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Kiwibank’s $150m bond offer confirmed

State-owned Kiwibank will offer up to $150 million unsecured, subordinated bonds to the public to help fund its growth plans.

The debt sale will open on November 14 and close on December 5, formal offer documents reveal.

The debt sale offer opens just over a week after ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut the credit ratings of Kiwibank and its parent, New Zealand Post, to A+ from AA-, citing the group's growing reliance on its banking operations and expectations of dwindling postal revenues.

The subordinated bonds have a maturity date of December 15, 2022, but may be called by Kiwibank from December 15, 2017, or earlier.

They will pay interest semi-annually for the first five years until  December 15, 2017, at a rate to be set on November 13, following a bookbuild.

Kiwibank says it intends to treat the subordinated bonds as "tier 2" capital instruments under the Reserve Bank’s Basel III framework. The bonds are expected to have a credit rating of BB+ from Standard & Poor’s.

Investment statements are available from the joint lead managers or co-managers to the offer: Craigs Investment Partners, Kiwibank, ANZ, Forsyth Barr

Kiwibank had some $1.81 billion in issued debt securities as at June 30, according to its annual report.

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