Plans are underway for perpetual bond sales in China
– but issues around tax and how they should be treated
on balance sheets remain.
While China’s Financial Stability and
Development Committee has given the green light for banks to
banks to use this instrument to raise funds, further clarity is
needed from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory
Commission (CBIRC) and China Securities Regulatory Commission
(CSRC) on the technical details. Bank of China has announced
its plans to sell an estimated $5.8 billion of perpetual bonds
over the next two years.
According to Nicholas Zhu, VP at Moody’s
Beijing, while perpetual bonds have been issued by a few
corporates, they are new for banks and detailed rules will be
issued by the CBIRC and CSRC to clarify how they are to be
issued and purchased, including details on...