ADB Sells $3.25 Billion 3-Year Global Benchmark Bond

News Release | 7 January 2016

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has returned to the US dollar bond market with the pricing of a $3.25 billion 3-year global benchmark bond, proceeds of which will be part of ADB’s ordinary capital resources and used in its non-concessional operations.

"This is a fantastic outcome and represents ADB’s largest-ever global benchmark transaction issued to date. We were definitely pleased by the level of oversubscription in the order book with investor interest in excess of $4 billion, testament to the institution’s robust credit fundamentals and loyal global following in the capital markets,” said ADB Treasurer Pierre Van Peteghem.  

The 3-year bond, with a coupon rate of 1.375% per annum payable semi-annually and a maturity date of 15 January 2019, was priced at 99.655% to yield 23.2 basis points over the 1.250% US Treasury notes due December 2018.

The transaction was lead-managed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and TD Securities.   A syndicate group was also formed consisting of BMO Capital Markets, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Daiwa, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Mizuho, Nomura, RBC Capital Markets, and Standard Chartered. 

The issue achieved wide primary market distribution with 35% of the bonds placed in Asia, 34% in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and 31% in the Americas. By investor type, 68% of the bonds went to central banks and official institutions, 20% to banks, and 12% to fund managers and other types of investors.

ADB plans to raise around $20 billion from the capital markets in 2016.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.