TD Securities (TD) will no longer have an origination, sales or trading facility in Sydney as the bank has revealed all these functions will be moved to Singapore "in the coming weeks". The firm has yet to confirm details of staffing changes or how the new setup will be structured, but market sources have cast doubt in its ability to maintain its origination performance in Australia with no local facility.
Demand for Australian government guaranteed bonds continued on January 20 as Bank of Queensland (BBB+/A2/BBB) (BOQ) became the first triple-B rated issuer to price a deal under the sovereign scheme, bringing A$500 million (US$331.15 million) of 2011 paper to its home market.
Australian banks had by January 14 conducted the equivalent of over US$30 billion in term borrowing under the conditions of their government's guarantee scheme since the first such deals were brought to market in early December 2008.
ANZ Banking Group (ANZ) closed a busy week for Australia's biggest bank borrowers with a A$3.25 billion (US$2.3 billion) domestic transaction on January 9. With both National Australia Bank (NAB) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) issuing large US dollar transactions in the same week, Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) is now the only big four Australian bank not to have issued both on- and offshore under government guarantee.
Royal Bank of Scotland Australia Branch (AA-/Aa1/AA-) (RBS) became the first issuer with a non-Australian parent to bring a bond transaction covered by the Australian government guarantee with one of the three tranches it priced on December 19.