Morning Report / Income Portfolio Alert – Macquarie Group Hybrid

By Market Matters 25 February 19

Income Portfolio Alert – Macquarie Group Hybrid


Today Macquarie Group announced a new hybrid issue to raise around $500m, however they’re likely to do a little more – we’d assume something around the $600m mark. This is not a roll of an existing security unlike the recent NAB offer, however at around $600m it is a smaller deal.

The Market Matters Income portfolio intends to bid into the deal with a 5% weighting.

Key points

1.       The rate will be set through the book build process with a range of 4.15% - 4.35% over the 90 day bank bill rate ( ~1.90%) –  however it will likely land at the lower end, assume 4.15%. This implies a rate of 6.05%.

2.       This is a typical tier 1 capital note, the same structure as the recent NAB deal however with two slight variances.

a) Macquarie has a lower franking component so the note has a higher cash element, which is good. Notes are franked at 45%.

b) Macquarie  list 3 call dates instead of two. First call is 7.5 years, 2nd call is 8.5 years and 3rd is 9.5 years – which is typical of a Macquarie Note – in short, this gives them more headroom if they need it however, we’ve only ever seen them call on the first date (however never say never)

3.       The rate of 4.15% over is reasonable, although I don’t think they’re paying ‘overs’ in this instance. NAB at 4.00% v MQG at 4.15% highlights that NAB was a very good deal.

4.       The last security issued by Macquarie into the market was done at a 4.00% margin, and that was the MQGPC. It now has 5.8 years till first call date and is trading at a margin of ~3.71%  and a current capital price of $102.05

Ultimately, the new MQG note looks fair around current levels, and as per the recent NAB note, expect demand to be strong.

The below table looks at comparable longer dated issues

Key Dates

Broker Book Build;  will likely close this week. If Subscribers would like to bid through my desk at Shaw and Partners, please email ([email protected]) or call (02) 92381561 to register interest. You would need to set up an account at Shaw prior to settlement.

Security holder offer; MQG shareholders can bid through the security holder offer, however there is likely to be a large scale  back

Commencement of trading; 28th March 2019

Investors can access the Prospectus here.

Key Risks

Investments in MCN4 are an investment in MGL and may be affected by the ongoing performance, financial position and solvency of MGL and the Macquarie Group. MCN4 are not deposit liabilities and are not protected accounts for the purposes of the depositor protection provisions in Division 2 of Part II of the Banking Act or of the Financial Claims Scheme established under Division 2 AA of Part II of under the Banking Act. MCN4 are not guaranteed by any government, government agency or compensation scheme of Australia or by any other person or any other jurisdiction.

If an investor is unsure about whether to apply for MCN4, you should ensure that they have the opportunity to access professional guidance from a financial adviser or other professional adviser about the Offer.

ASIC has published guidance on hybrid securities on their MoneySmart website which may be relevant to your consideration of Macquarie Group Capital Notes 4. You can find this guidance by searching ‘hybrid securities’ at The guidance includes a series of questions you may wish to consider, and a short quiz you can complete to check your understanding of how hybrids work, their features and risks.

Conclusion (s)

We plan to add the new MQG hybrid to the MM Income Portfolio with a 5% weighting

Have a great day!

James / Harry & the Market Matters Team


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