In November 2018, the first-ever KangaNews-Westpac New Zealand Sustainable Finance Summit took place in Auckland. The event brought together participants from across the New Zealand capital market including corporate entities, institutional investors and government to enhance dialogue about market-led solutions to the challenges posed by transition to a sustainable environmental and social future.
On 23 Septmber, Downer Group Finance (Downer) (BBB by Fitch) mandated Westpac Institutional Bank for a potential tap of its April 2026 domestic line.
On 23 September, HSBC Sydney Branch (HSBC Sydney) (AA-/Aa3) launched a new Australian dollar denominated senior-unsecured benchmark transaction. The forthcoming transaction will be offered in either or both three- and five-year duration and in either or both fixed- and floating-rate format.
John Deere Financial (John Deere) (A/A2/A) launched a new five-year, Australian dollar denominated benchmark transaction on 23 September. The forthcoming deal is being marketed at 100 basis points area over semi-quarterly swap. Pricing is expected on or before 24 September, according to lead manager Westpac Institutional Bank.
On 23 September, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) (A-/A1/A) revealed plans for a new five-year, Australian dollar denominated, total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC)-eligible, benchmark green-bond transaction, to come in either or both fixed- and floating-rate format. ANZ, Morgan Stanley, MUFG Securities, National Australia Bank and Westpac Institutional Bank are joint lead managers for the transaction which is expected to launch in the near future.