DBS Bank In US$10 Billion Covered Bond Programme

DBS Bank has announced that it has established a USD 10 billion global covered bond programme, a first for the Singapore market. Under the programme, DBS will issue covered bonds from time to time.

Covered bonds are rated higher than unsecured debt, often attaining the coveted AAA rating, as investors have recourse to both the issuer and a portfolio of assets. Issuing covered bonds enables banks to reach investors in high-grade securities.

DBS Chief Financial Officer Chng Sok Hui said, “As Singapore’s largest bank and a leading bank in Asia, we are committed to pioneering capital market developments that bring value to both issuers and investors. Market participants in Asia and globally are eagerly anticipating the opening of the Singapore covered bond market and we are proud to inaugurate it.”

“For DBS, the programme enables us to engage a fresh group of investors and to access liquidity with greater cost efficiency. This will lower our overall funding cost. Subject to market conditions, we look forward to launching our first issue of covered bonds in USD or euro, targeting institutional investors.”

DBS and Barclays are Joint Arrangers of the programme. DBS, Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Société Générale, and UniCredit Bank have been appointed dealers of the programme. A global roadshow is being coordinated to introduce the programme to the international investor base.

Net proceeds from the issuance of covered bonds will be used for the general business purposes of the DBS Group.

 

 

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