Moody's Investors Service
The latest instalment of the KangaNews-Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) Corporate Borrowers’ Intentions Survey – published annually since 2014 – maintains a longstanding trend of only gradual shifts in corporate debt policy. At the margin, Australasian corporates appear to expect more capital-markets activity but there is no sign of a rush to credit-funded investment.
The Australian securitisation market is arguably in its best shape since the financial crisis – at least in the sense of the robustness of market infrastructure and diversity of participants on the issuer and investor sides. In November, a record number of delegates gathered in Sydney at Australian Securitisation 2018, the annual conference of the Australian Securitisation Forum, to discuss the state of play – and some of the looming challenges.
On 17 December, Qantas Group (Qantas) revealed that “given the strength of its balance sheet and access to diversified funding markets” it will discontinue its ratings subscription with S&P Global Ratings. The issuer’s outstanding notes will continue to carry a Baa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service.
KangaNews is proud to present the winners of the institutional and deal categories in the KangaNews Awards 2017. After an extensive voting and verification process, KangaNews can confidently say its results reflect a true market view on the outstanding performers of 2017 in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)’s proposals regarding total loss-absorbing capital (TLAC) for Australian banks were a key factor driving robust demand for Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac)’s record-breaking senior deal, the issuer says. The announcement may ultimately also support spread tightening for major-bank senior debt going forward.
On 29 October, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings assigned expected ratings to La Trobe Financial's potential residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction, La Trobe Financial Capital Markets Trust 2018-2.