Downer Group Finance (Downer) priced its first Australian dollar deal since 2015 on 15 April. Issuer and leads say significant developments in Downer’s business composition opened the deal up to a broader suite of investors, while prevailing market sentiment induced a rapid book build and tightened pricing.
The scale of demand for Woolworths’ debut green bond – which supported a significant price revision – further demonstrates the potential of the asset class for local corporate borrowers, issuer and leads say. Demand for certified sustainable bonds could even be sufficient to put mid-curve domestic issuance on a pricing par with bank loans and thus entice more issuers to market.
On 15 April, Downer Group Finance (Downer) (BBB by Fitch) launched a new, seven-year, minimum A$200 million (US$143.4 million) domestic transaction. The forthcoming deal has indicative price guidance of 195-200 basis points area over semi-quarterly swap. Pricing is expected on or before 16 April, according to joint lead managers Mizuho Securities, National Australia Bank and Westpac Institutional Bank.