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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 26 1 880 622 207 470
USD 13 17 500 000 000
JPY 2 60 000 000 000
EUR 1 500 000 000
municipal
ZAR 19 21 538 000 000
corporate
ZAR 1207 517 866 118 924
USD 43 25 770 110 929
EUR 15 6 813 053 450
GBP 9 4 894 775 000
CHF 5 604 000 000
KES 2 1 634 200 000
EGP 2 366 690 000
CNY 1 1 500 000 000
AUD 1 500 000 000

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.) ***
Expert RA *** Foreign curr. scale ***
Expert RA *** Local curr. scale ***
National Rating Agency *** Global scale ***
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Latest bond issues

issue ISIN coupon volume end of placement maturity date
Barclays Africa Group, 6.25% 25apr2028, USD - International bonds XS1799058174 6.25% 400 000 000  USD 04/18/2018 04/25/2028
FirstRand Bank, 6.25% 23apr2028, USD - International bonds XS1810806395 6.25% 500 000 000  USD 04/16/2018 04/23/2028
Investec Bank Limited, 5.5% 7dec2023, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000148818 5.5% 160 500 000  ZAR 03/22/2018 12/07/2023
Telkom SA, FRN 22mar2019, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000150087 3M JIBAR + 0.95% 654 000 000  ZAR 03/22/2018 03/22/2019
Telkom SA, 7.842% 21sep2018, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000150079 7.842% 346 000 000  ZAR 03/22/2018 09/21/2018
Standard Bank, 5.5% 23mar2021, EUR - International bonds XS1795260774 5.5% 3 800 000  EUR 03/13/2018 03/23/2021
FirstRand Bank, FRN 10oct2020, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000150095 3M JIBAR + 1.7% 50 000 000  ZAR 03/13/2018 10/10/2020
ABSA Bank, FRN 10mar2023, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000150160 FIA=ANA*0.5*1.35 <br> where <br> FIA - Fixed Interim Amount <br> ANA - Aggregate Nominal Amount <br> 17 544 000  ZAR 03/13/2018 03/10/2023
Anglo American, 4.5% 15mar2028, USD - International bonds USG0446NAP99 4.5% 650 000 000  USD 03/13/2018 03/15/2028
Redefine Properties, FRN 12mar2023, ZAR - Domestic bonds ZAG000150061 3M JIBAR + 1.6% 428 000 000  ZAR 03/12/2018 03/12/2023

World Bond market statistics

Quarterly indices

Type I 2017 IV 2016 III 2016 II 2016 I 2016 IV 2015 III 2015
BIS volume of international-bond market of emerging countries
South African international bonds, USD bln 31.300 32.000 29.200 28.900 30.600 30.200 30.900
BIS net issues of international-bond market of emerging countries
International-bond net issue of South Africa, USD bln 0.800 3.000 0.100 1.600 0.000 -0.200 -1.100

Emerging Markets International Bonds

Monthly indices

Type Mar 2018 Feb 2018 Jan 2018 Dec 2017 Nov 2017 Oct 2017 Sep 2017
African International Bonds Markets
South African international bonds, USD bln 58.142 59.301 59.551 58.824 58.405 58.793 54.307
South African corporate international bonds, USD bln 40.094 41.262 41.513 40.823 40.410 40.816 36.316
South African sovereign international bonds, USD bln 18.048 18.039 18.038 18.000 17.996 17.977 17.991
African International Bonds Markets (adjusted for amortization)
South Africa international bonds, USD bln 58.142 59.255 59.603 58.857 58.459 58.793 59.091
South Africa corporate international bonds, USD bln 40.094 41.215 41.565 40.857 40.464 40.816 41.100
South Africa sovereign international bonds, USD bln 18.048 18.039 18.038 18.000 17.996 17.977 17.991
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Credit Risk Indicators

Daily indices

Type: 04/18/2018 04/17/2018 04/16/2018 04/13/2018 04/12/2018 04/11/2018 04/10/2018
Default Probability
6M Default Probability South African Republic 0.2600 0.2600 0.2700 0.2700 0.2800 0.2800 0.2800
1Y Default Probability South African Republic 0.6300 0.6500 0.6600 0.6700 0.6700 0.6800 0.6800
2Y Default Probability South African Republic 1.9500 2.0100 2.0400 2.0600 2.0600 2.0900 2.0800
3Y Default Probability South African Republic 3.8100 3.9100 3.9900 4.0100 4.0200 4.0700 4.0600
4Y Default Probability South African Republic 6.6300 6.8000 6.9200 6.9600 6.9700 7.0700 7.0400
5Y Default Probability South African Republic 10.1600 10.4200 10.6100 10.6700 10.6800 10.8200 10.7800
7Y Default Probability South African Republic 18.1900 18.5800 18.8700 18.9600 18.9800 19.2000 19.1300
10Y Default Probability South African Republic 29.6500 30.1600 30.5300 30.6400 30.6900 30.9500 30.8800
15Y Default Probability South African Republic 46.4600 47.0100 47.4100 47.5300 47.6000 47.8700 47.8000
20Y Default Probability South African Republic 59.2500 59.7700 60.1500 60.2600 60.3400 60.5900 60.5300
30Y Default Probability South African Republic 76.5700 76.9600 77.2600 77.3400 77.4400 77.6100 77.5700
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Macroeconomic Indicators (World economy)

Monthly indices

Type Feb 2018 Jan 2018 Dec 2017 Nov 2017 Oct 2017 Sep 2017 Aug 2017
Inflation Rate (World), % to the same period of the previous year
Inflation Rate (South Africa) 4.00 4.40 4.70 4.60 4.80 5.10 4.80
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Yearly indices

Type 2017 2016 2015 2014
Government Debt to GDP (World), %
Government Debt to GDP(South Africa) 53.10 51.60 50.10 47.10

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)
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) 
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, 8.50% 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, 8.50% 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, 13.38% 30jun2022, EUR   EUR 06/30/2022 05/18/2016 *.* ***.** 05/18/2016 * ***.**
Edcon, 9.50% 1mar2018, EUR   EUR 03/01/2018 05/18/2016 **.** ***.** 05/18/2016 **.** ***.*
Edcon, 9.50% 1mar2018, EUR   EUR 03/01/2018 05/18/2016 **.** ***.** 05/18/2016 **.** ***.**
Edcon, 9.50% 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 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, 4.50% 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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