The high level of listing activity in the bond market was featured in Newsletter 1/2013, and the high level of activity has persisted through the first half of 2013. New records for the numbers of issues listed on Oslo Børs and Nordic ABM were set in four of the first six months, and in total 305 new loans were listed during the period. Including tap issues, this amounted to approximately NOK 150 billion raised in the bond market (not counting government bonds). 2013 is therefore likely to be even better than the record year 2012.
Oslo Børs offers listing of bonds and certificates on the regulated marketplace Oslo Børs and on Nordic ABM. In August, we reached a total of 1, 500 issues listed on the two marketplaces, with over 920 loans listed on Nordic ABM and more than 580 loans listed on Oslo Børs.
We hope to list loan no. 1, 000 on Nordic ABM in 2013, an impressive number considering that Nordic ABM was only established as recently as 2005. Nordic ABM has listing rules tailored to the Norwegian and Nordic markets, providing a smooth listing process which has resulted in a large number of listed issues. Disclosure rules and trading rules on Nordic ABM are essentially the same as on Oslo Børs.
Both existing bond issuers and many new issuers from a range of sectors and countries have contributed to these records. New bond issuers in our markets in the last six months include: Floatel International Ltd., Teekay Corporation, Navigator Holdings Ltd., TiZir, Tryg Forsikring, Arion Banki, Braathens Aviation AB, Western Bulk, Klaveness Ship Holding, Volstad Shipping and two companies in the Boa Group.