(07/19) [SNAPSHOT: AUSSIE CREDIT & APRA'S NEW CAPITAL RULES]
Amidst much anticipation, the Australian Prudential Financial Regulatory Authority (APRA) outlined today the "quantum and timing" of new capital requirements for Australian Banks, in order to make the sector "unquestionably strong". To meet this new benchmark:
Australian Bank Credit - Extending the "Unquestionably strong" theme
Limited to no impact is expected on Australian bank credit, which have remained resilient in anticipation of today's new capital rules (despite being heavily sold pre-emptively on the equity front) and in the face of recent headwinds, which saw a hawkish set of RBA minutes for July bring forward rate expectations and A$ appreciation. Initial interpretation of the rules has also suggested that APRA's "unquestionably strong" capital ratios have proved less punitive (both in terms of quantum and timing) than feared.
Favorable funding conditions, as such, are likely to ensue for Australia's Big 4 Banks, which continue to be core issuers in both the offshore and domestic primary space.
According to IGM's database, big 4 Australian banks (incl their intl branches) raised a USD equiv of Usd 47.776 bn from the primary market YTD via 104 deals. Key funding source remains the international USD market. However of this. a quarter or 26 of the deals on an equiv Usd 14.539bn were raised from the domestic AUD market.
Domestic supply was in fact bolstered yesterday by CBA's Aud 1.85 bn three part deal, comprising a 5yr FRN and FX, which priced at a tight 3-mth BBSW+88bp, but top end of earlier +86-89bps guidance and a 10.5yr fixed, which priced in line with guidance at +105bps for issue price of 98.582.
Please refer to our quarterly reviews on the AUD bond market for an update and breakdown of the market, including quotes from key domestic DCM players. For a copy of the latest Q2 Update and Beyond, please click here and or notify us if you wish to receive this report moving forward.
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