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South Africa: bonds

South Africa has the most developed fixed income market in Africa Government securities yield curve extends out to 26 years. The National Treasury (NT) issues Treasury bills with tenors for 91, 182, 273 and 365 days. Auctions are usually held weekly on Fridays, but T-bills may also be issued by private placement or any other means chosen by the NT. Minimum bids are for ZAR 1,000,000, with multiples of ZAR 100,000 thereafter. Direct access is through the Money Market Internet System (MMIS) to registered users. Republic of South Africa (RSA) Government Bonds are issued primarily to support the fiscal budget. This is exclusively a wholesale market with more sophisticated investors and systems, hence only primary dealers may take part in primary auctions of RSA Government bonds. The RSA retail savings bonds are better suited to the retail investors. South Africa is included in Citigroup’s world government bond index. Municipal Bonds are issued by city councils for development projects with tenors typically longer than one year. Municipal bond issues are not guaranteed by the central Government. Secondary market trading is very rare. Parastatal and corporate issuers are very active in the primary market for both short-term and long-term debt, the most noteworthy being ESKOM, Transnet and SANRAL. Other key issuers are the commercial banks, mortgage houses, asset finance houses, as well as off-balance sheet SIVs like securitizations and conduits. The Commercial paper (CP) primary market is very active and is tapped by corporate issuers and state-owned companies. The definition of Commercial paper in South Africa has less to do with its tenor, and CP in South Africa can have a maturity longer than one year. South Africa is a prominent African name in the international bond market. It is ahead of all other African nations in terms of eurobond issuance.

Outstanding bond issues

Сurrency Outstanding bond issues Cumulative volume
sovereign
ZAR 27 1 885 744 286 460
USD 15 19 500 000 000
JPY 2 60 000 000 000
EUR 1 500 000 000
municipal
ZAR 18 20 338 000 000
corporate
ZAR 1017 451 382 314 924
USD 51 29 112 589 929
EUR 18 7 904 358 155
GBP 8 4 494 775 000
CHF 5 604 000 000
CNY 1 1 500 000 000
KES 1 490 000 000
EGP 1 34 500 000

Sovereign rating

Rating AgencyRatingRating scaleDate
Dagong Global *** International scale rating (foreign curr.) ***
Dagong Global *** International scale rating (local curr.) ***
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) *** Country Risk Classifications ***
Moody's Investors Service *** LT- foreign currency ***
Moody's Investors Service *** LT- local currency ***
S&P Global Ratings *** Foreign Currency LT ***
S&P Global Ratings *** Local Currency LT ***
Fitch Ratings *** LT Int. Scale (foreign curr.) ***
Fitch Ratings *** LT Int. Scale (local curr.) ***
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Latest bond issues

issue ISIN coupon volume end of placement maturity date
Sasol, 6.5% 27sep2028, USD - International bonds US80386WAB19 6.5% 750 000 000  USD 09/20/2018 09/27/2028
Sasol, 5.875% 27mar2024, USD - International bonds US80386WAA36 5.875% 1 500 000 000  USD 09/20/2018 03/27/2024
Standard Bank, 9.05% 12sep2022, USD - International bonds XS1876162550 9.05% 8 000 000  USD 08/29/2018 09/12/2022
Standard Bank, 14.94% 4sep2020, USD - International bonds XS1873233040 14.94% 7 000 000  USD 08/23/2018 09/04/2020
Eskom Holdings, 6.35% 10aug2028, USD - International bonds XS1864523300 6.35% 1 000 000 000  USD 08/02/2018 08/10/2028
Eskom Holdings, 8.45% 10aug2028, USD - International bonds XS1864522757 8.45% 500 000 000  USD 08/02/2018 08/10/2028
ABSA Bank, FRN 9jun2023, USD - International bonds MU0484D00042 954 000  USD 06/12/2018 06/09/2023
South Africa, 6.3% 22jun2048, USD - International bonds US836205AZ74 6.3% 600 000 000  USD 05/15/2018 06/22/2048
South Africa, 5.875% 22jun2030, USD - International bonds US836205AY00 5.875% 1 400 000 000  USD 05/15/2018 06/22/2030
Standard Bank, 12.5% 21nov2024, KES - International bonds XS1820749189 12.5% 490 000 000  KES 05/02/2018 11/21/2024

World Bond market statistics

Quarterly indices

Type: I 2018 IV 2017 III 2017 II 2017 I 2017 IV 2016 III 2016
BIS volume of international-bond market of emerging countries
[10313] South African international bonds, USD bln 33.200 34.500 33.900 31.200 31.300 32.000 29.200
BIS net issues of international-bond market of emerging countries
[10589] International-bond net issue of South Africa, USD bln -1.500 0.300 2.700 -0.400 0.800 3.000 0.100

New issues of Emerging markets International Bonds

Yearly indices

Type: 2017 2016 2015 2014
Annual new International Bonds issues (Africa)
[19845] Annual new issues of South Africa sovereign international bonds, USD bln 2.500 4.250 0.000 2.176
[19891] Annual new issues of South Africa corporate international bonds, USD bln 13.014 4.250 7.300 4.384
[19937] Annual new issues of South Africa corporate international bonds, (financial sector) USD bln 1.658 1.593 0.889 0.573
[19983] Annual new issues of South Africa corporate international bonds, (non-financial sector) USD bln 11.356 2.657 6.411 3.811

Emerging Markets International Bonds

Monthly indices

Type: Nov 2018 Oct 2018 Sep 2018 Aug 2018 Jul 2018 Jun 2018 May 2018
Volume of African International Bonds Markets
[21811] South Africa international bonds, USD bln 63.566 63.821 62.378 62.561 61.462 61.317 61.647
[21857] South Africa corporate international bonds, USD bln 43.605 43.856 42.402 42.573 41.474 41.326 41.644
[21903] South Africa sovereign international bonds, USD bln 19.961 19.965 19.976 19.988 19.989 19.991 20.003
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Credit Risk Indicators

Daily indices

Type: 12/17/2018 12/14/2018 12/13/2018 12/12/2018 12/11/2018 12/10/2018 12/07/2018
CDS South Africa (Interactive Data)
[13547] CDS 6M South Africa 99.5400 99.8800 102.0100 102.8100 106.7300 110.2300 104.2000
[13609] CDS 1Y South Africa 116.3700 116.8500 119.3900 120.3500 124.9600 129.1000 124.2100
[13671] CDS 2Y South Africa 155.3300 156.0700 159.4800 160.8000 166.9800 170.1800 163.8300
[13733] CDS 3Y South Africa 175.4700 176.3800 180.2600 181.7800 188.7900 191.3900 184.3400
[13795] CDS 4Y South Africa 195.4100 196.4700 199.3600 201.0600 208.8200 210.7700 203.0600
[13857] CDS 5Y South Africa 220.1900 221.4000 222.1500 224.0600 232.7000 233.7900 225.2900
[13919] CDS 7Y South Africa 253.7700 255.0900 255.3100 257.3900 266.6000 270.4700 261.3500
[13981] CDS 10Y South Africa 277.7800 279.0900 279.1700 281.2400 290.2900 295.6900 286.7100
[14043] CDS 15Y South Africa 297.0600 298.2800 298.2800 300.2400 308.6400 314.4900 306.1400
[14105] CDS 20Y South Africa 306.2000 307.3600 307.3400 309.2300 317.2100 323.1300 315.1600
[14167] CDS 30Y South Africa 314.2200 315.3000 315.2700 317.0900 324.6100 330.4300 322.8900
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Stock market (World)

Daily indices

Type: 04/06/2017 04/05/2017 04/04/2017 04/03/2017 03/31/2017 03/30/2017 03/29/2017
Stock market (Africa)
[1537] FTSE/JSE  52 918.42 52 990.08 52 660.74 52 457.76 52 056.06 52 261.18 52 444.78
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JP Morgan

Daily indices

Type: 10/30/2013 10/29/2013 10/28/2013 10/25/2013 10/24/2013 10/23/2013 10/22/2013
EMBI Global (publication was suspended since 30.10.2013) 
[3115] EMBI Global South Africa * * * * * * *
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Bonds prices

issue volume maturity date bid prices ask prices
date bid price yield date ask price yield
South Africa, 3.75% 24jul2026, EUR   EUR 07/24/2026 05/18/2016 **.** *.* 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
South Africa, 3.80% 1jun2020, JPY   JPY 06/01/2020 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.**** *.**
South Africa, 3.80% 7sep2021, JPY   JPY 09/07/2021 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
South Africa, 3.903% 24jun2020, USD   USD 06/24/2020 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
South Africa, 4.665% 17jan2024, USD   USD 01/17/2024 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
South Africa, 4.875% 14apr2026, USD   USD 04/14/2026 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
South Africa, 5.375% 24jul2044, USD   USD 07/24/2044 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
South Africa, 5.50% 9mar2020, USD   USD 03/09/2020 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
South Africa, 5.875% 30may2022, USD   USD 05/30/2022 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
South Africa, 5.88% 16sep2025, USD   USD 09/16/2025 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
South Africa, 6.250% 8mar2041, USD   USD 03/08/2041 05/18/2016 ***.** *.* 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
South Africa, 6.875% 27may2019, USD   USD 05/27/2019 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.*
South Africa, 8.5% 23jun2017, USD   USD 06/23/2017 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
African Bank, 4% 4jul2020, CHF   CHF 07/04/2020 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
African Bank, 4.0% 9nov2016, CHF   CHF 11/09/2016 05/18/2016 ** ***.** 05/18/2016 ** **.**
African Bank, 4.75% 18mar2019, CHF   CHF 03/18/2019 05/18/2016 **.* *.* 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
African Bank, 5% 22apr2022, CHF   CHF 04/22/2022 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
African Bank, 5% 28aug2018, CHF   CHF 08/28/2018 05/18/2016 **.** **.** 05/18/2016 **.** **.**
African Bank, 5.5% 5jun2021, CHF   CHF 06/05/2021 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
African Bank, 6.0% 15jun2016, USD   USD 06/15/2016 05/18/2016 **.** *****.** 05/18/2016 **.** ****.**
African Bank, 8.125% 24feb2017, USD   USD 02/24/2017 05/18/2016 **.** **.** 05/18/2016 **.** **.**
Anglo American, 1.5% 1apr2020, EUR   EUR 04/01/2020 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Anglo American, 1.75% 20nov2017, EUR   EUR 11/20/2017 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 1.75% 3apr2018, EUR   EUR 04/03/2018 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 2.5% 29apr2021, EUR   EUR 04/29/2021 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 2.50% 18sep2018, EUR   EUR 09/18/2018 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 ** *.*
Anglo American, 2.625% 27sep2017, USD   USD 09/27/2017 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.*** *.**
Anglo American, 2.625% 3apr2017, USD   USD 04/03/2017 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Anglo American, 2.750% 7jun2019, EUR   EUR 06/07/2019 05/18/2016 **.*** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 2.875% 20nov2020, EUR   EUR 11/20/2020 05/18/2016 ** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 3.25% 3apr2023, EUR   EUR 04/03/2023 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 3.50% 28mar2022, EUR   EUR 03/28/2022 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 3.625% 14may2020, USD   USD 05/14/2020 05/18/2016 ** *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Anglo American, 4.125% 15apr2021, USD   USD 04/15/2021 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Anglo American, 4.125% 27sep2022, USD   USD 09/27/2022 05/18/2016 ** *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Anglo American, 4.375% 2dec2016, EUR   EUR 12/02/2016 05/18/2016 ***.** *.* 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Anglo American, 4.875% 14may2025, USD   USD 05/14/2025 05/18/2016 ** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglo American, 5.75% 27nov2018, AUD   AUD 11/27/2018 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 ** *.**
Anglo American, 6.875% 1may2018, GBP   GBP 05/01/2018 05/18/2016 ***.* *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.*
Anglo American, 9.375% 8apr2019, USD   USD 04/08/2019 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Anglogold Ashanti, 5.125% 1aug2022, USD   USD 08/01/2022 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Anglogold Ashanti, 5.375% 15apr2020, USD   USD 04/15/2020 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Anglogold Ashanti, 6.50% 15apr2040, USD   USD 04/15/2040 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Anglogold Ashanti, 8.5% 30jul2020, USD   USD 07/30/2020 05/18/2016 ***.* *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Edcon, 13.375% 30jun2019, EUR   EUR 06/30/2019 05/18/2016 ** **.** 05/18/2016 ** **.**
Edcon, 13.375% 30jun2019, EUR   EUR 06/30/2019 05/18/2016 ** **.** 05/18/2016 ** **.**
Edcon, 13.375% 30jun2022, EUR   EUR 06/30/2022 05/18/2016 *.* ***.** 05/18/2016 * ***.**
Edcon, 9.5% 1mar2018, EUR   EUR 03/01/2018 05/18/2016 **.** ***.** 05/18/2016 **.** ***.*
Edcon, 9.5% 1mar2018, EUR   EUR 03/01/2018 05/18/2016 **.** ***.** 05/18/2016 **.** ***.**
Edcon, 9.5% 1mar2018, USD   USD 03/01/2018 05/18/2016 **.* ***.** 05/18/2016 *** *.**
Eskom Holdings, 0% 18aug2027, ZAR (10957D)   ZAR 08/18/2027 05/18/2016 **.* ** 05/18/2016 **.* **.**
Eskom Holdings, 0% 31dec2018, ZAR (7641D)   ZAR 12/31/2018 05/18/2016 ** **.* 05/18/2016 **.** **.**
Eskom Holdings, 0% 31dec2032, ZAR (12898D)   ZAR 12/31/2032 05/18/2016 **.*** **.** 05/18/2016 **.** **.**
Eskom Holdings, 5.75% 26jan2021, USD   USD 01/26/2021 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Eskom Holdings, 6.75% 6aug2023, USD   USD 08/06/2023 05/18/2016 **.** *.* 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Eskom Holdings, 7.125% 11feb2025, USD   USD 02/11/2025 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
FirstRand Bank, 2% 28may2019, CHF   CHF 05/28/2019 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
FirstRand Bank, 2.25% 30jan2020, EUR   EUR 01/30/2020 05/18/2016 ***.**** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.**** *.**
FirstRand Bank, 4.25% 30apr2020, USD   USD 04/30/2020 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
FirstRand Bank, 4.375% 9jun2016, USD   USD 06/09/2016 05/18/2016 *** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* -*.**
Gold Fields, 4.875% 7oct2020, USD   USD 10/07/2020 05/18/2016 **.*** *.** 05/18/2016 **.*** *.**
IchorCoal, 8% 7jun2019, EUR (Conv.)   EUR 06/07/2019 05/18/2016 ** **.** 05/18/2016 ** **.**
Investec Bank Limited, 3.875% 24jul2017, USD   USD 07/24/2017 05/18/2016 *** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Mediclinic International, 2.625% 22mar2021, GBP   GBP 03/22/2021 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Mondi, 1.5% 15apr2024, EUR   EUR 04/15/2024 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
Mondi, 3.375% 28sep2020, EUR   EUR 09/28/2020 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Mondi Group, 5.750% 3apr2017, EUR   EUR 04/03/2017 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
MTN Group, 4.755% 11nov2024, USD   USD 11/11/2024 05/18/2016 **.*** * 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Naspers, 5.5% 21jul2025, USD   USD 07/21/2025 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Naspers, 6% 18jul2020, USD   USD 07/18/2020 05/18/2016 *** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
Naspers, 6.375% 28jul2017, USD   USD 07/28/2017 05/18/2016 ***.* *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
Petra Diamonds, 2020   USD 05/31/2020 05/18/2016 **.* **.** 05/18/2016 ** *.**
Sappi, 3.375% 1apr2022, EUR   EUR 04/01/2022 05/18/2016 **.*** *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.**
Sappi, 4% 1apr2023, EUR   EUR 04/01/2023 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.** *.**
Sappi, 7.5% 15jun2032, USD   USD 06/15/2032 05/18/2016 ** *.** 05/18/2016 ** *.**
Sappi, 7.75% 15jul2017, USD   USD 07/15/2017 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.*** *.**
Sasol, 4.5% 14nov2022, USD   USD 11/14/2022 05/18/2016 **.** *.** 05/18/2016 **.* *.**
Standard Bank, 8.125% 2dec2019, USD   USD 12/02/2019 05/18/2016 ***.** *.** 05/18/2016 ***.* *.**
Transnet, 10% 30mar2029, ZAR   ZAR 03/30/2029 05/18/2016 **.* **.** 05/18/2016 **.** **.**
Transnet, 13.5% 18apr2028, ZAR   ZAR 04/18/2028 05/18/2016 ***.** **.** 05/18/2016 ***.** **.**
Transnet, 4% 26jul2022, USD   USD 07/26/2022 05/18/2016 **.* *.** 05/18/2016 **.** *.*
Transnet, 9.50% 13may2021, ZAR   ZAR 05/13/2021 05/18/2016 **.** **.** 05/18/2016 **.* **.**
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