Today, Commerzbank AG issued a Mortgage Pfandbrief on the capital market for the first time. The benchmark bond has a volume of EUR 500 million, a maturity of 7 years, and a coupon of 1.625% p.a. Institutional investors showed high interest, the issue generated an order book of over EUR 1.3 billion. More than half of the issue was placed in Germany.
Commerzbank received the permission to conduct Mortgage Pfandbrief business from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bafin) at the beginning of October 2013. The placed Mortgage Pfandbrief’s cover pool consists of Commerzbank’s residential mortgage loans and increases the refinancing options for the Commerzbank. The Mortgage Pfandbrief is meant to refinance the long-term core business in the Private Customers Segment.
“The transaction supports Commerzbank’s competitiveness and underlines our ambitions to grow in the loan business with private customers,” said Michael Mandel, Divisional Board Member Private Customers. In the first six months of 2013, the Bank’s new business volume in residential mortgages stood at EUR 4 billion and well above the previous year’s level (first six months of 2012: EUR 3 billion). In the second quarter of 2013 alone, the new business volume in residential mortgages increased by 40% over the previous year to EUR 2.3 billion.
The ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch have already announced that the Mortgage Pfandbrief of Commerzbank is to be given a high rating. From Moody’s the Bank expects an “Aa1” rating, from Fitch an “AAA” rating. The joint lead managers for the transaction were Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Natixis, and Unicredit.
Commerzbank is a leading bank in Germany and Poland. It is also present worldwide in all markets for its customers as a partner to the business world. With the business areas Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets and Central & Eastern Europe, it offers its private and corporate customers as well as institutional investors the banking and capital market services they need. With approximately 1,200 branches Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank boasts nearly 15 million private customers, as well as 1 million business and corporate customers. In 2012, it generated revenues of just under EUR 10 billion with approximately 56,000 employees on average.
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