On 26 February, WSO Finance (WSO), the financing entity for Westlink Motorway (A3/A-), revealed plans for a potential 10-year or longer, Australian dollar denominated transaction. Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Institutional Bank have been mandated to arrange a series of investor meetings beginning 10 March.
On 24 February, Frasers Property mandated ANZ, Barclays, HSBC, National Australia Bank and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) for a potential long-dated, Australian dollar denominated sustainability bond. ANZ, Barclays and OCBC have also been appointed as sustainability structuring advisors.
A surfeit of local and offshore demand for long-dated paper prompted another Australian corporate to execute a 12-year domestic deal. General Property Trust (GPT) says the tenor suited its debt maturity profile and interest from a cornerstone investor prompted its decision to execute.
Sydney Airport’s market leadership, and the willingness of US private placement (USPP) investors to provide structural flexibility in transactions, were crucial to the execution of the world’s first sustainability-linked bond (SLB) with two-way pricing. Deal sources are bullish on proliferation of the product.