Sub-Sovereigns - All Articles

  • UK's Lancashire lining up for MBA debut

    The first bond from the UK’s five year old Municipal Bonds Agency will be launched in the next week or two and, thanks to some tweaking of the agency's operating practices, more are set to follow, writes Lewis McLellan.

    • 30 Jan 2020
  • EU regulations could slow €STR growth

    Few MTN issuers have so far issued in the Libor-replacing euro short term rate (€STR) format, with deals limited so far to supranationals, agencies and, this week, a sub-sovereign. Some bankers blame the 2017 EU Prospectus Directive for tightening up the rules on adding new indices to programmes, leaving non-exempt issuers on the sidelines.

    • 30 Jan 2020
  • Kommuninvest readies first benchmark of 2020

    Swedish issuer Kommuninvest is preparing to launch its first deal of 2020 — a five year Swedish krona note.

    • 23 Jan 2020
  • NWB and Brandenburg take spotlight in euros as ADB lines up

    Nederlandse Waterschapsbank and the State of Brandenburg took advantage of a lack of euro SSA supply this week to bring well subscribed deals on Tuesday. The Asian Development Bank will be looking to follow with a 10 year euro benchmark on Wednesday.

    • 21 Jan 2020
  • Lancashire to issue UK MBA's maiden deal

    Lancashire County Council looks set to become the first borrower to make use of the UK Municipal Bonds Agency, preparing a deal to hit the market in the next few weeks. A second bond from the MBA is set to follow in March or April.

    • 17 Jan 2020
  • Climate and digitisation to dominate SSAs’ 2020

    An unusual note of optimism defines the attitude of Europe’s public sector issuers as they approach 2020. While many other markets are beset by fears of a slowdown in global growth, trade wars, and Brexit, SSA borrowers are confident in their borrowing strategies and loyal investor bases. Despite a change of face in the ECB’s top job, rates are still set to remain low for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, investors are having to grit their teeth to stomach the scanty yields on offer for euro SSA assets. Although SSAs are offering little in the way of yield, their place as pioneers of the evolving SRI market always ensures lively debate. In this roundtable, held in early November, market participants on both the buyside and the sell side favoured a more holistic assessment of issuers’ ESG profiles, rather than relying on labelled assets, but whether or not the ECB should take a role in promoting the SRI market through “green QE” divided the group.

    • 13 Jan 2020
  • Nokkie SSA market races to strong start

    KfW, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and, in the medium-term note (MTN) market, a German region and a Finnish agency have kicked off the Norwegian krone market for SSAs. Bankers are hoping to extend krone’s impressive form from last year into 2020.

    • 08 Jan 2020
  • SSAs fly in euros from five to 100 years

    Investors piled into the euro public sector bond market on Wednesday, allowing borrowers to achieve well subscribed order books and minimal new issue concessions for a range of maturities.

    • 08 Jan 2020
  • KfW opens the floodgates for euro SSA market

    A strong reception for a five year euro benchmark by KfW on Tuesday was enough to lure in a hesitant flock of public sector borrowers to the euro market as the pipeline stacks up for Wednesday’s business.

    • 07 Jan 2020
  • Lower Saxony kick-starts euro SSA market as EIB preps sterling reopener

    The Federal State of Lower Saxony sold the first euro public sector benchmark of 2020 with a well received 10 year deal on Thursday. Meanwhile, the European Investment Bank is keeping to tradition of beginning its benchmark funding for the year in sterling.

    • 02 Jan 2020