The term kangaroo bond refers to an indenture issued in Australia, in Australian dollars, by a foreign bank or corporation. Kangaroo bonds are issued when a corporation wishes to raise capital from investors located in Australia.
Foreign corporations that wish to raise funds in Australia have the option of issuing what are known as kangaroo bonds. These bonds are sold by non-domestic entities, including corporations, financial institutions and governments, and are issued in Australian dollars. This is typically done when the interest rates in Australia are low relative to the foreign corporation’s domestic rates, which lowers their overall interest expense.
Since the bond is issued in Australia’s domestic currency, investors located in Australia are also insulated from currency exchange rate risk. Foreign companies will typically issue these securities if they have plans to establish operations in Australia. These bonds are also attractive to investors wishing to geographically diversify their portfolios.
The kangaroo is an unofficial symbol of Australia. In addition to appearing on Australia’s coat of arms, it also appears on several of its currency.