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Credit Suisse on redeeming AT1 bond, and attempt at repaying debt

Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) has been the hotspot of controversy for a while now, it had chosen to reel investors in for a more expensive dollar bond just to reimburse a $1.5 billion capital-hiking distribution. A marginal number of investors deemed the act the right call to evade raising suspicions over its credibility in paying back debt.

Friday met us with an IFR pricing sheet which showed a review of the bank raising $1.65 billion at a remarkable 9.75% interest rate; an insider was amicable enough to confirm the genuinity of this information.

A contingent convertible bond (CoCo) was sold this week (similar to the one refinanced), it is supposedly called an Additional Tier 1 issue. CoCo is indeed a significantly volatile bond, as they are long-term in definition and allow the banks to compensate them after a settled amount of time.

Banks are known to redeem AT1 instruments at the earliest window available, as did the Deutsche bank redeemed 2 years ago, so it was expected that Credit Suisse would take the same road instead of issuing another bond at a more extensive price hike.

The new bond is prized for 9.75%, largely more than the 7.125% interest rate on the predecessor convertible bond. Other shareholders speculate that evading the choice of “calling” the bond may mean that the bank isn’t capable of being in a position to repay a debt if it tried to thrive under a thinkable situation.

AT1’s capital portfolio was made minimalistic as the bank redeemed such extraordinary instruments. In a hypothetical scenario where the capital plummeted below the desired limit, all AT1 bonds will be remodelled to go to their cause, as opposed to perhaps them being converted to equity, which was the case since the bond is redeemed now. However, since central banks are hiking up interest rates while glancing at a potential recession as well as looming inflation, borrowing rates are forecasted to surge before year-end.

The bank shares capped 2% up on Friday after the news. Meanwhile, rival and solidly built USB’ (UBSG.S) shares sunk in response.

The position is such that CS was crowned too frequently on the headlines for well around 18 months, and any more mishaps might leave them stranded, according to the portfolio manager belonging to TwentyFour Asset Management, Dillon Lancaster. He also predicted that if the original bond wasn’t redeemed, the coupon might have adjusted to perhaps 8.55%, leading to the fact that the new deal closed by the bank might have cost them a ballpark estimate of 120 basis points more than the previous one.

Conjured after the 2008 financial crisis that struck the U.S. economy, AT1 funds have a new purpose of cushioning a bank’s capital buffering and establishing that shareholders will be held accountable if a bank had any monetary disruptions instead of taxpayers. However, there is a choice of banks opting to not redeem a bond; in 2020 Deutsche bank put the market on fire when it decided to not call its valuable $1.25 billion AT1 bonds. There was another identical instance in 2019 by Santander (SAN.MC).

Credit Suisse has been on its toes recently, laying in tow is an army of scandals on profit dents, but this might be an opportune time to send a message to the market.

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