MSFT Mega Bond Deal Dashboard- Top 10 Biggest Debt Deals, Ever
January 31, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 01.30.17 Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Mega Bond Deal: To


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap  – Microsoft Pumps Up Volume with $17b 7-Part That Tied for 9th Largest Issue in History

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Microsoft’s $17b 7-Part Deal Dashboard
NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume
Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry 
New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar



Microsoft pushed up YTD and MTD volume with its mega  $17b 7-part Senior Notes new issue today across 3s, 5s, 7s, 10s, 20s, 30s and 40-year tranches.  As a result, we are within a breath of the all-time highest volume month for all-in (IG Corporates plus SSA) issuance.  The number one ranked month is the $213.40b priced in May 2016.  We are literally a mere $268 million away from breaking thru that number.  The record should come tomorrow.

MTD we’ve already blown past the syndicate desk midpoint average forecast by an amazing 72% or $158.23b vs. $91.96b. As for my call for $160b well, it’s looking pretty smart, if I may be so bold as to say.  As for the WTD syndicate projection, we’ve already priced 82% of the forecast for this week or $17.85b vs. $21.63b.  Pretty incredible stuff right there folks!

Mischler Financial was honored to serve as an active Co-Manager on today’s mega Microsoft deal.  So let’s first run through the recaps and volume tables before I get to the MSFT Deal Dashboard.


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points


  • Today’s $17b 7-part Microsoft new issue tied for 9th place as the largest issue on record.
  • January 2017 is only $268mm away from becoming the highest volume month in history for all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA) issuance.
  • USAA Capital Corp. upsized its 2yr 144a Senior FRNs due 2/01/2019 new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.22> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +126 vs. +127.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +120.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $21.2b on Thursday versus $23.0b on Wednesday and $23.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19.3b.


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


IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
vs. Current
WTD – $17.85b
January 2017
vs. Current
MTD – $158.233b
Low-End Avg. $20.96b 85.16% $90.65b 174.55%
Midpoint Avg. $21.63b 82.52% $91.96b 172.07%
High-End Avg. $22.30b 80.04% $93.26b 169.67%
The Low $10b 178.5% $85b 186.16%
The High $27b 66.11% $120b 131.86%


Microsoft’s $17b 7-Part Deal Dashboard

Here’s a look at price compression from early morning initial price thoughts through guidance and the launch and final pricing of today’s $17b 7-part mega deal that tied for the 9th largest deal in history along with Apple’s April 30th, 2013 new issue and MDT’S deal that priced on 12/01/2014.

Today’s seven tranches posted a cumulative average contraction of <17.14> bps through price evolution or IPTs to the launch and final pricing.

Here’s a look at how it all evolved:


Trading +/-
3yr +60a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 <20> bps 4 39/ <1>
5yr +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50 <20> bps 4 48/ <2>
7yr +90a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 <20> bps 11 68/ <2>
10yr +100a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85 <15> bps 11 84/ <1>
20yr +115a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100 <15> bps 10 97/ <3>
30yr +130a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 <15> bps 10 113/ <2>
40yr +155a +145a (+/-5) +140 +140 <15> bps 15 138/ <2>


……….and here’s a look at final book sizes and oversubscription rates that amounted to $36.9b for an overall bid-to-cover rate of 2.17x:


MSFT Issue Tranche Size Final Book
3yr 1,500 3,700 2.47x
5yr 1,750 3,400 1.94x
7yr 2,250 5,600 2.49
10yr 4,000 7,700 1.925x
20yr 2,500 5,600 2.24x
30yr 3,000 6,200 2.07x
40yr 2,000 4,700 2.35x



Diversity & Inclusion- Powered by Microsoft  

Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer was honored to once again be a very active part of Microsoft’s contributing Co-Manager Group.  Thanks to Microsoft’s top/down internal inclusion mandate, several diversity firms offered a chance to highlight their distribution capabilities.  Team Mischler thanks all of you at Microsoft and applauds your focus and commitment to strive to create an internal as well as external environment that helps Microsoft capitalize on the diversity of your people and the inclusion of ideas and business solutions to meet the needs of your increasingly global and diverse customer base.  Microsoft truly believes that building the best software means incorporating the talents of its varied workforce into its products and recognizing the needs and priorities of its diverse suppliers, customers and business partner base.  Not only do your products make the world smaller and more accessible to everyone but your corporate governance overlays that technology with an inclusive mandate that eliminates barriers, improves businesses and encourages a healthy spirit of competition among competing broker dealers. Hey, it’s all about setting a great example from the top of the Company across to its employees, vendors and customers.  It starts from the top down and in Microsoft’s case it all begins within the office of CEO and Indian-American, Satya Nadella.  For their meaningful and long standing D&I ambition, and for leading by example, you are all the recipient of this evening’s Mischler five-star salute.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you today and for affording us the chance to expand our platform by accessing your new issue for our rapidly expanding high quality distribution network.  So, thank you all very much.

Thanks also to all of our high quality global accounts who cumulatively contributed a total of 143 individual orders and a total of $439 million across today’s 7-part Senior transaction.  We’re happy when you are happy and by giving us this great opportunity today those accounts have elevated their trust and respect for what we work hard to do here each every day at Mischler Financial.


Microsoft Final Pricing

MSFT $1.5bn 1.85% due 2/6/20 @ $99.933 to yield 1.873% or T+40. MW+10.

MSFT $1.75bn 2.40% due 2/6/22 @ $99.785 to yield 2.446% or T+50. MW+10.

MSFT $2.25bn 2.875% due 2/6/24 @ $99.272 to yield 2.991% or T+70. MW+12.5.

MSFT $4bn 3.30% due 2/6/27 @ $99.645 to yield 3.342% or T+85. MW+15.

MSFT $2.5bn 4.10%due 2/6/37 @ $99.783 to yield 4.116% or T+100. MW+15.

MSFT $3bn 4.25% due 2/6/47 @ $99.731 to yield 4.266% or T+115. MW+20.

MSFT $2bn 4.50% due 2/6/57 @ $99.705 to yield 4.516% or T+140. MW+25.



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


…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior six week’s averages:

WEEK 1/23
WEEK 1/16
WEEK 1/09
WEEK 1/02
WEEK 12/26
WEEK 12/19
New Issue Concessions 0.94 bps 0.58 bps 0.33 bps 6 bps N./A 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A
Oversubscription Rates 2.60x 2.88x 4.82x 1.89x N/A 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A
Tenors 8.54 yrs 5.75 yrs 6.11 yrs 9 yrs N/A 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A
Tranche Sizes $1,006mm $581mm $883mm $1,000mm N/A $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.61> yrs <18.12> bps <23> bps <8.5> bps N/A <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A


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.



Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED
Crown Castle Int’l. Corp. Baa3/BBB- 4.00% 3/01/2027 500 +175-180 +160a (+/-3) +157 +157
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 1.85% 2/06/2020 1,500 +60a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.40% 2/06/2022 1,750 +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/06/2024 2,250 +90a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 3.30% 2/06/2027 4,000 +100a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.10% 2/06/2037 2,500 +115a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.25% 2/06/2047 3,000 +130a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.50% 2/06/2057 2,000 +155a +145a (+/-5) +140 +140
USAA Capital Corp. Aa1/AA FRN 2/01/2019 350 3mL+high30s/
3mL+23-25 3mL+23 3mL+23



Indexes and New Issue Volume
*Denotes new tight.


Index Open Current Change
IG27 64.157 65.788 1.631
HV27 135.835 137.765 1.93
VIX *10.58 11.88 1.30
S&P 2,294 2,280 <14>
DOW 20,093 19,971 <122>



IG Corporates




Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $17.85 bn DAY: $18.10 bn
WTD: $17.85 bn WTD: $18.10 bn
MTD: $158.233 bn MTD: $213.133 bn
YTD: $158.233 bn YTD: $213.133 bn


Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     


  • For the week ended January 25th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.589b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.697b) and a net outflow of $532.417m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $121.533m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.024b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $3.769b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $149.265m (2016 YTD inflow of $165.602m).


IG Credit Spreads by Rating

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Mon Jan 30, 2017 edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest 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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MSFT Mega Bond Deal Dashboard- Top 10 Biggest Debt Deals, Ever