Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna s.c. has today launched and priced a new public benchmark Italian Covered Bond (“Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite” or “OBG”) for an amount of €750 million with a maturity of 7 years under the €5 billion Covered Bond programme.
“The strong interest received and the competitive funding achieved demonstrated the strong investors’ appetite for the high quality credit standing of BPER Group -Roberto Ferrari, Chief Financial Officer of BPER, said. “As a matter of fact, the spread is well below the 170 bps paid during the inaugural 5-year issue launched at end of 2013 and the well diversified composition of the book, both in terms of geography and type, further assesses the high perception of the fixed-income community towards BPER Group”.
In few hours the book gathered interests from more than 60 investors for a total demand of €1,2 billion. The issue has been placed for a total amount of €750 million and has been subscribed by institutional investors equally split among foreign and domestic accounts. Specifically, funds accounted for 38%, Public and Official Institutions for 36%, banks for 14%, whereas insurers and pension funds received 12%. The bond priced at MS+42bp with a coupon of 0.875% to be paid yearly on 22 January starting from 2016. Maturity date has been fixed on 22 January 2022.
Joint Bookrunners of the transaction that have been appointed are: BNP Paribas, Natixis, Nomura, RBS and UniCredit.