Chinese Companies Seeking Euro Financing

03/10/2015 9:00 am EST

Focus: CURRENCIES

Alfonso Esparaza

Senior Currency Strategist, OANDA

OANDA senior currency strategist Alfonso Esparza explains that many Chinese companies are now leaving the renminbi in favor of the euro to raise new offshore debt as they look to lower funding costs and diversify their investor base.

Chinese companies are ditching the renminbi and flocking to the euro to raise new offshore debt, as the imminent launch of quantitative easing in the single currency bloc sends ripples through global markets.

So far this year, mainland-based companies have sold $2.9 billion worth of euro-denominated debt, according to Dealogic, compared with nothing in the first quarter of last year and within striking distance of the $3.3 billion raised during the whole of 2014.

Meanwhile, Chinese borrowers have shunned offshore renminbi debt, known better as “dim sum” bonds. The total raised in the market this year is only $250 million, a dramatic drop from the $6.6 billion issued during the first three months of last year. US dollar borrowing has been steadily high, with $16.3 billion of bonds sold this year.

By Alfonso Esparza,Senior Currency Strategist, OANDA

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