Australian bank appetite for new loans has increased significantly since the start of 2021, with some of the larger banks now re-entering the market. With the spread the largest it’s been over the past ten-year period, evidence indicates that a strong loan margin contraction should be expected based on the “jaws” between average BBB loan spreads and bank cost of funds.
Loan market volumes are down on previous years due to corporate deleveraging, absence of M&A and reluctance to fund new capital expenditure. New deals were largely constrained to rollovers within existing syndicates. Download the full report for details on selected recent Australian loans (Jan 2020 – March 2021).
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