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Ausnet Services Holdings

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Ausnet Services Holdings

Latest price

$ 107.53

  • ASX code
    YTMAS2
  • Maturity date
    16-Aug-2027
  • Capital structure
    Senior Unsecured
  • Coupon type
    FIXED
  • Coupon P.A
    4.400%
  • Issue Date
    16-Feb-2017
  • Next ex. distribution date
    07-Feb-2019
  • Next interest payment date
    16-Feb-2019
  • Payment frequency
    Semi-Annual

Issuer

Ausnet Services Holdings Pty Limited (“Ausnet”).

Guarantors

Ausnet Gas Services Pty Ltd, Ausnet Electricity Services Pty Ltd, Ausnet Transmission Group Pty Ltd, Ausnet Asset Services Pty Ltd and Ausnet Finance Pty Ltd. 

Base Terms

Debt Issuance Programmes dated 20 January 2017 

Pricing Supplements

Dated 13 February 2017

Nature of the Bonds

Direct, unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of the Issuer and will rank equally among themselves and at least equally with all other unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of the Issuer, except for liabilities mandatorily preferred by law.

Coupon Schedule to Maturity

  • 16 February 2019
  • 16 August 2019
  • 16 February 2020
  • 16 August 2020
  • 16 February 2021
  • 16 August 2021
  • 16 February 2022
  • 16 August 2022
  • 16 February 2023
  • 16 August 2023
  • 16 February 2024
  • 16 August 2024
  • 16 February 2025
  • 16 August 2025
  • 16 February 2026
  • 16 August 2026
  • 16 February 2027
  • 16 August 2027 - Maturity Date

Issue Size

A$425,000,000 

Issue Date

16 February 2017

Maturity Date

16 August 2027

Interest Rate

4.40% per annum, payable semi-annually (in two coupons of 2.20%) in arrears on 16 February and 16 August in each year, including the Maturity Date, unless varied from time to time in accordance with the Step-Up / Step-Down clause below.

Step-Up / Step-Down

If Ausnet’s credit rating falls below a certain level, the interest rate will Step-up in increments, to a maximum of 2% above the Interest Rate. If Ausnet’s credit rating subsequently rises, then the Interest Rate will Step-down in increments, however at no time will the Interest Rate be less than 4.40% per annum.

Bond Denomination

A$10,000

Repayment at Par on the Maturity Date

On the Maturity Date, bondholders are scheduled to receive the Face Value and the final Coupon Payment for the last Interest Period.

Early Redemption by Issuer

1. Yes, for tax reasons

2. The Issuer can redeem (“call”) the bonds early, where there has been a change of control or proposed change of control event that otherwise constitutes an event of default or breach of the conditions of the Bonds. In which case the Issuer will pay the higher of principal plus accrued interest or the present value of remaining scheduled discounted by the prevailing yield for Australian Commonwealth Government Bonds with a maturity equal to the remaining term of the Bonds.

Key Risks

The value of an investment in Ausnet Bonds may fluctuate due to various factors, including investor perceptions, worldwide economic conditions, interest rates, debt market conditions and factors that may affect Ausnet’s financial performance. The following risks may also affect an investment in Ausnet Bonds:

• Lack of liquidity - in the secondary market for Ausnet Bonds;
• Interest rate risks – bondholders may suffer unforeseen losses due to fluctuations in interest rates;
• Regulatory risks - The energy industry in Australia is highly regulated, which can limit AusNet’s flexibility and may adversely affect its financial performance;
• Litigation risks - Risks relating to litigation and regulatory actions; 
• Operational risks - Network failures, equipment breakdowns, planned or unplanned outages, bushfires and other natural disasters may cause losses to or harm the AusNet’s business and reputation;  
• Default risk - if an event of default occurs under the Bonds, or Ausnet fails to perform any obligation in relation to the Bonds, such event or failure may impact on the value of an investment in the Bonds, the transferability of the Bonds and the ability of a holder to recover amounts due under the Bonds. In assessing potential default risk, a bondholder should consider the periodic and continuous disclosures made by the Issuer;
• Early Redemption Risk – in certain circumstances the bonds may be redeemed early.

Key Benefits

Key benefits include:

  • approximately 8.9 years remaining until Maturity Date;
  • interest paid semi-annually in arrears;
  • interest paid as 100% cash;
  • interest is not deferrable nor are interest payments discretionary;
  • rank equally with all other senior and unsecured creditors of the Issuer.

Negative Pledge

The Issuer and the Guarantors agree not to create any Lien or allow one to exist on the whole or any part of its present or future property to secure any Capital Markets

Indebtedness or any guarantee (or other assurance against financial loss) in respect of any Capital Markets Indebtedness without the approval of an Extraordinary Resolution of Holders unless, before or at the same time, the Issuer’s obligations under the MTNs either:

(a) are secured equally and ratably; or

(b) have the benefit of any other Lien approved by an Extraordinary Resolution of Holders.

Events of Default

Events of Default include:

  • Failure to Pay: Applicable with a 3 day cure period for non-payment of Principal and a 5 day cure period for non-payment of Interest;
  • Breach of other obligations: Applicable, with a 30 day cure period;
  • Insolvency: Applicable;
  • Cross default: Applicable with Threshold Amount of A$30,000,000;
  • Enforcement: Applicable with Threshold Amount of A$20,000,000;
  • Unenforceability: Applicable, with a 30 day cure period.

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