CaixaBank Places €1,500M 7-Year Mortgage Bond Issue

2 February 2016 – Cinco Días

The bank chaired by Isidro Fainé…has placed a 7-year mortgage bond issue amounting to €1,500 million. The entity has been helped by Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Société Générale and UBS.

CaixaBank has placed the debt issue at a price of 78 basis points above the 7-year midswap rate (the risk free interest rate corresponding to that term), slightly below the reference rate of 80 basis points sought at the beginning of the placement. The coupon has therefore been left untouched at 1%.

Demand for the issue has amounted to more than €2,500 million, with more than 125 investors expressing interest in it, of which a significant number were foreigners. This has allowed the entity to reduce the price of the issue. CaixaBank’s last debt issue, which was placed on 4 November 2015, amounted to €1,000 million. It had a five-year term and a coupon of 0.625%. The entity is strengthening its surplus liquidity, which amounted to more than €54,000 million at the end of last year.

Spanish banks are rushing to raise funds on the capital markets. In January, BBVA placed a 5-year senior debt issue amounting to €1,000 million; meanwhile, Bankia placed mortgage debt amounting to €1,000 million; Santander issued 10-year bonds for the same value; and Deutsche Bank issued bonds amounting to €500 million with a 7-year term.

Santander achieved a price of 65 basis points over the midswap rate – the reference index for this kind of debt issue – on its placement. It will pay a coupon of 1.5%. Mediobanca, Natixis and Nomura accompanied the Santander group in the management of the operation.

Javier González, Head of Debt Issues by Financial Entities at BNP Paribas, which participated in the placements of BBVA, Bankia and the Treasury, confirmed that the money invested in these operations has been coming from end investors, such as investment and pension funds.

Banco Santander and Bankia have chosen to issue mortgage bonds because the volatile environment makes this type of asset very popular with conservative investors.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Pablo Martín Simón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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