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Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 06.13.17 – Mischler Financial
June 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 06.13.17- Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

Investment Grade Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Re-Cap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report / Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Sessions in Session; S&P & DOW Close at All-Time Highs; Nasdaq Within One Point!

The morning session was subdued with only 4 Corporate issuers tapping our IG dollar DCM pricing 4 tranches for a total of $2.40b.  The SSA space saw 3 issuers print 3 tranches for an additional $2.843b thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 7 issuers, 7 tranches and $5.243b.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now 51.99% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.35b vs. $21.83b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced more than 54.51% after just the first two days of June or $49.595b vs. $90.98b.
  • There are now 3 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The IADB upsized its 5-year Global FRNs new issue today to $600mm from a minimum $500mm at the launch.
  • Double “BB” rated HY asset class matched a new post credit low of +227.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <13.08> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 versus +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +160 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 $13.2b on Monday versus $11.1b on Friday and $12.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed, little changed & with a flatter curve.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Gilts hit hard. Bunds down. Peripherals better bid.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.24556%) since March 2009.
  • Stocks – Solid gains for U.S. stocks led by the NASDAQ as of 3:30pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia & Europe rallied except the Nikkei & FTSE (small losses).
  • Economic – PPI YoY 0.1% lower than last while core CPI YoY increased 0.2%.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data weaker. U.K. CPI higher. EU & Germany ZEWs solid.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5 & the DXY Index lost ground.
  • Commodities – The CRB hit its lowest level since April 2016. Crude oil improved.
  • CDX IG: -1.0 to 58.99
  • CDX HY: -1.86 to 321.27
  • CDX EM: -3.37 to 191.25

*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 continues missile tests with improving accuracy in defiance of protests in G-Zero world.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·           U.K. PM May is on the hot seat but softer BREXIT talks are expected as a result.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Fed Balance Sheet
·           FOMC Rate Decision 2pm Wed. 6./14;  This week BOE, SNB & BOJ all expected to be unchanged.

·           GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/

Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·           Trump’s pulling U.S. from Paris Climate Accord perceived as ceding leadership in G-0 world.

·           Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·           Potential mid-term election loss to Dems in 11/2018 will impede any progress/GOP dissension.

·           U.S. partisan politics/gridlock/media bias against Trump/talk/tweet addiction and perjury.

·           Shrinking the Fed’s  balance sheet/higher volatility 2H17.

·           Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% and threatens EU economic improvements/Five Star movement

setback in municipal election defeats on June 11th. EU skeptic support may have peaked.

·           ISIS becoming scattered across wider MENA region and more difficult to contain as a result.

·           U.K. terror alert lowered to “Severe” vs. “Critical.” Attack “highly likely” vs. “imminent.”

MODERATE ·           Venezuelan civil unrest

·           Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode.

·           China hard landing?

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·           Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/12-6/16
vs. Current
WTD – $11.35b
June 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $49.595b
Low-End Avg. $21.00b 54.05% $90.04b 55.08%
Midpoint Avg. $21.83b 51.99% $90.98b 54.51%
High-End Avg. $22.67b 50.07% $91.92b 53.95%
The Low $15b 75.67% $75b 66.13%
The High $41b 27.68% $110b 45.09%

 

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

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Mischler Investment Grade Debt Market Commentary-Memorial Day 2017 Edition
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

“Quigley’s Corner” – Memorial Day 2017 Edition; Best & Brightest Sound Off re: Investment Grade Corporate Debt Forecast

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Investment Grade Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

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 June IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

About Memorial Day

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report / Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

 

A “thank you” goes out to all the 24 syndicate desk operatives who I polled this morning in the “QC” and who truly are the “Best and the Brightest” in our world of fixed income syndicate.  You see, SIFMA has declared today an early close ahead of Monday’s Memorial Day and as such we’re all looking to get out a bit ahead of the crowd so-to-speak.  They all complied and I have for your reading pleasure all 24 of those syndicate gurus patiently waiting below with their IG corporate new issue thoughts and forecasts not only for next week’s supply but for all of June as well.  So, sit back, relax and before your long weekend begins, get the data download as to what we expect for next week and month. After that enjoy this weekend with your families and please remember those sacrifices made by our nation’s men and women in uniform.  Please also take the time to read the Memorial Day piece above that says it all and the scroll below for General John A. Logan’s Memorial Day Order known as General Order No.11 May 5th, 1868 issued to honor our nation’s dead in the Civil War. It is the foundational starting point to our nation’s honoring our veterans on Memorial Day this Monday.

Thank you all! -RQ

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • 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 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.2b on Thursday versus $19.7b on Wednesday and $15.2b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.9b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·     ISIS attack in Manchester, U.K. kills 22 wounds 59/U.K. on highest terror alert – “CRITICAL”

·     N. Korea “deployment and mass production” of ballistic missiles that could reach Japan & Guam.

·     Increasing tensions between North Korea (pop: 24mm) & South Korea (pop: 44mm).

·     Dictator Kim Jong-Un increasingly belligerent./Political disruption in Pacific Rim.

ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·     Pres. Trump labels terrorists “Losers”; urges unity of all faiths to destroy radical factions.

·     Contentious U.K./EU negotiations over BREXIT. U.K. threatens to abandon talks.

·     2nd Scottish independence referendum Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Also support for a vote in Ireland.

CAUTION
“Trump Factor”
Fed Balance Sheet
·     Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·     FBI Controversy over firing of Comey & Russia scandal.

·     Potential mid-term election loss to Dems in 11/2018 will impede any progress/GOP dissension.

·     U.S. partisan politics/gridlock/media war against Trump

·     China hard landing?/L-T Moody’s downgrade to A1 vs. Aa3; outlook to “stable” from “negative.”

·     Shrinking Fed balance sheet/weaker technicals/wider spreads/higher volatility 2H17.

MODERATE ·     Syria/Terrorism/Venezuelan civil unrest/Brazil’s scandal & new recession.

·     Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
“QUITALY”
·    Highly fractious Italian political landscape. 64 governments in 72 Post WWII years.

·    Italy’s 5 Star Movement & EU skeptic parties have more influence than in other EU elections.

·    As Italian elections approach, EU risks increase significantly/Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133%.

·    A “QUITALY” referendum vote?

·    Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/22-5/26
vs. Current
WTD – $39.20b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $148.138b
Low-End Avg. $29.69b 132.03% $122.27b 121.16%
Midpoint Avg. $30.48b 128.61% $123.42b 120.03%
High-End Avg. $31.27b 125.36% $124.56b 118.93%
The Low $20b 196.00% $100b 148.138%
The High $40b 98.00% $150b 98.76

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 21 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  23 are in the top 27 of that same table. The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.39% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.   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. As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey. My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was as follows:

To frame this week’s survey question, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total finished over 128% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $39.200b vs. $30.48b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced just over 120% of the syndicate projection for May or $148.138b vs. $123.42b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) currently stands at $171.038b ranking this May as the 7th highest volume month of all-time and second largest of 2017 behind January’s #1 overall ranking at $227.283b.
  • As of today, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $624.514b vs. $602.869 on May 25th, 2016 or 3.59% more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $778.656b vs $791.618 on May 25th, 2016 or <1.64%> less than last the year ago total.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 48 IG Corporate-only deals that priced:

  • NICS:  <5.45> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.74x
  • Tenors:  11.37 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $817mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <20.05> bps

Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s:

  • Average NICs tightened dramatically by <6.69> bps to <5.45> bps vs. 1.24 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased 0.54x to 3.74x vs. 3.20x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 2.68 years to 11.37 vs. 8.69 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $114mm to $817mm vs. $931mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 48 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened <2.24> bps to <20.05> bps vs. <17.81> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to +161 vs. +162.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning was unchanged at 1.13. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 vs. +119. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 0.25 bps to 13.25 bps vs. 13.00 as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened 0.68 bps to 16.58 vs. 17.26.
  • For the week ended May 24h, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.089b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $57.067b) and a net outflow of $567.960m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $6.008b).
  • The OIS forward market – the best measure of implied probability for a June rate hike – is 80%.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 54 deals that printed, 43 tightened versus NIP for a 79.50% improvement rate while 6 widened (11.00%) and 5 were flat (9.50%).

Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $39.20b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $49.70b

This week lived up to expectations and to within 3.50% of the highest estimate which was $40b.  The headliner was of course this week’s terrible suicide bombing in Manchester, U.K. targeting children at a concert leaving 22 killed, 59 wounded and the U.K. on its highest national terror alert – “CRITICAL.” Trump controversies (FBI/Russia) remained backstage as his first foreign tour took center stage. The takeaways were the Middle East trip with net positives in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Trump also challenged European leadership to pay their fair share as NATO members.  He was vocal about the war on terror, labeling terrorists “LOSERS” and emphasized the unity of all faiths particularly Christians, Jews and Muslims to “eradicate terrorists from our planet.” The OIS forward market – the best measure of implied probability for a June rate hike – is 80%. North Korea continued test firing missiles; China was downgraded to “A1” from Aa3” by Moody’s though placed on outlook “stable” from “negative”; Italian elections are the next big event coming to Europe with a possible “QUITALY” on tap as myriad political factions share one commonality – leaving the EU in a nation that has seen 72 post WWII governments in 72 years!; Italian debt to GDP is a staggering 133%; There are 5 IG Corporate or Yankee new issues in the pipeline that we know about.

Along those lines today’s once a month TWO-PART question is, “what are your thoughts and numbers for BOTH NEXT WEEK and JUNE IG Corporate new issue volume? Thank you in advance for your time and contribution! 

I hope my daily “QC” and these Friday data downloads are helpful and informative to you.  Without your input this “QC” survey can’t get done.  I truly appreciate your meaningful sound bites that bring your numbers and ranges to life. A LOT of issuers that your firm banks read this every day and they love it!  I consistently receive positive feedback about the “QC” from them directly.  So, you should know that you are personally contributing to a much bigger picture while also helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer build in a more meaningful and sustainable way especially during this – our Memorial Day Monthly Pledge Drive in which we donate 10% of our firm’s profits to veteran and other worthy causes.

Thank you very much and have a great Memorial Day weekend! -Ron

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

Responses from fixed income syndicate desks and bookrunners canvassed in this week’s poll is available exclusively to QC email distribution list members. To receive the QC, please contact Rob Karr, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets via rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com

 

 

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

 

  • Across the past ten years, all-in dollar-denominated IG Corporate plus SSA June new issuance averaged $84.61b.
  • Over the past five years, all-in IG June new issuance averaged $93.03b.
  • Over the past three years, all-in IG June issuance has averaged $113.65b.
  • The past three years, June IG Corporate only issuance averaged $98.37b.
  • June SSA issuance has averaged $15.27b across the last three years.

 

June
(Year)
All-in IG Issuance ($bn) IG Corps
only ($bn)
SSA
only ($bn)
2016 98.422 87.922 10.50
2015 111.906 97.156 14.75
2014 130.61 110.04 20.57
2013 42.19 40.24 1.95
2012 82.01 67.95 14.06
2011 51.24 31.33 19.91
2010 67.13 43.52 23.61
2009 119.77 64.29 55.48
2008 59.88 42.43 17.45
2007 83.00 63.07 19.93

*Note: includes TARP/TALF & FDIC insured issuance

 

About Memorial Day
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Memorial Day was the result of the Civil War with a strong desire to honor our nation’s dead. It was proclaimed by General John Logan commander of our U.S. National Army on May 30th, 1868.  New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day in 1873. By 1890, all northern states recognized the Day.  The South refused to do so until after World War I when it was not solely to commemorate those lost in the Civil War. Memorial Day officially became a national holiday in 1971 thru an Act of Congress.

Here is how it all got started:

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

 

  1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

  1. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
  2. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

Remember our Veterans

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Never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can all do what we do every day.

God Bless our nation’s veterans and their families; God Bless you and your families and God Bless America!

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone!
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

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A Tribute to Roger Moore’s AAA-Rated Bond; Mischler Debt Market Comment
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.23.17- Tribute to Roger Moore’s AAA-Rated Bond

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Tuesday May 23, 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. The QC 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 New Issue Re-Cap:  Bonds, Bonds and Roger Moore’s AAA Rated Bond

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

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 17th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $216.2 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

The vibrant IG primary DCM continued along its trajectory today with 9 IG Corporate issuers pricing 18 tranches between them totaling $13.325b.  The SSA space saw KfW boost the volume totals with a $5b 3-year for an all-in IG day total of 10 issuers, 19 tranches and $18.325b.

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is over 109% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.40b vs. $30.48b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced more than 115% just above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for May or $142.338b vs. $123.42b.
  • There are now 6 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.
  • The all-in IG Corporate plus SSA MTD total is now $159.738b.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Great-West Lifeco upped its 30-year Senior Notes new issue to $700mm from $500mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Public Storage increased its $25 PerpNC5 preferred new issue today to $250mm from $100mm.
  • Activision Blizzard Inc. its $1.2b 3-part 5-, 10- and 30-year Senior Notes new issue launch 5 bps tighter than the tightest side of guidance today on each of the three tranches.  A rarity among rarities and worth posting here..
  • DDR Corp. increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $450mm from $300mm.
  • Ascension Health upsized the tap of its 3(a)(4) exempt 3.945% Senior Unsecured Notes due 11/15/2046 to $225mm vs. $220mm bringing the new total to $925mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution and excluding today’s $25 Perp NC5 Preferred was <21.73> bps.
  • The average spread compression including today’s $25 PerpNC5 Preferred was <21.00>.
  • 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 tightened 1 bp +112 versus +113.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Monday versus $11.3b on Friday and $15.4b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – 4th losing session in a row for the UST market.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s better except the 5yr. Europe closed mixed.
  • Stocks – 4th winning session in a row for U.S. stocks
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed down while Europe rallied.
  • Economic – U.S. data was a mixed bag. FOMC Minutes tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data was mixed. Solid data in Europe except the U.K.
  • Currencies – USD traded very well during NY hours.
  • Commodities – CRB, natural gas, gold & wheat closed red while crude oil moved higher.
  • CDX IG: -0.29 to 61.91
  • CDX HY: -0.74 to 327.04
  • CDX EM: -3.89 to 193.37

*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 “deployment and mass production” of ballistic missiles that could reach Japan & Guam.

·           Increasing tensions between North Korea (pop: 24mm) & South Korea (pop: 44mm).

·           Dictator Kim Jong-Un increasingly belligerent and irreverent to international community.

·           Disruption of political landscape in the Pacific Rim.

ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout/
Terror Event in U.K.
·           Suicide bombing in Manchester kills 22 wounding over 50. ISIS claimed responsibility.

·           Pres. Trump lashes out at terrorists; urges unity of people of all faiths to destroy radical factions.

·           Contentious U.K./EU negotiations over BREXIT. U.K. threatens to abandon talks.

·           2nd Scottish independence referendum Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Also support for a vote in Ireland.

CAUTION
“Trump Factor”
·          Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·          FBI Controversy over firing of Comey/Russia scandal?

·          Potential mid-term election loss to Dems in 11/2018 will impede any progress/GOP dissension.

·          U.S. partisan politics reach zenith combined with media war against Trump

·          Will the Donald be able to fulfill campaign promises & how long before his tax reform plan?

MODERATE
“Dysfunction Junction”
·          Syria/Terrorism/Venezuelan civil unrest/Brazil’s scandal & new recession.

·          Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·         Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.

·         Highly fractious Italian political landscape. 64 governments in 72 Post WWII years.

·         Italy’s 5 Star Movement & EU skeptic parties have more influence than in other EU elections.

·         As Italian elections approach, EU risks increase significantly/Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133%.

·         A referendum vote could result in a “QUITALY”/Also, China hard landing

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/22-5/26
vs. Current
WTD – $33.40b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $142.338b
Low-End Avg. $29.69b 112.50% $122.27b 116.41%
Midpoint Avg. $30.48b 109.58% $123.42b 115.33%
High-End Avg. $31.27b 106.81% $124.56b 114.27%
The Low $20b 167.00% $100b 142.338%
The High $40b 83.50% $150b 94.89%

 

……….and Roger Moore,  the AAA Rated Bond

bond tribute roger moore AAA rated

 

 

The 25 Bond films have grossed a total of $7.1 billion in global box office receipts. It is estimated that half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond film. Ian Fleming’s 14 Bond books have sold over 100 million copies.  (I have read all them……twice!) So, it’s no wonder this USC film school graduate, long ago TV commercial film producer and film buff was bummed out this morning upon hearing of the passing of Sir Roger Moore at the age of 89 in Switzerland.  A private funeral will be held in Monaco so Roger will be going out in true Bond style.

It was another act of violence, this time in Manchester, England last evening that kept many viewers transfixed to their televisions. Thoughts and prayers extended for the 22 killed, the 59 injured and their respective families, relatives and friends. What makes it so difficult to fathom such an act in our civilized society is that yesterday’s suicide bombing took the lives of so many young children who had just enjoyed a concert. Tragic. So, tragic.  What also gripped me last night was that as I watched, it became immediately noticeable how objective the news reporting was as I switched cable news channels during commercial breaks. The journalists and anchors did their job as live feeds came in and the story developed before our eyes.  It was a tragedy that took the lives of innocent people to get the media industry to report objectively (FINALLY!) and they each did a highly commendable job.  But it left me wanting more from them and not just in covering last evening’s story but in covering news – generally speaking – as it should be every single day.

Segue to this morning’s coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech and introduction of President Trump who then spoke eloquently about history, religion, and the war on terror.  The message was clear – Christians, Jews and Muslims alike should unite to aggressively confront threats to our civilization and to each of our religions so we can all enjoy living together in our increasingly diverse world.

 

In light of the harsh realities of our new world order and common fight against terror it’s no surprise then to realize that for 55 years dating back to Dr. No in 1962, people have found and embraced a universal James Bond, the super spy character created by Ian Fleming. We all need a ruthless hero in the form of a good guy who at times has to execute bad things for the greater good. When he empties a full revolver into his first onscreen kill in Doctor No, he quips, “That’s a Smith & Wesson, and you’ve had your six.”  In film we can appeal to our primordial instincts and Bond exits as hero each time the world traveler tracks down and kills society’s evil thugs.  One can get away with that in film.  Like relative value studies, it’s part art part science.  It’s film, but it’s portrayed by real living performers.  Bond is decisive and gets his job down each and every time. He kills people who deserve to die and, viewers all agree, they need to go.  Just like terrorists in today’s world. Roger Moore starred in a total of seven Bond epics and endeared himself throughout the world audience through his refreshing portrayal of the daring character he played.  Following on the heels of Sean Connery, Moore knew from his first Bond adventure, Live and Let Die, that he couldn’t be the former so he added amusing humor to the character in a very deadpan, witty and raffish way admired the around the world.

Bond does it with class, adventure, luxury and with the most gorgeous people by his side in the world’s most exotic locations.  He has taste, style, sophistication and oh that sense of humor. A good guy killer wrapped in a tuxedo. With his mission accomplished Bond always takes a sabbatical from work as a reward for saving society from domineering bad guys and terrorists. So, last night’s tragic evening segued into a somber and seriously Presidential speech this morning that then turned into the sad news of the passing of Sir Roger Moore who in his own right did so much in his retirement as UNICEF’s world Ambassador – which he always said was his life’s greatest achievement.  Even Bond gives back to society! We need Bond. We like when the good guy wins.  When we get the bad guy and do it with  style, with panache and in a raffish way, it’s feels even better.  That’s Illusion vs. reality unfortunately.  A lot of things coming together here at once.  The tragedy in Manchester, a President serious about eradicating terrorism and the wish that we had some savior to execute the mission, like James Bond – a fictitious character who was perhaps best portrayed by Roger Moore, who sadly passed away today.

Last Scene From The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond (Roger Moore) and Asamova (Barbara Bach) are discovered by their respective bosses making love in a life boat capsule at sea:

M: 007?
Russian General Gogol: Triple X!!
Minister of Defense: Bond! What do you think you’re doing?
Bond: Keeping the British end up, sir.

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.

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Investment Grade Debt Commentary–Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.12.17 – Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

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

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

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

 

What to do on a no-print Friday in the IG dollar DCM?  Well, how about speaking with the top 24 syndicate desks who underwrite over 80% of all debt issued in our market for starters?  I did just that as is done here in the “QC” each and every Friday.  Next week looks like a very robust one with sizeable upside potential. One syndicate guru noted we could see $40b next week and $150b for the month.  What your corner seer can tell you is that I wrote the following here in the “QC” on Friday April 28th, 2017:

“It’s a weary world folks! However, the good news is that U.S. Corporations are an anomaly. They’re doing just fine and foreign investment into the safe haven of” yieldier” investment grade rated products is immense and growing.  I expect a very robust May of $150-ish of all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA issuance).  Credit is grinding tighter and ……investor appetite is voracious……especially coming off such a noticeably slow April that ended on a high note. So, issuers line up!  Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our world is Corporate America.”

The IG Corporate-only total for May is currently $72.638b and the all-in Corporate plus SSA total is $80.083b.  We have two solid weeks to go in May and if we repeat what we’ve done thus far – along with next week’s upside potential – I do think we hit $150b.  Now wouldn’t that be something…..AGAIN! But why listen to little ‘ole me when all those prestigious professionals manning their respective syndicate desks at the world’s biggest investment banks are patiently waiting for you to run through my recaps and move on to their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG corporate issuance? They’re all there.  Hurry up and get to it because it’s Friday and people have places to go and people to see.

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.

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 vs. +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.12 versus 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.9b on Thursday versus $19.8b on Wednesday and $17b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.9b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/08-5/12
vs. Current
WTD – $33.67b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $72.638b
Low-End Avg. $30.54b 110.25% $122.27b 59.41%
Midpoint Avg. $31.37b 107.33% $123.42b 58.85%
High-End Avg. $32.21b 104.53% $124.56b 58.32%
The Low $25b 134.68% $100b 72.63%
The High $41b 82.12% $150b 48.43%

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  22 are in the top 25 of that same table. The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.91% 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.

 As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016…

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was framed as follows:

 
Here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now over 10% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.67b vs. $31.37b.
  • MTD we’ve priced more than 58% of the syndicate projection for May or $72.63b vs. $123.42b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) currently stands at $80.038b.
  • This week we breached the half trillion dollar mark for YTD IG Corporate-only issuance.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $515.42b which is 7.22% more than a year ago to date.
  • YTD we priced $687.656b of all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance which is 2.84% more than last year’s total at this point.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 42 IG Corporate-only deals that priced: 

o   NICS:  <0.20> bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.72x

o   Tenors:  8.66 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $802mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.51> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s: 

  • Average NICs widened 0.20 bps this week to <0.2). vs. <0.40>.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased 1.07x to 2.72x vs. 3.79x. 
  • Average tenors dramatically contracted by 3.28 years to 8.66 years vs. 11.94 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $16mm to $802mm vs. $818mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 42 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened <1.87> bps to <19.51> bps vs. <17.64> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to +161 vs. +162.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 3 bps to 1.12 vs. 1.15. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened by 3 bps to +118 vs. +121. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 3.00 bps to 12.25 vs. 15.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened by 2.53 bps to 16.79 bps vs. 19.32 bps against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended May 10th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $51.877b) and a net outflow of $1.725m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $6.091b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 46 deals that printed, 34 tightened versus NIP for a 74.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (17.50%) and 4 were flat (8.50%).

Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $33.67b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $39.42b

 

We’re in the midst of a Trump Slump. Former-FBI Chief Comey was fired by Trump despite the ongoing “From Russia With Love” investigation.  Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is then invited into the Oval Office the next day while U.S. press is barred from the room. (Who will be sweeping the office for bugs and other devices?) You can’t make this stuff up folks.  There is a 100% chance of a June rate hike. North Korea continues to threaten its sixth nuclear test.  The French election is now behind us, but the new young President of Gaul has his hands full while Le Pen rebuilds, renames and rebrands her National Front Party with an eye on 2022.  The best story going, however, continues to be very strong U.S. corporate earnings as IG credit spreads grind tighter and tighter offering issuers great opportunities to print NOW!
 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their formidable responses:

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IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche-Mischler Debt Market Commentary
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.02.17- IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche; $16.6b Floated by 8 Issuers

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – An Avalanche of Issuance

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes 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 April 26th         

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

 

I wrote this last Friday to close out my Best and Brightest commentary:

“Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our wounded world is Corporate America. Next week, however, will feature a couple very congested days given that the U.K., EU, China and Australia are closed on Monday in observance of EU Labor Day; there’s FOMC Wednesday and an NFP Friday ahead.  So, not much on those days but it should make for a crowded Tuesday and Thursday.”

Today, Tuesday lived up to the billing.  The IG Corporate DCM hosted 8 issuers across 21 tranches totaling $16.675b in volume.  No help came the SSA space as it wisely stood down.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now 73.5% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $21.025b vs. $28.58b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced nearly 17% of the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for April or $21.025b vs. $123.42b.
  • Meanwhile the IG pipeline is building with 8 IG Yankee and SSA new issues lining up and either ready to go, road showing or conducting investor calls.
    (Please scroll way below for the New Issue Pipeline).

Of all those transactions the one nearest and dearest to our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer was Barclays PLC’s first subordinated callable issue.  That is my featured Deal-of-the-Day and you know what that means – Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on the transaction.  First let’s get to the re-caps – both primary and global – and then it’s onto BACR!

Thanks for tuning in and remember, Corporate America IS the defacto best story going in our inextricably linked global economy and new world order.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Mid-America Apartments LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Unsecured Notes new issue to $600mm from $450mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 21 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.31> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.16.
  • 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 $12b on Monday versus $16.2b on Friday and $16.1b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.6b.

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs traded with a bid today on Trump, crude oil & vehicle sales.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s lost ground. Europe closed mixed with more red than green.
  • 3mth Libor – set at 1.17372% the highest since 4/1/09.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the last 15 minutes of trading.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with gains except China. Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Vehicle sales were weak. ADP & FOMC Statement tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – PMI’s in China & Japan were weaker. Europe PMI’s were strong.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. Yen & CAD, weaker vs. the Euro & Pound and unchanged vs. the AUD.
  • Commodities – Terrible day for crude oil.
  • CDX IG: -0.17 to 63.21
  • CDX HY: +0.50 to 324.17
  • CDX EM: -4.41 to 190.71

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

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/01-5/05
vs. Current
WTD – $21.025b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $21.025b
Low-End Avg. $27.96b 75.20% $122.27b 17.20%
Midpoint Avg. $28.58b 73.57% $123.42b 17.04%
High-End Avg. $29.21b 71.98% $124.56b 16.88%
The Low $20b 105.12% $100b 21.02%
The High $36b 58.40% $150b 14.02%

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, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes Deal Dashboard

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Week’s IG Corporate Bond Issuance: Cooling Off Period; April Showers Bring May Flowers
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.21.17; This Week: A Cooling-Off for New IG Corporate Bond Issuance; April Showers Bring May Flowers!

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Back-to-Back Blanks for the IG Dollar DCM

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

Indexes and New Issue Volume

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 19th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

What with the French Election this Sunday combined with today being a Friday session there was no new issuance to speak of in the IG dollar DCM. That’s now two consecutive days without IG issuance.  I was out for two Fridays so, today is the first “Best & Brightest” edition since March 31st.  Next week looks to be a relatively subdued one given continued blackouts and the fact that most all the big FIGs have already issued.  As corporates exit and Treasuries rally with yields set to pull down further, all this leads up to what should be a VERY ROBUST May.  The average for next week across the top 24 syndicate desks surveyed is $19.46b.  The high was one desk that thinks we’ll see $30b and the low came from two desks that both said $10-15b or an average of $12.5b. But why let me tell you?  I’m here for them. Please allow me to introduce you to the people who price YOUR deals.  They’re all waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  So, without further ado folks…..let’s get to it!

Please remember to read the bold italicized question I posed to the Best & the Brightest as it contains this week’s complete data download that should be helpful to you.

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table. 22 are in the top 25 in that same table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 82.36% 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.

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 !!  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! -RQ

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced as follows:

“Good morning and Happy Friday!

First, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

  • The U.S. six-pack banks posted overall positive earnings. This week five of those for banks – ex-GS who did not yet print – represented 59% of this week’s IG Corporate issuance or $14.75b vs. $25.04b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 63.6% of the syndicate IG Corporate mid-range projection for April or $58.192b vs. $91.50b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $69.092b.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $451.277b.
  • YTD we have officially priced $575.243b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 21 IG Corporate-only deals that priced:

  • NICS:  3.57 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.00x
  • Tenors:  6.10 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $1,138mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <14.73> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s:

  • Average NICs widened 3.11 bps this week to 3.57 bps vs. 0.46 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, reduced by1.48x to 2.00x vs. 3.48x. 
  • Average tenors shortened by a meaningful 4.04 years to 6.10 years vs. 10.14 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $347mm to $1,138mm vs. $791mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 22 IG Corporate-only new issues widened 4.58 bps to <14.73> bps vs. <19.31> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 2 bps to +165 vs. +163.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.19 vs. 1.17. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened by 3 bps to +125 vs. +122. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 2bps to 18.00 bps vs. 16.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows.. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also widened by 3.53 bps to 23.16 vs. 19.63 also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended April 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.446b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $43.426b) and a net outflow of $362.223m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $4.271b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 22 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 63.75% improvement rate while 6 widened (27.25%) and 2 were flat (9.00%).

 

Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $25.04b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $25.54b

This Sunday is the first round of the French presidential election.  Congress returns to work on Monday in the continuing saga of Dysfunction Junction to address the debt ceiling, another rumored stab at repealing and replacing Obama Care, and any signs of tax reform. According to a very high end military official, the Korean peninsula has now reached  its most intense point since the Korean War.  Syria, Turkey, Russia loom large and a terror event that took place last evening in Paris, resulting in the death of a police officer in the heart of the city, are some of the major global event risk factors playing out in our inextricably global-linked world economy. 

Please let me know your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.  Thank you in advance for your time. 

Have a great weekend!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Below please find the replies to this week’s QC canvass of fixed income syndicate bookrunners and 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.

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Knowing the Past for the Future; The Nuclear Option; Rates Rally, Yields Compress
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.03.17 Dysfunction Junction & the Nuclear Option; Mischler Debt Market Commentary

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Knowing the Past for the Future; The Nuclear Option; Rates Rally, Yields Compress

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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 March 29th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

It was November 21st , 2013 when Democrats, frustrated at GOP efforts to stall its Congressional plans under former President Barack Obama, decided to take a vote to stop debate on executive and judicial branch nominees with a simple Senate majority vote rather than having to secure 60 Senate votes.  House Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), and his party won 52-48.  Reid & Co. set in motion a process that day that eased passage of several key Obama executive and judicial nominees by changing the rules of engagement. Politicians have LONG memories and it’s now payback time…..and guess which party doesn’t like it?  With the tables now turned, the so-called nuclear option –a simple majority – is likely to prevail under Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to avoid a Democratic filibuster of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It may also be used for legislation as well.  Remember everyone, Harry Reid set the precedent.  The “nuclear option” or simple majority vote will weaken the power of the filibuster but it is officially in play now.

As a result, Treasuries rallied and the CT10yr is yielding 2.34%. That’s down 28 bps since the Monday before the FOMC rate hike on Wednesday March 15th.  It’s on its way lower, much lower so, issuers be advised to watch that. Be patient. Let the market come to you.  All this thanks to “Dysfunction Junction.”  The great divide between Republicans and Democrats is getting deeper and more disparate as threats of filibusters are inviting the GOP to employ the aforementioned “nuclear option” to their arsenal.  Republicans remember all too well Democratic hardball strategies used against them in the recent past. Political campaign promises need to be kept and not danced around.  The Dems will NEVER forget (and vice versa) and as they say pay back is going to be………a well, uh…………an issue shall I say?  What goes around, comes around but in the here and now, the nuclear option will be deployed and used to pass legislation as well.  Political dislocation will continue to rally rates and compress Treasury yields lower.  @.00% is in sight folks.  I’ll remind you when we get there.

If you are a banker advising issuers when to print, if they wait, you’ll look smarter and more brilliant than ever! If you’re an issuer, well, when you do print, if you listen to the “QC” please give us an ACTIVE Co-Manager opportunity on your next deal so we can show you what a true distribution value is all about.  You WILL only look even better and brighter than you already are.  One doesn’t get what one doesn’t ask for in life right?

The Monday session featured a continuum of “quirky” issues with the exception of Met Life Global Funding’s 5-year FA-backed notes.  Investment Grade primary markets currently have 10 items in the pipeline all of which are Yankee transactions.

Today, the IG DCM hosted 5 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $2.75b or 12.85% of this week’s IG Corporate-only midpoint syndicate forecast calling for $21.40b.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Essex Portfolio LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.30> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +124 vs. +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. 1.17.
  • 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 $19.6b on Friday versus $19.3b on Thursday and $13.8b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs built on Friday’s rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – Front end JGB’s hit. Core & semi core EU bonds had a strong day.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks closed in the red but had a nice afternoon comeback.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan & HS closed higher. China was closed. Europe was red.
  • Economic – ISM manufacturing dipped 0.5 points but remained very strong. Vehicle sales were weak.
  • Overseas Economic – Good Tankan in Japan & positive unemployment rates in Europe.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed the Pound, CAD & AUD and lost ground vs. the Euro & Yen.
  • Commodities – Down day for CRB, crude oil & copper while gold closed with a gain.
  • CDX IG: +0.37 to 66.70
  • CDX HY: +0.47 to 339.04
  • CDX EM: +0.83 to 213.60

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
4/03-4/07
vs. Current
WTD – $2.75b
April 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $2.75b
Low-End Avg. $20.35b 13.51% $90.25b 3.05%
Midpoint Avg. $21.40b 12.85% $91.50b 3.01%
High-End Avg. $22.44b 12.25% $92.75b 2.96%
The Low $12b 22.92% $65b 4.23%
The High $31b 8.87% $111b 2.48%

 

It’s a Tough Job But Somebody’s Gotta Do It

It’s not always fun writing about politics but then again, politics is driving everything in our market more than ever before and it will continue to do that.  Given the myriad global risk factors playing out in our inextricably global-linked world economy, it’s safe to say we are living in dangerous times.  For my part, all I can do is try and tell you about what’s going on in a genuinely honest, insightful and hopefully, refreshing way.  Why?  Well, if you see that we “get it” i.e. understand the machinations of global markets, and appreciate that we work every day to get fresh and informative perspectives to you,  in turn you’ll notice the distinct added-value that we provide and ideally, you will conclude that we should be appointed to the list of other formidable syndicate desks you have chosen to distribute your offerings.

We might be a minority firm, but we are NOT a “one check shop.”  Mischler has a long history in which we have earned Fortune Issuers’ mandates by demonstrating best-in-class cap mkt capabilities via a proven process and recognized platform. As the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer, our ethos is dedicated to serving not just clients with integrity, but also in-need veteran organizations. Towards that mission, we give back 10% of our firm’s profits to veteran causes year round. When hiring for roles within the organization, we prioritize hiring service-disabled veterans and recently-returning veterans who meet our criteria. Once hired, we mentor and coach up our veteran compatriots and we integrate them into becoming members of our team because they earned the opportunity. We grow our own capital month-to-month, quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. Our operations staff is second to none; it’s not just about our getting underwriter roles for Issuer deals, more important to all, it’s about settling the trade on trade date to settlement date smoothly, each and every time.  We also take great pride in sharing with clients our daily fixed income “downloads”; content that has earned Mischler the Wall Street Letter Award for Best Broker Dealer/Research for three consecutive years – 2014, 2015  and 2016.  It’s all about a value-added proposition.

 

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

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Corporate Bond Issuers Close Books on Record Quarter; What’s Next for IG DCM?
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.31.17   QC’s Q1 Investment Grade Corporate Debt DCM Look-Back and Look Ahead

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week and April

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

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

New Issues Priced

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading – Great Market Tone!

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Month end? Quarter end?  Lots of Global economic data? You know what that means. It was a signed, sealed and delivered no-print Friday today.  That’s always welcome as it gave me a head start on today’s more involved syndicate survey.  Forecasts today are for next week’s primary market supply as well as for the month of April.  I also have a snapshot of a decade’s worth of April IG supply across three categories: all-in (Corps + SSA), Corporate as well as just SSA volumes.  I call the section “Knowing the Past for the Future.” It will help put the Best and Brightest’s thoughts and numbers into a historical perspective for you.  You should take a look at that table.

To quickly re-cap their thoughts, all 24 syndicate desks responded to my “QC” survey  The midpoint average for next week’s IG Corporate only supply is $21.40b characterized by tight voting groups with 18 of the 24 participants projecting within $20 to $25b with a low of $12b and a high of $31b.  As for April, the average was $91.50b.  Voting brackets were all over the place ranging from a low of $65b to a high of $111b. But don’t just take my word for it.  All 24 syndicate operatives contributed responses with their numbers so, scroll down below and read their meaningful thoughts.

I hope you enjoy your read and that it helps you prepare for the week and month ahead.  Thanks again to the stellar 24 participating syndicate desks who are always there for me and for YOU each and every Friday edition of the “QC”.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.17.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +163 vs. +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.3b on Thursday versus $20.7b on Wednesday and $17.8b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $22.15b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $129.998b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 87.72% $113.79b 114.24%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 83.58% $114.31b 113.72%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 79.82% $114.83b 113.21%
The Low $15b 147.67% $80b 162.50%
The High $31b 71.45% $140b 92.86

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  23 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 26 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 83.65% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.

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

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced as follows:

 

First up, here’s are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

  • We fell 17% shy of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.15b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 13% more than the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $129.998b vs. $114.31b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $166.158b. March, 2017 has officially broken into 8th place as the highest volume month for all-in issuance (IG Corporates plus SSA).
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $393.085b. It is the highest IG Corporate-only quarterly volume total in history.
  • YTD we have officially priced $506.151b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance also ranking it #1 as the highest quarterly volume total ever.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 38 IG Corporate-only deals that priced:

  • NICS:  0.46 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.48x
  • Tenors:  10.14 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $791mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.31> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s:

  • Average NICs tightened 1.29 bps this week to 0.46 bps vs. 1.75 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased 0.58x to 3.48x vs. 2.90x.. 
  • Average tenors shortened by a meaningful 1.41 years to 10.14 years vs. 11.55 years.
  • Tranche sizes upsized by $99mm to $791mm vs. $692mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 38 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened 3.87 bps to <19.31> bps vs. <15.44>.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 2 bps to +163 vs. +165 week on week,
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.17 vs. 1.18 last Friday. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened by 1 bp to +122 vs. +123. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened by 0.75 bps to 16.00 bps vs. 16.75 as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened by 0.74 bps to 19.63 vs. 20.37 also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended March 29th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $3.966b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $39.089b) and a net outflow of $248.465m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $5.937b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 38 IG and 3 SSA new issues, of the 41 deals that printed, 32 tightened versus NIP for a 78.00% improvement rate while 4 widened (9.75%) and 5 were flat (12.25%).

The numbers are in.  Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $22.15b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $25.90b

Is this week’s overwhelmingly hawkish Fed-speak justified? Or, is Fed leadership talking up yields?  The GOP seemed to have recovered from the health care fiasco.  Monday saw 10 issuers stand down, but the market quickly recouped lost ground with issuers printing the rest of the week.  Today marks month-end but more importantly quarter end. The Easter break is approaching all before we re-enter black-outs.

And now the all-important “two-part” question (and answer(s) posed to the fixed income market’s top Syndicate desks, along with 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, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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Best Quarter EVER- Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance; Mischler DCM Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.30.17 – Top Ranked Quarter Ever for US IG Corp Issuance

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Q1 2017 Finishes as the #1 Ranked Quarter for IG Corporate-only and All-In IG Issuance.

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

Point Counter-Point

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd

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

 

6 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 12 tranches between them totaling $6.00b.  There was no activity from the SSA space.

 

  • “CHTR” (Ba1/BBB-/BBB-) rated 144a/REGS 30-year Senior Secured Notes new issue due 5/01/2047.  The deal was upsized to $1.25b from $750mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • CCO Holdings LLC/Capital Corp. (Charter Communications) High Yield-rated (B1/BB+/BB+) 144a/REGS tap of its 5.125% 10-year Senior Notes due 5/01/2027.  We thank the issuer for our inclusion. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now over 83% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.15b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, we are now more than 13% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $129.998b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $166.158b. March, 2017 has officially broken into 8th place as the highest volume month for all-in issuance (IG Corporates plus SSA).
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $393.085b. It is the highest quarterly volume total in history.
  • YTD we have officially priced $506.151b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance also ranking it #1 as the highest quarterly volume total ever.

 

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

 

Today, crude oil hit a 3-week high, gold slipped, equity markets were all in the black and U.S. Treasury yields compressed while the dollar strengthened.  Most all of that reflects the fluctuations of our fluid daily market gyrations.  Net, net, though it was a good day.  However, what garnered all the attention today – as it did all week – was the sudden overwhelmingly hawkish Fed-speak from just about every Fed member.  Yesterday, Boston FRB President Eric Rosengren said a rate increase at every other FOMC meeting this year “could and should be the committee’s default unless data change.” There are eight meetings left this year implying four additional rate hikes. He also said, four hikes in 2017 would be gradual but “more regular.” The market, however, is expecting 2.5 at the most!  The Fed is a laggard; the market is always accelerated.  Europe, meanwhile is worrying that its recent tiny monetary adjustments have investors concerned of a rate rise for still suffering laggard peripheral EU member economy’s.  They are clearly not home free by any stretch of the imagination. ……..and we do live in an inextricably global-linked world economy.

So, now let’s link all that to today’s major talking points from statements made by the Fed’s William Dudley –

 

  • Dudley says, “growth and inflation risks may be shifting to the upside.”
  • He is more confident that inflation is settling near its goal, medium-term.
  • “Forward-looking data points to further job-market gains.”
  • Calls job gains “sturdy” and labor market slack “diminishing.”
  • Says the Federal Reserve is not “removing the punch bowl, yet.”
  • Comments that the “economic outlook abroad also appears brighter.”
  • The Fed shouldn’t overreact to every “wiggle” in markets.
  • Fed cares about financial condition effects on the economy.
  • Fiscal policy is likely to shift in time to more stimulus.
  • Favors tapering reinvestments instead of an abrupt end to them

 

Point Counter-Point

The takeaway is that Fed-speak is clearly very hawkish.  That pervasive sentiment among FOMC members gives reason to pause.  Here is the point counterpoint of all this –

Several times I re-printed the following comment from a six-pack bulge bracket U.S. bank Chairman.  I also pointed out the banker is either from BAML, CITI, GS, JPM, MS or WFS.  I will always preserve anonymity folks. To clarify, no one person has tomorrow’s news today, BUT this person has a firm grip on what IS going on in the world and a track record that’s perhaps second to none. Here’s a re-print of what the Chairman said in the “QC” dated Friday, March 3rd, 12 days in advance of the most recent FOMC Rate Decision,

“Everyone is thinking a rate hike is coming in March but, the FED needs to be somewhat worried about the yield curve.  When they raised rates in December 2015 the 10yr Treasury rallied 70 bps in yield, thus crushing banks’ net interest margin or “NIM” and, having the effect of dampening growth.  When they raised rates this past December 2016, that did not happen…..instead all rates moved up a bit.  But when Yellen talked about March being a “live meeting’’, the UST 10 year went from 2.56% to 2.31%……The Fed needs to talk a good game to dampen the “animal spirits” that have elevated equity markets but, I really don’t think the Fed wants to raise rates and see the 10 year Treasury move to 2.25%. As a result, it’s a very close call…..I err on the side of thinking that the rate hike comes in June.  But, it’s  close.  If the Fed is committed to 2 to 3 hikes this year and they feel the markets are fully prepared for a March hike…they may just take advantage of that window.”

It seems that this week the historically lagging Fed is clearly attempting to talk up U.S. Treasury yields because they KNOW the CT10-year yield is going to go down…..down…..down much like it did in 2015, though perhaps not as dramatically.  Therefore, take what you are hearing with a massive grain of salt.  The market is priming itself for issuance.  As yields fall, and deals are well-priced, investor appetite remains voracious for better rated IG corporate credits.  There should be a robust amount of issuance ahead of black-outs as we head toward the Easter break.  The opportunities are creating themselves in here and the Fed doesn’t like what it sees from their prior December 2015 experience.  That’s why they ARE talking up yields.  It’s also why yields WILL contract.  The inference is clear – the Fed talks the talk but they will not walk the walk. And that’s how it is folks.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.67> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.17.
  • 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 $20.7b on Wednesday versus $18.4b on Tuesday and $19.2b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Down day for USTs led by the 30yr for a host of reasons.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed down. Mixed session in Europe.
  • Stocks – Solid gains heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Weak session in Asia. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – Personal consumption moved higher. Inflation data inched higher.
  • Overseas Economic – German CPI lower than expected/last. Big global calendar tomorrow.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5 but a solid rally for the DXY Index.
  • Commodities – Good day for crude oil (back over 50) & bad day for gold.
  • CDX IG: -0.92 to 66.86
  • CDX HY: -4.28 to 337.98
  • CDX EM: -2.73 to 209.24

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $22.15b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $129.998b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 87.72% $113.79b 114.24%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 83.58% $114.31b 113.72%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 79.82% $114.83b 113.21%
The Low $15b 147.67% $80b 162.50%
The High $31b 71.45% $140b 92.86

 
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, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

Here’s a review of this week’s five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Wednesday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
3/27
TUES.
3/28
WED.
3/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/13
New Issue Concessions 0.00 bps/flat 2.60 bps 1.39 bps 1.75 bps 0.00 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.00x 3.76x 3.53x 2.90x 3.08x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x
Tenors 3.00 yrs 11.65 yrs 8.10 yrs 11.55 yrs 10.05 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs
Tranche Sizes $500mm $727mm $475mm $692mm $859mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.50> bps <20.87> bps <19.12> bps <15.44> bps <17.99> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps

 

New Issues Priced

 

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM:

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.
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US Corporate Debt Issuers Return From Sidelines; USD 10b Floated
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.28.17   They’re Back! US Corporate Debt Issuers Return After Multi-Day No-Go Signal

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – What a Difference a Day Makes

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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 March 22nd       

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

 

7 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 15 tranches between them totaling $10.90b.  1 SSA issuer, the Export Development of Canada, added a $500mm 2-year to the mix for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 16 tranches and $11.40b.

  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now 43% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.40b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, today we officially surpassed the high-, mid-point and low-end averages for March.  We are more than 4% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $119.248b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $152.158b.
  • Both CDX IG and HV tightened, the VIX also pulled 1 point and the S&P and DOW gained ending an 8 day losing streak – the most since 20011.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Ford Motor Credit Corp. today dropped the 2yr FRN tranche from its 2- and 5-year FXD/FRN having found sufficient 2yr interest in the fixed rate tranche. The other 3 tranches all launched at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.87> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.18.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +165 vs. +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Monday versus $13.8b on Friday and $13.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Poor day for USTs because of stocks, supply, economic data, USD & Trump.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down except 30yr. Bunds little changed, Gilts red & peripherals bid.
  • Stocks –  Rally in U.S. stocks. The Dow snapped its 8-session losing streak.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan rallied, China closed down & Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Positive U.S. data with consumer confidence off the charts strong.
  • Overseas Economic – Light calendar overseas today.
  • Currencies – U.S. came roaring back today. The DXY Index improved 1/2 handle.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, copper & silver improved while gold sold off.
  • CDX IG: -0.63 to 67.17
  • CDX HY: -7.0 to 347.24
  • CDX EM: -0.23 to 213.16

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $11.40b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $119.248b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 45.15% $113.79b 104.80%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 43.02% $114.31b 104.32%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 41.08% $114.83b 103.85%
The Low $15b 76.00% $80b 149.06%
The High $31b 36.77% $140b 85.18%

 
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, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

Here’s a review of this week’s five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only through Monday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

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