While markets have remained liquid and tradeable throughout 2018, there can be little doubt that the period of almost unprecedented beneficial funding conditions that pervaded up to the end of 2017 has passed. At their annual global-markets roundtable in London in June, ANZ and KangaNews heard the latest thinking from key issuer and investor players.
ANZ Banking Group (ANZ) says it brought forward its recent tier-two transaction in the US to take advantage of strong market conditions at the start of the year.
On 10 January, BNP Paribas (A+/Aa3/AA-) launched a new 7.5-year, Australian dollar denominated, senior nonpreferred, EMTN, benchmark transaction, offered in either or both fixed and floating-rate format. Indicative price guidance for the forthcoming deal, which is expected to price on the day of launch, is 140 basis points area over swap benchmarks.
Australia’s major banks have hit the ground running in 2020 with three of the big four taking funding opportunities at home and abroad by 7 January and the fourth lining up a new trade. Despite developing domestic and international crises, the borrowers say markets have maintained momentum from 2019 and investors are prepared for a busy open to the year.
On 9 January, BNP Paribas (A+/Aa3/AA-) began taking indications of interest for a new 7.5-year, Australian dollar denominated, senior nonpreferred, EMTN deal, offered in either or both fixed and floating-rate format. Initial price guidance for the transaction is 140-145 basis points area over swap benchmarks. The deal is expected to be rated A-/Baa1/A+.