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.
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.
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.
The Australian property market is a constant headline producer, particularly when prices are in decline. The recent cooling of house prices, however, has – so far – been a desired outcome for regulators and market participants who were seeking a soft landing after an unprecedented period of growth.