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    LEWIS SECURITIES LTD
    ACN 002 928 985 ABN 46 002 928 985
    FIXED INTEREST NEWSLETTER
    VOL 12 NO 12 Issue # 144 12th December 2002
    Level 13, 15 Bent St, Sydney GPO Box 7014, Sydney 2001
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    BOND LOSSES TRIGGER FINANCIAL SECTOR INSTABILITY
    Over the last year there have been some spectacular collapses of large companies that
    issued debt that most likely will never be repaid. These companies include Worldcom and
    Enron. Many other corporate issues have been relegated to junk bond status. We have read
    reports that $180 billion has been lost but we cannot recall whether this was $US or $A. These
    bonds would have been owned by banks, general insurers, life insurers, pension funds and the
    general public. Pension funds and the public would just record negative performance for the
    period but the other types of investor have lost capital, estimated to be at least $A100 billion.
    Whilst general insurers can lift premiums relatively easily to recover their lost capital as
    they have done to recover WTC 911 and liability claims it is much harder for banks and life
    insurers to replace capital without new capital raisings. Many companies have simply not
    reported exposures to these bond losses but eventually, over the next 2 to 3 years, they will
    become known. Abbey National in the UK recently reported a trading loss blaming exposure to
    Enron. Australian banks, due to their domestic focus, have largely been unhurt by these bond
    losses. Shares in life insurers throughout the world have been under pressure with solvency
    margins being hit after stockmarket and bond losses. US and UK life insurers have been
    particularly under pressure. Pearl Assurance has been struggling and AMP recently raised $1
    billion in Australia to restore Pearl’s solvency. We do not recall any statement by Pearl as to
    capital losses from failed companies over the last year.
    Our conclusion is that it will take some years for these events to wear themselves
    throughout the financial system and that shares in financial sector companies will be volatile
    until the capital has been replaced or restored. The losses referred to above do not include noncurrent
    finance leases on the majority of the world’s airplanes that are grounded with the falloff
    in flying. The number of dormant and non-serviced airplanes is likely to increase with the
    bankruptcy of United Airlines this week in USA.
    BOOM AND BUST IN HYBRIDS
    A sure sign of an impending bust in a market occurs when investors scramble to
    complete prospectuses without reading “the bit” between the front cover and the application
    form. We are seeing a small bull run in local hybrids and high yield securities being rushed by
    traders and speculators as well as uninformed investors. We try to read the prospectuses
    however note that very few other brokers appear to, otherwise they probably would not be
    recommending them. Most brokers and investors did not know that AMP Ltd cannot legally
    issue preference shares yet and that $1.0 billion was actually lent to a trust managed by an
    AMP subsidiary. Few seem to have read the Westpac prospectus, which is likely to breach a tax
    default provision. An amazing number of brokers and clients were mesmerised by the 10.25%
    offered by NexusBonds last month without reading what they were buying. A basic rule of
    lending money safely is that you lend money to the parent company or a subsidiary that
    has parent company guarantees. Anything less is fraught with danger. We are also amazed
    that virtually none of the recent hybrid or convertibles issued has a cumulative dividend policy.
    WESTPAC “FIRSTS”
    Westpac Funds Management Ltd as responsible entity of the Westpac First Trust has
    issued $600m (+$100m oversubscriptions) of Westpac “FIRsTS”. Most of the issue has gone to
    brokers’ clients and Westpac shareholders. All of the proceeds will ultimately be invested in
    Convertible Debentures issued by Westpac New Zealand. Unfranked distributions will be paid
    quarterly and will be set at 1.50% over the five-year swap rate to be set on 19/12/02. This is
    expected to be in the 6.75-7.00% range. The first rollover date is 31st December 2007 and
    repayment then (in cash, subject to APRA approval) is expected. Investors should refer to the
    offer document which believe is extremely complicated. Despite the complications we believe
    that this looks good when thought of as a second-ranking debenture for 5 years from a major
    bank.
    HIGHLIGHTS
    MARKET interest rates on longer securities have been range trading but heading lower
    reflecting overseas bond trends. Markets have gyrated with volatile sharemarkets following bad
    earnings and poor banking outlook.
    US Fed and RBA leave official rates unchanged.
    INFLATION in US remains benign due to low economic activity. Prospective inflation in
    security, travel and energy costs continue to cause concern.
    OIL prices have traded around $28 due to Mid-East fears, potential war against Iraq and low
    stockpiles.
    AUSTRALIAN bond rates are around 2.0% higher than US bonds for 5 year and 1.5% for
    longer maturities. Corporate spreads continue to be volatile with US financial borrowers under
    pressure.
    STATISTICS point to strong Australian economy however the drought will have a large
    impact.
    US long bond rates have been volatile and inversely correlated to NASDAQ and stockmarket
    moves.
    $A has been stable against the $US and trading between 55.8 and 56.5 cents.
    STATISTICS
    GDP: +0.9% Sep Q, +3.7% YoY
    Unempl’t: 6.0% Oct (6.2% Sep)
    Jobs: +15,800 Oct (-30,700 Sep)
    Part Rate: 63.4% Oct (63.5% Sep)
    Trade Balance: $-926m Oct ($-955m Sep)
    ANZ Jobs: -2.6% Nov
    Building Approvals: +25.3% Oct, +16.7% YoY
    Retail Sales: -0.3% Oct, +6.1% YoY
    New Autos: -0.4% Oct, +9.5% YoY
    SECURITIES AVAILABLE AS OF 12TH DECEMBER 2002
    ISSUER COUPON MATURITY FACE G’TEE INT RATING YIELD @
    % DATE VALUE* BY FREQ 12.11.02
    BONDS
    CGL 9.00 15/9/04 quantity Aust HY AAA 4.50
    CGL 7.50 15/7/05 quantity Aust HY AAA 4.55
    CGL 6.75 15/11/06 quantity Aust HY AAA 4.70
    CGL 8.75 15/8/08 quantity Aust HY AAA 4.95
    CGL 7.50 15/9/09 quantity Aust HY AAA 5.05
    CGL 5.75 15/6/11 quantity Aust HY AAA 5.15
    CGL 6.50 15/5/13 quantity Aust HY AAA 5.25
    CGL 6.00 15/4/15 quantity Aust HY AAA 5.35
    SEMIS & BANKS
    CBA (Col State) 5.50 15/11/03 590,000 - HY AA- 4.80
    NSWTC 7.00 1/4/04 quantity NSW HY AAA 4.50
    QTC 6.50 14/6/05 quantity Qld HY AAA 4.70
    NSWTC 6.50 1/5/06 quantity NSW HY AAA 4.85
    Bank of Qld 5.60 16/3/06 250,000 - Q BBB 5.40
    Telstra 12.00 15/5/06 quantity - HY A+ 5.20
    QTC 8.00 14/9/07 quantity Qld HY AAA 5.00
    NSWTC 8.00 1/3/08 quantity NSW HY AAA 5.10
    QTC 6.00 14/7/09 quantity Qld HY AAA 5.20
    Adelaide Bank 6.60 15/7/10 62,000 - Q BBB 5.75
    TC Victoria 5.50 15/9/10 quantity Vic HY AAA 5.30
    TC Victoria 6.25 15/10/12 quantity Vic HY AAA 5.45
    QTC 6.50 15/5/13 quantity Qld HY AAA 5.45
    DEBENTURES
    Esanda 5.50 29/1/04 25,000 - A AA- 5.00
    Esanda 7.20 8/2/04 13,000 - A AA- 5.10
    Esanda 5.60 13/7/04 25,000 - A AA- 5.00
    TelEurope Ltd 12.00 31/07/04 50,000 - Q unr 11.75
    Qld Invest Bonds 6.60 10/12/04 250,000 - HY A- 5.00
    Esanda 5.75 30/8/05 500,000 - HY AA- 5.20
    CBFC 6.45 19/12/05 720,000 - HY AA- 5.20
    NOTES
    Crown Casino 9.50 15/8/05 quantity - HY unr 6.75
    Coles Myer Conv 6.50 30/11/05 quantity - HY unr 4.40 + frcr = 7.00
    St George Conv 6.36 20/2/06 quantity - HY unr 4.15 + frcr = 7.00
    Amcor Conv 8.57 30/4/06 quantity - HY unr 6.50
    Santos Conv 6.57 30/9/06 quantity - HY unr 5.10 + frcr = 7.90
    IAG Conv 5.80 30/9/06 quantity - HY unr 5.40 + frcr = 7.90
    Computershare Conv 5.50 30/11/06 quantity - HY unr 8.50 + frcr = 10.95
    Fairfax Conv 6.65 12/12/06 quantity - HY unr 4.65 + frcr = 7.10
    Macq Park St Trust 7.25 31/12/06 quantity - Q unr 6.70 (tax advantaged)
    Automotive Parts 10.00 15/4/07 quantity - Q unr 9.10
    Jupiters Ltd 8.15 9/4/07 quantity - HY unr 7.90
    Macquarie Goodman 7.50 30/6/07 quantity - Q unr 6.40 (tax advantaged)
    AMP prefs 8.62 24/10/07 quantity - HY unr 8.25
    Seven prefs 6.60 30/11/07 quantity - HY unr 6.70% + frcr = 9.65
    Futuris 7.00 31/12/07 quantity - HY unr 9.35
    * In most cases Lewis Securities Ltd will be able to split holdings and provide smaller quantities.
    Yields quoted including franking credits are estimates only and rely upon certain assumptions.
    We can usually provide large or smaller quantities of “hot” bonds and semis.
    Yields quoted on listed hybrids are subject to availability and certain assumptions including the
    ability to receive franking credits.
    DISCLOSURE In order to comply with sections of the Corporation Law, we wish to state that the Directors and staff of Lewis
    Securities Limited may have an interest in the above securities and may earn brokerages on the recommendations. We believe
    that the advice and information contained herein are accurate and reliable, but no warranty of accuracy and reliability is given and
    no responsibility arising in any other way for errors and omissions (including responsibility to any person by reason of neglig ence)
    is accepted by the company. As it is not possible to take into account each client’s individual circumstances, before acting on the
    recommendations contain in this report clients must determine the appropriateness of a particular recommendation in the light of
    their investment objectives and financial situation.
    AUSTRALIAN THREE & TEN YEAR BOND FUTURES
    INTERNATIONAL YIELD CURVES – AUST, WATC, US & EURO
    HISTORIC SPREADS – AUSTRALIA vs US 10YR BONDS
    AUST 10YR BOND FUTS vs US 10 YR BOND FUTS
    0.000
    0.200
    0.400
    0.600
    0.800
    1.000
    1.200
    1.400
    1.600
    1.800
    2.000
    15/02/01 30/04/01 13/07/01 25/09/01 08/12/01 20/02/02 05/05/02 18/07/02 30/09/02 13/12/02
    SPREAD
    4.000
    4.500
    5.000
    5.500
    6.000
    6.500
    16/7/01 5/9/01 26/10/01 16/12/01 5/2/02 28/3/02 18/5/02 8/7/02 28/8/02 18/10/02 8/12/02
    AUST 10 YR BOND FUTS AUST 3 YR BOND FUTS
    YIELD CURVES
    1.000
    1.500
    2.000
    2.500
    3.000
    3.500
    4.000
    4.500
    5.000
    5.500
    6.000
    6.500
    7.000
    3M 6M 1Y 2Y 3Y 4Y 5Y 6Y 7Y 8Y 9Y 10Y 15Y 20Y 30Y
    Aust Govt Western Australia US Treasury Euro Benchmark
 
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