Municipality Finance (MuniFin) was selected as the issuer of the year for 2013 in the series of FX-linked products by Capital Market Daily (CMD). In addition, MuniFin was number two in the series of IR-linked products. CMD award winners were selected from among the issuers of medium term note (MTN) products.
The award is based on the opinions of various market parties, league table statistics and personal interviews with market operators. The award is granted annually, and dozens of issuers are nominated as recipient candidates.
Structured bond market is important from the point of view of managing the costs of funding, as the issues to the market are relatively large and their price level is attractive. Receiving the award further improves MuniFin’s name recognition in this market.
“This is a fine achievement for our entire organisation. The FX market requires extremely high professional skill, and there are only a few experts in the world,” says Esa Kallio, Executive Vice President, who leads the Capital Markets department in MuniFin.
“Success is based on seamless and smooth cooperation throughout our funding process with all market parties. The work also requires solid expertise throughout Munifin’s organisation,” continues Kallio.
In the past few years, MuniFin has become a desirable partner in the international loan market. The company is a very well-known and trusted operator, even though its total volume is at the low end of medium-sized issuers.
MuniFin gathers funds from global sources. The company’s largest sources of funding are Asia, Europe and America. In the past few years, the Japanese Uridashi market has been among the largest of the regional markets. Through it, Japanese individuals, among others, have been able to invest in the development of Finnish society.
In 2013, MuniFin carried out a total of 244 issues; the largest among them was the benchmark loan of USD 1.75 million implemented in April. This arrangement was the first benchmark issue of MuniFin also directed at investors in the United States.
Various structured loans represent the company’s special expertise. All issues are hedged with regard to both exchange rate changes and interest rate risks so that MuniFin does not carry any risks in funding operations.
“The company operates in a funding market that requires special expertise. Over the years this has become more important and currently MuniFin is the only issuer in Finland with diversified operations in the structured funding. As we are strong in this market, we can ensure the availability of financing for our customers over the long term. The success of our funding operations is also an important factor in the profitability of the company,” says Kallio.
The amount of the company’s annual funding in 2014 is approximately EUR 7 billion, but in 2013 it exceeded EUR 10 billion, due to the company’s own refinancing being higher than normal. This was an exceptional result for everyone involved.
Esa Kallio, Executive Vice President, Deputy to the CEO, tel. +358 50 337 7953 +358 50 337 7953
Pekka Averio, President and CEO, tel. +358 500 406 856 +358 500 406 856
Joakim Holmström, Vice President, Head of Funding, +358 50 4443 638