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In 1985, with the assistance of the Indiana General Assembly, the City of Indianapolis established the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, the first municipal bond bank in the country. The Bond Bank is a municipal corporation that serves as the debt issuance and management arm of the City of Indianapolis and related “Qualified Entities.” These entities include special taxing districts, political subdivisions, and building/leasing authorities. Since its inception, the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank has issued nearly $13 billion in bonds and notes on behalf of various Qualified Entities of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.
The Bond Bank’s structure allows for the centralized management and supervision of all debt issued by governmental entities throughout Marion County. By coordinating all locally-issued debt, including general obligation and revenue bonds, the Bond Bank provides leadership and guidance through the capital markets and the sale of municipal bonds and other debt instruments. For example, the Bond Bank coordinates the timing of all city and Qualified Entity bond sales. The Bond Bank also maintains relationships and regular communications with representatives from the national credit rating agencies and assists with securing ratings when necessary and providing frequent updates to the agencies on the City’s economy, employment figures, major developments, and the annual budget and audit process. The Bond Bank actively monitors local and national bond markets, as well as financial and economic trends that impact bond issuance structures, timing, and interest rates.
With the assistance of the professionals employed by the various Qualified Entities, the Bond Bank also prepares documents related to bond issuances, manages trustee banks and the collection and disbursement of bond proceeds. The Bond Bank is also primarily responsible for investor outreach and communication, including obligations under continuing disclosure agreements. By centralizing the management of all debt issued by local government entities, the debt management process is simplified and the Bond Bank can provide organization, structure, and consistency to investors interested in purchasing securities issued by Indianapolis entities.
Fitch Affirms Indianapolis Local PIB Bond Bank, IN GOs at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings - New York - 28 January 2020:
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings of the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Indiana bonds:
--$111 million ad valorem special benefits tax bonds at 'AAA';
--$32 million unlimited tax general obligation (ULTGO) bonds at 'AAA';
--$300 million downtown tax increment financing (TIF) revenue bonds, series 2014A, 2014B, 2013F,
2009B, and 1999E at 'AA';
--$8 million Fall Creek TIF bonds, 2014C at 'AA-'.
Fitch also affirms the City of Indianapolis Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AAA'.
The Rating Outlook is Stable.
The bond bank is the winner in the Midwest for its $625 million issuance of bonds secured by lease rental payments for its Community Justice Campus.
November 01 2019, 9:50am EDT- The Bond Buyer Friday announced the recipients of its annual Deal of the Year awards, marking the 18th year that it has recognized outstanding achievement in municipal finance.
This year, The Bond Buyer increased to 10 the number of categories of deals eligible for awards. The 2019 awards, which considered deals that closed between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019, includes three new additions: ESG/Green, Public-Private Partnership (P3), and Innovation, the last of which replaces the Non-Traditional category, which has been retired.
All 10 award winners are also finalists for the national Deal of the Year Award, which will be announced at a Dec. 4 ceremony held at the Conrad New York Downtown in lower Manhattan. The winner will also be revealed at BondBuyer.com later that evening.
“This year’s lineup reflects the full range of communities and public purposes this market comprises,” said Mike Scarchilli, Editor in Chief of The Bond Buyer. “The deals honored vary in size, complexity and structure -- as were the nominations we received, which were deeper and more diverse than ever.”
The Bond Buyer’s editorial board considered a range of factors when judging entries, including: creativity, the ability to pull a complex transaction together under challenging conditions, the ability to serve as a model for other financings, and the public purpose for which a deal’s proceeds were used.
For the ninth year, the Deal of the Year gala will also include the presentation of the Freda Johnson Award for Trailblazing Women in Public Finance. This year marks the fifth in which the organization is honoring two public finance professionals; one from the public sector and one from the private. The 2019 honorees are public finance professional Ritta McLaughlin, most recently the MSRB's Chief Education Officer, and Courtney Shea, owner and managing member of Columbia Capital Management LLC.
Here are the 2019 Deal of the Year award winners:
The first recipient of the Innovative award is the Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas’ nearly $1.2 billion taxable refinancing. DFW’s plan to discontinue issuing alternative minimum tax bonds and focus entirely on taxable debt resulted in the largest ever taxable airport deal and international orders totaling 39% of the deal size.
The inaugural winner in the ESG/Green category is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $545 million offering of Proposition C sales tax revenue bonds, which included $418.5 million second-party-verified green bonds. The transportation issuance was the second largest green deal in 2019, and the second largest green offering in California history.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FINANCING
The first-ever honoree in the P3 category is the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority’s $262 million offering to fund its Fredericksburg Extension project. The deal, a partnership between the authority and 95 Express Lanes LLC, will help finance the development, design, construction, maintenance and operation of a 10-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes.
HEALTH CARE FINANCING
The Health Care winner is the $6.5 billion CommonSpirit Health financing, the largest ever by a not-for-profit health system. The financing consisted of both a complex debt restructuring of nearly 50 series of debt and new money reimbursement. It generated the largest order book for a municipal not-for-profit transaction, with $40 billion in orders.
SMALL ISSUER FINANCING
The Vermont Municipal Bond Bank is the Small Issuer honoree for its $31.5 million issuance of Local Investment Bonds. The designation serves a two-fold purpose: raising awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the projects the Bond Bank funds, and making access to those investments more widely available through $1,000 denominations.
The Battery Park City Authority claimed the Northeast crown for its $673 million offering for resilience projects in a neighborhood devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The complex financing saw the authority issue variable-rate demand bonds and SIFMA floating-rate notes for the first time. The transaction also received a second-party sustainability bond designation.
The Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank is the winner in the Midwest for its $625 million issuance of bonds secured by lease rental payments for its Community Justice Campus. The design consolidates operations and replaces the current outdated, overcrowded, and unsafe facilities with three new, modernized buildings on a single campus.
The Southwest recipient is the City of Austin’s $464.5 million offering of taxable revenue bonds to fund its acquisition of a biomass-fired power plant for the city’s electric utility. The transaction created a clear path to eliminate an above-market power purchase agreement, a source of considerable cost and frustration for the city and Austin Energy.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida wins the Southeast for a $347.6 million refunding utilizing "Cinderella bonds," which employ a crossover taxable and tax-exempt convertible refunding bond structure. This creative approach allowed the issuer to solve a problem it otherwise couldn’t have after the elimination of tax-exempt advance refunding.
FAR WEST REGION
The San Diego Association of Governments’ $331 million capital grants receipts revenue bond sale is the honoree in the Far West. The first public market, stand-alone securitization of a federal full-funding grant agreement in nearly 20 years, the deal accelerated the completion of the city’s $2.2 billion Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project.
On September 23, 2019 the City County Council unanimously approved Special Ordinance No. 11 ( Proposal 338, 2019) approving the issuance of $15 million in G.O. Bonds for costs of financing the acquisition, construction, installation, and equipping of a fire training facility for the Indianapolis Fire Department, to be located just south of the Community Justice Campus. Since November 1980, IFD has been renting training space while training 30 classes and 1,005 recruits. 314 of those - 25 percent of sworn personnel - were hired since 2014. The proposed Fire Training Facility will include a two-story training building, a three-story Class A live burn structure, modernized durable fire training tower, flashover and backdraft training modules and apparatus vehicular EVOC course. The training facility G.O bonds utilize a public safety levy set to roll off in 2020 ensuring no levy increases to finance the project. The term of the bonds are 15 years.
On December 14, 2015 the City County Council adopted Resolution No. 50, 2015 which approved the issuance of $50 million in Stormwater Revenue Bonds. In 2016, the City of Indianapolis issued $50 million in short term notes to begin approved projects. This issuance was a planned long term take out of the short term debt. To take advantage of the market, on September 11, 2019 the Board of Public works approved Resolution No. 49, 2019 which approved additional projects to be included as uses of proceeds. The purpose of stormwater projects and improvements are to provide for the safe and efficient capture and conveyance of stormwater runoff, mitigate the damaging effect of stormwater runoff and address flooding and drainage problems. The 2019 issuance are the first Stormwater Revenue Bonds secured by a pledge of net revenues of the District, which includes Stormwater user fees imposed on the amount of impervious surface area on all residential and non-residential property in the District's service area based on the Based Billing Unit (BBU) system implemented in 2015. The credit was rated AAA by S&P.
On September 10th, 2018 City County Council unanimously approved the issuance of a maximum of $120 million in revenue bonds over the next three years. $40 million will be issued in 2019 for road, bridge, and sidewalk repairs. These bonds are secured by County Option Vehicle Taxes (wheel tax and excise surtax) and Gas Taxes (MVH and local roads and streets) revenues. No new taxes will be levied to secure these revenue bonds. On September 10th, 2018, Special Ordinance 14 (Proposal 18-326) received unanimous council approval and authorized the issuance of $120 million in revenue bonds. On September 9th, 2019 Fiscal Ordinance No. 18, 2019 (Proposal No. 315, 2019) was unanimously passed by the City County Council and endorsed the 2020-2023 Transportation Capital Plan. The bonds will fund projects such as curbs, sidewalks, ADA ramps, bridge rehab and replacement, and street rehab and replacement. The useful life of these projects are 30-50 years with the bond issuances having a 20-year max bond maturity.
In July of 2019, the Bond Bank issued $28.8 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance public infrastructure. The 2019C Series are backed by Consolidated TIF Allocation Area revenues. Covering 170 acres on the city’s near-Westside, the 16 Tech Technology District is designed and marketed to attract research firms, contract service providers, and high-tech companies in such industries as information technology, health information technology, motorsports, biotechnology, and clean energy. The master plan creates a vision for a district in which residents and workers can live, work, play, and learn in close proximity to downtown, the IUPUI campus and Indiana University School of Medicine. The 2019C Series will finance work for greenspace, walking and biking trails, a new bridge over Fall Creek, structured parking, roads and stormwater infrastructure.