2017 Investment Grade Debt Issuance Outlook: HUGE Start to New Year
January 4, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 01.03.17- 2017 Investment Grade Corporate Bond Issuance Off to HUGE Start

11 IG Corporate Issuers priced 25 tranches between them, totaling $19.90 billion; Fortune Co’s Duke Energy, FedEx & John Deere;  Barclays Leads Bank Issuers

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Monumental Day; If Not Quite As Big as The Trojans’ Rose Bowl Win!!

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Barclays PLC $1.5b 30yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard

Duke Energy Florida LLC 2-part 3s/10s FMBs Deal Dashboard

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 28th     

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Here’s what I last wrote in my pre-holiday “QC” dated Thursday, December 15th: “Rest up. Spend time with your families.  Enjoy the holidays, however you celebrate them.  Live, love and laugh because it starts all over again in 19 days on Tuesday, January 3rd.  In between that time fall 3 weekends (6 days), as well as Christmas and New Year’s Day.  My wish is that USC topples PSU in the Granddaddy of them all on Monday, January 2 at 5pm ET on ESPN.  That right there will be the most entertaining of all the Bowl games.  Fight On Trojans!”

So, the question is, “how happy is the guy-in-the-corner? USC’s wins 52-49 in what is perhaps the greatest Rose Bowl ever played.  How ‘bout them Trojans?  Chad Helton……Sam Darnold…….the entire Trojan team.  You gotta be kidding me.  Fight On!  They’re back and so am I from my winter hiatus.  So, let’s get to it!

The IG dollar DCM waited for no one.  I woke up at 4:45am this morning to the sounds of the bankers driving down Weaver Street to either ride in early or to catch the Metro North 4:52 a.m. milk train to Manhattan.  It usually always confirms a busy day on the Street.   Sure enough, it was once again very reliable.  I figured, “what the heck,  I have plenty to catch up on at work,” so I got in early and am glad that I did.  11 IG Corporate issuers priced 25 tranches between them totaling $19.90 billion or 18.50% of the syndicate midpoint average estimate for all of January ($108.41b) – which is historically a busy month. Mischler was very proud to have been actively involved in two deals across three tranches – first serving on Barclays PLC’s 30-year Senior Unsecured Notes new issue and then getting an equally great call from the good folks at Duke Energy Florida LLC to serve on its 3- and 10-year FMBs.  In all, it was a very busy day.  But before we get into those deal drill downs let’s first check out Tony Farren’s Global market re-cap, followed by today’s talking points and  then it’s onto the BACR and DUK new issues.

Welcome back everyone and I hope you all enjoyed the break.  Happy New Year!

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs were red except the 30yr but had an impressive rally during NY hours.
  • Overseas Bonds – Higher inflation & U.K. PMI and supply concerns hammered bonds in the EU.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield since May 2009 (0.99872%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher at 3:30pm but well off the session high levels.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia higher, EU entered bull market & FTSE record high close.
  • Economic – ISM manufacturing the best in 2 years with prices paid at the highest level since 2011.
  • Overseas Economic – Manufacturing PMI in China & U.K. improved. Higher CPI in Germany, France & Spain.
  • Currencies – DXY Index traded at strongest level since 2002.
  • Commodities – CRB closed down with energy trading poorly but gold & silver rallied.
  • CDX IG: -1.40 to 66.18
  • CDX HY: -6.62 to 348.00
  • CDX EM: -2.17 to 239.91

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 25 IG Corporate-only new issues was 16.96 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +130 vs. +129.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +123 vs. 1.22.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +169 vs. +168.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $2.5b on Friday versus $4.1b on Thursday and $2.2b the previous Friday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/02-1/06
vs. Current
WTD – $19.90b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $19.90b
Low-End Avg. no poll taken N/A $107.87b 18.45%
Midpoint Avg. no poll taken N/A $108.41b 18.36%
High-End Avg. no poll taken N/A $108.96b 18.26%
The Low no poll taken N/A $80b 24.87%
The High no poll taken N/A $145b 13.72%

 

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

 

  • Across the past ten years, all-in dollar-denominated IG Corporate plus SSA January new issuance averaged $135.00b.
  • Over the past five years, all-in IG January new issuance averaged $143.38b.
  • Over the past three years, all-in IG January issuance has averaged $145.46b.
  • The past three January’s saw IG Corporate only issuance average $108.90b.
  • January SSA issuance has averaged $36.56b across the last three years.

 

January
(Year)
All-in IG Issuance (bn) IG Corps
only (bn)
SSA
only (bn)
2016 169.124 126.984 42.14
2015 115.12 96.35 18.77
2014 152.14 103.36 48.78
2013 153.06 119.06 34.00
2012 127.48 81.14 46.34
2011 149.12 111.89 37.23
2010 110.69 74.80 35.89
2009 155.45 69.23 86.22
2008 144.35 75.74 68.61
2007 73.44 51.14 22.30

*Note: includes TARP/TALF & FDIC insured issuance

 

 

Barclays PLC $1.5b 30yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard

 

Mischler served as an active 1.00% Co-Manager on today’s 30-year tranche of Barclays PLC’s goliath $5 billion 4-part, so this serves as the deal dashboard for the 30-year piece. For my relative value study I looked at the outstanding BACR Senior Unsecured Notes due 8/17/2045 that were T+170 pre-announcement pegging NIC on today’s new 30-year as 20 bps.

 

Investor appetite for the 4-part was simply voracious.  The FRN garnered a $1b book while the 6NC5 And 11NC10 books each hovered at around $4bn.  The 30-year was tops at $4.8b. So a great start of the year for BACR and our IG DCM.

Proceeds from today’s 4-part will be used for general corporate purposes.

 

BACR Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
BACR +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 <20> bps 20 bps 180/178 <10>

 

………and here’s a look at final book sizes and oversubscription rates:

 

BACR  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
BACR $1.5b $4.8b 3.20x

 

Final Pricing – Barclays PLC
BACR $1.5b 4.95% 30yr due 1/20/2047 @ $99.907 to yield 4.956% or T+190

 

Duke Energy Florida LLC 2-part 3s/10s FMBs Deal Dashboard

 

For relative value, Duke Energy Carolinas (Aa2/A) recently brought a 10-year, the DUK 2.95% due 12/01/2026, this past November 14th.  This higher-rated DUK was quoted T+71bp (G+71), versus its T+75 new issue pricing.  Today’s A1/A rated Duke Energy Florida LLC 10-year new issue landed 4 bps back of that, however, it did correspond with the November Carolinas final pricing level. So, looking at it from that angle, concession was flat.  Accounting for a 20 bps 5s/10s curve gets you to +55. Next, factoring in a 10 bps 3s/5s curve lands us at +45 for 3-year fair value inferring a negative 5 bp concession on today’s Duke Florida 3-year.

 

Proceeds will be used to fund capital expenditures for ongoing construction, capital maintenance, to repay $250mm principal of the 5.80% FMBs due 2017 and for general corporate purposes.

 

DUK Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
DUK +55a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 <15> bps <5> 39/38 <1>
DUK +90a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 <15> bps 0 73/71 <2>

 

………and here’s a look at final book sizes and oversubscription rates:

 

DUK  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
DUK $250mm $750mm 3x
DUK $650mm $1.5b 2.31x

 

Final Pricing – Duke Energy Florida LLC
DUK $250mm 1.85% 3yr FMBs due 1/15/2020 @ $99.886 to yield 1.889% or T+40  MWC +7.5

DUK $650mm 3.20% 10yr FMBs due 1/15/2027 @ $99.940 to yield 3.207% or T+75  MWC +15

 

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 evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

Here’s a day-by-day recap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates reflecting the last active week of 2016 issuance and the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/12
TUES.
12/13
WED.
12/14
TH.
12/15
FR
12/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
New Issue Concessions <1.83> bps N/A N/A 1.50 bps N/A N/A N/A <0.50> bps 4.26 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.15x N/A N/A 2.94x N/A N/A N/A 2.41x 3.68x 3.38x 2.99x
Tenors 6 yrs N/A N/A 20 yrs N/A N/A N/A 10.67 yrs 9.21 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs
Tranche Sizes $688mm N/A N/A $750mm N/A N/A N/A $708mm $760mm $711mm $929mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.75> bps N/A N/A <20.00> bps N/A N/A N/A <17.17> bps <22.24> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps

 

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
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB FRN 6NC5 750 3mL+equiv 3mL+166a (+/-5) 3mL+162.5 3mL+162.5 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 3.684% 6NC5 1,500 +195a +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 4.337% 11NC10 1,250 +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 4.95% 1/20/2048 1,500 +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BARC-sole
BNP Paribas A1/A+ 3.80% 1/10/2024 1,750 +170-175 +160 the # +160 +160 BNP-sole
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A FRN 1/10/2022 300 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+143 3mL+143 CACIB-sole books
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A 3.375% 1/10/2022 1,000 +165a +145-150 +145 +145 CACIB-sole books
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A 4.125% 1/10/2027 1,000 +195a +175-180 +175 +175 CACIB-sole
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A FRN 1/06/2020 400 3mL+requiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+63 3mL+63 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 2.30% 1/06/2020 1,000 +95a +85a (+/-2) +83 +83 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 2.85% 1/06/2022 850 +105a +95a (+/-2) +93 +93 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 3.45% 1/06/2027 750 +120a +105 the # +105 +105 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Duke Energy Florida LLC A1/A 1.85% 1/15/2020 250 +55a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 BAML/SCOT/TD/UBS/WFS
Duke Energy Florida LLC A1/A 3.20% 1/15/2027 650 +90a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 BAML/SCOT/TD/UBS/WFS
FedEx Corporation Baa2/BBB 3.30% 3/15/2027 450 +110-115 +95a (+/-5) +90a +90 RF/SCOT/STRH/WFS
FedEx Corporation Baa2/BBB 4.40% 1/15/2047 750 +160-165 +145a (+/-5) +140a +140 RF/SCOT/STRH/WFS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A FRN 10/15/2018 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+27 3mL+27 BAML/CITI/GS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A 1.65% 10/15/2018 350 +65a +50a +47 +47 BAML/CITI/GS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A 2.65% 1/06/2022 400 +85a +75a (+/-3) +72 +72 BAML/CITI/GS
Principal Life Glbl. Fdg. II A1/A+ 2.15% 1/10/2020 500 +low 80s/+82.5 +75a (+/-3) +72 +72 BARC/CS/DB
Rabobank Nederland NY Aa2/A+ FRN 1/10/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+83 3mL+83 CS/GS/JPM/RBC
Rabobank Nederland NY Aa2/A+ 2.75% 1/10/2022 1,000 +100a +87.5a (+/-2.5) +85 +85 CS/GS/JPM/RBC
Santander UK Grp. Hldgs. Baa1/A 3.571% 1/10/2023 1,000 +185a +165a (+/-2) +163 +163 BAML/DB/GS/SANT/WFS
Westpac Banking Corp. Aa2/AA- FRN 1/11/2017 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+85 3mL+85 BAML/HSBC
Westpac Banking Corp. Aa2/AA- 2.80% 1/11/2017 1,250 +105a +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BAML/HSBC

           

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
IG27 67.585 65.669 <1.916>
HV27 144.05 141.03 <3.02>
VIX 14.04 12.85 <1.19>
S&P 2,239 2.258 19
DOW 19,763 19,882 119
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $19.90 bn DAY: $19.90 bn
WTD: $19.90 bn WTD: $19.90 bn
MTD: $19.90 bn MTD: $19.90 bn
YTD: $19.90 bn YTD: $19.90 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 28th     

     

  • For the week ended December 29th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $80.9m from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $43.710b) and a net inflow of $3.75b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $10.723b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.504b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $3.826b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $776.74m (2016 YTD inflow of $3.961b).

 

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 20.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 1/03 1/02 12/30 12/29 12/28 12/27 12/23 12/22 12/21 12/20 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 130 129 128 128 128 129 129 129 129 <2> <1> 106
“AAA” 70 71 71 70 70 71 71 72 72 72 <1> <2> 50
“AA” 79 80 80 79 79 80 80 80 80 80 <1> <1> 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 103 103 103 104 104 <1> <1> 81
“BBB” 164 166 164 163 164 164 164 164 165 165 <2> <1> 142
IG vs. HY 285 292 292 290 287 282 287 288 290 290 <7> <5> 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 26.21 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

INDUSTRY 1/03 1/02 12/30 12/29 12/28 12/27 12/23 12/22 12/21 12/20 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 119 121 118 118 118 119 119 119 119 119 <2> 0 67
Banking 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 121 121 121 0 <1> 98
Basic Industry 168 170 167 166 166 165 166 166 166 166 <2> +2 143
Cap Goods 97 98 97 96 96 96 96 96 97 97 <1> 0 84
Cons. Prod. 105 106 106 105 105 106 106 106 106 106 <1> <1> 85
Energy 161 163 160 160 160 160 161 160 161 161 <2> 0 133
Financials 151 152 151 151 150 149 150 150 151 150 <1> +1 97
Healthcare 113 114 114 113 114 114 114 114 115 115 <1> <2> 83
Industrials 130 130 130 129 130 130 130 130 131 131 0 <1> 109
Insurance 141 143 142 141 141 141 141 141 142 141 <2> 0 120
Leisure 134 132 130 129 129 131 132 132 132 134 +2 0 115
Media 153 155 154 154 154 154 155 155 155 156 <2> <3> 113
Real Estate 141 143 141 140 141 141 141 141 141 141 <2> 0 112
Retail 108 109 109 108 109 109 109 109 110 110 <1> <2> 92
Services 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 124 124 123 0 0 120
Technology 102 105 103 102 104 104 104 105 105 106 <3> <4> 76
Telecom 158 159 159 159 159 159 160 160 161 161 <1> <3> 122
Transportation 127 128 128 127 127 127 127 127 128 128 <1> <1> 109
Utility 129 130 130 129 129 129 129 129 129 130 <1> <1> 104

                                  

New Issue Pipeline

Please note that for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday January 03 2017 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 veteran-owned broker-dealer. 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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