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What we can offer

Global presence

Our global transport team provides on-the-ground support in Australia, New Zealand, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York and Singapore. With a majority of clients outside Australia, we offer a truly global perspective on a rapidly evolving international industry.

The 10th largest bank in the world by market capitalisation1, we were also ranked by Global Finance magazine in 2014 as one of the world’s 20 safest banks.  As a result, we offer the security of an AA rated partner your business can rely on for all your capital needs.

1 Global Banking Directory as at April 30, 2015 

Sector expertise

Our transport specialists offer deep industry experience spanning infrastructure, logistics, aviation and shipping. We have a strong record of specialised support for the transport sector. Over the last three years, we have been involved in 56 transactions raising more than $35bn for transport businesses in Australia and New Zealand alone.1

Working seamlessly with other specialists across the Commonwealth Bank group, our dedicated team combines wide-ranging expertise with a commitment to client service. In 2014, our transport team was recognised as the highest rated industry specialist team in any Australian bank, and ranked number one as Most Trusted Advisers.2

1 Syndicated loans, A$MTN, EMTN, 144A, USPP and ECM transactions by Australian / NZ issuers for last 3 years to 30 June 2014. Source: Bloomberg, Private Placements Monitor.

2 Peter Lee Associates, Relationship Banking Survey 2014. 

Our specialities

Structured asset finance

Securing optimal financing for high-cost assets is a business-critical activity for transport organisations. We specialise in tailored financing solutions structured to suit the unique requirements of your business, including operating leases, finance leases, hire purchase arrangements and secured asset loans.

Among the options we can offer are pre-delivery payment (PDP) financing for new assets and the sale and leaseback of existing assets. We can also offer Japanese Operating Leases (JOL or JOLCO) for aviation and shipping assets, along with alternative funding strategies for large ticket transport assets, including expert advice on capital raising options. Visit our Structured Asset Finance page for more detail.

Interest rate risk management

The significant capital investment required for many transport assets typically gives rise to substantial interest rate risk. We support our clients with a comprehensive range of risk management tools and hedging solutions, including:

  • Deep market insights to help you anticipate and manage emerging risks.
  • Swaps and forward rate agreements (FRAs), with an extensive range of tenors and reference rates.
  • Options, including caps, floors, barriers, swaptions, bond options and inflation linked products.
  • Money market instruments.
  • Tailored combinations and structured products.

Project Finance

Delivering tailored project finance solutions to fund transport infrastructure is one of the Bank's core competencies. We recognise the critical role world-class transport infrastructure plays in developing efficient, growing economies and were ranked as the number one transport infrastructure project finance bank globally (Infrastructure Journal – Project Finance league tables 2014). Our local knowledge and significant footprint in key markets allow us to support clients in Australia and offshore. We focus on four key sectors:

  • Airports
  • Landlord ports and terminals
  • Rail and rolling stock
  • Toll and availability-based roads.

Speak to a specialist transport banker