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Ohio Public Facilities Commission

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State of Ohio General Obligation Bonds

Moody's
Aa1
S&P
AA+
Fitch
AA+

The Ohio Public Facilities Commission (OPFC) is a body corporate and politic constituting an agency and instrumentality of the state. It is comprised of six members, being the incumbents in the elective offices of Governor, Attorney General, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, and the OBM Director. The governor serves as the chair, the Treasurer of State as the treasurer and the Director of Budget and Management as the secretary of the Commission. Commission members may, at Commission meetings, act through their appointed designees. The OPFC acts as the issuer of the state general obligation debt authorized by the Ohio General Assembly that is backed by the general revenue fund.

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March 19, 2021

Press Release
Ohio Debt Refinancing Saves $46 Million

Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Director Kimberly Murnieks announced that the Ohio Public Facilities Commission (OPFC) in partnership with OBM’s Capital Markets Team completed the sale of $597 million of Common Schools and Higher Education bonds. 

The sale supports capital projects at K-12 schools, colleges and universities around Ohio. The transaction included a $148 million refinancing of debt issued in 2011 and 2013 and will produce $46 million of cash flow savings between fiscal years 2021 and 2033.

The sale priced with an all-in-interest rate of 2.02% and the State achieved attractive pricing as a result of its strong credit ratings (AA+/Aa1/AA+), sizable investor demand generating 5 times more orders than supply, and a low rate environment.

Bank of America Securities served as senior managing underwriter with Loop Capital Markets serving as co-senior manager. Acacia Financial Group, Inc provided Financial Advisory services.

“This spring deal accelerates our year of recovery, which allows for additional support to Ohio’s communities and economy. On behalf of Governor Mike DeWine, OPFC, and OBM, we have achieved measurable results in the marketplace,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks. 

Governor DeWine serves as Chairperson of the OPFC while the OBM Director serves as Secretary. Additional members include representatives from the Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, and Attorney General.

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June 26, 2020

Press Release
Ohio Achieves $363.6 Million in Cash Flow Savings for Fiscal Year 2021

Ohio Achieves $363.6 Million in Cash Flow Savings for Fiscal Year 2021

Largest deal in Ohio history underwritten by minority business enterprise

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Director Kimberly Murnieks announced today that the Ohio Public Facilities Commission (OPFC) closed the sale of State of Ohio General Obligation debt in a remarkable transaction that achieved hundreds of millions of savings and was led by a minority-owned firm.

Loop Capital Markets served as senior managing underwriter on the Ohio Public Facilities Commission $780 million refunding transaction. Acacia Financial Group, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council, served as Financial Advisor. Morgan Stanley & Co served as co-senior underwriter. Additional syndicate members included BofA Securities, Citigroup, Huntington Securities, Inc., J.P. Morgan, and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

This historic collaboration of public and private sector partners produced $363.6 million in cash flow savings for fiscal year 2021 at an extremely advantageous interest rate of 1.54%, which is among the lowest rate of OPFC debt issued to date. The sale was also the largest conducted with a minority-owned underwriting firm and with a women’s business enterprise.

“This global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities and economy. However, on behalf of Governor Mike DeWine, OPFC, and OBM, we have secured a notable success in the marketplace. We are particularly proud to report that a minorityowned business enterprise led part of this achievement,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks.

Governor DeWine serves as Chairperson of the OPFC while the OBM Director serves as secretary. Additional members include representatives from the Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, and Attorney General’s Office.

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February 10, 2020

Press Release
Refinancing of Veterans Bonds Generates Savings for Ohio Taxpayers

Refinancing of Veterans Bonds Generates Savings for Ohio Taxpayers

Ohio Office of Budget and Management and Ohio Public Facilities Commission announce $2.0 million in savings

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Office of Budget and Management announced today that it has completed a $25 million refunding of outstanding debt related to the Veterans Compensation Bonds issued in 2010 and 2011. The refunding, prompted by current favorable levels of interest rates, saves Ohio taxpayers $2 million and lowers the cost of borrowing to 1.83% from 4.59%.

“Similar to how thousands of Ohioans take advantage of lower interest rates to refinance their homes, the state of Ohio refunds bonds to lower its payments.  The Office of Budget and Management is always looking for ways to reduce the state’s future debt service obligations for taxpayers.”  Director Kim Murnieks_._

The Bonds, formally issued by the Ohio Public Facilities Commission, were authorized by voters in 2009 to make payments to eligible military veterans or to their surviving immediate family. In the past, such payments have been made to those who served in Operation Desert Storm and Iraq, and eligibility continues for those who serve in Afghanistan.

The Department of Veterans Services oversees the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov for more information.

Additional Resources:

  • For additional information about State of Ohio debt management, please view the Bonds and Investors page.

  • Visit the Office of Budget and Management news and events page and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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