The Perfect Storm-for Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance
September 7, 2016   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 09.07.16-Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance Storm

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “Heavens to Mergatroyd”

Global Market Recap

Fed Beige Book Headlines and Text

New Issues Priced

Investment Grade Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 1st      

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

 

After the IG dollar DCM posted the busiest day of the year yesterday with 14 issuers pricing 29 tranches for $21.075b, today could only pale in comparison, right?  WRONG! Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance truly is the only game in town in what is a perfect storm for issuers to secure low funding as investors clamor in their search for yield in better rated Corporate debt.  Today’s tally – 15 IG Corporate issuers priced 24 tranches totaling $18.975bn while the SSA space featured 5 issuers, 5 tranches and $6.1b bringing the all-in IG day total to 20 issuers, 29 tranches and $25.075b.

The WTD IG Corporate only volume total now stands at $40.05b or 34.5% of the syndicate midpoint average estimate for all of September!  After only two active print days thus far this month, all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA) September volume is $46.15b.

Of course it’s not just about investors seeking yield and companies issuing cost efficient debt, it’s also about the state of our inextricably global-linked world economy.  Tomorrow all eyes and ears will once again be on and tuned into what ECB President Mario Draghi says and how he says it. Although the June BREXIT impact on the EU will need more time to influence now start showing up in the EU’s numbers as everything in their economic toolbox to raise inflation has faltered.

How much can issue in September? Well, we each have our own opinion, but we also have our respective corrals of long-time, trusted “go to” market participants, sources and cognoscente, whose opinions we value and who provide great sounding boards, queries and insights along with quality daily humor, etc.  Included in my stable is Bloomberg’s formidable old school tag team of Ed Baldinger and Bob Elson.  (Pssst! Don’t be fooled though…….we all know Lisa Loray is the girl behind the curtain when it comes to the dynamic duo!) Anyway, Bob reached out today asking me, “I’m just curious but has anybody come back and changed their $125b estimate for September to something higher? Like 180b?…….Do I hear $200b?”  That’s what’s going on folks.  Here’s my response, “Yeah exactly. No one did.  But my “Best & Brightest” survey is for IG Corporates only. Across the last 3 years, September SSA issuance has averaged $29.71b so add that to the IG Corporate midpoint average forecast of $116.59b and we get $145.73b. But I get your point.  Tomorrow I am not so sure this machine churns out product at the current two-day pace as there is an important ECB meeting.  However, “if” corporations issue ahead of what can only be further negative EU economic news then I think $180b “all-in” (IG Corps plus SSA) is not out of the question!”

I then consulted with another long-time seer, sage, savant and friend, Ken Jaques of Informa Globalmarkets and asked him what he thought..  His quick reply – “I think we’ll see $165b – $170b!”  I’m just saying folks.  Bankers bank.  I get the bulge bracket syndicate desks have visibility argument but here we have – LISTEN UP – a cumulative total of 161 years of experience between Ed, Bob, Ken and I. Hey, it’s gotta count for something right?

Additionally, scroll down and take a look at the “New Issue Pipeline.”  There are 12 imminent deals waiting in the queue not to mention M&A related financings that have to get done.

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & little changed. Big day for new issue corporates……AGAIN!

o   Overseas Bonds – JGB’s in rally mode. Long end trades with a bid in Europe.

o   Stocks – U.S. stocks mixed & little changed at 3:30pm. DAX is now positive YTD.

o   Economic – The Fed’s Beige Book was a non-event. JOLTS were strong.

o   Currencies – USD outperformed 4 of Big 5. The Yen was the lone winner vs. the USD.

o   Commodities – Crude oil was high while gold & silver were lower.

o   CDX IG: +0.78 to 71.94

o   CDX HY: +3.87 to 387.80

o   CDX EM: -5.15 to 230.83

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Fed Beige Book Headlines and Text

 

o   The Fed reports modest economic growth as inflation remains “slight.”

o   Contacts in several districts expect modest price gains.

o   FOMC says moderate upward wage pressures increased further.

o   Labor market conditions still tight in most districts.

o   Most Fed districts reported “modest” or “moderate” growth pace.

o   Says consumer spending is little changed in most Fed districts.

o   Sights manufacturing activity rose slightly in most districts.

o   Credit demand appeared to expand at a moderate pace.

o   Auto sales fell somewhat but are still high while tourism is flat.

o   Fed says real estate markets grew moderately, commercial real estate expanded further.

o   Demand for energy related products and services weakened.

o   Fed said the election is damping the real estate outlook in several districts.

o   Fed releases Beige Book covering the period from July to late August.

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 22 IG Corporate new issues was 18.48 bps.
  • Including today’s lone $25 par preferred, the average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 23 IG Corporate new issues was 18.22 bps.
  • IADB executed a rare re-launch to upsize today’s 5yr Global Notes new issue to $2.1b from $2b.
  • TJX Companies Inc. increased today’s Senior Unsecured Notes new issue from $750mm to $1b.
  • Protective Life Global Funding bumped up its 3-year new issue to $350mm from $300mm or overall two-part 3s/5s transaction to $650mm from $600mm and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +140 versus +139.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +189 versus +188.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.6b on Tuesday versus $5.6b Friday and $15.4b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.3b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for September

 

IG Corporate New Issuance September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $40.05b
Low-End Avg. $115.45b 34.69%
Midpoint Avg. $116.02b 34.52%
High-End Avg. $116.59b 34.35%
The Low $80b 50.06%
The High $150b 26.70%

 

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

Here’s a review of this week’s key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Tuesday’s session followed by the averages over the prior four weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/05
TUES.
9/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/15
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/08
New Issue Concessions Labor Day 2.00 bps 5.47 bps 1.86 bps <4.18> bps 1.83 bps
Oversubscription Rates Labor Day 3.20x 2.18x 3.73x 4.40x 3.56x
Tenors Labor Day 9.59 yrs 4.47 yrs 8.94 yrs 11.43 yrs 9.05 yrs
Tranche Sizes Labor Day $727mm $820mm $661mm $697mm $732mm

 

New Issues Priced

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM:

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Associated Banc-Corp. Baa3/BB 5.375% PerpNC5 100 N/A 5.50%a 5.375% $25 Pfd BAML/UBS
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Baa1/BBB+ 2.55% 9/15/2026 400 +125a +110a (+/-5) +105 +105 CS/JPM/MS
Mizuho Financial Group A1/A- FRN 9/13/2021 1,250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+114 3mL+114 GS/JPM/MIZ
Mizuho Financial Group A1/A- 2.273% 9/13/2021 1,000 +135a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 GS/JPM/MIZ
Mizuho Financial Group A1/A- 2.839% 9/13/2026 1,000 +150a +135a (+/-5) +130 +130 GS/JPM/MIZ
Nationwide Bldg. Society Baa1/A- 4.00% 9/14/2026 1,250 +275a +255a (+/-5) +250 +250 BAML/BARC/CITI/JPM/UBS
New York Life Glcl. Fdg. Aaa/AA+ 1.25% 9/14/2021 750 + low 70s
+72.5
+65a (+/-3) +62 +62 BARC/GS/JPM
Nissan Motor Acceptance A3/A- FRN 9/13/2019 500 3mL+equiv 3mL +equiv 3mL+52 3mL+52 CITI/HSBC/MIZ/MUFG
Nissan Motor Acceptance A3/A- 1.55% 9/13/2019 500 +95-100 +73a (+/-3) +70 +70 CITI/HSBC/MIZ/MUFG
Nissan Motor Acceptance A3/A- 1.90% 9/14/2021 500 +105-110 +85a (+/-3) +82 +82 CITI/HSBC/MIZ/MUFG
Nonghyup Bank A1/A+ 1.875% 9/12/2021 500 +100a N/A N/A +85 CITI/CA/HSBC/JPM
Protective Life Glbl. Fdg. A2/AA- 1.555% 9/13/2019 350 +85a +72a (+/-2) +70 +70 BARC/MS/USB
Protective Life Glbl. Fdg. A2/AA- 1.999% 9/14/2021 300 +high 90s
+97.5
+90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BARC/MS/USB
PSE&G Co. Aa3/A 2.25% 9/15/2026 425 + low 90s
+92.5
+75-80 +75 +75 CS/MUFG/WFS
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc BBB-/BBB+ 3.875% 9/12/2023 2,650 +275a +255a (+/-5) +250 +250 BAML/BNPP/MS/RBS
Shell International Finance Aa2/A FRN 9/12/2019 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+35 3mL+35 CITI/GS/JPM
Shell International Finance Aa2/A 1.375% 9/12/2019 1,000 +70a +55a (+/-2) +53 +53 CITI/GS/JPM
Shell International Finance Aa2/A 1.80% 9/12/2021 1,000 +85a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 CITI/GS/JPM
Shell International Finance Aa2/A 2.50% 9/12/2026 1,000 +125a +110a (+/-2) +108 +108 CITI/GS/JPM
Shell International Finance Aa2/A 3.75% 9/12/2046 1,250 +175a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 CITI/GS/JPM
TJX Companies Inc. A2/A+ 2.25% 9/15/2026 1,000 +87.5 +80a (+/-2) +80 +80 BAML/DB/JPM/WFS
Valero Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.40% 9/15/2026 1,250 +200a +190 the # +190 +190 BARC/BARC/JPM/MS
MIZ/MUFG/RBC/WFS
W.P. Carey Inc. Baa2/BBB 4.25% 10/01/2026 350 +300a +280a (+/-5) +275 +275 BARC/CITI/JPM

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Dexia Credit Local Aa3/AA 1.875% 9/15/2021 1,250 MS +79a MS +80a MS +79 +80.45 DB/GS/HSBC/JPM
Export Dev. Bank of Canada Aaa/AAA 1.00% 9/13/2019 1,000 MS +3a RG: MS +2a
MS +3a
MS +1 +19.35 BMO/CITI/JPM/RBC
IADB Aaa/AAA 1.25% 9/14/2021 2,100 MS +23a MS +23a MS +22 +23.1 BAML/JPM/NOM/RBC
Instituto de Credito Oficial Baa2/BBB+ 1.625% 9/14/2018 500 MS +70a MS +65-70 MS +65 +90.1 GS/JPM/SG
Kommuninvest Aaa/AAA 1.125% 9/17/2019 1,250 MS +15a MS +14a MS +14 +32.05 CITI/DAIW/HSBC/NORD

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 1st      

 

  • For the week ended September 1st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $224.536m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $30.097b) and a net outflow of $386.754m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.55b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $61.364m from Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $4.745b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $51.481mm (2016 YTD inflow of $5.432b).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

The 10-day IG spread performance vs. the T10 across the ratings spectrum and how IG compared versus high yield:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 30.0 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 9/06 9/05 9/02 9/01 8/31 8/30 8/29 8/26 8/25 8/24 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 140 139 139 139 139 138 138 138 139 140 +1 0 106
“AAA” 81 80 80 80 80 76 76 77 77 77 +1 +4 50
“AA” 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 81 82 81 0 +1 63
“A” 110 109 109 109 109 108 108 108 109 109 +1 +1 81
“BBB” 183 183 183 183 183 181 182 182 183 183 0 0 142
IG vs. HY 369 370 370 373 371 369 372 366 375 373 <1> <4> 228

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

…….and a snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions:

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 36.58 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 9/06 9/05 9/02 9/01 8/31 8/30 8/29 8/26 8/25 8/24 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 115 115 115 115 114 113 113 113 114 114 0 +1 67
Banking 128 128 128 128 128 126 126 126 127 128 0 0 98
Basic Industry 187 187 187 187 187 184 185 184 186 187 0 0 143
Cap Goods 102 101 101 102 101 100 101 101 102 102 +1 0 84
Cons. Prod. 109 109 109 109 109 107 107 107 108 108 0 +1 85
Energy 189 189 189 190 189 187 188 187 189 189 0 0 133
Financials 165 164 164 164 164 163 165 163 166 167 +1 <2> 97
Healthcare 116 115 115 115 115 114 114 114 115 114 +1 +2 83
Industrials 141 141 141 141 141 140 140 140 141 141 0 0 109
Insurance 163 162 162 162 162 162 162 161 163 164 +1 <1> 120
Leisure 140 141 141 140 141 140 141 142 143 143 <1> <3> 115
Media 163 163 163 163 163 162 162 163 164 163 0 0 113
Real Estate 147 148 148 149 149 148 148 149 150 150 <1> <3> 112
Retail 117 116 117 116 116 115 115 116 116 116 +1 +1 92
Services 135 134 135 135 135 133 133 134 136 135 +1 0 120
Technology 120 120 120 120 120 121 122 123 124 124 0 <4> 76
Telecom 161 160 161 160 161 160 160 160 161 161 +1 0 122
Transportation 139 138 138 139 139 138 138 138 139 140 +1 <1> 109
Utility 140 139 139 139 139 140 140 140 142 142 +1 <2> 104

 

New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
IG26 71.162 71.635 0.473
HV26 166.84 165.17 <1.67>
VIX 12.02 11.94 <0.08>  
S&P 2,186 2,186 0
DOW 18,538 18,526 <12>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $18.975 bn DAY: $25.075 bn
WTD: $40.05 bn WTD: $46.15 bn
MTD: $40.05 bn MTD: $46.15 bn
YTD: $965.568 bn YTD: $1,227.455 bn

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
MBA Mortgage Applications Sept. 2 —- 0.9% 2.8% —-
JOLTS Job Openings July 5630 5871 5624 5643

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

Market held support today and we pretty much traded in tandem with Europe. Curve is showing its seasonal bias to steepen evince itself as the long end seemed to be for sale at every pop.

 

ECB takes center stage tomorrow at 7:45AM EDT. It won’t be easy for them, as they have to balance mixed confidence indicators since the Brexit referendum, ongoing uncertainty about the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU, as well as the outlook for the U.S. and the Fed rate glide-path. This week’s disappointing German data comes too late for the updated set of staff projections, but will support the doves. However, the ECB doesn’t have many QE options left lest it risks more market dislocation. We’ll probably get dovish talk from Draghi and perhaps extension of the time frame for QE coupled with some tweaks, like a possible removal of the deposit rate as the lower limit for purchases to alleviate the increasing shortage of bonds but also push short term rates even lower. It does seem certain that the ECB will highlight the need for structural reforms to boost Eurozone growth. European yields have fallen and equities have moved higher in anticipation of more accommodation despite officials trying to limit expectations, so risk is at least an initial correction in both bond and stock markets, though effects here would be muted to an extent given the outperformance of Europe.

-Jim Levenson

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-282 100-106 100-11+ 100-08+ 101-17
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-25+ 100-062 100-05+ 99-31+ 101-01
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-24+ 100-03+ 100-01+ 99-26 100-31
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-212 99-28+ 99-24 99-13 100-02
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-192 99-226 99-16 99-02 99-25
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-18 99-196 99-12 98-29 99-12

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

o   China Data: Trade Balance, Import/Export, Trade Balance, Foreign Direct Investment

o   Japan Data: BoP Current Account Balance/Adjusted, Trade Balance BoP Basis, GDP, Japan Foreign Bond Buying

o   Australia: Trade Balance

o   EU Data: German-Q2 ULC U.K.-Aug RICS

o   U.S. Data: Claims, Cons Comf, Jul Cons Cred

o   Supply: Irish 10y (€1.0bn), Italy auction details, U.S. auction details

o   Events: ECB & Press Conf.

o   Speeches: Nakaso, Lowe, Jansson, Lane

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Wednesday Sep 07 2016 Weekend Edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer, the QC observations is one of three distinctive research content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline.

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*Sources: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Bond Radar, Dow Jones Newswire, IFR, Informa Global Markets, Internal Mischler, LCDNews, Market News International, Prospect News, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S, Thomson Reuters and of course, a career of sources, contacts, movers and shakers from syndicate desks to accounts; from issuers to originators; from academicians to heads of research, and a host of financial journalists, et al.

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