On 4 June 2019 SAFA launched a new transaction for a 1 year AONIA Linked FRN with UBS as the Arranger and Sole Lead Manager, and IHS Markit as the Calculation Agent.

A draft Term Sheet for the issue can be found here. (423KB PDF)

Market Consultation

SAFA, in conjunction with IHS Markit and UBS, conducted a series of market consultations regarding the proposed methodology.

Information regarding the coupon calculation methodology and product conventions can be found here. (1.33MB PDF)

An example of market pricing model can be found here. (269KB XLS)

On 2 April 2019, Standard & Poor's published an article “AONIA As An Alternative to One-Month BBSW In Australian Structured Finance Transactions” (119KB PDF) where they recommended using AONIA as an alternative interest rate benchmark.

On 19 March 2019, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) made specific remarks regarding their expectation of some corresponding migration away from BBSW towards the cash rate, particularly for products or issuers where it made sense to reference a risk-free rate instead of a credit-based benchmark. SAFA’s intentions were in particular noted in this regard.

For further information please contact SAFA’s Director Treasury Services, Andrew Kennedy: andrew.kennedy2@sa.gov.au.