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According to a press release dated April 23rd 2019, French investment banking giant Societe Generale has issued a €100 million covered bond on Ethereum. The issuance claims to be the first tokenized covered bond on a public blockchain.
Covered bonds include debt securities which are issued by a financial institution and collateralized against a pool of assets. In this way, should the issuing financial institution become solvent, the bond remains covered.
The quickly emerging field of live security tokens now includes covered bonds. The banking giant’s subsidiary, Societe Generale SFH, issued a €100 million covered bond as a security token on the Ethereum blockchain on April 18th.
The security tokens have been designated OFH, short for obligations de financement de l’habitat. OFH tokens have seen a rating of Aaa / AAA by Moody’s and Fitch. They have also been fully subscribed by Societe Generale.
The French banking giant also provided comments on the benefits that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) can bring to traditional financial securities:
“This live transaction explores a more efficient process for bond issuances. Many areas of added value are predicted, among which, product scalability and reduced time to market, computer code automation structuring, thus better transparency, faster transferability and settlement. It proposes a new standard for issuances and secondary market bond trading and reduces cost and the number of intermediaries.”
Societe Generale isn’t alone here. Many in the traditional finance sector are becoming increasingly aware of DLT’s benefits.
Societe Generale has likely been aware of such benefits for some time now. They’ve been actively involved in several blockchain projects, to include we.trade and komgo SA, both of which are financial trading platforms in French powered by blockchain technology.
What do you think of the first tokenized covered bond on a public blockchain? Will we see more of this in France? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Image courtesy of Societe Generale.