A new Chinese railway bond has been released, and it could make for some big news in China’s economic recovery.
The new bonds, issued by the People’s Bank of China and known as CNBQ, are valued at 2.6 trillion yuan ($28.3 billion), or $50 billion.
They are the first Chinese rail bonds issued in more than three years, according to Bloomberg.
The CNB Q bonds are designed to attract investors to China’s rail infrastructure, and are backed by China’s main state-owned railway company, Beijing Southern Railway (BSPR).
China’s railway industry has been struggling since 2015, when a spate of deadly strikes at major Chinese railways killed more than 700 people.
The government blames the attacks on an increase in “criminal elements” among the ranks of the railways’ regular staff, which are also blamed for frequent safety violations and unsafe working conditions.
According to Bloomberg, the CNB QR bonds were designed to be a more stable investment, as well as a way to shore up the railway industry’s shaky financial health, as it is still recovering from the Great Recession.
Bond buyers were told that they could buy a CNB Qt bond at a discount of about 6.7 percent to the market’s benchmark yield of 3.2 percent.
The bonds are expected to have a maturities of up to 30 years, with a maturity date of 2025.