Strong Asian CB pipeline despite pause

Up to $1.5 billion-worth of new convertible bonds are waiting for an opportunity to come to market but US-listed names still able to launch deals.
Chinese tutoring company TAL Education sold a $200 million convertible bond late last week.
Chinese tutoring company TAL Education sold a $200 million convertible bond late last week.

The recent weakness in Asian share prices has made it less attractive for companies to sell convertible bonds but year-to-date issuance is still substantially higher than in 2013 and up to $1.5 billion of new issuance is waiting to get done, according to a leading convertible bond banker.

For now, many Asian issuers are taking advantage of continued low interest rates to raise cash through straight bond sales instead of issuing convertible bonds, though the equity-linked window remains open for some US-listed names, such as Chinese tutoring company TAL Education, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange and sold a $200 million convertible bond late last...

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