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Westpac Capital Notes 10

On 18 December 2023 Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) completed the offer of  Westpac Capital Notes 10 (Notes) (Offer). 17.5 million Notes were issued at $100 each, raising $1.75 billion.

 

About Westpac Capital Notes 10

The Notes

The Notes are fully paid, convertible, transferrable, redeemable, subordinated, perpetual, unsecured notes issued by Westpac, and are expected to provide investors with fully franked, floating rate, non-cumulative distributions paid quarterly.

The Notes qualify as Additional Tier 1 Capital under APRA’s capital adequacy framework. 

The Offer

The Offer comprised:

  • a Reinvestment Offer: to clients of the Syndicate Brokers, and Institutional Investors, who are Eligible WCN 6 Holders wishing to reinvest all or some of their WCN 6 in Notes; and 
  • a New Money Offer: to eligible clients of the Syndicate Brokers, and Institutional Investors, wishing to make a new investment in Notes.

For more information

Details of the Notes and the Offer are set out in the Prospectus.

Access the Westpac Capital Notes 10 Prospectus (PDF 1MB), lodged 28 November 2023.

Target Market Determination

A Target Market Determination (TMD) was prepared for the Notes, which describes the class of retail investors to whom the Notes were targeted (described as the Target Market), and conditions around how the Notes were distributed to help ensure that retail investors were, or were reasonably likely to be, within the Target Market.

Access the historical Target Market Determination, relating to Westpac Capital Notes 10, (PDF 57KB) lodged 20 November 2023.

Distributions on Westpac Capital Notes 10 

The Notes are expected pay fully franked, non-cumulative floating rate Distributions quarterly in arrear (subject to the Distribution Payment Conditions, which include that payment of Distributions are within the absolute discretion of Westpac).

Distributions are expected to be paid on 22 March, 22 June, 22 September and 22 December of each year (commencing on 22 March 2024), until the Notes are Converted or Redeemed.

The Distribution Rate is a floating rate and will generally be set on the first Business Day of each Distribution Period using the following formula:

Distribution Rate = (3 month BBSW Rate + Margin) x (1 – Tax Rate)

The Distribution Rate will vary each quarter based on changes in the 3 month BBSW Rate.

The Margin is 3.10% per annum and will not change.

Upcoming payment and record dates

Distribution payment date  Relevant record date  Ex-distribution date 
22 March 2024 14 March 2024 13 March 2024

Distribution payment history 

Distribution payment
date 
Distribution rate per
annum
Cash amount of
Distribution per
Westpac Capital Notes 10 
Number of days in the
Distribution period
22 March 2024 5.2238%1 $1.35961 95

1. Expected amount / rate

Key dates for Westpac Capital Notes 10 

Record Date for first Distribution  14 March 2024
First Distribution Payment Date2,3 22 March 2024
Option for Westpac to Convert4, Redeem5 or Transfer the Notes 22 September 2031
22 December 2031
22 March 2032
22 June 2032
Scheduled Conversion Date6 22 June 2034

2. Distributions are payable quarterly, subject to satisfaction of the Distribution Payment Conditions – see Section 2.1.9 of the Prospectus.

3. You should note that the first Distribution Period is a longer period of 95 days and other Distribution Periods will otherwise generally be 90 to 92 days.

4. Subject to satisfaction of the Optional Conversion Restriction – see Section 2.4.2 of the Prospectus.

5. The Redemption of the Notes is subject to APRA’s prior written approval. There can be no certainty that APRA will provide its prior written approval for any such Redemption – see Section 6.1.2 of the Prospectus. Any Redemption of the Notes does not imply or indicate that Westpac will in the future exercise any right it may have to redeem any other outstanding regulatory capital instruments issued by Westpac. Any such future redemption would also be subject to APRA’s prior written approval (which may or may not be given).

6. Conversion of the Notes to Ordinary Shares on this date is subject to satisfaction of the Scheduled Conversion Conditions – see Section 2.2.3 of the Prospectus.

Announcements

Westpac lodged the Westpac Capital Notes 10 Offer Announcement on the ASX. The announcement summarises the Offer, including the eligibility requirements, how to apply and the important dates, as well as the key features of the Notes.

Access the Westpac Capital Notes 10 Offer Announcement (PDF 128KB), lodged 20 November 2023.

Westpac sent a letter and transfer notice to WCN 6 holders outlining the Reinvestment Offer, including how to participate, and the transfer of Participating WCN 6 to a Nominated Party to facilitate the reinvestment. The letter and transfer notice were also lodged on the ASX.

Access the Letter to Westpac Capital Notes 6 holders and Transfer Notice (PDF 115KB), lodged 20 November 2023. 

Westpac announced the Margin and an increase in the Offer size in the Bookbuild completion Announcement. 

Access the completion of Bookbuild Announcement (PDF 67KB), lodged 22 November 2023.

Westpac announced the number of the Notes issued, basis of allocation and first Distribution in the Issue completion Announcement.

Access the issue completion Announcement (PDF 147KB), lodged 18 December 2023. 

Notes Deed Poll

A Notes Deed Poll has been made by Westpac in favour of Holders. The Notes Deed Poll contains the agreement of Westpac to observe its obligations as set out in the Notes Terms, an obligation to Westpac to appoint the Registrar and procure the Registrar to establish and maintain the Notes Register, and provisions for meetings of Holders.

Notes Deed Poll, relating to Westpac Capital Notes 10 (PDF 881KB), dated 27 November 2023. 

Refer to Section 2.8.6 of the Prospectus for more information regarding the Notes Deed Poll.

ATO Class Ruling 

On 29 January 2024, the Australian Taxation Office issued a Class Ruling, which confirms the Australian tax consequences for certain Holders of Westpac Capital Notes 10. You can view a copy of the Class Ruling here  (PDF 320KB)

Guidance for retail investors

ASIC Guidance

Further guidance on investing in bank hybrid securities can be found on ASIC’s MoneySmart website. The guidance includes a series of questions you should ask before you invest in hybrid securities to check your understanding of how hybrids work, their features and risks.

Westpac’s Guide to Bank Hybrids

Westpac’s Guide to Bank Hybrids is a web-based guide that may help investors understand some of the typical features and risks associated with an investment in bank hybrid securities.

The Guide to Bank Hybrids may be helpful when you are considering an investment in the Notes.

The Prospectus does not provide investment advice

This website and information in the Prospectus is not investment advice and has been prepared without taking into account your investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs (including financial and taxation considerations) as an investor. In making any investment decisions with respect to the Notes, you should read the Prospectus in its entirety (including the investment risks in Sections 1.5 and 6). 

ASIC has published guidance on how to choose a financial adviser on its MoneySmart website at https://moneysmart.gov.au/financial-advice/choosing-a-financial-adviser Please be aware that consultation with a financial adviser will likely incur fees and costs and may take time to complete.

More Information

  •  Speak to your Syndicate Broker.
  • Read the Prospectus.
  • Call the Westpac Capital Notes 10 Information Line (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 7.30pm, Sydney time) on 1800 176 125 (free call within Australia) and +61 1800 176 125 (from outside Australia).

Unless otherwise defined, capitalised words used on this website have the same meaning as those in the Prospectus. 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions (PDF 97KB)

CAUTION - Westpac Capital Notes 10 are not deposit liabilities of Westpac, are riskier than bank deposits and may not be suitable for some investors. Their complexity may make them difficult to understand and the risks associated with the Notes could result in the loss of all of your investment. If you do not fully understand how they work or the risks associated with them, you should obtain professional advice.

The Notes are not deposit liabilities or protected accounts of Westpac for the purposes of the Banking Act or the Financial Claims Scheme and are not subject to the depositor protection provisions of Australian banking legislation (including the Australian Government guarantee of certain bank deposits).

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, delivered or transferred in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, any US Person. Neither the Prospectus other materials relating to the Offer may be distributed in the United States.

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