How We’re Different
North Slope has extensive experience serving public and private higher education clients. We work closely with the rating agencies (Moody’s, S&P and Fitch) on higher education financings nationwide. We stay abreast of changing market conditions, and new and innovative financing tools by advising on a steady flow of bond pricings, bank direct purchases, and derivative transactions. Recently, North Slope has advised on unique “financing firsts” for our clients, including inaugural commercial paper programs, convertible direct-purchase refunding loans, tax-exempt and taxable private placements, and delayed “drawdown” loans to refund bonds ineligible for tax-exempt advance refunding.
Where We Work
Cross Country Guides
We’ve serviced a variety of higher education clients across the US.
Notable Higher Education Clients
Of the higher education institutions referenced above, North Slope currently serves 23 higher education clients:
How We Add Value
North Slope believes a collaborative and consistent effort is crucial to maintaining regular and purposeful communication with the rating agencies before, during, and after any financing. North Slope has not only worked with issuers around the country to obtain first-time credit ratings, but we have also advocated for rating upgrades for our clients or, in some cases, worked with our clients to withdraw their rating from an agency. Since a credit rating is a public opinion on the creditworthiness of a borrower, North Slope undertakes a systematic and comprehensive approach to managing the rating process.
Meet with university leadership and finance professionals to understand institutional near-, medium- and long-term strategic and financial goals.
We start by understanding what our partners’ capital plan goals are, and our experience working with institutions across the county allows us to insightfully share best practices to reach institutional goals efficiently.
Complete a comprehensive evaluation of outstanding debt portfolio and financial condition including any loan agreements, bond series, swaps, and related covenants or restrictions.
Once we know what a partner’s goals are, we then turn our attention to understanding what their best financing strategy will be, and that starts with knowing an institutions financial strengths and limitations.
Help assemble a transaction’s financing team by running RFP processes as requested for bond counsel and underwriter.
Our streamlined RFP process saves valuable staff time and our strong connections to top firms ensures our partners can efficiently assemble a talented team to execute on any financing.
Collaboratively develop and execute a short-term and long-term rating agency strategy.
North Slope tracks rating agency methodology closely, monitoring it for any changes and we regularly refine our internally developed rating tool kit, which allows us to mimic the rating agency approach. After an initial credit evaluation using our internally developed tool kit, we then work with our partners to identify key opportunities for improvement. Finally, we work with our university partners to meet their long-term rating goals and have successfully helped XYZ universities achieve a ratings upgrade.
Guide the financing team comprised of the university leadership, bond counsel, and underwriter through a regular cadence of deliverables up, through, and beyond the closing of any financing.
As requested, we can captain the financing team from the early stages through the finish line of any given financing. We do this by establishing a timeline for each deal, holding regular meetings of the financing team, and ensuring deliverable deadlines are met. After a financing closes, we continue to track on any continuing disclosure requirements and watch the market for cost-saving refunding opportunities.
On the day of pricing, you can be assured that North Slope will drive best pricing execution because we have our fingers on the pulse of the market, the analytical tools in our repertoire, and industry leading experience to advocate for the best cost of capital for our clients.
Since our founding in 2008, North Slope has completed 150 higher education financings totaling more than $9 billion in par amount issued. We pride ourselves on becoming long-term collaborative partners with our clients as they execute on a strategic vision supported by an enduring capital plan.
Recent Higher Education Transactions
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