Westpac prices tightest five year
Westpac became the third issuer in less than a week, and the 10th this year, to tap the US dollar covered bond market. After mandating joint leads for a $1.25bn transaction on Wednesday the deal was priced at the tight end of guidance at 35bp over mid-swaps, which was the tightest five year print in dollars so far this year.
WL proved right with ambitious price target
WL Bank priced a €500m seven year Pfandbrief almost flat to mid-swaps on Thursday, to the surprise of some syndicate bankers on the deal.
Pbb in lightning quick 15 year flourish
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank launched the longest German Pfandbrief in nine years on Wednesday, pricing a €500m 15 year deal. The potential for more ultra-long dated deals is limited, but Pbb’s success in an unusual tenor illustrates just how flexible desperate investors have become, said bankers.
SEB makes dollar debut as Westpac mandates
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken successfully issued its maiden dollar denominated covered bond on Tuesday, attracting a comfortably oversubscribed and granular book at a funding level that was close to what it could have achieved in the local market. Westpac has mandated leads for a follow on 144A dollar benchmark.
KBC’s seven year ‘screamer’
Belgium’s KBC Bank returned to the covered bond market for the second time this year to pull in €1bn of seven year funding at pricing so tight that one of the leads called it “screamingly good”. Despite pricing on top of its interpolated curve and through the Belgian government, the deal attracted strong demand from a broad range of investors.
Stadhypotek sells dollars as Nordics tighten towards Canadians
Sweden’s Stadshypotek took the year’s total for dollar covered bond issuance past $10bn this week with a $1.25bn five year deal. Nordic issuers’ spreads are closing in on those of their Canadian peers and dollar covered bonds from many countries have become expensive compared to Treasuries, said Barclays analysts.
Tap takes Aareal through mid-swaps
Aareal Bank brought the covered bond market’s third tap of the week on Wednesday, and priced a €125m increase of a mortgage backed Pfandbrief inside mid-swaps. As investors look for more liquidity German borrowers are finding it harder to drum up demand in the private placement market and taps could take up some of the slack, said bankers.
ING rides rarity with ‘fair’ 10 year
ING Bank offered buyers a rare bite of Dutch covered bond supply on Wednesday and launched the country’s first euro benchmark in nine months.
CRU underlines Spanish demand, despite tricky pricing
Cajas Rurales Unidas (CRU) accessed capital markets for the first time on Tuesday, bringing a €500m three year covered bond. Price discovery was tricky, given the absence of liquid comparable deals.
ANZ sets Aussie spread record
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group slipped in a successful euro benchmark covered bond on Thursday morning ahead of the European Central Bank’s rates decision. The borrower returned to euros for the first time in over a year and closed the tightest covered bond yet from an Australian issuer.