National Bank of Greece (NBG) completed yesterday the first Greek Covered Bond transaction since 2009 and the first market transaction for a Greek Bank since 2014, having priced a 3-year 750 million conditional pass through covered bond at 2.90% yield (the “Transaction”), on the back of a comprehensive 4-day roadshow.
The covered bond attracted a diverse pool of interest amounting to around €2bn from more than 110 institutional investors. The vast majority of interest came from international investors (85%).
In terms of geography, the Transaction was led by UK & Ireland based accounts (46% of allocations), while 15% was allocated to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 14% to Italy, 14% to Greece, 6% to Nordics and 5% to other European countries. The transaction also saw significant demand from Asset Managers with 56% allocated while 17% went to Banks and Private Banks, 14% to Hedge funds, 11% to Central Banks/Official Institutions and 2% to other investors.
UBS acted as Arranger. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, NatWest Markets and UBS acted as Joint Lead Managers. Commerzbank and NBG acted as Co-Lead Managers.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Dracopoulos and Vassalakis (D&V) acted as NBG’s legal advisors.
The Transaction serves towards NBG’s strategic objective to re-establish a recurring presence in the international capital markets and will accelerate the disengagement from the Emergency Liquidity Assistance, normalizing its funding profile.