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Debt Market Update Q3 2018

Debt Market Update Q3 2018

The Australian debt/capital markets remained active in the third calendar quarter of 2018, with borrowers continuing to seek more flexible financing solutions. Overall volumes have increased across all markets from the previous comparable period with the pipeline remaining robust for the remainder of the calendar year.


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Key themes

  • Australian bank debt market – continued support from corporates seeking to lock in low rates and/or longer tenors.
  • Australian domestic bond market – investor demand remains strong as issuers seek longer dated funding supporting a busy quarter.
  • USPP – infrastructure issuers remain active with continuing privatisation and infrastructure developments in Australia.
  • Flexibility – borrowers in the Australian market are seeking more flexible financing solutions providing opportunities for alternative financiers.


Borrowers continue to seek more flexible financing solutions including diversification of funding sources, stretched leverage requirements and extended tenors.

Within the domestic bank market, strong appetite remains for quality credits who will continue to enjoy competitive terms. However, as a result of the tighter regulatory and funding constraints being imposed on the banking market, we are increasingly seeing signs of banks being more sector selective and cautious in their credit decision making. This is providing opportunities for alternative financiers. Alternative funders currently make up circa two percent of the Australian debt market by volume. This is expected to increase significantly over time to market shares as evidenced in more mature markets such as Europe and the US.

Although bank costs of funds have increased under the new regulatory requirements (Basel III / IV), the local banks still remain competitive with respect to terms and pricing.

The pipeline of issuance for the local corporate bond market remains strong as investor diversity, volume and longer-dated tenors continues to develop. The market continues to be dominated by large rated companies in Australia and purchased by overseas or institutional investors as they seek to diversify their portfolios. Further, innovations in the Australian corporate bond market are enabling greater access for both issuers and investors.

The USPP market continues to display stable and favourable conditions for the Australian corporate issuers. The USPP market is expected remain a viable funding market for issuers looking to achieve tenor, diversification and volume certainty.

Debt Market Update

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