On 3 April, New Zealand Debt Management (NZDM) (AA+/Aaa/AA+) mandated ANZ, BNZ, Commonwealth Bank and UBS for a syndicated tap of its May 2031 bond. The deal is expected to launch in the week beginning 6 April.
Judo Bank is the recipient of the first tranche from the Australian Office of Financial Management’s Australian Business Securitisation Fund, the AOFM revealed on 2 April. Judo will also receive support from the structured finance support fund. The immediate future of the ABSF is unclear, however, as the AOFM has also suggested that proposals for ABSF support may be rolled into the SFSF.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has added a term lending facility (TLF) for banks to its suite of COVID-19 relief measures. It has also restricted banks from redeeming capital instruments that are not common-equity tier-one (CET1).