1 During the year, the Trust restructured its debt facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. In March 2021 the Trust issued a new fixed term seven-year bond of $100 million which matures in March 2028. The funds from this bond issue were used to repay the $100 million debt facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation which was due to expire in May 2024. The debt facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation was restructured and replaced with a $110 million five-year forward start cash advance term facility, with an effective start date in March 2022, with drawdown likely in April 2022. This restructured facility has been established to repay the $110 million fixed term five-year corporate bond that matures in May 2022
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BWP Trust has revolving cash advance facilities for varying amounts with its long term relationship banks. Whilst these facilities have fixed maturity dates, for two of the three current facilities, the terms of these facilities allow for the maturity period to be extended by a further year each year subject to the amended terms and conditions being accepted by both parties. The pricing on the continuing facilities is generally reset to current market levels on an annual basis.
The Trust undertakes interest rate hedging to manage its exposure to the adverse effects on its finances from fluctuations in interest rates. The objective of implementing interest rate hedging is to:
by converting the variable interest rates applying to a portion of borrowings into fixed interest rates.
Subject to amendment from time to time, the Board has set the following targets for managing interest rate hedging:
Details of the Trust's current interest rate hedging profile can be found in the most recent annual report.
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