BNS initially filed its registration statement for its legislative covered bond program on Form F-3 with the SEC on May 31, 2013. That registration was declared effective on September 9, 2013. However, BNS did not file a prospectus under the registration statement with the SEC until today, August 20, 2014. In the interim, BNS filed a prospectus with the UKLA and offered covered bonds in Europe on March 26, 2014. Now, with the filing of a prospectus with the SEC, BNS is ready to offer covered bonds in the U.S.
Year to date, the U.S. covered bond market has been very quiet. Only two issuers have brought bonds to market for a total of $3 billion: Westpac Banking Corp. on May 14 and Commonwealth Bank of Australia on June 14, both privately placed offerings. So far, no registered covered bonds have been issued in the U.S. in 2014.