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November 15, 2015

G-bond issuance tripled over a one-month period with the success ratio at its highest level since March. Of note, 5Y tenors constituted 88% of total uptake (up 250% MoM) and the market seems satisfied with yields tracking circa 6.6%.

G-backed bonds also enjoyed the best monthly performance so far this year as issuance over the one-month period exceeded one-fourth of the YTD figure.

Abundant liquidity in banking system was a major factor stirring up the bond market. The overnight interbank rate cooled off to the lowest level since May 2015 while T-Bill outstanding halved vs. the beginning of Oct.

The surge in bond issuance also comes amid the NA approval on re-issuing bonds with maturities of less than 5 years as financing the 2015 fiscal deficit becomes ever more urgent. We believe this will help ease concern on supply at the long end (especially 5Y tenor) and hence, yields of long tenors should steady towards year-end.

Activity on the secondary market was similar with turnover rising 31% compared to one month earlier. Shorter maturities received particularly strong interest, accounting for 95% of total trading – short-term yields fell and the yield curve steepened.

Inflation picked up slightly in October but on-year reading remained subdued. October CPI rose 0.11% vs. September as expected, fueled by foodstuff price hikes ahead of the wedding season. We reiterate our year-end forecast at 1%.

NA approve proposal to issue USD 3b int’l bond in 2015-2016, abating pressure on bond supply in the coming year. Bond proceeds will be used to rollover maturing bonds worth USD 4.6b in 2016 (vs. USD 5.3b in 2015) amid challenges in raising funds onshore and as the fiscal deficit is expected to reach USD 11.3b in 2016 (up 12% vs. 2015). Tenors will range from 10-30 years with yields subject to the international capital market conditions at the time of issuance.

Demand rebounded strongly on the primary bond market but yields fell only slightly. The marked improvement was thanks to the surge in 5Y tenor uptake. The Nov 4th auction concluded with the bid-to-offer ratio at 2.75x and winning yield had been pushed down to 6.53% before rebounding to 6.6% in the last two auctions. As such, the Treasury managed to raise VND 23.7t via bond auctions since Oct, nearly equal the total amount issued in 3Q15. Year-to-date issuance has fulfilled 49% of the full-year target of VND 250t.

Money market – the SBV remained idle. The central bank only injected a modest VND 348b on Nov 2 via reverse repo while stayed inactive for the rest of Oct and Nov as liquidity was ample signaled by an overnight interbank rate that hit the lowest levels since May. Meanwhile, outstanding T-Bills declined 48% since the beginning of Oct as the SBV only restarted issuance in the final week of Oct.

Forex market – After strengthening in Oct on the SBV’s stringent policies to reduce dollar hoarding, the Dong weakened 1% in the first two weeks of Nov as the FOMC meeting on Oct 27-28 all but confirmed rate hike in December. The USD traded at commercial banks is hovering at VND 22,470 (upper band VND 22,547) while the unofficial VND/USD rate has been trading at c.0.3% higher than the upper band.

 

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