HSH Nordbank Places First Large Ship Covered Bond in Years

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Hamburg-based HSH Nordbank has placed a EUR 500 million (USD 571.9 m) ship covered bond, the German bank’s first large-volume ship bond since 2008.

The order book of the benchmark ship covered bond was substantially oversubscribed within a short period of time.

The most recent placement by HSH Nordbank continues on from two smaller issues of ship covered bonds with a total face value of around EUR 395 million (USD 451.7 m) last year.

“The sound demand from investors is evidence that the market considers our ship covered bond to be a suitable diversification tool,” said Mark Bussmann, Head of Strategic Treasury at HSH Nordbank.

The fixed-interest ship covered bond has a three-year term and carries an annual coupon of 0.5 percent. The bank says the cover pool is of a ”very high quality,” with a loan-to-value ratio of less than 60 % and overcollateralisation of 38.5 %.

The ship mortgages used for cover reflect a diversified portfolio from the container, bulker and tanker ship classes. Rating agency Moody’s has given the bond a rating of “Baa2”. Alongside HSH Nordbank, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Natixis took part in the transaction.


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