The National Australia Bank Ltd [ASX:NAB] share price is up 1.84% today after announcing it’s looking to raise $750 million through NAB Capital Notes 5.
What are Capital Notes 5?
In the bank’s words:
‘They are convertible, subordinated notes that are scheduled to pay quarterly, floating rate non-cumulative Distributions in cash subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Those Distributions are expected to be franked at the same rate as dividends paid on Ordinary Shares. The Distribution Rate is equal to the sum of the Bank Bill Rate plus a Margin (expected to be in the range of 3.50% to 3.70%), adjusted for NAB’s Tax Rate.’
The notes qualify as additional tier 1 capital NAB once issued. NAB is looking to use the money for general corporate purposes.
Along with the announcement, NAB released a prospectus and the offer closes on 11 December 2020 at 5pm.
NAB also took the chance to announce their annual general meeting will be on 18 December.
Unemployment has increased to 6.9% from 5.1% at the beginning of the year. Roy Morgan on the other hand estimates unemployment is higher at 12.9%.
This is even with JobKeeper and JobSeeker in place.
What could happen next?
Australian banks are very exposed to housing, with 60% of their loan totals made up of home mortgages.
Much of the growth we’ve seen in recent years in property has come from immigration and population growth, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. The challenge is what could happen next to property with virtually no immigration.
SGS Economics and Planning for example, forecasts greater Sydney population will increase by just 500 in the 12 months to June. This is a stark difference to the 92,500 increase they were forecasting in 2021 before the pandemic hit.
At time of writing, NAB’s share price is trading at $21.59, up from yesterday’s close at $21.20. But shares are trading 22% lower than in February.
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