Chinese insurance firm Ping An has issued the country's first overseas senior bonds.
The company said on Friday that it has issued a total of 1.2 billion U.S.dollars of senior bonds, which have priority over others in the event of liquidation. The issuance includes 700 million U.S. dollars of three-year-maturity bonds with a nominal interest rate of 2.375 percent and 500 million U.S. dollars of five-year-maturity bonds with a nominal interest rate of 2.875 percent.
The move "aims to expand direct debt financing channels, optimize capital structure and help the company grow its business overseas," Ping An said in a statement.
China's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, released a guideline in September encouraging Chinese companies to issue bonds overseas.