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China's ABS market maintains strong growth

(Xinhua)    09:33, October 07, 2017


China's securitization issuance maintained strong growth in the first half of this year with consumer credit deals up steadily, according to a recently released report.

Nearly 250 transactions of asset-backed securities (ABS) worth 422 billion yuan (nearly 64 billion US dollars) were made in the January-June period, up from 189 deals and 289 billion yuan one year ago, the report said.

The rating agency attributed the performance partly to the securitization of credit assets that jumped more than 40 percent year-on-year to 191 billion yuan.

According to the report, the top three consumer credit assets, which are collateralized loan obligations, auto ABS and mortgage-backed securities, accounted for 78 percent. The proportion will continue to improve during the remainder of the year, according to the report. 

Securitization is the process of transforming illiquid assets, including outstanding loans and receivables, into securities, which frees up idle assets in the banking system.

Although the mortgage and asset-backed securities remain at an early stage of development in China, the market has considerable potential for future growth. In April 2015 the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) relaxed its rules for the sale of mortgage and asset-backed securities allowing these products to be sold with limited approval from regulators.

The Chinese government has placed increasing emphasis on such deals to improve the efficiency of capital use and stimulate lending to the real economy.

China’s infrastructure projects funded by public-private partnerships have been allowed to raise funds through securitization, and pilots have been expanded for banks to securitize bad loans. 

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