Indonesia Sells $624m Samurai Bonds to Plug Fiscal Deficit


Indonesia sold Samurai bonds of three- to 10-year maturities to raise 81 billion yen ($624.18 million), the Finance ministry said late on Thursday, adding that he proceeds would be used to fund the fiscal deficit.

The largest portion of the transaction for the Samurai bonds was a 68.2-billion yen sale of three-year bonds with a 0.96% coupon.

Jakarta also sold five-year bonds worth 5.1 billion yen with a 1.13% coupon, seven-year bonds with a 1.27% coupon amounting to 1.7 billion yen and 6 billion yen of 10-year notes with a 1.45% coupon.

The Finance ministry said the sale was the biggest by a sovereign issuer in the Japanese debt market this year, amid choppy global market conditions due to the impact of global monetary tightening and rising geopolitical tensions.

The bond sale comes a week after the sovereign sold $3.25 billion of Islamic bonds in its biggest ever sukuk issuance.


Indonesia Taps Foreign Debt Markets

Earlier this week, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Indonesia had chosen to tap foreign debt markets for funding despite market volatility due to a ballooning budget for energy subsidies and social protection.

“Although today we have a budget surplus… the additional subsidies and compensation … have not been factored in,” Sri Mulyani told reporters.

The minister was referring to a $7 billion budget surplus recorded in the January-April period and contrasting it with recent changes to the 2022 budget after the government obtained parliamentary approval to hike energy subsidies by $24 billion.

“So we’re very opportunistic in seeing that (the market) was quite stable for a few days and we go in,” she said on Tuesday, after Indonesia began marketing the Samurai bonds.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.