Moody's Investors Service
The 2020 iteration of the KangaNews-Moody’s Investors Service Corporate Borrower’s Intentions Survey highlights the response of corporate Australia and New Zealand to COVID-19. The results show treasury teams are anticipating a rocky path out of the crisis and a heightened domestic focus to their funding plans.
If Australian corporate engagement with sustainable finance were measured by labelled green, social and sustainability bond issuance, progress remained underwhelming in 2020. However, issuers, investors and other market participants at the KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2020 spoke of deepening commitments to environmental, social and governance risk mitigation.
Australia’s credit market has seen a pickup in supply of capital instruments, including a clutch of corporate hybrid transactions. The KangaNews Debt Capial Markets Summit 2020 webinar series included a session on additional capital, which focused on supply dynamics, demand drivers and the ever-present tension between retail, wholesale and true institutional participation.
On 15 October, Moody's Investors Service assigned preliminary ratings to Allied Credit's inaugural asset-backed securities (ABS) deal, Allied Credit ABS Trust 2020-1, comprising marine, motorcycles and other equipment backed loan receivables. Total indicative volume for the transaction is A$200 million (US$142.7 million). Macquarie Bank and National Australia Bank were mandated to engage investors on 24 September.
On 25 September, Zip Co mandated National Australia Bank to engage investors regarding a potential Australian dollar denominated asset-backed securities (ABS) transaction, Zip Master Trust Series 2020-1. On the same day, Moody's Investors Service assigned provisional ratings to the A$300 million (US$211.9 million) deal.