SEB speeds to $3bn book for $600m AT1 return

May 22nd, 2017

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) took advantage of a strong post-FOMC market to attract some $3bn of demand to a $600m perpetual non-call five Additional Tier 1 on 16 March, its first AT1 transaction in over two years.

Risks highlighted in DBRS’s first Swedish analysis ‘not uncommon’

Jul 8th, 2016
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DBRS published a first Legal & Structuring Framework (LSF) assessment of Swedish covered bonds yesterday (Thursday), highlighting some shortfalls but noting these are “not uncommon” and have mitigating factors, while also citing covered bonds’ connectedness to the economy as a strength.

LF sees senior opportunity for SEK1bn fives, mulls euro debut

May 13th, 2016

Länsförsäkringar Bank sold a SEK1bn (€108m) dual tranche five year senior unsecured bond on Wednesday, sensing an opportunity to tap into strong demand in an undersupplied market, according to the issuer’s head of long term funding, and is considering a debut public euro issue.

Stadshypotek set for Finnish pool, with Danish option

Apr 22nd, 2016
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Stadshypotek looks set to issue covered bonds backed by a dedicated Finnish residential mortgage cover pool under Swedish legislation, after Moody’s yesterday (Thursday) announced a provisional Aaa rating for such covered bonds, with issuance off a Danish pool also a possibility.

LF Hypotek €500m covered sets 2016 Nordic sevens tight

Apr 8th, 2016

LF Hypotek sold a €500m (SEK4.64bn) seven year covered bond on Tuesday, building an almost three times oversubscribed book while also setting the tightest price of any Nordic issue in the maturity this year.

Swedbank Eu400m FRN well bid despite ‘somewhat daunting’ coupon

Mar 4th, 2016
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Swedbank sold a Eu400m three year senior unsecured FRN on Wednesday that was priced above par in order to avoid the impact of negative rates, and bankers said it had done well to attract over Eu500m of orders and price the deal with no premium in light of using a still-novel elevated coupon.

Swedbank in EUR1.5bn ‘blowout’ covered bond at low NIP, SEB follows

Feb 5th, 2016

Swedbank attracted the most demand of any euro benchmark covered bond this year on Wednesday, pricing a EUR1.25bn five year issue at only a modest new issue premium (NIP), and SEB yesterday (Thursday) built upon the template to issue a EUR1.5bn five year at the same level.

SCBC in quality Eu1bn covered against choppy backdrop

Jan 29th, 2016

SCBC launched the first euro benchmark covered bond of the year from Sweden on Tuesday, attracting EUR1.4bn of orders for a EUR1bn (SEK9.28bn) five year, and bankers said the high quality issue appealed to risk-off investors after volatility had returned to financial markets.

Swedish covered ratings reflect risks, says S&P, despite housing fears

Dec 11th, 2015
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Standard & Poor’s said on Tuesday that although there are concerns about the health of the Swedish housing market, its ratings of covered bonds in Sweden already reflect such risks, with the rating agency citing state support and resilience of its ratings to a sharp fall in house prices.

FI wants tightening of models, but not standard risk weights

Dec 4th, 2015

Swedish banks must tighten the internal models used to calculate their risk weightings and capital requirements, the Swedish FSA said, but it and Swedish bankers warned that standardised risk weights, as are foreseen under so-called Basel IV, could increase risks in the banking sector.