AIIB Prices Inaugural AUD500m Sustainable Development Kangaroo Bond
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) today successfully priced its debut sustainable development Kangaroo bond. The five-year AUD500 million transaction will finance AIIB’s mission to finance Infrastructure for Tomorrow—investing in sustainable infrastructure to address climate change and connect Asia and the world.
The AUD debut saw strong take-up both in Australia (32 percent) and across the Asian region (55 percent), demonstrating the continued growth of AIIB’s footprint across capital markets with a number of investors participating in an AIIB transaction for the first time.
The benchmark is AIIB’s first bond issue following the release of its Sustainable Development Bond Framework earlier this month, highlighting the integration of environmental and social sustainability into its operations. The bond will help AIIB finance sustainable infrastructure in its members by focusing on projects that fall under its four thematic priorities: green infrastructure, connectivity and regional cooperation, technology-enabled infrastructure and private capital mobilization.
AIIB Chief Financial Officer Andrew Cross said, “We are very pleased with the remarkable results of this landmark deal as well as the deepened relationship with the Australian investor base. We thank all investors and our bank partners for supporting AIIB’s commitment to sustainable development in Asia and the region.”
AIIB Treasurer Domenico Nardelli said, “This successful transaction highlights AIIB’s commitment to building liquid curves in all core currencies under our diversified funding program. With a borrowing program of USD10 billion which will continue to gradually increase going forward, AIIB will continue to build its presence in the capital markets as a frequent borrower.”
Deutsche Bank AG, J.P. Morgan Securities Australia Limited, Nomura International plc, and Westpac Banking Corporation were the joint lead managers for the transaction.
The new issue benefits from triple-A ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, which reflect the Bank’s commitment to the highest standards of governance, enhanced transparency and accountability.
Key Transaction terms:
|Issuer||Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)|
|Issuer Rating||Aaa / AAA / AAA (Moody’s / S&P / Fitch)|
|Announcement Date||April 27, 2021|
|Pricing Date||April 28, 2021|
|Settlement Date||May 6, 2021 (T+6)|
|Maturity Date||May 6, 2026|
|Re-offer Spread to Semi-Quarterly Asset Swaps||+22bps, equivalent to 30.85bps over the ACGB 4.25% April 2026|
|Re-offer Price / Yield||99.988% / 1.0025% s.a.|
|Joint Lead Managers||Deutsche Bank AG, J.P. Morgan Securities Australia Limited, Nomura International plc, Westpac Banking Corporation|
- AIIB selected the Kangaroo market to launch its first bond following the release of the new Sustainable Development Bond Framework on April 21, 2021. Given the strong market backdrop, AIIB announced a mandate for a global investor call on Monday, April 26, at 4:00 pm Sydney time, looking to take advantage of a favorable execution window.
- Following positive feedback to the Global Investor Call, AIIB took the decision to launch the transaction the following day. Books opened at 12:50 pm on Tuesday, April 27. A new five-year transaction was announced for a size of AUD300-500 million and with a reoffer range of semi-quarterly asset swap +21-23bps, equivalent to ACGB April 2026 +30.5-32.5bps.
- The transaction received a warm response from investors following books open, and by the end of the Australian day, had reached AUD530 million (including AUD225 million joint-lead manager interest). Books continued to grow during the European session and were in excess of AUD625 million at 8:50 am Sydney time on Tuesday. Guidance was refined to ASW+21-22bps at this time.
- Books closed in excess of AUD665 million, and the final spread was set at ASW+22bps. The transaction was priced at 2:50 pm Sydney time at a spread of ASW+22bps, equivalent to +30.85bps over the ACGB due April 2026 and a re-offer yield of 1.0025 percent.
|By Geography||By Investor Type|
|Australia||32%||Central Bank / Official Institution||31%|
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