Issuances of equity-linked securities take a tumble in Q1
According to the Korea Securities Depository on Friday the local brokerage industry issued 10 trillion won ($8.6 billion) worth of ELS in the first three months of the year. This is a 58.5 percent drop compared to the same period last year when 24.1 trillion won worth of ELS were issued.
The figure is even a 21.7 percent drop from 12.8 trillion won in the last three months of 2015.
“Issuances of ELS have been shrinking since the third quarter of last year as investors have suffered from several negative factors that started with China’s stock market fall in June and the declining Hong Kong’s Hang Seng China Enterprise Index,” said an official at the depository.
In fact, Mirae Asset Group Chairman Park Hyeon-joo reportedly told the management of Daewoo Securities, which it recently acquired, to reduce its marketing of ELS and focus more on raising investment in Vietnamese equities.
Park was said to have stressed the risks of ELS investment, adding that it becomes a problem once every decade and that Daewoo Securities had invested too much.
In the first quarter, Daewoo Securities was the biggest issuer of ELS, which accounted for 14.6 percent, while NH Investment & Securities came in second with 12.9 percent and Samsung Securities was third with 12.3 percent. Mirae Asset Securities was the fourth-largest issuer with 9.5 percent. The top five brokerages accounted for the majority of ELS that were issued in the three months at 57.7 percent or 5.77 trillion won.
Public offerings of ELS accounted for 60.4 percent worth 6.42 trillion won, while private offering accounted for 39.6 percent worth 2.57 trillion won. When compared to the previous quarter, public offerings shrunk 39.1 percent largely because rising investor concern about the ELS market. Private offerings rose 39 percent.
However, the situation seems to be turning around largely thanks to diverse new ELS products, some of which lowered the principal investment losses. March alone saw a 4.22 trillion won in ELS issuances.
In fact, ELS products that partially guarantee the principal investments accounted for 74.3 percent of those newly issued in the first quarter, totaling 7.43 trillion won.
BY LEE HO-JEONG [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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