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T2023-S$ Temasek Bond

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Bond Summary

Issuer

: Temasek Financial (IV) Private Limited

Guarantor

: Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited

Coupon Rate

: Fixed rate of 2.70% per year, payable every six months

Tenor

: 5 years

Maturity Date

: Wednesday 25 October 2023, redeemed at 100% of principal amount, unless previously redeemed and cancelled, or purchased and cancelled, as provided in the terms and conditions of the bond

Offer Size  

: S$500 million

Placement

: S$200 million to institutional, accredited and other specified investors

Public Offer

: S$300 million to retail investors in Singapore

Issue Price

: S$1 per S$1 (being 100% of the principal amount)

This Frequently Asked Questions page is to be read together with the Offering Circular dated 3 August 2018, Pricing
Supplement dated 16 October 2018 and the Product Highlights Sheet dated 16 October 2018.


Please note that the offer of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond has closed as of 23 October 2018. The information on this page, the Offering Circular, Pricing Supplement and Product Highlights Sheet are provided strictly for information only, and should be read as of their respective dates, unless otherwise specified or determined by the context.


Electronic copies of the Offering Circular, Pricing Supplement and Product Highlights Sheet are available here and at the SGX-ST website under the “Prospectus / Circulars / Offer Documents” section under the “Company Information” tab.

All dates and times are Singapore dates in times. 


ABOUT THE T2023-S$ TEMASEK BOND
 

What is a bond?

When you invest in a bond, you are essentially lending money to a bond Issuer.

A plain vanilla bond is typically for a fixed period, called the tenor, and for a fixed interest rate, called the coupon.

An issuer of a plain vanilla bond is basically promising you two things, in return for the money that you are lending to the issuer:

        (i)    First, it promises to repay you the principal amount when the bond “matures” at the end of its tenor.

        (ii)   Second, it promises to pay you interest at the stipulated annual, half yearly, or quarterly intervals.

Once the principal amount of a bond is repaid at maturity and the issuer redeems the bond, the bond no longer exists.

Depending on the objectives of an issuer and market interest, a bond issuer may issue bonds with more complex terms, such as variable interest rates.

What is the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond?

Coupon

:

2.70% per year (fixed coupon)

Tenor

:

5-years

Issuer

:

Temasek Financial (IV) Private Limited,

a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek

Maturity date

:

Wednesday 25 October 2023

First interest payment date

:

Tuesday 25 April 2019

Guarantor

:

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (Temasek)

Temasek unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees all interest payments of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond and full repayment of the principal amount at maturity.

How was the interest rate determined?

To date, Temasek has been offering Temasek Bonds to institutional, accredited and other specified investors. Temasek would then determine the bond interest rate via a book building process, based on the bids in this market-based price discovery exercise.

The interest rate for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond had similarly been determined based on bids from institutional, accredited and other specified investors in a book building process.

The same interest rate was offered to retail investors under the Public Offer. 

Why does the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond pay a different interest rate when compared with other retail bonds?

The interest rate on a bond is a function of, among other things, the risk that an investor takes when investing in a bond.

For a bond deemed of higher risk (usually because of the perceived or actual credit quality of the issuer), the interest rate is expected to be higher.

The interest rate also depends on other factors such as the tenor and market conditions at the time of the bond issuance.

The interest rate for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond had been determined based on bids from institutional, accredited and other specified investors in a book building process for market price discovery.

Is the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond guaranteed by the Singapore Government?

No, the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond is not guaranteed by the Singapore Government.

The Singapore Government also does not guarantee any other debt obligations of Temasek, including other Temasek Bonds.

Is the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond guaranteed by Temasek?

Yes, Temasek unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees all interest payments of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond and full repayment of the principal amount at maturity.

Temasek does not guarantee the performance of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the market.

Will Temasek guarantee the interest payment and principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond purchased on the secondary market?

Yes, Temasek unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees all interest payments of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond and full repayment of the principal amount at maturity, whether or not the bond is purchased during the offer or on the secondary market.

Temasek does not guarantee the performance of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market.

Is the interest amount fixed?

Yes, the interest amount is fixed at 2.70% per year. 

If Temasek guarantees the fixed interest rate of 2.70%, why do you say there is interest rate risk?

Temasek guarantees the fixed interest rate of 2.70% per year for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond. 

You may buy or sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the market before the maturity date (Wednesday 25 October 2023).

The price of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the market may rise or fall, depending on various factors, including the interest rate environment.

Interest rates in the market may rise or fall.

Generally, when market interest rates go up, the market price of bonds may fall, and vice versa. This represents interest rate risk.

Why is this so?

If the interest rates in the market are rising, newer bonds may be issued at higher interest rates.  Bond buyers have the option of investing in these higher interest rate bonds.  All things being equal, bondholders of existing bonds, with lower interest rates, may have to reduce their asking price, in order to give a similar effective interest yield to prospective bond buyers.

Hence, if you wish to sell your T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before maturity, you may suffer a partial loss on your principal amount if the market price of your T2023-S$ Temasek Bond (at the time of sale) is below your purchase price. 

Please refer to the section “Risk Factors” (page 18) of the Offering Circular (available for download here) for a discussion of certain risks in connection with an investment in the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond. Please also refer to the sections “Investment Suitability” and “Key Risks” (page 3 and 7 respectively) of the Product Highlights Sheet available for download here.


Please consult your own investment, business, financial, legal, tax or other professional advisers prior to investing.

What are the potential risks involved in this investment?

All investments carry risks, including investments into bonds.

Risks associated with bonds include default, interest rate, liquidity, inflation risks and other risks.

Potential investors should understand the dynamics, risks and opportunities associated before investing in any product, such as the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

Please refer to the section “Risk Factors” (page 18) of the Offering Circular for a discussion of certain risks in connection with an investment in the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

Please also refer to the sections “Investment Suitability” and “Key Risks” (page 3 and 7 respectively) of the Product Highlights Sheet.

The Offering Circular and Product Highlights Sheet are available here and on the “Prospectus / Circulars / Offer Documents” section under the “Company Information” tab of the SGX-ST website.

Please consult your own investment, business, financial, legal, tax or other professional advisers prior to investing.

Is the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond rated?

Yes, the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond is rated Aaa by Moody’s and AAA by S&P.
The ratings press releases are available here

Credit ratings are statements of opinion and are not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold the bond, and investors should perform their own evaluation as to whether the investment is appropriate. In particular, credit ratings are NOT intended for use by retail investors, and retail investors should NOT consider the credit ratings in making any investment decision.

All investors should contact their financial, investment, business, legal, tax or other professional advisers before making any decisions based on the credit ratings.

Where can I find more information on the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond?

Information is available in the Offering Circular and the Pricing Supplement. 

You may access the electronic copies here and at the SGX-ST website under the “Prospectus / Circulars / Offer Documents” section under the “Company Information” tab.

Please note that the Offering Circular and Pricing Supplement relate to the offer of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond and should be read as of their respective dates, as they have not been updated for any changes after completion of the offer. 

The video below may have relevant highlights for you.

If you have questions regarding the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, please contact the following banks at the numbers set out below.

Bank Telephone Numbers

DBS

: 1800 111 1111

POSB

: 1800 339 6666

OCBC

: 1800 363 3333

UOB

: 1800 222 2121

Please understand that none of these channels can offer you financial advice. To consider your own financial circumstances, and help you decide whether or not this is a suitable product for you, we recommend you seek the advice of a professional financial adviser.

When will the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond mature?

The T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will mature on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

100% of the principal amount, and the last interest payment, will be paid on redemption – that is, on the maturity date (Wednesday 25 October 2023).

Can the Issuer redeem the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before the maturity date?

The T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may be redeemed prior to maturity by the Issuer for taxation reasons.

The T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may also be redeemed prior to maturity by the Issuer at a “make whole” amount, being an amount equal to the greater of:

(i) the principal amount of the bonds being redeemed; and

(ii) the amount determined by discounting the principal amount of the bonds plus all required remaining scheduled interest payments due on such bonds at the make whole call reference rate set out in the Pricing Supplement, plus a spread specified in the Pricing Supplement.

What is make whole?

The make whole call allows the Issuer to redeem the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond early before the maturity date by paying bondholders a lump sum “make whole” amount.

In the event a “make whole” event is triggered, Temasek will calculate the amount you will be paid, which is the greater of:

(i) the present value of remaining interest payments and principal amount; or

(ii) the principal amount.

Can I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond back to Temasek?

You cannot redeem the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before maturity or the occurrence of specified redemption events.

You may sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market once it is listed and quoted on the Main Board of the SGX-ST on Friday 26 October 2018, 9am.

For the purposes of trading, each board lot of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will comprise S$1,000 in principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

The market price of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may be above or below its issue price, depending on market conditions at the time, such as supply and demand, general market conditions and other factors.

Can I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond through the ATM?

No, you cannot sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond through the ATM.

You may sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market once it is listed and quoted on the Main Board of the SGX-ST on Friday 26 October 2018, 9am.

For the purposes of trading, each board lot of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will comprise S$1,000 in principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

The market price of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may be above or below its issue price, depending on market conditions at the time, such as supply and demand, general market conditions and other factors.

Is it possible to transfer the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond?

You may refer to the “Transfer of Securities” section on the CDP website for more information on the transfer of securities.

Please also consult your own investment, business, financial, legal, tax or other professional adviser before investing. 

When will Temasek be issuing more bonds?

Temasek remains open and flexible to various financing options, including issuing subsequent bonds that are available to retail investors in the future, depending on objectives and market conditions. 


BALLOTING AND ALLOCATION OF THE T2023-S$ TEMASEK BOND

 

How do I check my holdings of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond?

Successful applicants in the Public Offer will have their T2023-S$ Temasek Bond allocations credited to their respective Central Depository (CDP) accounts on 25 October 2018.

You may also check the results of your application via the ATM, mobile banking or internet banking website of the bank you made the application through.

Subsequently, you may also check your holdings of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond via one of the following ways:

  • On your half-yearly CDP statements sent to your mailing address
  • Through the CDP Internet Service 
  • Through the CDP Phone service (6535 7511) using your Telephone PIN
  • Call CDP (6535 7511) to request for your latest statement to be sent to your mailing address
  • Visit the CDP Customer Service Centre with your IC or passport to obtain a copy of your latest CDP statement

When will I receive the refund of my application money if I did not get the full allocation of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond I applied for?

If you did not receive your full allocation of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, the timing and method of the refund of the balance of your application amount, which will be paid net of fees and expenses and without interest, is dependent on your source of funds used for your application.

Cash
Your refund would have been credited within 24 hours after balloting of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond on 24 October 2018, in your designated bank account.

Central Provident Fund (CPF) Savings
Your refund would have been credited at the end of October in your CPF Investment Account. 

Why was my application for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond rejected or invalid?

There could be multiple reasons why your application was invalid.

Common reasons include:

  • Making multiple applications under the Public Offer
  • Applying using a joint CDP account
  • NRIC/Passport number differs in bank records and CDP records
  • Name differs in bank records and CDP records


INTEREST PAYMENTS OF THE T2023-S$ TEMASEK BOND

 

How often will I receive interest payments?


The interest rate of 2.70% per year for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, will be paid on or around 25 April and 25 October each year. If the payment date is not a business day*, payment will be made the following business day. Bondholders shall not be entitled to any additional interest or other amount in respect of any such postponed payment.

Unless the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond has been previously redeemed and cancelled, or purchased and cancelled by the Issuer, each bondholder will receive the principal amount on the maturity date (Wednesday 25 October 2023), together with the last interest payment.

(* “business day” means a day (other than a Saturday or a Sunday or public holiday) on which banks and foreign exchange markets are open for business in Singapore)

How is the half yearly interest rate calculated?


The interest is paid half yearly at the end of every 6 months.

If the date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment is made on the following business day.

The annual interest rate of 2.70% is calculated proportionately as a half yearly rate as follows:


                                  [(Number of days in the 6-month interest period)/365 days of the year] x 2.70%

How much interest do I receive each period?

The interest is paid half yearly at the end of every 6 months.

If the date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment is made on the following business day.

The amount of interest you will receive depends on the principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond you hold.  The principal amount is the sum that you will receive upon maturity of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond. The principal amount will be paid to you when the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond is redeemed upon maturity, together with the last interest payment.

So long as you hold the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, the interest received at the end of every 6-month interest period is calculated as follows:

                      [(Number of days in the 6-month interest period)/365 days of the year] x 2.70% x principal amount

If I invest using my Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings, where do I receive my interest payments, capital gains/principal amount?

CPF Savings refer to your investible CPF Ordinary Account savings. 

Interest payments, capital gains (if applicable) or the principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will be credited to your CPF Investment Account.

If I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market, do I still continue to receive the interest payments?

You will receive the interest payments, so long as you continue to own the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

If you sell your T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before the record date of the next interest payment, you will not be entitled to receive the next interest payment.

The record date is a cut-off date used to determine which persons are eligible to receive the interest payment. A person who is a bondholder at the close of business on the fifteenth day before the due date for payment of interest will be eligible to receive the interest payment.

You may check the record date on SGXNET or Temasek’s website prior to each interest payment date.

Once you have sold the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, you will no longer own the bond and hence will not receive subsequent interest payments.

Are the interest payments and principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond affected by Temasek’s performance?

The amounts payable as interest payments and principal amount under the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond are not affected by the Issuer’s or Temasek’s performance.

Are the interest payments and principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond affected by Temasek’s performance in the secondary market?

The amounts payable as interest payments and principal amount under the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond are not affected by its price in the secondary market. 


SELLING THE T2023-S$ TEMASEK BOND IN THE SECONDARY MARKET
 

Can I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market?

Yes, the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond can be sold in the market once it is listed and quoted on the Main Board of the SGX-ST on Friday 26 October 2018, 9am.

For the purposes of trading, each board lot of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will comprise S$1,000 in principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

The market price of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may be above or below its issue price, depending on market conditions at the time, such as supply and demand, general market conditions and other factors.

Can I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before the maturity date? Will I lose any money if I sell the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond before the maturity date?

You can choose to sell your T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market after it has been listed on the Main Board of SGX-ST and before the maturity date (Wednesday 25 October 2023, if not redeemed earlier by the Issuer).

You may also buy the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond on the Main Board of SGX-ST.

Your investment return will depend on the prevailing market price at the time you sell, which may be above or below your purchase price of your T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

If the value of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond increases and is higher than par value by the time the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond reaches maturity, will I get a sum amounting to the higher value or just my principal?

The redemption amount at maturity will be 100% of the principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, regardless of its prevailing market value.


BUYING THE T2023-S$ TEMASEK BOND IN THE SECONDARY MARKET
 

Can I buy more of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market?


Yes, the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond can be bought in the secondary market once it is listed and quoted on the Main Board of the SGX-ST on Friday 26 October 2018, 9am.  

For the purposes of trading, each board lot of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond will comprise S$1,000 in principal amount of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond.

The market price of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond may be above or below its issue price, depending on market conditions at the time, such as supply and demand, general market conditions and other factors.

Can I use my Central Provident Fund (CPF) Savings to apply for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market?

CPF Savings refer to your investible CPF Ordinary Account savings. 

The T2023-S$ Temasek Bond is included under the CPF Investment Scheme – Ordinary Account (“CPFIS-OA”). 

Secondary Market Purchases after Completion of Offer
CPF members CAN use their investible CPF Savings to purchase the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond from the secondary market.

Conditions for using CPF to invest in T2023-S$ Temasek Bond
To invest under CPFIS-OA, you need to be at least 18 years old, not be an undischarged bankrupt, have a valid CPF Investment Account with a CPFIS agent bank*, and have more than S$20,000 in your CPF Ordinary Account.

Note for new CPFIS investors:
New CPFIS investors will need to complete the Self-Awareness Questionnaire (SAQ) before they can invest under CPFIS. The SAQ helps them assess if CPFIS is suitable for them. 

The SAQ starts with learning modules on investment concepts, products and charges under CPFIS. They will need to log in with their SingPass to attempt the quiz. If they had completed the SAQ previously, they can log in with their SingPass to check their CPFIS SAQ status. The SAQ can be found here

*Applications using CPF Savings must be made through a CPF Investment Account with a CPFIS agent bank (DBS, OCBC, or UOB) with the applicant’s CPF statement.
Please be aware that there will be fees associated with investments made through your CPF Investment Account.

What charges are involved if I use my Central Provident Fund (CPF) Savings to buy the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market?

CPF Savings refer to your investible CPF Ordinary Account savings

Please refer to the table below for the relevant charges for DBS/POSB, OCBC and UOB:

 

DBS/POSB

OCBC

UOB

Upon Successful Application

S$2.50 per 1,000 bonds subject to a maximum of $25 per transaction

S$2.50 per 1,000 bonds, subject to a maximum of $25 per transaction

S$2 per 1,000 bonds, subject to a maximum of S$20 per transaction

Service Fee

S$2 per counter per quarter, subject to a minimum charge of $5 per quarter

S$2 per counter / holding per quarter

S$2 per counter / holding per quarter

Please also refer to the relevant bank’s fee schedule for more information: DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB

Can I use my Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) funds to apply for the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market?

You should consult your stockbroker and the relevant bank in which you hold your SRS account with if you wish to purchase the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond from the secondary market after the listing of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond on the SGX-ST using SRS funds. 

Can I buy the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond using a joint Central Depository (CDP) securities account in the secondary market?

You can use your joint CDP securities account, provided it is linked to a trading account, to buy the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond in the secondary market. 

You should consult your stockbroker and the relevant bank in which you hold your joint CDP account with if you wish to purchase the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond from the secondary market after the listing of the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond on the SGX-ST.


CENTRAL DEPOSITORY (CDP) ACCOUNT
 

What is a Central Depository (CDP) securities account?

A CDP securities account is a securities investment account with the Central Depository of the SGX.

It enables investors to view and manage their various investments with multiple brokers.

To invest in the T2023-S$ Temasek Bond, you will need an individual CDP securities account linked to a Direct Crediting Service (DCS) bank account in order for your interest payments to be credited to your bank account. 

You may apply for DCS via one of the following ways:

  • Through the CDP Internet Service (only applicable if you have been issued a security token by CDP)
  • Submit a completed CDP securities account application form (available here) in person at the CDP Service Counter
    Participating DCS banks in Singapore are: Citibank, DBS, POSB, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC, Standard Chartered Bank, UOB
      

More information can be found on DCS here
 

How can I open a Central Depository (CDP) securities account?

You would need the following when applying to open a CDP securities account in person:

(i)    Your original IC or passport
(ii)    Completed CDP securities account application form (available here)

Address of CDP Service Counter
9 North Buona Vista Drive
#01-19/20
The Metropolis
Singapore 138588

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays – 8.30am to 5pm
Saturdays – 8.30am to 12pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

CDP Contact Info
CDP Website

Hotline
+65 6535 7511
24-hour automated answering service for information on CDP account related services

To Speak To CDP Customer Service Officers
•  Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 5pm
•  Saturdays: 8.30am to 12pm
•  Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed

There are no fees charged for opening a CDP securities account. 

If you have questions, please call one of the 24-hour hotlines below, open 7 days a week until 23 October 2018, 1200 hrs. 

DBS or POSB OCBC UOB
1800 111 111 111 (DBS)
1800 339 6666 (POSB)
1800 363 3333 1800 222 2121

Please note the applicable rules and regulations in Singapore do not allow the banks, via the above hotlines, to provide advice on the merits of the Temasek Bond and the Issuer or to provide investment, business, financial, legal or tax advice. If you are in any doubt as to what action you should take, please consult your business, financial, legal, tax or other professional advisors.