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August 1, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 07.31.17- Investment Grade DCM – American Airlines Floats and Flies Ahead of Day’s Debt Issuers 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Monday July 31 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 is one of three distinctive market comment 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 email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646


Investment Grade DCM New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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 July 26th              

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 11 issuers pricing 15 tranches between them totaling $6.986b.  The SSA space was quiet today. It seemed much busier than today’s final tally given the 15 tranches but if you’ll recall several syndicate desks did comment in last Friday’s “QC” survey for this week’s IG Corporate new issue volume that it would seem busier given the expectation for lots of smaller sized deals.

………….Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 27.67% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $6.986b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 143.28% of the syndicate forecast for July or $120.926b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 6 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

July 2017 finished as the second highest volume July on record for IG Corporates at $120.876b as well as for all-in IG supply (Corporates plus SSA) – $141.476b. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points 

  • Banco General, S.A. upsized today’s 10yr 144a/REGS Senior Unsecured Notes new issue to $550mm from its $500mm launch size.
  • International Paper Co. dropped the FRN tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 3NC1 FGRN and 30yr Senior Notes offering.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <19.73> bps.
  • Excluding today’s IG-rated preferred for Public Storage, the average spread compression of today’s 14 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <20.61> bps.
  • The average spreads across 1 of the 19 major industry sectors set a new post-Crisis low while 6 of the 19 tied their post-Crisis lows. That’s 36.84% of the sectors.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +108.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.03 vs. +102.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +151 vs. +150.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.3b on Friday versus $19.6b on Thursday and $12.8b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Unchanged (2yr & 3yr) to +0.8 bps (30yr) in a very quiet day.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s small loss. Bund small gain & Gilt weaker.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks mixed heading into last hour. Dow traded closed at a new all-time high……again!
  • Overseas Stocks – HS & China rallied. Nikkei small loss. Europe mostly red.
  • Economic – U.S. data was mixed. Core PCE tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – China weaker. Japan stronger. Europe stronger with tame inflation.
  • Currencies – USD was better overnight but was hit hard during NY trading hours.
  • Commodities – Crude oil little changed but did trade over 50. Copper 2+ year high.
  • CDX IG: -0.28 to 57.37
  • CDX HY: -0.20 to 320.94
  • CDX EM: -0.53 to 190.66

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
N. Korea launches ICBM on 7/28. Jong-Un claims Hwasong-14 missile can reach any location on the U.S. continent. UN projects worst famine in NOKO in 17 yrs; last one killed 2mm (8% of population).  Fear that NOKO may use nuclear intel/systems as barter for food w/”suspect” nations. U.S. has already sanctioned certain Chinese banks to pressure the PRC to use more influence over NOKO which has obviously failed. Tensions are mounting.  
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. France pressing for $115b equivalent.  
Venezuela – civil unrest as Maduro dictatorship claims bogus election outcome favors unlimited powers and a new constitutional assembly in elections that U.S. and key LATAM nations will not acknowledge. Caracas named most dangerous city in the world with highest murder rate. VZ gov’t stopped publishing crime stats a decade ago. Dictatorship in our Western Hemisphere. U.S. Tsy. freezes Maduro family assets.  
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned; Mueller expanding FBI probe into Trump. White House cleans house; New Chief of Staff.

U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base,severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest.

Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS will be scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17; ECB dovishness; low rates persist.

Renewed tensions along the India-Pakistan cease fire line dividing Indian-controlled Kashmir.

MODERATE China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.
MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak?; “Maybe” one more rate hike in 2017; lack of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/31-8/04
vs. Current
WTD – $6.986b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $120.926b
August 2017
Low-End Avg. $24.21b 28.86% $83.87b 144.18% $78.37b
Midpoint Avg. $25.25b 27.67% $84.40b 143.28% $79.10b
High-End Avg. $26.29b 26.57% $84.92b 142.40% $79.83b
The Low $15b 46.57% $70b 172.75% $60b
The High $35b 19.96% $111b 108.94% $100b

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner Investment Grade DCM commentary aka “QC” Monday July 31, 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 is one of three distinctive market comment 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 email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

*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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Investment Grade DCM – American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) Floats and Flies Ahead of Day’s Issuers