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IFC Becomes Largest Issuer of London-Listed Renminbi Bonds, Supporting Internationalization of Chinese Currency

Beijing/London, September 17, 2014 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today became the largest issuer of renminbi-denominated bonds on the London Stock Exchange, issuing bonds totaling 1 billion yuan (equivalent to about $163 million) to increase foreign investment in China and support the internationalization of the Chinese currency.
The five-year issuance marks the second time IFC has issued a benchmark-sized renminbi bond this year. The bond is also the longest-dated renminbi bond by a triple-A rated issuer on the exchange. In all, IFC has issued about 4.25 billion yuan in renminbi-denominated bonds in London.
“IFC is committed to helping China deepen its capital markets,” said IFC Vice President and Treasurer Jingdong Hua. “By offering different tenors for triple-A rated renminbi bonds, we are extending the yield curve and attracting a broad range of investors globally, bringing depth and diversity to China’s offshore markets.”
IFC supports the development of China’s financial sector by working with the government to create a regulatory and legal environment that supports the growth of financial services, promotes the microfinance industry, strengthens commercial banks, and develops the country's financial and capital markets. Efficient financial and capital markets allow companies to raise financing so they can grow and create jobs.
IFC previously pioneered the international issuance of renminbi-denominated bonds in China (Panda bonds) and Hong Kong (Dim Sum bonds). IFC was also the first to set up a program to regularly issue offshore renminbi-denominated discount notes.
In China, IFC focuses on private sector investments that help fight climate change, enable rural development, and promote sustainable Chinese investments overseas. Since 1985, IFC has invested about $9 billion (around 55 billion yuan) in around 300 projects in the country, including nearly 3 billion yuan in local-currency investments.
The bond yields 3.1 percent. Investors included central banks, official institutions, commercial banks, insurance companies, and asset managers globally.
BNP, ICBC, and SCB were the lead arrangers for the bond.
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
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