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File #: 2018-0595   
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/5/2018 In control: Finance, Budget and Audit Committee
On agenda: 11/14/2018 Final action:
Title: ADOPT a resolution, Attachment A, that: A. AUTHORIZES the negotiated bond sale and issuance of up to $650 million in aggregate principal amount of bonds (Proposition C Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, 2019) in one or more series, to finance capital projects and refinance outstanding commercial paper and revolving credit notes; B. APPROVES the forms of the supplemental trust agreement, continuing disclosure certificate, preliminary official statement and such other documents as required for the issuance of the bonds, and approves related documents on file with the Board Secretary as set forth in the resolution and all of which are subject to modification as set forth in the Resolution; C. APPROVES the form of the bond purchase contract on file with the Board Secretary, that will be entered into with the underwriters as listed in Attachment B hereto; and D. AUTHORIZES taking all action necessary to achieve the foregoing, including, without limitation, the further development and execution of...
Sponsors: Finance, Budget and Audit Committee
Indexes: Capital Project, Contracts, Debt, Policy, Proposition A, Proposition C, Request For Proposal, Resolution
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Authorizing Resolution, 2. Attachment B - Summary of Underwriter Selection, 3. Documents on File
Related files: 2018-0784
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FINANCE, BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

 

Subject

SUBJECT:                     PROPOSITION C BONDS

 

Action

ACTION:                     APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Heading

RECOMMENDATION

 

Title

ADOPT a resolution, Attachment A, that:

 

A.                     AUTHORIZES the negotiated bond sale and issuance of up to $650 million in aggregate principal amount of bonds (Proposition C Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, 2019) in one or more series, to finance capital projects and refinance outstanding commercial paper and revolving credit notes;

 

B.                     APPROVES the forms of the supplemental trust agreement, continuing disclosure certificate, preliminary official statement and such other documents as required for the issuance of the bonds, and approves related documents on file with the Board Secretary as set forth in the resolution and all of which are subject to modification as set forth in the Resolution;

 

C.                     APPROVES the form of the bond purchase contract on file with the Board Secretary, that will be entered into with the underwriters as listed in Attachment B hereto; and

 

D.                     AUTHORIZES taking all action necessary to achieve the foregoing, including, without limitation, the further development and execution of the bond purchase contract and bond documentation associated with the issuance of the 2019 Prop C bonds.

 

(REQUIRES SEPARATE, SIMPLE MAJORITY BOARD VOTE)

Issue

ISSUE

 

The Debt Policy provides guidelines for new money financings that may be long-term or short-term. Prop C new money bond issues are permitted to provide funding for eligible expenditures on highway, commuter rail, bus and rail capital projects.

 

Background

BACKGROUND

 

The 2019 Prop C Bonds, with a par amount not to exceed $650 million of fixed rate bonds, will fund or reimburse LACMTA for Prop C eligible capital projects and expenditures and refinance commercial paper, the proceeds of which financed such costs. We need to obtain the funds for ongoing and planned transportation capital projects and lock in current interest rates.

 

Discussion

DISCUSSION

 

In accordance with the Debt Policy, the negotiated sale method is recommended for this sale of the 2019 Prop C bonds due to its relatively large size.  The underwriter’s sales force will take the lead to address any investor concerns about the transaction.  The underwriters will pre-market the issue, assist with the rating process, advise on timing for pricing the bonds and purchase the bonds under the terms set forth in the bond purchase contract. A negotiated sale allows Metro to further its DBE/SBE/DVBE firm participation goals as well.  A significant portion of the 2019 Prop C Bonds are expected to be certified as Green Bonds, meaning the financed projects have positive environmental and/or climate benefits and meet the requirements under the Climate Bonds Initiative for low carbon assets and infrastructure. In addition, a negotiated sale gives us the ability to access alternate investor groups dedicated to purchasing bonds that are certified as Green.

 

Consistent with our Debt Policy, in order to select underwriters for this transaction, a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) was conducted by PFM Financial Advisors LLC, Metro’s General Financial Advisor for debt related matters.  RFPs were distributed to the 12 firms in Metro’s Underwriter Pool, approved by the Board in October 2015.  Treasury staff and our transaction financial advisor, Public Resources Advisory Group, reviewed the proposals, evaluating them based on the criteria listed in the RFP.  Staff is recommending a team of underwriters led by Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. who ranked highest in the selection process.  The additional underwriting team members are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Drexel Hamilton LLC, and Ramirez & Co., Inc.   Attachment B sets forth the “take down” the underwriters will receive as consideration for underwriting the transaction, and the percentage of bonds for which each firm will be liable.  If any of the selected underwriters decide not to participate in the transaction, their liability percentage of bonds will be distributed amongst the remaining underwriter team members.

 

Determination_Of_Safety_Impact

DETERMINATION OF SAFETY IMPACT

 

Approval of this report will not impact the safety of Metro’s patrons or employees.

 

Financial_Impact

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The costs of issuance for the 2019 Prop C Bonds will be paid from proceeds of the financing and will be budget neutral. Funding for the new money bond principal and interest expense for this financing will be included in future budgets as follows: bond principal, account 51101 and bond interest, account 51121.

 

Implementation_of_Strategic_Plan_Goals

IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS

 

Recommendation supports the following Metro Strategic Plan Goal(s):

 

Goal #5:                      Provide responsive, accountable, and trustworthy governance within the Metro organization.

 

Alternatives_Considered

ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

 

Authorization of the sale and the appointment of the underwriters could be delayed.  We do not recommend delay as the Federal Reserve Bank actions and other market, economic and geopolitical actions may push interest rates higher thus making it more expensive to complete projects or refinance commercial paper and revolving credit notes, the proceeds of which were used to pay Project expenses.

 

Next_Steps

NEXT STEPS

 

                     Verification of Green Bond projects

                     Obtain ratings on the bonds

                     Complete legal documentation and distribute the preliminary official statement to potential investors and initiate the pre-marketing effort

                     Negotiate the sale of the bonds with the underwriters

 

Attachments

ATTACHMENTS

 

Attachment A - Authorizing Resolution

Attachment B - Summary of Underwriter Selection

 

Prepared_by

Prepared by:                      Donna R. Mills, Treasurer, (213) 922-4047
                     LuAnne Edwards Schurtz, DEO, Finance, (213) 922-2554

                                          Danny Ray Jasper, Jr., Debt Manager, (213) 922-4026

 

Reviewed_By

Reviewed by:                      Nalini Ahuja, Chief Financial Officer, (213) 922-3088