They make rich S’porean clients poorer, taking from the rich to give to their even richer employers? They are really the “Princes of Thieves”, better than “Robin Hood “Prince of Thieves”.
Remember these bond deals pay good commissions to the private banks (and their private bankers): they get fees from their clients (for giving them access to these now toxic products), and the issuing companies (for stuffing their mullets with junk).
Go KPKB to CASE, CAD and the central bank. Hehehe. Wonder if millionaire ministers kannsa burnt? They’ll need a pay increase.
Remember DBS’ Indian FT blowing up its Treasured clients with credit notes? This could be alot worse for the private clients.
Singapore’s richest investors are hoping that “never” means about three years in the bond market.
Holders of perpetual notes with no set maturity face the island’s first redemption options in September, when three companies including oil services firms Ezra Holdings Ltd. and Swiber Holdings Ltd. can choose to repay securities sold in 2012. While Ezra says it plans to pay off the notes and refinance, their yield has surged more than 200 basis points over the last year to 14.2 percent, suggesting it may be costlier to replace them. Swiber faces the same test after saying it plans to redeem its bonds, which have added more than 230 basis points.
Private banks have snapped up the bulk of Singapore’s S$9.5 billion ($7.1 billion) of corporate perpetuals on behalf of wealthy clients, reckoning the companies would repay the notes at their soonest chance rather than incur higher interest rates when a so-called step-up coupon takes effect. While that would offer some compensation if the debt stays alive, any mishaps could shake faith in securities that have funded about 15 percent of the island’s corporate debt over the last four years.
Three out of every 10 notes sold last year are yielding more than 6 percent. Halcyon Agri Corp. went to debtholders last month asking them to waive interest cover requirements before it’s even had to stump up a coupon payment. Bloomberg’s default model shows that VTB Capital SA has an almost 50 percent chance of reneging on its debt.
“The recent swings have been a good wake-up call,” said Vishal Goenka, the Singapore-based head of local currency trading in Asia for Deutsche Bank AG. “Investors need to analyze the credit quality of issuers more thoroughly.”