Japan’s SMBC to launch ¥1 trillion balance sheet synthetic CLO

The bank is issuing ¥40 billion of floating-rate credit-linked notes due in November 2004 and ¥63 billion of senior credit default swaps rated Aaa. The transaction is referenced on ¥1 trillion of loans extended by SMBC to small and medium-sized companies. The senior credit swap is rated Aaa by Moody’s Investors Service, while the ¥20 billion of Class B notes are rated A2 and the ¥20 billion of Class C notes are rated Baa3.

The name of the special purpose vehicle, the super senior credit default swap tranch and the equity portion were not disclosed, but officials familiar with the transaction said the structure is very similar to SMBC’s Proton deal that closed in December.

The latest transaction is being arranged by Goldman Sachs, which also arranged the Proton deal with Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe, although Goldman Sachs didn’t confirm the mandate.

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