The Australian major bank influx into tier-two issuance continued on 19 July as ANZ Banking Group (ANZ) printed a domestic transaction. The issuer says it was strategically important to execute a sizeable and successful Australian dollar deal shortly after the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)’s total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC) announcement, and that domestic investor participation was particularly pleasing.
On 23 July, Suncorp-Metway (Suncorp) (A+/A1/A+) launched a new five-year, Australian dollar denominated benchmark deal, offered in either or both fixed- and floating-rate formats. Indicative price guidance for the transaction, which is expected to price on day of launch, is 80 basis points area over swap benchmarks. ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Institutional Bank are leading.
Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) was the first Australian major bank to print a tier-two deal following the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)’s final total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC) requirement ruling. The issuer says a lower-than-expected incremental tier-two requirement makes the task more manageable and current conditions provided a tailwind, but longer-term questions are yet to be resolved.