Dutch Giants Could Join Covered Bond Club

ABN AMRO, Fortis Group or ING Group could launch the inaugural triple-A structured covered bond in The Netherlands this year, and a second mortgage lender could follow before the year is out, predict structured finance analysts across Europe.

  • 21 Jan 2005
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ABN AMRO, Fortis Group or ING Group could launch the inaugural triple-A structured covered bond in The Netherlands this year, and a second mortgage lender could follow before the year is out, predict structured finance analysts across Europe. The move would come as Dutch banks with large amounts of residential mortgages on their books pursue more flexible ways to fund these assets, and look to diversify their investor bases.

Analysts expect a covered bond market to develop in Holland like that in the U.K., where no covered bond legislation exists and issuers have developed comparable securities using contractual frameworks. Likely issuers include the trio of double-A rated lenders with between 10% and 20% share each of the approximately €400 billion outstanding in Dutch residential mortgages. Rabobank, the market leader with close to 30% share, is seen as unlikely to turn to covered bonds as it is triple-A rated and already has a very low cost of funding.

An official at Fortis, which has about €45 billion in mortgages on its balance sheet, declined comment because the bank is in a quiet period. Jan Menger, a treasury department official at ING, and Rolf Smit executive v.p. of group asset & liability management at ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, did not return calls by press time.

The Netherlands is the third largest market for residential mortgage-backed securities in Europe, and lenders in the top two markets—the U.K. and Spain—already use covered bonds alongside RMBS.

Other countries that might start seeing domestic banks sell covered bonds this year include Sweden, which passed a covered bond law in 2004 (BW, 8/30), and Italy, where covered bond legislation is well-advanced (BW, 8/9). Countries with covered bond laws in place include Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Austria and Finland. Many of the new European Union members have covered bond laws, but little or no euro-denominated issuance.

  • 21 Jan 2005

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