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Most corporations will need to raise financing for a variety of reasons such as operation, merger & acquisition or business expansion. Prior to the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a lack of a well balance capital market in Malaysia has allow a heavy reliance on the financing from banks which resulted in excessive losses by corporation during the crisis.

Since then, the government has initiated an active role in the utilization of bond as a competitive alternative long-term financing for corporation which also strengthen the Malaysia Capital Market. Below are other reasons why corporation want to issue bond:
  1. Bond & Sukuk provide an opportunity for corporation to raise financing without diluting the current shareholders equity. The issuance of bond and sukuk has no effect on the ownership of the company nor the control of the corporation. Stock issuance on the other hand will decrease the earning per share which is an important ratio for shareholders.
  1. Corporation can take advantage of the cost saving from issuing bond by eliminating bank as middleman and raise funding directly from investors. The interest paid to investor is often less than the total effective interest paid to bank. Banks also have a stricter requirement and a higher collateral needed to borrow from them. Issuing bond in the capital market allow companies with less collateral asset but strong future cashflow to raise financing from willing investor with suitable risk appetite.
  1. The bond capital market is an efficient way to borrow funds. The borrower does not have to go through the numerous separate negotiation with banks to raise the fund it needs and companies that need to continually raise funding can issue new bonds as long as they can find investor to act as lender in the capital market. The capital market also allow issuer to issue convertible bond which give the investor the opportunity to convert their bond to shares when the company share price increase and issuer will be exempted from paying back the loan.
There are many types of bonds that an issuer can issue which give benefit to the corporation issuing and option for investor to choose from. Investor will also enjoy a higher risk adjusted return when including bond in their portfolio. A liquid and active capital market will benefit both the corporation and investor.

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