May 17 2019
S&P Global Ratings affirms Iceland’s sovereign ratings at A/A-1 with a stable outlook

International rating agency S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Iceland’s sovereign ratings at A/A-1 with a stable outlook. The rating agency assumes a recession in 2019 due to declining tourist arrivals, and that current account balance will swing into a deficit this year, but return to growth thereafter.

 The stable outlook reflects strong fiscal and external buffers, mitigated by risks stemming from the volatility of Iceland´s small open economy and a potentially abrupt slowdown in tourism.

 According to S&P, the agency could raise the ratings if the fiscal performance and external position strengthen significantly beyond current projections over the next two years. On the other hand, the rating agency could lower the ratings on signs of increasing balance of payments pressures or risks to the stability of the financial sector over the next two years. These could emerge if the current reduction in tourism flows is sharper than expected. 

 S&P Global Ratings research update (pdf)

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Jun 13 2019
Bond News
Republic of Iceland issues a new Eurobond at the lowest yields in the Republic´s history

The Republic of Iceland has today concluded agreements on issuance of bonds totalling EUR 500 million, or the equivalent of ISK 71 billion.  

The bonds bear fixed interest of 0.1% and have a 5-year maturity, with a yield of 0.122%. This is the lowest yield in the history of the Republic. Investors showed strong interest in the issue, with total subscriptions around EUR 2,5 billion or five times the size of the issue.  The broad-based investor group is comprised of central banks and other institutional investors, mainly from Europe. Barclays, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Nomura were joint managers for the issue.

Yesterday an offer of buy back of existing bonds of 750 million euros issued in 2014 expired. Owners of 60.5 million euros accepted the offer, in addition to those 398 million already tendered in December 2017. Owners that wished for got a priority allocation in the new bond.

Results of additional issuance of Treasury bonds RIKB 28 1115

As stated in paragraph 5 of Terms of Invitation to Tender for Treasury bonds, the Government Debt Management offered the equivalent of 10% of the nominal value sold in the auction 7 June, at the price of accepted bids. This time Primary Dealers did not exercise their right to purchase in RIKB 28 1115. Total outstanding nominal value of RIKB 28 1115 is now 61,001,601,519 kr. Settlement date is 12 June 2019.

Results of additional issuance of indexed Treasury bonds RIKS 26 0216

As stated in paragraph 5 of Terms of Invitation to Tender for Treasury bonds, the Government Debt Management offered the equivalent of 10% of the nominal value sold in the auction 24 May, at the price of accepted bids. This time Primary Dealers did not exercise their right to purchase in RIKS 26 0216. Total outstanding nominal value of RIKS 26 0216 is now 17,532,700,000 kr. Settlement date is 29 May 2019.