Danske Bank Yields Ease as Sifi Benefits Seen: Copenhagen Mover

Danske Bank A/S bond yields fell to their lowest in more than two months in Copenhagen trading as Denmark’s biggest lender’s now-official status as too big to fail supports its credit profile.

The yield on Danske’s five-year senior unsecured bond maturing Feb. 28, 2017, eased to as little as 1.55 percent, its lowest since Jan. 9. The yield was 1.56 percent at 12:37 p.m. local time after closing at 1.60 percent yesterday in Copenhagen, according to Composite Bloomberg Bond Trader prices.

A government-appointed committee last week identified Danske as one of six systemically important financial institutions, requiring the Copenhagen-based bank to hold as much as 3.5 percent more equity. The requirement to hold “more and better capital” is “clearly positive,” Fitch Ratings analyst Jens Hallen said in an interview.

Danske probably won’t need to raise capital beyond existing plans to meet the Sifi committee’s recommendations, Chief Executive Officer Eivind Kolding said yesterday.