The biggest issue in the New Zealand debt market has historically been shortage of domestic supply relative to a demand pool that has grown significantly in the KiwiSaver era. In September, BNZ and KangaNews convened their annual New Zealand roundtable with a specific goal in mind: to discuss whether the national infrastructure need, the emergence of bank securitisation and other factors can radically change the supply landscape.
In the wake of its latest New Zealand residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) deal, Resimac says structural changes in the local mortgage market are opening opportunities for nonbanks in prime mortgage lending and, therefore, securitisation. The issuer also says the depth and breadth of bids for its paper broadened in the new transaction.
On 15 April, Resimac launched its capped NZ$250 million (US$169.3 million) residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction, Versailles Trust Series 2019-1. The forthcoming deal is being arranged by BNZ and Westpac New Zealand, which are also joint lead managers with Merrill Lynch. Pricing is expected on the day after launch.
New Zealand’s environmental, social and governance (ESG)-themed bond market took another giant leap on 28 March, with the pricing of Housing New Zealand (Housing NZ)’s debut sustainability bond. The deal nearly doubles the total size of the New Zealand ESG-themed market and drove investor diversity and a positive pricing outcome for the issuer.