A more optimistic tone has emerged in New Zealand’s securitisation market on the back of two primary-market transactions and the emergence of a potential large-scale new issuer. The tone is markedly different from the first half of the year, when market participants did not expect to see deal flow in 2020.
In December 2020, the KangaNews New Zealand Debt Capital Market Summit took place as an in-person event in Auckland, bringing the local industry together for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis. There was no shortage of talking points at the event, which for the first time added international perspectives via videoconference to the traditionally strong domestic agenda.
New Zealand became the only sovereign rated by S&P Global Ratings to be upgraded since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, on 22 February. The one-notch upgrade – to AAA – was driven by the country’s effective response to the pandemic and also improves the rating of related government agencies and local councils.