China’s central bank will work with relevant departments to further improve the policy framework for perpetual bonds, and promote banks to replenish capital through multiple channels, said Pan Dongsheng, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, Securities Daily reported.
In the next step, two policies are expected to be put forward to support banks issue bonds to replenish their capital.
First, the PBOC will consider encouraging banks to issue capital supplementary bonds to individual investors, allowing qualified and high net worth individual investors to invest. Long-term investments such as funds, annuities will also encouraged, Pan added.
Second, the PBOC will try to diversify the tools that banks can use for capital replenishment. For example, banks in other countries can issue convertible perpetual bonds.
This bond is a type that holders can convert into a specified number of shares of common stock in the issuing bank. The PBOC will study the possibility of launching such bonds, as well as secondary capital bonds.