Italy: bonds

The Italian Government finances its expenditures in excess of tax revenues through the issue of debt securities. The Department of the Treasury is responsible for this task. Government securities is one of the largest and most active in Euroland.

Virtually all public debt is in the form of marketable securities. The maturities set in the regular issuance program range from 3-months to 30 years.

BOTs are Treasury-bills having a maturity of one year or less, now offered with a maturity of 3, 6 and 12 months, sell at a discount from their face value and do not pay interest before maturity. Investors get a return on BOTs from the increase in their price to face value at maturity.

CTZs sell at a discount from their face value and do not pay interest before maturity. Investors get a return on CTZs from the increase in their price to face value at maturity. They can have maturities of 18 and 24 months.

BTPs are fixed-rate bonds, now offered with a maturity of 3, 5, 10 or 30 years respectively. Finally CCTs are floating-rate notes with a maturity of 7 years.

The Italian Treasury has for many years preferred public auctions for domestic market issues. As of Q1 2013 total amount outstanding is EUR 1685 billion.

Outstanding bond issues

Сurrency Outstanding bond issues Cumulative volume
sovereign
EUR 175 1 882 511 683 154
JPY 5 110 894 424 460
USD 4 7 500 000 000
CZK 3 271 636 365
GBP 2 2 612 258 757
CHF 1 633 738 775
municipal
EUR 23 13 283 233 089
USD 2 2 000 000 000
corporate
EUR 3027 549 929 297 987
USD 93 47 146 753 000
GBP 33 11 837 153 000
AUD 7 2 170 000 000
CHF 7 1 410 587 000
JPY 6 62 000 000 000
TRY 5 2 606 716 000
SKK 5 3 470 000 000
NOK 4 4 965 650 000
NZD 3 1 050 000 000
RUR 3 39 500 000 000
ITL 2 782 000 000 000
CAD 2 800 000 000
CZK 2 762 000 000
BRL 1 2 810 000
SGD 1 300 000 000

Sovereign rating

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Moody's Investors Service *** LT- foreign currency ***
Moody's Investors Service *** LT- local currency ***
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S&P Global Ratings *** Local Currency LT ***
Fitch Ratings *** LT Int. Scale (foreign curr.) ***
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Rating Agency RAEX (Expert RA) *** Foriegn curr. scale ***
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National Rating Agency *** Global scale ***
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Latest bond issues

issue ISIN coupon volume end of placement maturity date
Snam, 0% 20mar2022, EUR (Conv.) - International bonds XS1583310807 0% 400 000 000  EUR 03/14/2017 03/20/2022
Intesa Sanpaolo, FRN 15mar2023, EUR - International bonds XS1577427872 3M EURIBOR + 1.37% 300 000 000  EUR 03/13/2017 03/15/2023
Italy, BTP 1.85 15may2024 - Domestic bonds IT0005246340 1.85% 3 500 000 000  EUR 03/13/2017 05/15/2024
Italy, BOT 14mar2018 12m - Domestic bonds IT0005245326 0% 6 500 000 000  EUR 03/10/2017 03/14/2018
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), FRN 9mar2023, EUR - Domestic bonds IT0005244774 6m Euribor + 1.15% 300 000 000  EUR 03/09/2017 03/09/2023
Italgas, 1.125% 14mar2024, EUR - International bonds XS1578294081 1.125% 650 000 000  EUR 03/07/2017 03/14/2024
Quadrifoglio SpA, 2.7% 9mar2024, EUR - International bonds XS1577353573 2.7% 50 000 000  EUR 03/02/2017 03/09/2024
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), FRN 29feb2020, EUR - Domestic bonds IT0005240574 0.22% 2 637 000  EUR 02/28/2017 02/29/2020
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), 2% 28feb2027, EUR - Domestic bonds IT0006736869 2% 150 000 000  EUR 02/28/2017 02/28/2027
Banca Popolare di Spoleto, 0.75% 28feb2020, EUR - Domestic bonds IT0005241028 0.75% 25 000 000  EUR 02/28/2017 02/28/2020

World Bond Market Indicators

Monthly indices

Type Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Nov 2016 Oct 2016 Sep 2016 Aug 2016
EU Long-term interest rates
Italy, % 2.35 1.99 1.89 1.94 1.45 1.27 1.18
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World Bond market statistics

Monthly indices

Type Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Nov 2016 Oct 2016 Sep 2016 Aug 2016
Domestic govt Bonds markets (Peripherial Europe)
Italian govt Bonds outst., EUR bln (without Bills) 1 814.38 1 801.21 1 787.47 1 795.80 1 768.01 1 762.63 1 754.24
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Quarterly indices

Type IV 2016 III 2016 II 2016 I 2016 IV 2015 III 2015 II 2015
BIS volume of international-bond market of developed countries
Italian international bonds, USD bln 725.100 764.700 771.000 777.300 764.100 790.100 799.100
BIS net issues of international-bond market of developed countries
International-bond net issue of Italy, USD bln 1.700 9.800 12.100 -18.700 -4.900 -9.400 -2.100

New issues of Developed markets International Bonds

Monthly indices

Type Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Nov 2016 Oct 2016 Sep 2016 Aug 2016
Developed Market International Bonds (excl. USA)
New issues of international bonds (Italy), USD bln 1.953 10.712 1.600 1.966 7.929 5.283 0.000
Number of new international bond issues (Italy) 6 14 5 6 15 9 0
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Developed Markets International Bonds

Monthly indices

Type Feb 2017 Jan 2017 Dec 2016 Nov 2016 Oct 2016 Sep 2016 Aug 2016
International bonds Developed Markets
Italy sovereign international bonds, USD bln 46.368 47.036 42.485 42.912 44.033 45.040 47.803
Italy municipal international bonds, USD bln 14.208 14.455 13.698 13.834 11.536 11.776 11.700
Italy corporate international bonds, USD bln 324.953 329.733 317.668 324.441 336.850 341.822 337.855
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Credit Risk Indicators

Daily indices

Type: 03/22/2017 03/21/2017 03/20/2017 03/17/2017 03/16/2017 03/10/2017 03/09/2017
CDS Developed markets (sov.) 
CDS 5Y Italy mid * * * * * * *
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