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.
Trustpower kicked off New Zealand corporate flow for 2019 with an outcome that sources insist carries over positive momentum from the previous year. It is the first New Zealand unrated corporate deal to break a 4 per cent coupon floor, using the 10-year resetting structure which gained in popularity late in 2018.
On 21 February, BNP Paribas (A/Aa3/A+) launched a benchmark five-year, Australian dollar denominated senior nonpreferred EMTN transaction, to come in either or both fixed- and floating-rate formats. The forthcoming deal has indicative price guidance of 175-180 basis points area over swap benchmarks and is expected to price on the day of launch.
On 21 February, McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s) (BBB+/Baa1) revealed plans for an inaugural Australian dollar denominated benchmark transaction. ANZ, Mizuho Securities and Westpac Institutional Bank have been mandated as joint lead managers.