S&P Global Ratings (S&P) stayed its hand on Australia's sovereign rating following the release of the Commonwealth's mid-year economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) on December 19. The rating agency maintains the negative outlook on Australia's triple-A rating, while both Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) are retaining stable triple-A ratings on the Australia sovereign.
On 1 April, S&P Global Ratings assigned preliminary ratings to La Trobe Financial's proposed nonconforming residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) deal, La Trobe Financial Capital Markets Trust 2019-1. The issuer mandated Commonwealth Bank of Australia, HSBC, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, Natixis and United Overseas Bank for the potential transaction on 13 March.
Analysts tell KangaNews the trigger of a stepdown provision in Suncorp Group (Suncorp)’s Apollo 2010-1 residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trust is not a sign of systemic problems with the asset class, despite rising arrears in the loan pool. In fact, they say the function is working as it should – to protect senior noteholders.
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.
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