Today we announce the remaining results of our fixed-income research poll of 623 investors.
Those polled took the view that the region's best borrowers remain essentially the same -- of the 10 Asian countries we asked readers to comment on, the only place where respondents named a different best borrower than they did last year was China, where Agile Properties stood out. In 2008, the responses resulted in a draw in China with Parkson Retail and Sino Forest tied for the honour.
Respondents once again chose Hutchison Whampoa as the best corporate investment-grade borrower and Noble Group as the best non-investment grade corporate borrower. Among financial institutions, Korea Development Bank stood out as the outstanding investment-grade borrower, whereas last year that award went to DBS. There was no clear winner among non-investment grade financial institutions this year; Calyon took home the award in 2008.
This year, we added a new category and asked what country was the most professional sovereign borrower. The Philippines far and away swept the award.
For more results of our fixed-income poll, please see days one and two of the results and also look out for the November issue of our magazine.