Scentre Group says its blockbuster subordinated-debt deal in the US dollar 144A market is part of an ongoing capital-management programme in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, supporting its long-term credit rating and providing significant financial flexibility. The transaction was met by substantial international demand, deal sources add.
The economy-wide impact of COVID-19 has affected Australian corporate borrowers in a host of ways. But access to funds has generally remained in place as issuers navigate a path back to some type of normality – even for those in the most affected sectors.
The cautious but early emergence of Australia and New Zealand from the COVID-19 crisis enabled Scentre Group to convey a positive forecast to debt investors in its recent US dollar deal. The result, deal sources say, was an endorsement for the company and for the prospects of antipodean economic recovery.
BNP Paribas and KangaNews convened their longstanding roundtable for corporate issuers in Sydney in July. Participants share a detailed view of a global market in which liquidity continues to outstrip credit supply by a significant margin – and where issuers hold the whip hand as a consequence. There are still challenges for responsible issuers, however.
Two Australian corporate borrowers accessed the euro market in the week beginning 18 March. Deal sources say Telstra Corporation (Telstra) and Scentre Group (Scentre) took advantage of the euro’s current status as the most competitive global funding option for Australian issuers to price 10-year deals, each with negative new-issue concessions.
In the wake of the first euro-denominated Australian-origin nonfinancial corporate transaction of 2018, issuer and lead managers share in-depth insights into execution strategy in arguably the most volatile global backdrop seen in several years. Flexibility is key, and execution certainty should be the most pertinent consideration for issuers as the balance of power shifts back to investors.