China's first dollar-denominated state bonds in over a decade have already booked $10 billion

Key Points
  • China has attracted more than $10 billion in orders for a proposed sovereign U.S. dollar bond offering launched on Thursday
  • The offering is China's first denominated in U.S. dollars since 2004
U.S. dollar and Chinese yuan bank notes are arranged for a photograph on September 7, 2017.
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China's Ministry of Finance has already attracted over $10 billion in orders, including interest from joint bookrunners, for its proposed $2 billion sovereign U.S. dollar bonds offering launched this morning.

A five-year tranche is indicated at Treasuries plus 30bp-40bp and a 10-year tranche is shown at Treasuries plus 40bp-50bp.

The offering, China's first in U.S. dollars since 2004, will be split into two equal $1 billion tranches.

The proposed unrated bonds are expected to be included in JPMorgan's EMBI post seasoning. This means that many emerging-market funds will have to buy them to track the benchmark, even though the securities are unrated.

The bonds will not be subject to any individual or enterprise income tax or stamp duty in mainland China nor to stamp duty in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the Hong Kong government is studying the possibility to extend the scope of the profit-tax exemption to cover non-renminbi (including U.S. dollar) sovereign bonds issued by the Chinese government, with a positive outcome likely to be granted before first the coupon date, according to the term-sheet.

Hong Kong investors who participate in the bond sale were assured a corporate tax rebate to the level they had invested, Dow Jones said, citing remarks made by the Paul Chan Mo-po, the city's financial secretary.

The Reg S notes, to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, are expected to price today.

Proceeds will be used for general governmental purposes.

Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, CICC, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ICBC and Standard Chartered Bank are joint lead managers and joint bookrunners.

The MoF, in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, has said the offering is mainly intended to bolster further the opening up of the country's financial system and to help set a pricing benchmark for China's foreign currency bonds.

—CNBC contributed to this report.