ABA gets regulator’s approval to issue bonds

25 Jul 2019  148 | Business & Trade Fairs

Advanced Bank of Asia Limited (ABA Bank), a member of the National Bank of Canada Group, is set to become only the third company to issue bonds at CSX, following in the footsteps of Hattha Kaksekar Limited and LOLC.

The bank plans to raise 128 billion riel (about $32 million) with a maturity date of three years and an annual coupon rate of seven to 7.75 percent.

Zhiger Atchabarov, chief international operations officer at ABA, confirmed that the listing has received the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) and said the bank will now begin preparing other documentation needed for the issuance.

“Yesterday we received SECC’s approval in principle, but there are a few other procedures that must be completed before the final listing. We will follow all legislative and regulatory requirements needed for the issuance of the bonds,” he said.

Kim Sophanita, director of the market operations department at CSX, said that after securing CSX and SECC approvals, ABA can now begin the booking, building and subscription process to set the final interest rate (yield) of the bond, open the subscription, and finally list on CSX.

“By listing on CSX, ABA’s credibility will be strengthened and it will gain access to tax incentives. We believe ABA’s listing will encourage other commercial banks to consider raising capital through the Cambodian capital market,” she said.

Mr Zhiger said the bank will now begin a roadshow targeting potential investors and start the bond subscription process.

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