Corporate Debt Market & The Week Before the US Presidential Election; Mischler Comment
October 29, 2016   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 10.28.16-Corporate Debt Market & The Week Before the US Presidential Election

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap & Look to the Last Full Week before the Presidential Election

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The Best and the Brightest”   Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of November IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Investment Grade Credit Spreads

Lipper Funds Flow

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Happy Friday everyone!  The big news today is the FBI’s announcement that it is “re-opening” its probe into the Hilary Clinton private e-mail controversy.  Oh my.  This election could go down to the wire folks!  Or, FBI Director Jim Comey might have found himself boxed into a corner when he issued the late Friday email to Congress, without first determining whether the emails in question are anything new, or whether the only ‘new update’ that Comey shared is that FBI agents determined that HRC assistant Huma Abedin’s email account was installed on a device shared with her former husband and suspected pedophile, Anthony Weiner. Meaning: Nothing really new! A bunch of jerks have in theory, been able to see those emails. But, WikiLeaks already published them! Just another 9th inning curve ball that every media outlet will swing at in the course of the 2016 US Presidential elections!

I think we see $30bn next week. I do have a strong tendency to err to the upside.  The next two weeks “could be” challenging thanks to these following obstacles that can typically dampen issuance:

 

  • Tuesday, 11/01 – BoJ
  • Wednesday, 11/02 – FOMC
  • Thursday, 11/03 – BOE
  • Friday, 11/04 – NFP
  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).

However, I would counter that next week also happens to be the LAST full week before the U.S. Presidential election so issuers may very well want to print before then. Despite all the hoopla about the massive rates sell-off, I simply remind you that we are at May levels. Lest we forget May 2016 is the single most prolific month of IG issuance in history at $213.4b in all-in IG Corporate plus SSA issuance. So, don’t be surprised.

Due to the election, however, ranges could be….well…..VERY rangy! I still think we get $110b in IG Corporate issuance in November.

We had one well-telegraphed $500mm tap of Banco de Bogota’s 6.25% 10-year due 5/12/2026 144a Subordinated Notes price.  The amount added to our already record October volume for all-in IG issuance. For all the pertinent data points, please scroll down to the question I posed of the 23 participating top shelf, top gun syndicate desks.  In that question lay all the gold nugget technical tidbits you want and need to know about this week’s primary markets and the potential hurdles that lay ahead for next week.  Following that, of course, are the very thoughtful responses that I am grateful to have received today from those top tier syndicate operatives.  They took their time today with nice soundbites so remember it’s not only about their forecasts for next week and for the month of November, rather it’s about their thoughts.  I also take a look at the past decade of November IG new issuance so that you can put the next week’s and month’s numbers into the proper historical context.  Of course I have today’s Global Market Re-cap first just below followed by secondary and primary market talking points, the “at-a-glance” IG issuance WTD and MTD volume table and then the “Best and the Brightest” that the world of syndicate has to offer in their own words.

So, relax, it’s Friday!  Kick up your feet, read through the “QC” or as CFO of Ford Credit, Marion Harris often does, print it out, staple it together and read it at home at your leisure.  It’s all here; it’s all for you AND the guy-in-the-corner does for free………What’s not to like about that!

 

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.

Have a great weekend folks!

Ron  Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs & JGB’s mixed & steeper. Core Europe mixed & Peripherals lost.
  • Stocks – U.S. red at 3:15pm (small).
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed, Nikkei higher & China & HS closed red.
  • Economic – GDP printed at its highest level since Q3 2014.
  • Overseas Economic – Full in Japan & Europe with more good than bad with low inflation.
  • Currencies – USD lost ground vs. the Euro, Pound & Yen. DXY Index had a poor day.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil & wheat down while gold, copper & silver were up.
  • CDX IG: +1.27 to 77.53
  • CDX HY: +6.27 to 418.11
  • CDX EM: +6.47 to 237.56
  • HY & EM have struggled the last 2 days

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • For the week ended October 26th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $42.787b) and a net outflow of $48.26m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.070b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 30.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +131.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.3b on Thursday versus $18.9b Wednesday and $16.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.2b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for This Week and October

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $34.375b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $102.97b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 139.68% $87.83b 117.24%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 134.91% $88.59b 116.23%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 130.46% $89.35b 115.24%
The Low $15b 229.17% $75b 137.29%
The High $35b 98.21% $125b 82.38%

 

“The Best and the Brightest” –  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

 

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  21 of those participants are among 2016’s top 22 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 80.96% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted.

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced with the following note to 30+ book-running fixed income syndicate gurus throughout Wall Street:

We some-what quietly experienced the highest volume October on record this week for all-in IG Corporate and SSA supply.  If Monday is a decent volume day, October 2016 will become the 10th busiest month of all-time for all-in issuance. WTD, we entered today’s Friday session 33% above the syndicate midpoint average estimate for the week or $33.875b vs. 25.48b.  We also eclipsed the MTD syndicate forecast by over 15% or $102.47b vs. $88.59b. Those are both for IG Corporates only. This week’s M&A calendar grew by $132.4b thanks to Qualcomm’s $47b acquisition of NXP and AT&T’s mega $85.4b purchase of Time Warner. Both will meet regulatory scrutiny but that’s a lot of debt just between those two.  The 14 highest profile M&A deals on the calendar now total $323.3b.  Debt anyone? Next week looks like it could be sizeable, but there are some Central Bank hurdles to get over.  Here they are:

 

  • Tuesday, 11/01 – BoJ
  • Wednesday, 11/02 – FOMC
  • Thursday, 11/03 – BOE
  • Friday, 11/04 – NFP
  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).


Here are this week’s IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

  • NICS:  <0.98> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.61x
  • Tenors:  7.71 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $826mm
  • Average Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <17.12> bps

 

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs tightened a resounding 4.29 bps to <0.98> vs. 3.31 bps; over subscription or bid-to-cover rates narrowed by 0.44x to 2.61x vs. 3.05x last week.  Average tenors shortened by 1.45 years to 7.71 yrs vs. 9.16yrs while tranche sizes decreased a hefty $311mm to $826mm vs. $1,137mm.

For the week ended October 26th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $42.787b) and a net outflow of $48.26m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.070b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +136 vs. last Friday’s +135 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 1 bps to 28.25 vs. 26.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 0.73 bps to 32.84 vs.32.11 also against their post-Crisis lows.

November kicks off next Tuesday so I’d like your thoughts and numbers for BOTH November AND next week.  It’s our last full week before the Election and it should be a big one as a result.

Many thanks for your responding with projected volumes; wishing you and yours a great weekend!  -Ron”

(responses to the weekly QC survey of projected deal activity for the upcoming week are available only to QC distribution list recipients)

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week & November

 

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
10/31-11/04
November 2016
Low-End Avg. $24.26b $90.70b
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b $92.11b
High-End Avg. $26.00b $93.52b
The Low $15b $71b
The High $35b $110b

 

A Look at How the Voting Brackets Broke-Out for Next Week & November

Next Week
10/03-11/04
November
1: 15-20b 1: 71b
4: 20b 1: 75-85b
5: 20-25b 2: 80b
1: 23b 4: 85b
4: 25b 1: 85-90b
2: 25-30b 1: 80-100b
4: 30b 1:90b
2: 35b 1: 85-100b
  1: 90-95b
  2: 95b
  5: 100b
  1: 100-110b
  2: 110b

 

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of November IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

 

  • Across the past ten years, all-in dollar-denominated IG Corporate plus SSA November new issuance averaged $95.72b.
  • Over the past five years, all-in IG November new issuance averaged $120.05b.
  • Over the past three years, all-in IG November issuance has averaged $118.51b.
  • The past three years of November saw IG Corporate only issuance average $105.74b.
  • November SSA issuance has averaged $12.77b across the last three years.

 

August
(Year)
All-in IG Issuance (bn) IG Corps
only (bn)
SSA
only (bn)
2015 110.14 102.56 7.57
2014 138.53 118.91 19.62
2013 106.86 95.75 11.11
2012 147.87 136.91 10.96
2011 96.87 77.21 19.66
2010 67.56 63.65 3.91
2009 92.05 67.53 24.52
2008 47.75 27.35 20.40
2007 58.98 50.08 8.90
2006 90.56 73.87 16.69

Note: includes TARP/TALF & FDIC insured issuance

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

 

Please note that the below weekly NICs and tenors, tranche sizes and average spread compression numbers differ slightly from those included in my early morning survey question to syndicate heads due to the fact that later in the day I was able to incorporate the final data from today’s Banco de Credito tap into the averages.  For that reason average weekly NICs went from <0.98> bps to <0.51> bps, etc.  Bid-to-cover rates remained unchanged. Thank you! –Ron

 

Here’s this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/24
TUES.
10/25
WED.
10/26
THUR.
10/27
FRI.
10/28
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
New Issue Concessions 2.67 bps 1.75 bps <4.36> bps <2.71> bps 15 bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.52x 2.77x 2.13x 3.08x 2.40x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x
Tenors 6.75 yrs 5.71 yrs 5.64 yrs 11.29 yrs 10 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs
Tranche Sizes $985mm $700mm $964mm $656mm $500mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.20> bps <15.79> bps <16.05> bps <20.21> bps <30> bps <17.42> bps      

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Friday October 28, 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.

To receive Quigley’s Corner, please contact Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate via email: rquigley@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone.

*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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Corporate Debt Market & The Week Before the US Presidential Election