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Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Jun/Jul 2021

Back on track in the New Zealand high-grade market

At the start of June, KangaNews and Westpac brought together New Zealand’s biggest government-sector issuers in Wellington to discuss the path of their market from the depths of the crisis back to functionality, the new challenges of 2021 and the outlook for a raft of factors – including sustainable-finance evolution, inflation-linked issuance and the long-dated market.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Domestic balance sheets extend duration for new LGFA deal

New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA)’s new 10-year deal shows signs of a longer-duration bank balance-sheet bid in the local market, a development the issuer says is encouraging for other borrowers seeking longer-tenor debt.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

LGFA launches new 10-year syndicated deal

On 11 May, New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) (AAA/AA+) launched an indicative NZ$300 million (US$217.9 million) syndicated 10-year bond transaction. The forthcoming deal is being marketed at 35-38 basis points over mid swap, with pricing expected on the day after launch. BNZ is arranger for the deal and joint lead manager alongside ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation New Zealand Branch.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021

LGFA lining up 10-year domestic transaction

On 5 May, New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) (AAA/AA+) revealed plans for a new domestic 10-year transaction, offered to institutional and New Zealand retail investors. Global investor calls will be held on 6 May, with the deal expected to launch in the week beginning 10 May.

Monday, 08 March 2021
Feb/Mar 2021 High-Grade Supplement

New Zealand issuers funding the upward recovery journey

New Zealand’s government-sector issuers experienced market upheaval as severe as their neighbours in Australia during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in March and April. Intervention from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and an enviable pace of economic reopening have improved the outlook, but issuers at a KangaNews-Westpac roundtable in June say plenty of challenges remain to be faced.

Monday, 08 March 2021
Feb/Mar 2021 High-Grade Supplement

High-grade issuer profiles and perspectives 2021

Key data and information on 15 high-grade lenders active in Australia and New Zealand, including programme information, funding strategy, debt data and issuer insights. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Sovereign upgrade puts New Zealand in rare air

New Zealand became the only sovereign rated by S&P Global Ratings to be upgraded since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, on 22 February. The one-notch upgrade – to AAA – was driven by the country’s effective response to the pandemic and also improves the rating of related government agencies and local councils.

Monday, 03 August 2020

LGFA uses sovereign slipstream to extend curve

Following the pricing of its longest-dated syndicated deal, on 30 July, New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) says the deal harnessed momentum generated in the long end by recent syndications from the Australian and New Zealand sovereign borrowers.