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Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Macquarie University, a college in Australia’s biggest city, plans to sell at least A$200 million ($180 million) of 10-year notes in its inaugural bond sale.

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. and Commonwealth Bank of Australia are managing the sale of notes that may be priced to yield about 170 basis points more than the swap rate, according to an e-mailed statement from Commonwealth Bank today.

Sydney’s Macquarie University received a first-time rating of Aa2 from Moody’s Investors Service in March. The college got the third-highest grade due to its “sound operating performance, positive liquidity level and strong market position” and because the Australian government would likely offer financial support in a “crisis situation,” Moody’s said at the time.

“It’s a high credit quality deal and gives us a bit of diversification,” said John Sorrell, Sydney-based head of credit with Tyndall Investment Management, which oversees A$14 billion of fixed-income assets. “It’s logical for them to use a different funding source rather than just borrowing from banks.”

The bond sale will be the first by a university in Australia since the University of Wollongong issued A$42.5 million of inflation-linked notes in 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McDonald in Sydney at smcdonald23@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will McSheehy at wmcsheehy@bloomberg.net.

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