This month, Credit Analysts Sylvia Xu and Andrew Perrin look at monthly issuance volume statistics in the Asia Pacific US$ corporate bond market across rating type, asset class and jurisdiction and more…
APAC US$ issuance (including Japan) jumped in May 2020 courtesy of 41 separate issuers which between them sold 54 individual transactions amounting to US$35.88bn. That was an impressive achievement as the primary market continued its recovery which started at the end of March 2020 after COVID-19 had kept a lid on activity for a number of weeks prior.
Not only did May 2020's total APAC US$ issuance dwarf the US$23.735bn which was raised by regional issuers in April 2020, it comfortably exceeded the US$22.557bn and US$22.278bn which priced in May 2018 and May 2019 too.
From a longer-term perspective the US$35.88bn raised in May 2020 takes the year-to-date total to US$168.447bn, which is now actually running ahead of the US155.38bn issued in the first five months of 2019 by 8.4% despite COVID-19.