BEIJING — The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) conducted the first central bank bills swap (CBS) operation on Feb 20 to support the issuance of perpetual bonds by commercial banks.
The CBS, valued at 1.5 billion yuan (around $222 million), are open to primary dealers with a fixed rate at 0.25 percent, according to a PBOC statement. The swap will be due on Feb 20, 2020.
The CBS scheme allows the dealers to swap the perpetual bonds they hold for central bank bills, which will effectively boost market demand of perpetual bonds.
Perpetual bonds are fixed-income securities with no maturity date and are not redeemable but pay a steady stream of interests forever. The tool is often used to replenish capital for commercial banks, so they have better financing capability to support the real economy.
In January, the Bank of China issued the first-ever perpetual bonds by a Chinese bank, which were oversubscribed by investors including domestic insurance companies, securities firms, and some foreign institutions.