Wednesday, November 29 2017 18:03
Alina Hovhannisyan

Expert: New opportunities for development of corporate bonds market of Armenia appeared with decrease in interest rates

Expert: New opportunities for development of corporate bonds market  of Armenia appeared with decrease in interest rates

ArmInfo. The reduction in  interest rates has created new opportunities in terms of the  development of the corporate bond market. Answering the question of  ArmInfo during an online conference on the theme "Tendencies of  interest rate changes", which was online broadcast on the official  page of Ameriabank in Facebook, Retail Banking Director Arman  Barseghyan said.

"When interest rates on deposits decrease, business entities,  households try to find other directions for investment. And this  market may be the market of corporate bonds. Companies with the  appropriate risk profile, corporate governance level, institutional  stability, when issuing bonds in conditions of low interest rates,  will be able to place them more easily and more adequately. And in  this regard, low interest rates will contribute to the activity of  the corporate bond market," he said.

A. Barseghyan in this vein drew attention to Ameriabank's high  activity in terms of issuing bonds (7 issues, 4 of which are dollar,  1 is euro, and 2 dram), which is taking place against low interest  rates. He said that today Ameriabank has already issued 7 issues, 4  of which are dollar for $ 45 million, 1 for euro for 3 million euros,  2 for AMD 2.5 billion, and all of them are quoted on the exchange in  the main list of Abond.  The circulation term for dollar issues is  set at 27 months, on drams - 1-2 years. The yield on the coupon with  the dollar issues of the bank since the start of the first tranche to  this day has decreased from 6.75% to 5.4%, and drams - from 10.75% to  9% (Editor - according to the Central Bank on November 1, The  interest rate on annual dollar deposits - 4% and on drams - 8.8%).

In total Nasdaq OMX Armenia is trading on November 29, 2017 40 issues  of corporate bonds of 12 issuers, out of which 22 issues were issued  by 9 banks: Araratbank and Ameriabank (7), Armswissbank (6), Anelik  Bank 4), two tranches from Armbusinessbank, Converse Bank and  Unibank, one tranche from ACBA- Credit Agricole and DSTDB. Of the  total number of corporate bonds quoted on the Exchange, there are 23  dollar issues, of which 21 are issued by 8 banks: Araratbank (6),  Ameriabank and Armswissbank (4 each), Anelik Bank (3), and one from  Armbusinessbank, Converse Bank, Unibank and ACBA-Credit Agricole  Bank. In addition, 2 euro tranches are listed on the exchange - one  Ameriabank and one from Armswissbank. The total number of bonds  quoted on the exchange (40) includes also 3 drams of the National  Mortgage Company, and 2 issues (1 dollar and 1 dram) of the UCC  "Global Credit" and UCC "Finka".

CJSC Ameriabank is a universal bank that provides investment,  corporate and retail banking services in the form of a comprehensive  package of banking solutions. The bank has been operating in the  Armenian market since October 31, 1996. The branch network of  Ameriabank today has 13 divisions: 8 - metropolitan and 5 - regional.  As of July 1, 2017, the Bank's shareholders are Ameriain Group -  65.8%, EBRD - 20.7% and ESPS Holding Limited - 13.5%.

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