China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) offers substantial opportunities to connect Asia
by Kathy Liu, MD, Head of One Belt One Road, CLSA
President Xi Jinping’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative aims to increase trade flows between China and the world with a coordinated infrastructure spending programme spanning 65 countries. To date, China has established 56 economic cooperation zones (ECZs) with more than 20 nations and 10 newly signed free trade agreements, with more in the pipeline. Economic data indicates that intra-Asia trade volume is a key growth driver. China’s Overseas Direct Investment (ODI) in the form of cross-border M&A, joint ventures and green field investments jumped to US$170bn in 2016, up 89% from US$90bn in 2013. China’s ODI exceeded foreign direct investment (US$126bn) in 2016 and should continue to outpace it.
For the past 20 years, CITIC CLSA’s corporate finance and capital markets business has been involved in over 850 capital market transactions, assisting our corporate clients in fund raising. Under the OBOR banner, CITIC CLSA has completed capital raises and advisory work for corporates and sovereigns in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Australia, in addition to those based in HK/China.
With China’s outbound expansion still at the midway point of its upcycle in terms of solidifying relationships with OBOR peers, we see many opportunities, especially for construction and equipment companies, to benefit from bilateral agreements through infrastructure collaboration. Increasingly, we find Chinese buyers focusing on specific assets and businesses that have real strategic value, especially where a brand, technology or product capability can be taken back to China and used to drive stronger growth or improve competitive positioning.
CITIC CLSA’s corporate finance and capital team is uniquely positioned to provide both cross-border advisory services and international capital raising for our OBOR clients. CITIC CLSA has established strong relationships with leading conglomerates, investors, regulatory bodies and other financial institutions in many OBOR countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.
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CLSA is a market leader in equity and debt capital markets and has completed a number of significant ECM, DCM and M&A deals across the region:
Equity Capital Markets
HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd: USD1.34 billion IPO (2017), the largest ever IPO by a life insurance company in India; CLSA acted as global coordinator and bookrunning lead manager.
SEA Ltd: USD989 million ADS offer (2017) for this Singaporean e-commerce company listed in the US that counts Tencent as a major shareholder. SEA Ltd offered 58,960,000 ADSs at US$15/share in the offering. CLSA acted as co-manager.
YES Bank Ltd: USD750 million QIP issue (2017) for the 6th largest private sector bank in India; CLSA acted as lead global coordinator and bookrunner.
Zhongyuan Bank Co., Ltd.: USD1 billion Hong Kong IPO (2017) for the only city commercial bank directly administered by the provincial government in Henan Province. CLSA acted as joint sponsor, joint global coordinator, joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
China Yuhua Education Corporation Ltd: USD228 million Hong Kong IPO (2017) for the largest provider of private education from kindergarten to university in China by student enrolments in the 2015/2016 school year. CLSA acted as sole sponsor and joint global coordinator, joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
Debt capital markets
Postal Savings Bank of China Co., Ltd.: USD 7.25Billion perpetual offshore preference shares offering (2017) for this leading large retail bank in China, the largest ever AT1 offering in Asian debt market, the largest single tranche outstanding USD bond in the Asia market, and the second largest Reg S Chinese USD bond issuance. CLSA acted as joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: USD1.5 billion jumbo bond (2017) with a coupon of 6.20% due in 20 years. CLSA acted as joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
CITIC Ltd: USD1.25 billion jumbo bond (2017) for one of the largest multi-industry conglomerates worldwide. The 5-year USD 500 million and 10-year USD 750 million due-tranche deal was successfully priced with a coupon of 3.125% and 3.875%, respectively. CLSA acted as the joint global coordinator, joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation: US$1 billion exchangeable bond (2018) for this SOE and one of China’s largest shipbuilding groups. CLSA acted as joint global coordinator and joint bookrunner in this transaction which represents CLSA’s debut JGC role in Asian equity-linked securities.
China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd: USD522 million exchangeable bond (2016) for this subsidiary of China’s largest power group. This was the first dual currency equity-linked issuance by a Chinese company and the first Euro denominated issuance of convertible or exchangeable bonds by a Chinese company. CLSA acted as a joint bookrunner and joint lead manager.
McDonald’s China Management Ltd: The USD2.08 billion acquisition by CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital China Partners III, L.P. and Carlyle Asia Partners IV,. L.P.’s of McDonald’s mainland China and Hong Kong businesses was completed on 31 July 2017. Upon completion, McDonald’s China was 52% owned by CITIC and CITIC Capital, 28% owned by Carlyle and 20% owned by Golden Arches Investments Limited, a subsidiary of McDonald’s Corporation. CLSA acted as the buy-side financial advisor to CITIC.
PRP Diagnostic Imaging: USD379.4 billion sale of Australia’s largest privately owned radiology group to Shenzhen listed Hengkang Medical. CLSA acted as the sell-side financial advisor to PRP Diagnostic Imaging.