted for 53.7 per cent of the market’s total, up 4.5 per cent year on year.

Source: VNS

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