FIGs Lead Day’s DCM Funding; Gulf Power Co “Deal-of-the-Day”- Mischler Comment
May 16, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 05.15.17 FIGs Lead DCM Funding; Southern Co’s Gulf Power Building The Future of Energy 


Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

Building the Future of Energy – Gulf Power Co. $300mm 3.30% Senior Notes due 5/30/2027

Answering Another Call of Duty: Southern Company’s Commitment to the Military – Pride. Duty. Honor. Discipline.

A Reiteration of Mischler’s 2017 Memorial Day Month Pledge

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 May 10th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar


12 IG Corporate issuers announced deals today pricing 16 tranches between them totaling $13.50b.  There was no SSA activity in the session. The day’s highest volume deals came from two FIGs namely HSBC Holdings Plc and Wells Fargo that each printed a $3 billion transaction.  Additionally, today’s IG dollar DCM featured a total of four 2-part transactions from ANZ Banking Group Ltd., ANZ Banking Group NY Branch, BPCE and Manufacturers & Traders Trust.  However, the session’s Deal-of-the-Day belongs to Southern Company’s subsidiary Gulf Power Co. that issued a $300mm 3.30% due 5/30/2027.  You know what that means!  If it’s a Deal-of-the-Day, I’m writing about it; and if I’m writing about it, it means Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer served on the deal as an active 3.00% Co-Manager.

Let’s first run through today’s IG primary market tally and re-caps before we take the deep dive into the Gulf Power deal.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now over 45% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $13.50b vs. $29.73b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced nearly 70% of the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for May or $86.138b vs. $123.42b.
  • There are now 8 IG Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.
  • The all-in IG Corporate plus SSA MTD total is now $93.538b.


Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points


  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.67> bps which includes the Dominion Energy Inc. remarketing.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +162 versus +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.7b on Friday versus $17.9b on Thursday and $13.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.7b.


Global Market Recap


  • S. Treasuries – Small losses in very light volume.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s were mixed. Long end in EU core & semi core struggled.
  • Stocks – Bid heading into close. S&P’s and NASDAQ traded at all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia better, expected small loss for Nikkei. FTSE & DAX reach all-time highs.
  • Economic – Empire manufacturing weaker. NAHB housing stronger. Full calendar tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan PPI YoY highest since November, 2014. Weaker data in China.
  • Currencies – Back-to-back down days for the DXY Index.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold, copper & silver higher. Down day for wheat.
  • CDX IG: -0.83 to 61.78
  • CDX HY: -2.56 to 324.66
  • CDX EM: -3.40 to 190.85

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

-Tony Farren


Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May


IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
vs. Current
WTD – $13.50b
May 2017
vs. Current
MTD – $86.138b
Low-End Avg. $28.69b 47.05% $122.27b 70.45%
Midpoint Avg. $29.73b 45.41% $123.42b 69.79%
High-End Avg. $30.77b 43.87% $124.56b 69.15%
The Low $20b 67.50% $100b 86.138%
The High $40b 33.75% $150b 57.43%


Answering Another Call of Duty: Southern Company’s Commitment to the Military – Pride. Duty. Honor. Discipline.

Southern Company knows that veterans are the foundation of military service and of the utility Company. After they have served their nation, Southern Company seeks and encourages veterans to turn their military training into an opportunity to serve its 4.5 million customers.

Veterans are a natural fit for Southern Company because the cultures of the military and the utility industry are very similar – both exemplify dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in all they do. This is why many veterans who have joined Southern Company are not just participants, but leaders, in the company.

Veterans currently account for 10% of Southern Company’s employees. The company’s military recruitment and development efforts have earned Southern Company a designation as the highest-ranked utility on G.I. Jobs’ Top 100 Military Friend Employers list for six consecutive years. The company has also been recognized as a Top 10 Company for Veterans by DiversityInc., a Most Valuable Employer by CivilianJobs and a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times EDGE.

Additionally, Southern Company is a founding partner of Troops to Energy Jobs program, supports the Joining Forces initiative, participates annually in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with military transition centers across the country. Today, Southern Company and its subsidiaries including Gulf Power co. are the only electric utilities in the nation to partner with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force to develop innovative energy projects both on and off base.

Navy Veteran Helps Recruit Top Veteran Talent

jamal-jessie southern co

Jamal Jessie

Veteran and Southern Company military recruiter Jamal Jessie says he views the U.S. Military as the best military in the world, so when he transitioned from a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy to civilian life in 2015, it only made sense to work for one of the best companies for veterans.

It was Southern Company’s ranking among GI Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers that led Jamal there.

As Jamal tells it, “As a recruiter for the Navy, my scope of responsibility was vast. The leadership opportunities and the opportunity to build relationships set me up for success not only in the Navy but also now at Southern Company. I connected with and built relationships with people within the Navy and in the community, and that’s similar to what I do now – meeting with people on bases to attract top talent for Southern Company.”

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and citizens nationwide are encouraged to celebrate those who have served our country or are serving our country. Because the military and our industry’s cultures are similar – exemplifying dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence – we actively recruit military personnel who are transitioning out of service.  In fact, veterans account for 10 percent of our company’s 32,000 employees.

Without knowing it, Jamal had been preparing for his recruiting position for years. He joined the Navy after graduating from high school. Jamal spent his first 10 years in communications and was deployed at-sea four times. He then went on to serve as a full-time recruiter for 10 more years until he retired in 2014.

“Veterans play a huge part in our safety and in our lives, every day,” Jamal says, “and Southern Company gives us the opportunity to do the same thing here.”

When it comes to recruiting, Jamal says, “We are looking for the best of the best.” He partners with our operating companies and business units, developing strategies to recruit talent for specific positions. He travels to military bases where he fosters relationships and talks to military personnel who are transitioning from military to civilian working life to find that talent.

“We speak the same language, we have trust,” he says. “Southern Company values the veteran. We understand the teamwork and the training that veterans bring to our organization. The skills match is a huge advantage for both veterans and Southern Company.”

A Reiteration of Mischler’s 2017 Memorial Day Month Pledge.

Consistent with Mischler Financial Group’s annual initiative to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our US military, this year we have dedicated a percentage of the month’s commission revenue to two organizations that are near and dear to our hearts and minds.

As we have done in prior Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, Mischler is pleased to continue our support of Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, the non-profit dedicated to raising funds to support disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured, or are currently serving in harm’s way.

As part of our May 2017 profit pledge, Mischler is equally proud to support the American Cancer Society via our sponsorship of the ACS 12th Annual Financial Services Cares Gala, which will be held June 22 at the New York Hilton Hotel. This year’s gala, which is expected to raise more than $1 million, will pay tribute to former KPMG Chairman & CEO Eugene O’Kelly, who passed away from cancer in 2005 and whose estate remains an ardent supporter of ACS cancer research grants.

Each of us here at Mischler, whether personally, through family members and/or friends and acquaintances, are all-too-familiar with the cancer’s devastating impact. Our support of the ACS is a testament to the crucial work it performs via research grants and assistance to patients undergoing treatment and their caregivers.

As the month of May pledge kicks off, thank you in advance to our sales/trading desk counterparties across the investment management industry and to the many Fortune 500 treasury teams we work with, for your ongoing support of our mission.


Dean A. Chamberlain (SDV)

Chief Executive Officer

Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

Southern Company and Mischler Financial truly is a formidable partnership not only when it comes to our day jobs in placing a new issue but also in our shared ethos of giving back opportunities to our military men and women in uniform – those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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


Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Monday May 15 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.

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FIGs Lead Day’s DCM Funding; Gulf Power Co “Deal-of-the-Day”- Mischler Comment