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South Korea’s corporate direct financing drops in May

[THE INVESTOR] Sales of corporate bonds and stocks in South Korea fell 29.3 percent in May, compared to a month earlier, due largely to a cut in corporate bond issuance, government data showed Tuesday.

Korean companies raised 10.26 trillion won (US$8.7 billion) in May by selling bonds and stocks, compared with 14.52 trillion won the previous month, according to the data compiled by the Financial Supervisory Service. 


Authorities attributed the fall to a cooling investor sentiment triggered by sluggish growth in key industries that have forced them to undergo restructuring.

The value of corporate bonds, including bank bonds and asset-backed securities, issued locally last month, fell 29.7 percent month-over-month to 10.09 trillion won, the FSS said. An ABS is a security in which its income payments and hence value are derived from and backed by a pool of underlying assets.

Stock offerings reached 169.6 billion won last month, a 0.8 percent on-month decline, the data showed.

In the January-May period, a total of 46.61 trillion won worth of bonds and stocks were sold, down 5 percent from 49.09 trillion won a year earlier.

The sales of stocks rose 50.5 percent to 2.55 trillion won from 1.69 trillion won during the same period, it said.

(theinvestor@heraldcorp.com)

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