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Grexit, Brexit and Frexit-Mischler Debt Capital Markets Comment
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.08.17- First Grexit, Then Brexit and Now..Frexit? Mischler Debt Market Comment

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – A Citigroup tap

Global Market Recap

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

The Critically Important French Elections

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

2 IG Corporate issuers priced 5 tranches between them totaling $3.45b.  Additionally, 1 SSA issuer, BNG, priced a $2.25b 2-year for an all-in IG day total of $5.7b.

The WTD IG Corporate total is now $14.40b or 58% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average calling for $24.72b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Serves as “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on Citigroup tap.

 

  • BP Capital Markets PLC added a fourth tranche, a $TBD 18-month FRN, to today’s earlier announced three-part 3-year tap, new 7s and 10s. 
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +127 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.21.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +166 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.7b on Friday versus $22.5b on Thursday and $18.9b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – rallied into supply for the second day. Curve flatter for second day.
  • Overseas Bonds – Big rally in Europe led by the long end despite heavy supply.
  • Stocks – mixed & little changed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe mixed with slightly more green. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – Non-event in U.S. & Europe. Weaker data in Japan.
  • Currencies – USD had small losses vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil had a small gain despite very bearish inventory data.
  • CDX IG: +1.11 to 66.65
  • CDX HY: +3.07 to 331.64
  • CDX EM: -0.18 to 226.81

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $14.40b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $26.975b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 60.66% $90.65b 29.76%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 58.25% $91.96b 29.33%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 56.03% $93.26b 28.92%
The Low $15b 96.00% $85b 31.74%
The High $35b 41.14% $120b 22.48%

 

The Critically Important French Elections

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Okay so, we all understand that the first round of the French Presidential Elections are held on Sunday, April 23rd.  The most recent election polls show National Front leader Marine Le Pen ahead 26% versus 20.5% for Emmanuel Macron and 18.5% for a fast-sinking Francois Fillon whose fizzling campaign is embroiled in corruption charges. But then there is the run-off Presidential election that is held two weeks later on Sunday on May 7th.  Now, many of you may be very familiar with the concept of the run-off or second election but many are not. In the first April election it is clear that no Presidential candidate will win with the required number of votes or an absolute majority 40-45% with a winning margin of 5-15%.  As a result a run-off election is held between the two candidates with the most votes.  It’s that simple.

There is a history in France of moderate and even conservative parties capturing the liberal votes in an effort to thwart what was once a notoriously nationalistic leaning National Front founded and headed by Marine Le  Pen’s father Jean-Marie.  That is no more.  Marine re-shaped and re-branded the National Front party catapulting it into modern times making it more appealing for contemporary sensibilities while capturing its widest support in its history – thanks to an unlikely strategist named Florian Phillipot.  The first task on the docket toward reinvention of the NF was for Marine to oust her father as the party’s leader.  That was no small task for anyone let alone the daughter of the man at the top of the National Front.  He simply could not remain at the helm with his dated and nationalistic and often times offensive views on certain subjects.  Marine took over and has changed the perception of the NF in France and around the world to make it more palatable and at a critical juncture in history for France. 

 

What has emerged since 2009 when Marine took charge and Phillipot became the NF’s chief strategist, was to tap into France’s silent majority of working class people fed up with the bureaucracy of the European Union.  Having lived in France for five formative years from the ages of 11 thru 16 I know a bit more about French culture and society than the next person.  Make no mistake about it – the French invented the word B-U-R-E-A-U-C-R-A-C-Y.  I saw it at play during my tenure as head of syndicate at BNP Paribas before, during and after that painful merger.  I had seven reporting lines between New York, London and Paris.  It took 6 months to have ideas even considered.  “Bureaucracy” is my point.  French bureaucracy however, is the worst kind.

When I visited with my wife’s Uncle Jean who had been the long-time Police Commissioner of Lyon, France’s second largest city, and de factor gastronomic capital of the world, I sensed his frustration. Here was a man who was an active member of La Resistance during World War II and who saw society at the street level thru his long and respected career in law enforcement.  He was comparable to George Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.  He was very dedicated and hard-working guy.  He always carries an Opinel knife, eats fresh-baked baguette with cheese accompanied by the obligatory glass of Bordeaux.  The French culture wore him well and vice versa but he epitomizes today’s disgruntled, frustrated and concerned Frenchman.  He takes nothing for granted unlike the stigma associated with France that has been enjoying a quality of life for over a decade thanks to neighboring Germany.  He is distraught at the current direction and future of his country and relayed that his former “brothers in arms” the French gendarme are all equally disappointed and concerned. Does this sound familiar?


In 2002 when Le Pen senior made it to the second round of French elections, virtually all of France pooled together to oust him by showing support for Jacques Chirac.  It was more of a vote against Jean-Marie than a vote for Chirac. But today’s National Front, though conservative, is much more inclusive than people think. It would serve at this critical juncture to learn more about its reinvention since Le Pen and Phillipot took the reins. As Phillipot himself has said, “ I didn’t come into this party saying I’m going to go to war against Jean-Marie Le Pen……but he was increasingly out to provoke and his behavior became untenable.  Subsequent to Le Pen’s ouster he in turn said in a nationally broadcast interview “that he wished his daughter no longer bore his name.”

Le Pen and Phillipot took care of business. That business started in the home. They ousted Jean-Marie from his throne of leadership and created a veritable powerhouse National Front party that has been leading in all the polls in France. She is currently projected to win the April election. Meanwhile the conservative party’s candidate M. Fillon had become embroiled in a mess surrounding his having paid his wife hundreds of thousands of dollar (equivalent) over years in a position she never showed up to work for.  Once his public relations handlers attempted to manage that fiasco, it was then revealed that he did the same for his two sons.  The result? He is now running in third place.


The NF has appealed to a similar type of populist movement in France analogous to what we saw here in the U.S. It’s somewhat of a silent majority that feels it needs to restrain open support of Le Pen for fear of being ostracized, criticized and labeled.  But once again, come election day, people will cast their ballot in private. It will be between themselves and the man upstairs.  That’s when voices will once again be heard and reverberate throughout the world.

Should Le Pen becomes France’s next president it will be thanks to our rapidly changing world.  What happened here in the United States is playing out across Europe as well. We saw BREXIT first.  Be prepared for FREXIT next.  It can very likely happen and the EU, which according to many, was destined for failure from the beginning, will be focused on putting all its energies into as orderly an unwind as can be orchestrated.  There have and always will be too many borders, too many cultures, too many histories, too many languages and for that matter too many cuisines in Europe for it to function as a quasi-United States of Europe.  It’s coming so, be prepared as the world reconfigures its alliances, it defense strategies and its economies.  Change is something that NEVER comes easy to any one person let alone countries, continents and hemispheres.  Get ready. If you don’t have the financial stomach for it well, continue buying into the full trust and faith of the United States of America – it’s called BUY TREASURIES.  Yields will tumble despite the Fed’s hawkish tone that will continue when Chair Yellen speaks on February 14th.  If you are a corporate treasury/funding team operative get ready to take full advantage.  As I pointed out yesterday after a relatively long silence for me and being more focused on the Microsoft, AT&T and Apple deals that Mischler was involved in last week, black-outs are upon us and you and your companies will look brilliant when you issue debt in here.  The CT10 closed today 6 bps tighter versus yesterday’s closing yield.  That’s now 26 bps tighter in the last 8 weeks. It’s going lower…….Rates will continue to rally and rates will continue to go lower……..much lower.

 

As Charles de Gaulle once famously said, “Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution.  We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.”  That time is now.  The National Front would agree that if not at this juncture in time, well, France will likely continue along the same do nothing bureaucratic path more humorously captured by the late great General Norman Schwarzkopf who said “Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.”

 

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

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To say “Greece is back” would be a gross misrepresentation.  Greece never went away.  The disaster was always there it’s just that so many other EU issues have stolen it’s spotlight……BREXIT, immigration, French elections, etc.  Well, Greece has returned to the proscenium.  Today the IMF effectively announced that Grexit concerns are back on the table. Okay, so what do I mean by “effectively?”  Well, a senior IMF staff member said “Greece cannot grow out of its debt problem.”  Let’s go straight to the numbers here shall we?  “Greek debt will reach 175% of GDP in 3 years…….275% of GDP by 2060.”  Shall I continue?  Sure, why not?  The IMF report just out today also says “our analysis suggests that Greece’s public debt is highly unsustainable…….Even with full implementation of policies agreed under the European Stability Mechanism or ESM program, public debt and financing needs will become EXPLOSIVE!” (caps are mine!)  The National Front, to use an example, isn’t taking a “jump ship” policy approach toward the EU because of this.  The National Front foresaw this year’s and years ago and never wanted to be part of the EU to begin with. That WILL resonate with French voters in April and May elections.  The problems are literally just beginning in Europe.  National Front knows it and wants to take the precautions necessary with their nation to take more control of the French Revolution’s motto of Liberté, égalité, fraternité ……… (translated – freedom, equality and fraternity)……while it still has the chance. Trouble + Concern = Flight-to-Quality folks. You’ll be seeing that clearly illustrated very shortly.  OOPAH!!!!

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

Here’s a 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.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <7.5> bps 5.25 bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

New Issues Priced (more…)

Debt & Equity Markets-Suspended Animation?
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.07.17 Debt & Equity Financial Markets: Suspended Animation

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points –Citigroup tap.

Global Market Recap

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

In Our Fast Changing World, Markets Remain in Suspended Animation

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

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Tomorrow’s Calendar


4 IG Corporate issuers priced 5 tranches between them totaling $4.25b.  Additionally, 4 SSA issuers contributed 4 tranches boosted the all-in day total by $5.5b for an all-n IG tally of $9.75b.

The WTD IG Corporate total is now $10.95b or 44% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast of $24.72b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Serves as “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on Citigroup tap.

 

  • Mischler Financial served as a “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on today’s tap of the Citigroup 4.75% due 5/18/2046. Book size finished at $1.9b for a 2.53x bid-to-cover rate.  The outstanding was seen T+173 bid pre-announcement this morning meaning NIC was flat or “0” on today’s tap.  Thanks to Team Citi Treasury/Funding and Syndicate and Origination.  Shout out to Citi’s Jeff Hopsicker for today’s deal download! Always appreciated!
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <25.40> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +127 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.21.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +166 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.7b on Friday versus $22.5b on Thursday and $18.9b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed with a flatter curve. The 30yr was the top performer.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s little changed. EU core & semi core better & Peripherals mixed.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher heading into close. Record highs for the Dow & NASDAQ.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed. FTSE 250 record high close. Asia red.
  • Economic – Trade balance close to expectations & JOLTS weaker than expected.
  • Overseas Economic – Better data in Japan and weaker data in Germany & the U.K.
  • Currencies – Solid day for USD despite giving up some o/n gains during NY hours.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil & copper down while gold & wheat up.
  • CDX IG: +0.59 to 65.35
  • CDX HY: +2.20 to 327.68
  • CDX EM: +2.41 to 226.99

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $10.95b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $23.525b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 46.12% $90.65b 25.95%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 44.30% $91.96b 25.58%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 42.61% $93.26b 25.23%
The Low $15b 73.00% $85b 27.68%
The High $35b 31.29% $120b 19.60%

 

In Our Fast Changing World, Markets Remain in Suspended Animation

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There is nothing more intimidating than staring at the white or empty background of my daily “QC” each and every day and wondering how to fill it with something meaningful for YOU!

But, I do it every day.  It’s been a while – given last week’s Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), AT&T (NYSE:ATT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)jumbo deals that we were on, since I’ve scribed anything geopolitical in nature. One reason is that scratching the surface of any of today’s myriad current event risk factors poses a challenge to opining either way.

There is no middle ground any more.  (Not that that’s ever been an issue with me!) What I have extolled here for years is the incredibly rapid pace of change coming to our inextricably-linked new world order, or “disorder” if I may.  The changes seem to be happening faster and faster.  Trading markets historically embrace change because it breeds volatility and volatility, in turn, begets profitability.  Here’s the catch though – we’re not seeing that kind of volatility.  Take U.S. Treasury markets for example.  I spoke at length with my Rates Team today and they agree – they cannot remember the last time the world changed so fast, yet markets seem to be held in suspended animation. Technically, suspended animation is the slowing or stopping of life processes by exogenous or endogenous means without termination.  Breathing, heartbeat and other involuntary functions may still occur, but they can only be detected by artificial means.  What’s different about the current global environment is that the changes are happening so fast that real-time, second-by-second market traders don’t really know what to do.

The market is waiting for such things as a tax reform package that would have necessary support.  Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan says that may not happen until the Fall!  Oh my!  Meanwhile, there are elections coming to France in April and the run-off election in May.  National Front leader Marine Le Pen will win the election.  When she does, France will have finally pulled up its big boy pants with a woman at the helm and proceed to depart the EU.  What Italy does really doesn’t matter given it’s 70-off post-war governments.  Angela Merkel’s legacy will be remembered as a failure and the EU could even split into a Northern Euro and leave the others on their own.  Whatever happens, change is coming fast to that continent as it is all over the world.  Traders today are like the elderly; change does not and will not come easy.

Buy or sell. Investors are so confused as to what to do they are content – as opposed to “happy” – to sideline themselves, remain inactive and let the noise be the noise.  Levered accounts however are doing all the business.  Black box trades, hedge funds, etc are all going the same direction and then suddenly BOOM the ground falls out beneath them.…..and that’s never a good thing.

It all has to do with P-O-L-I-T-C-S folks.  Traders and investors are perplexed and therefore sidelined to avoid a fall of monumental proportions. We will see a continued progressive flight into safe havens like U.S. Treasuries. Speaking of which, the CT10 has tightened 20 bps in the last eight weeks.  It is no coincidence that within that same time frame we have priced the highest volume month in investment grade new issue history as UST’s slowly but surely rally as yields continue southbound.  YTD we have amassed a staggering all-in IG Corporate and SSA total volume or $258 billion!  That’s a quarter trillion in five-and-a-half weeks! Black out exits bode very well for investors looking for the perfect balance between lower risk and higher yields in the investment grade debt capital markets.  Get ready because there is plenty of business coming very soon.

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

Here’s a 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:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 12.83 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $744mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance December <$45.00b> <$44.3b> <$45.2b> <$45.7b>
JOLTS Job Openings December 5580 5501 5522 5505
Consumer Credit December $20.000b $14.160b $24.532b $25.205b

 

Rates Trading Lab

In the short run, there is a lot of supply overnight in Europe. Greece bills, German 10yr, Portugal 2022 & 2024, Sweden 2022 & 2026, Denmark 2021 & 2027, Switzerland 2030 & 2049, Czech Rep 2020 & 2027, a Finland syndicated 5yr & 30yr (timing TBD), Russia 2022 & 2031, not to mention our 10yr tomorrow. BOE does have a buyback in the belly of the curve, for what it’s worth. Therefore, going home short for a trade is not a crazy concept to me. However, reading the tea leaves, judging from the price action and looking at how TIPS trade is telling me that there is money coming off the sidelines, destined for our long end. Narrowing break-evens tell me that there have been flows into nominals to get some convexity on the books. You don’t do that if you think rates are rising. To me it’s all part of the reality check we are in the midst of. Timing of fiscal and tax policies and the FOMC all play havoc with market expectations. It does not mean we are not in a bear bond market. In fact, the price action we are seeing is more consistent with that of a bear market. But as I have said time and again, bear trap rallies are vicious and merciless, and all the more difficult when it comes amidst a supply event.

-Jim Levenson       

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 100-012 100-13 100-31 97-07 98-07
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-31+ 100-10 100-26 96-31+ 97-31
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-30+ 100-086 100-22+ 96-25+ 97-15
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-27 100-00 100-08+ 96-08 96-25
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-266 99-28+ 100-03+ 96-01+ 96-04
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-252 99-246 99-30+ 95-27 95-25

New Issues Priced (more…)

Sell-Side FI Syndicate Desks Sound Off: New IG Debt Issuance Forecasts
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.03.17– Fixed Income Syndicate Seers Forecast Next Week’s New IG Debt Issuance

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

It was a very welcome no print Friday today.  It gives me an opportunity on behalf of Team Mischler to thank Microsoft, AT&T and Apple for inviting us to serve this week on their multi-tranche transactions.  Thanks also to the leads who worked with us at HSBC – on Microsoft; Citigroup – on AT&T  and Goldman Sachs on Apple. All greatly appreciated!

But I know why you all checked in this evening – it’s to hear what the soothsayers of syndicate say about next week’s investment grade corporate new issue volume.  They all once again participated in my survey and their numbers and thoughts await you below.  Next week there is a lack of any earth shattering, market moving economic data and although Fed members will be speaking here and there it opens the door for further issuance.  Considering the very strong market tone that we’re going out with today in which 75% of this week’s IG Corporate new issues are tighter to MUCH tighter, I’d have to once again take the upside of forecasts.  But heck, we all know you want to hear from the top 23 under writers so, let’s first re-cap the day and then it’s on to the “Best and the Brightest” that syndicate has to offer. 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 36 deals that printed, 27 tightened versus NIP for a 75.00% improvement rate while 6 widened (16.75%) and 3 were flat (8.25%).
  • For the week ended January 25th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.657b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $12.354b) and a net inflow of $412.595m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $291.062m).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.21.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +166 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22.5b on Thursday versus $21.6b on Wednesday and $21.2b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.5b.

 

Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – Rallied after Employment then sold off hard on Trump regulation talk & Williams.
  • Overseas Bonds – Wild day for JGB’s. Core Europe better & balance struggled.
  • Stocks – Strong rally in the U.S. Europe closed higher & Asia lower.
  • Economic – U.S. Employment Report was mixed while the other data was solid.
  • Overseas Economic – China & Japan data weaker. Europe data was a mixed bag.
  • Currencies – USD traded better overnight than it did during the NY session.
  • Commodities – Crude oil small gain & gold small loss. Copper & natural gas were weak.
  • CDX IG: -1.55 to 63.99
  • CDX HY: -22.66 to 323.55
  • CDX EM: -3.93 to 226.36

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/30-2/03
vs. Current
WTD – $44.575b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $12.575b
Low-End Avg. $20.96b 212.67% $90.65b 13.87%
Midpoint Avg. $21.63b 206.08% $91.96b 13.67%
High-End Avg. $22.30b 199.89% $93.26b 12.48%
The Low $10b 445.75% $85b 14.79%
The High $27b 165.09% $120b 10.48%

 

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

 

The investment grade fixed income new issuance forecast question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” FI syndicate desk professionals early this morning was framed as follows:

Well, here’s what we did this week:

  • January 2017 broke the all-time, all-in monthly volume record $227.283b vs. $213.40b (May 2016).
  • WTD, we surpassed the syndicate midpoint average forecast with a 2.12x bid-to-cover rate or $44.575b vs. $21.63b. (206.08%!)
  • February MTD we priced over nearly 14%% of the syndicate forecasts in just two days $12.57b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $242.358b which simply means we are on pace to price $2.644 Trillion in 2017!  HOOOAH. That won’t happen but it’s nice to put things in their proper perspective. 

Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages after the close of yesterday’s:

  • NICS:  <0.87> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.12x
  • Tenors:  11.60 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $1,311mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.77> bps


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

  • NICs tightened 2.00 bps to <0.87> bps vs. 1.13 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates contracted by 0.17x to 31.12x vs. 3.29x. 
  • Average tenors extended dramatically by 4.93 years to 11.60 years vs. 6.67 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $466mm to $1,311mm vs. $845mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 28 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by <1.57> bps to <19.77> vs. <18.20> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 2 bps to +166 vs. +164.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +128 vs. +126. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 2.00 bps to 21.00 vs. 19.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors widened 1.20 bps to 25.20 vs. 24.00 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.

Corporate America has posted earnings.  Lots of issuers have exited blackouts.  Next week we have a very light calendar insofar as economic data releases are concerned.  Japan’s Abe meets with President Trump but that’s not until a week from Saturday.  There are several Fed members that will be speaking next week but we are in a steady-as-she-goes mode and I strongly suspect a big week next week.    

And now after my work and thoughts I ask you my favorite question of the week gift to you I ask, “what are your numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.

Thank you very much! -Ron”

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

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

 

*Responses to the QC weekly canvass of the top 23 investment bank fixed income syndicate desks are available only via direct email to distribution list recipients of Quigley’s Corner.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
2/06-2/10
Low-End Avg. $23.74b
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b
High-End Avg. $25.70b
The Low $15b
The High $35b

A Look at How the Voting Brackets Broke-Out for Next Week

 

Next Week
2/06-2/10
1: 15b
1: 15-20b
2: 20b
3: 20-25b
9: 25b
4: 25-30b
1: 30b
1: 31b
1: 30-35b

 

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 weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

Here is this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporatesonly followed by this week’s and the prior five week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/30
TUES.
1/31
WED.
2/01
TH.
2/02
FRI.
2/03
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
New Issue Concessions 7 bps 5.36 bps N/A <2.82> bps N/A <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 2.68x 2.89x N/A 3.71x N/A 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 14.11 yrs 12.37 yrs N/A 9.15 yrs N/A 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $1,983mm $1,179mm N/A $967mm N/A $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.22> bps <19.54> bps N/A <21.88> bps N/A <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 36 deals that printed, 27 tightened versus NIP for a 75.00% improvement rate while 6 widened (16.75%) and 3 were flat (8.25%).

Issues are listed from the most recent pricings at the top working back to Monday at the bottom.  Thanks! –RQ

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ FRN 2/08/2019 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+8 3mL+8 3mL+7/5
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 1.55% 2/08/2019 500 +60a +40a (+/-2) +38 +38 34.5/32
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ FRN 2/07/2020 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+20 3mL+20 3mL+17/15
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 1.90% 2/07/2020 1,000 +65a +50a (+/-5) +45 +45 43/41
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ FRN 2/09/2022 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+50 3mL+50 3mL+45/43
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 2.50% 2/09/2022 1,500 +80a +60a (+/-2) +58 +58 58/56
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 3.00% 2/09/2024 1,750 +100a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 71/69
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 3.35% 2/09/2027 2,250 +110a +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 83/81
Apple Inc. Aa1/AA+ 4.25% 2/09/2047 1,000 +140a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 111/109
Johnson Controls Int’l. PLC Baa1/BBB+ 4.50% 2/15/2047 500 +170a +150a (+/-5) +145 +145 139/138
PNC Financial Services A3/NR FRN 8/07/2018 575 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+25 3mL+24/23
Standard Industries Inc. Ba2/BBB- 5.00% 11/15/2026 500 low 5.00%
5.125
N/A N/A +253 254/250
US Bancorp A3/BBB+ 5.30% PerpNC10 1,000 5.625%a 5.35%a (+/-5) 5.30% $100.00 283/278
Province of Ontario Aa2/AA- 2.40% 2/08/2022 2,500 MS +44a MS +42 MS +42 +49.35 46.5/44.5
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 3.20% 3/01/2022 1,250 +150a +135a (+/-5) +130 +130 125/123
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 3.80% 3/01/2024 750 +175a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 150/147
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 4.25% 3/01/2027 2,000 +195a +185a (+/-5) +180 +180 170/168
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 5.25% 3/01/2037 3,000 +235a +225a (+/-5) +220 +220 207/204
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 5.45% 3/01/2047 2,000 +250a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 229/226
AT&T Inc. Baa1/A- 5.70% 3/01/2057 1,000 +275a +270a (+/-5) +265 +265 257/252
Bank of NY Mellon Corp. A1/AA- 2.60% 2/07/2022 1,250 +90a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 74/72
Bank of NY Mellon Corp. A1/AA- 11NC10 2/07/2028 1,000 +110-115/+112.5a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100 97/93
Commw’th. Bk. of Australia Aa2/NA FRN 8/03/2018 200 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+35 3mL+37/35
National Rural Utilities Coop. A1/A+ 2.95% 2/07/2024 450 +85-90/+87.5a +75-80 +75 +75 73/71
Seagate HDD Cayman Baa3/BBB- 4.25% 3/01/2022 750 +high 200s
+287.5a
+250a (+/-10) +240 +240 248/243
Seagate HDD Cayman Baa3/BBB- 4.75% 3/01/2024 500 +low 300s
+312.5a
+285 (+/-10) +275 +275 280/275
Crown Castle Int’l. Corp. Baa3/BBB- 4.00% 3/01/2027 500 +175-180 +160a (+/-3) +157 +157 157/155
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 1.85% 2/06/2020 1,500 +60a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 35/33
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.40% 2/06/2022 1,750 +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50 47/46
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/06/2024 2,250 +90a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 59/57
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 3.30% 2/06/2027 4,000 +100a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85 77/75
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.10% 2/06/2037 2,500 +115a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100 88/87
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.25% 2/06/2047 3,000 +130a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 106/104
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.50% 2/06/2057 2,000 +155a +145a (+/-5) +140 +140 129/126
USAA Capital Corp. Aa1/AA FRN 2/01/2019 350 3mL+high30s/
+37.5a
3mL+23-25 3mL+23 3mL+23 3mL+23
IFC
(tap) New Total: $750mm
Aaa/AAA FRN 12/15/2021 250 N/A 3mL+13a 3mL+13 3mL+13 3mL+15/14

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that the below index levels are as of 4:30pm ET.
*Denotes new tight.

 

Index Open Current Change
IG27 65.548 63.605 <1.943>
HV27 138.23 138.31 0.08
VIX 11.93 10.95 <0.98>
S&P 2,280 2,297 17
DOW 19,884 20,071 187
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $44.575 bn WTD: $47.325 bn
MTD: $12.575 bn MTD: $15.075 bn
YTD: $184.958 bn YTD: $242.358 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

     

  • For the week ended January 25th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.657b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $12.354b) and a net inflow of $412.595m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $291.062m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $991.469m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.760b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $21.098m (2016 YTD inflow of $144.504m).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

The 10-day IG spread performance vs. the T10 across the ratings spectrum and how IG compared versus high yield:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 21.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows. (more…)

MSFT Mega Bond Deal Dashboard- Top 10 Biggest Debt Deals, Ever
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

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

 

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry 
New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

microsoft-mega-bond-deal-mischler

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

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

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

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/30-2/03
vs. Current
WTD – $17.85b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $158.233b
Low-End Avg. $20.96b 85.16% $90.65b 174.55%
Midpoint Avg. $21.63b 82.52% $91.96b 172.07%
High-End Avg. $22.30b 80.04% $93.26b 169.67%
The Low $10b 178.5% $85b 186.16%
The High $27b 66.11% $120b 131.86%

 

Microsoft’s $17b 7-Part Deal Dashboard

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

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

Here’s a look at how it all evolved:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion- Powered by Microsoft  

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

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

 

Microsoft Final Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/23
TUES.
1/24
WED.
1/25
Th.
1/26
FRI.
1/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
New Issue Concessions 0.94 bps 0.58 bps 0.33 bps 6 bps N./A 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A
Oversubscription Rates 2.60x 2.88x 4.82x 1.89x N/A 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A
Tenors 8.54 yrs 5.75 yrs 6.11 yrs 9 yrs N/A 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A
Tranche Sizes $1,006mm $581mm $883mm $1,000mm N/A $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.61> yrs <18.12> bps <23> bps <8.5> bps N/A <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A

 

New Issues Priced

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

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG          

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED
Crown Castle Int’l. Corp. Baa3/BBB- 4.00% 3/01/2027 500 +175-180 +160a (+/-3) +157 +157
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 1.85% 2/06/2020 1,500 +60a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.40% 2/06/2022 1,750 +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/06/2024 2,250 +90a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 3.30% 2/06/2027 4,000 +100a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.10% 2/06/2037 2,500 +115a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.25% 2/06/2047 3,000 +130a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115
Microsoft Corp. Aaa/AAA 4.50% 2/06/2057 2,000 +155a +145a (+/-5) +140 +140
USAA Capital Corp. Aa1/AA FRN 2/01/2019 350 3mL+high30s/
+37.5a
3mL+23-25 3mL+23 3mL+23

 

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume
*Denotes new tight.

 

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

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

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

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 25th     

     

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

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating (more…)

Mischler IG Debt Market Comment: Knowing Past for the Future; Eye on AEP
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.27.17 – Investment Grade Corporate Debt Outlook; Eye on AEP

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Utility Update re: American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

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

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 January 25th     

IG Credits by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was a no-print Friday.  There were a couple filings for Seagate and McKesson, meaning they could be on the short-term horizon for issuance.  Blackouts may prevent a monster week next week, but I am hearing the week after next things should start to build up again for our IG Corporate primary markets (barring a black swan fly over!)
Let’s recap things: first up front and then it’s onto those people who pitch, price and print YOUR deals.  They’re all waiting for you to scroll down below and greet them. That’s right, Friday means it’s time for the “Best & and the Brightest” that syndicate has to offerThey’re all here again to share their numbers, ranges and thoughts on both next week AND February projected new issuance of U.S. investment grade corporate debt. So, pull up a chair, sit down, relax and allow me to inform you through the manifestation of their gracious time and patronage!
Utility Update re: American Electric Power

It’s been in my M&A Pipeline near page bottom of the “QC” every day now for over 4 months – “On Wednesday, September 14th, American Electric Power (“AEP) (Baa1/BBB+) agreed to sell four power plants in the Midwest for a total of $2.17b to a private equity firm created by Blackstone Group and ArcLight Capital Partners. AEP is divesting of many wholesale power markets focusing instead more on its regulated utility businesses.  The closing of the transaction is expected sometime in Q1 2017.”

Well, that was then and this is now.  AEP is expected to close that $2.17b sale “very soon.” On the heels of very strong 2016 earnings that saw EPS beat $3.94 vs. $3.81 estimates and $3.69 the prior year, combined with successful rate base investments and rate increases, AEP looks to be in a very strong position warranting recent S&P upgrades across its corporate structure while keeping them all on a “positive” credit watch. It’s a utility to watch folks.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Market tone was incredibly strong today. Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 32 deals that printed, 28 tightened versus new issue pricing for a 50% improvement rate while 2 widened (6.25%) and 2 were flat (6.25%). It sets things up nicely for further issuance ahead!
  • For the week ended January 25th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.589b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.697b) and a net outflow of $532.417m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $121.533m).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +126 vs. +127.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +120.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $21.2b on Thursday versus $23.0b on Wednesday and $23.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/23-1/27
vs. Current
WTD – $23.65b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $140.383b
Low-End Avg. $19.09b 123.89% $107.87b 130.14%
Midpoint Avg. $20.46b 115.59% $108.41b 129.49%
High-End Avg. $21.83b 108.34% $108.96b 128.84%
The Low $15b 1157.67% $80b 175.48%
The High $26b 90.96% $145b 96.82%

 

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

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, 22 of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s 2016 final IG Corporate Bloomberg 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 87.97% 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 the third consecutive year! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

We framed the following background info for our 23 fixed income syndicate peers throughout the top Wall Street banks…folks who are in the know..
Will January 2017 break the all-time monthly volume record?

  • WTD, we surpassed the syndicate midpoint average forecast by over 23% or $23.65b vs. $20.46b.
  • MTD we priced over 29% more than the January average forecast or $140.383b vs. $108.41b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $195.133b making it the 2nd highest monthly volume of all-time. We have $18.267b to break the record set in May 2016 of $213.40b. Will we get there?

Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages after the close of yesterday’s:

  • NICS:  1.13 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.29x
  • Tenors:  6.67 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $845mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <18.20> bps

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

  • NICs tightened 2.29 bps to 1.13 bps vs. 3.42 bps last week.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates grew by 0.89x to 3.29x vs. 2.40x. 
  • Average tenors dramatically compressed by 5.33 years to 6.67 years vs. 12 years.
  • Tranche sizes reduced $278mm to $845mm vs. $1,123.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 28 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by <3.51> bps to <18.20> vs. <14.69> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to +164 vs. +165.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to +126 vs. +128. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 1.50 bps to 19.00 vs. 20.50 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.95 bps to 24.00 vs. 24.95 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.

As more and more major corporations exit blackouts, we increase the chances of further issuance ahead.  Thus far in his first week as our new President, Donald Trump has been true to his word – he has disrupted D.C. (as well as airports) through an assortment of measures including but not limited to: (i) issuing an executive order to roll back Obamacare, (ii) froze new federal agency regulations for review, (iii) claims to be re-negotiating NAFTA,(iv) pulled the U.S. out of the TPP, (v) met or spoken with U.K., Canadian and Mexican leaders while encouraging U.S. companies to grow jobs in America by closing their foreign plants.  He has taken action on his campaign promise to build a wall along our southern border with Mexico and restricting immigration laws. Those latter steps have also created mass protests throughout the country and in many other countries. On Election Day November 8th, 2016 the DOW closed at 18,332.  Today the Dow sits at an all-time high of 20,100. That’s up 1,768 points or 9.64% making it the number one ranked Post-Election gain since 1900 eclipsing the 7.75% gain of Calvin Coolidge’s Presidency in the Roaring Twenties. Reminding those of us across the financial industry to advance the caveat: “Past performance is not to be considered an indication of future performance.”

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

……..……and here are their formidable responses: (more…)

European Corporate Debt Issuance Mkt: Fill ‘Yer Boots Mode
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.24.17 Eye on European Corporate Debt Issuance: Fill Yer Boots

“..Today’s all-in US Investment Grade day total issuance makes January issuance $182.433b; the 3rd busiest month on record..”

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – January 2017 Now 3rd Highest Volume Month on Record!
Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 18th     

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

It was perhaps a rather subdued IG primary market today in the U.S. but we did wind up featuring 3 IG Corporate issuers that priced 8 tranches between them totaling $4.65.  SSA also assisted in boosting the volume totals as 2 issuers priced 2 tranches amounting to $3.25b.  Today’s all-in IG day total is now $182.433b making it as the 3rd busiest month on record.

However, allow me to tell you about London’s European issuance where the primary market remains “hot.”  What’s that mean?  How about this – today, according to friend, former BNP Paribas colleague and Bloomberg Editorial Primary Market Strategist, Paul Cohen, “Europe remains in a “fill yer boots” mode across the pond.  Notably, of the 151 YTD syndicated transactions, 100 of them (66%) have trended tighter vs. launch/final pricing.  Despite that Europe was expecting a busy week this week they certainly did not anticipate the €32b priced in the in first two sessions.  It’s staggering! Today in particular saw 10 issuers price 11 tranches totaling €27.68b making it the third largest issuance day in Europe in 3 years according to his Bloomberg records. Today’s U.K. 40-year gilt transaction amassed a record £23b in investor order interest while total demand for 3 sovereign bond new issues eclipsed €80b equivalent.  Paul said the reason is that “the latest rise in underlying rates, fueled by improving macro sentiment, appears to be buoying risk appetite.” It sure does.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Bad day for USTs & bonds in Europe. JGB’s closed mixed. Supply a factor.
  • Stocks – Good day for U.S. stocks with record highs for the S&P and NASDAQ.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe had a good day (not Ireland), Japan red and China mixed.
  • Economic – Markit manufacturing improved. Low inventory holding back existing home sales.
  • Overseas Economic – Solid data in Japan & Europe.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5. Yesterday was the opposite.
  • Commodities – Big day for copper. Crude oil higher & gold lower.
  • CDX IG: -1.32 to 65.12
  • CDX HY: -5.52 to 346.69
  • CDX EM: -0.81 to 236.23

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mischler Financial served as a passive underwriter on Morgan Stanley’s $1b (40mm share) 5.85% PerpNC10 fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative $25 par preferred Series “K” today.  Thank you to MS Preferred Syndicate’s Michael “Captain Morgan” Borut for selecting Mischler as an underwriter from among the many diversity broker-dealers to choose from. It is always appreciated Mike! The transaction rated (Ba1/BB/BB+) started with IPT’s in the 6.125% “area” before tightening 25 bps to revised 5.875% “area” guidance and 2.5 bps tighter into the 5.85% launch for an impressive <27.5> of spread compression throughout price evolution.
    The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was 18.12 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.1b on Monday versus $15.2b on Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.7b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/23-1/27
vs. Current
WTD – $13.70b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $130.433b
Low-End Avg. $19.09b 71.77% $107.87b 120.92%
Midpoint Avg. $20.46b 66.96% $108.41b 120.31%
High-End Avg. $21.83b 62.76% $108.96b 119.71%
The Low $15b 91.33% $80b 163.04%
The High $26b 52.69% $145b 89.95%

 

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

 

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:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
New Issue Concessions 0.94 bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A <0.50> bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.60x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A 2.41x
Tenors 8.54 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A 10.67 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,006mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A N/A $708mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.61> yrs <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A <17.17> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG          

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
IBM Aa3/AA- FRN 1/27/2020 500 3mL+equib 3mL+equiv 3mL+23 3mL+23 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 1.90% 1/27/2020 750 +60a +45-50 +45 +45 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 2.50% 1/27/2022 1,000 +75a +60-65 +60 +60 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
IBM Aa3/AA- 3.30% 1/27/2027 500 +100a +90-95 +90 +90 BNPP/CS/HSBC/MIZ/RBC
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 2.20% 1/30/2020 400 +85a +75 the # +75 +75 BARC/CS/DB/MS
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 3.25% 1/30/2024 500 +110a +100 the # +100 +100 BARC/CS/DB/MS
Tech Data Corporation Baa3/BBB- 3.70% 2/15/2022 500 +low 200s
+212.5a
+185a (+/-5) +180 +180 BAML/CITI/JPM
Tech Data Corporation Baa3/BBB- 4.95% 2/15/2027 500 +high 200s +287.5a +255a (+/-5) +250 +250 BAML/CITI/JPM

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Nordic Investment Bank Aaa/AAA 2.125% 2/01/2022 1,250 MS +19a MS +18a MS +17 +23.5 CITI/JPM/RBC/TD
Province of Quebec Aa2/AA- 2.375% 1/31/2022 2,000 MS +46a MS +44a MS +43 +49.15 BAML/BMO/DB/SCOT

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that below levels are as of 3:45pm ET.

 

Index Open Current Change  
IG27 66.447 65.188 <1.259>
HV27 140.44 138.89 <1.55>
VIX 11.77 11.28 <0.49>  
S&P 2,265 2,282 17
DOW 19,800 19,919 119  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $4.65 bn DAY: $7.90 bn
WTD: $13.70 bn WTD: $16.95 bn
MTD: $130.433 bn MTD: $182.433 bn
YTD: $130.433 bn YTD: $182.433 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 18th     

     

  • For the week ended January 18th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.893b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $8.108b) and a net outflow of $887.116m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $410.884m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $548.36m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.745b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $77.439m (2016 YTD inflow of $314.867m).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating (more…)

FIGs in Favor Despite Market Caution Caused by Trump TPP Move
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.23.17 FIGS in Favor Despite Market Caution re:Trump TPP Move

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap
Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. $5b 3-part 5NC4 FXD/FRN and 10nc9r Deal Dashboard

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

Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein Appears in the “QC”

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 18th     

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


President Trump today pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership or “TPP” the trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries including China causing some to fear a protectionist U.S. Administration.  Having said that, and refraining from any political commentary therein, it set the stage for a rather “cautious” day in today’s IG dollar DCM.  However, those who could pull off a great deal on the heels of incredible Q4 earnings like The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. did just that.  Today’s IG primary market featured 4 issuers, 9 tranches and a total of $9.05bn. 55.25% of the day total came in the form of Goldman Sachs’ $5b 3-part 5NC4 FXD/FRN and 10NC9.  Mischler Financial served as an active Co-Manager on the 10NC9 tranche today making it today’s “Deal-of-the-Day.”  There was no activity from the SSA space.

 

Today’s MTD all-in IG Corporate plus SSA new issue total of $174.533b represents the sixth highest volume month on record. We are a mere $3.882b away from third place all-time.
WTD we have priced over 44% of this week’s midpoint average syndicate forecast and we’re now over 16% above the syndicate projection for January with 6 business days to go!

Let’s first briefly run thru the daily recaps before I get into the GS deal drill-down and a feature with GS Chairman Lloyd Blankfein! That’s right, he’s here and waiting for you so let’s get to it. 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Rally for USTs and bonds in Europe. JGB’s were mixed and little changed.
  • Stocks – Little changed heading into the close and had a nice comeback today.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe and Japan closed down while China closed higher.
  • Economic – Not a factor today in the U.S. or across the globe.
  • Currencies – USD had a poor day and lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil was lower and the metals closed with gains.
  • CDX IG: +0.74 to 66.61
  • CDX HY: +2.58 to 352.66
  • CDX EM: +0.19 to 237.39

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Aercap Ireland CDAC/Aercap Global Aviation Trust not only upsized today’s new 5.25ye Senior Notes new issue to $600mm from $500mm but they did so at the T+170 launch that was 5 bps tighter than +180 “area” guidance (+/-5).
  • Branch Bank and Trust Company dropped the 5-year FRN tranche at guidance from today’s initially announced 4-part 3- and 5-year FXD/FRN.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues was <15.61> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.2b on Friday versus $23.5b on Thursday and $13.7b the previous Friday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/23-1/27
vs. Current
WTD – $9.05b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $125.783b
Low-End Avg. $19.09b 47.41% $107.87b 116.61%
Midpoint Avg. $20.46b 44.23% $108.41b 116.03%
High-End Avg. $21.83b 41.46% $108.96b 115.44%
The Low $15b 60.33% $80b 157.23%
The High $26b 34.81% $145b 86.75%

 

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS)$5b 3-part 5NC4 FXD/FRN and 10nc9r Deal Dashboard

 

I typically only write a relative value study on tranches we are involved in but given the size, scope and impact of this deal – not to mention it was a “Golden” deal – I’m breaking my protocol for the full magilla.  All three tranches right here, right now for YOU!

This morning prior to the market open, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. riding high on last week’s blow away Q4 earnings announcement took full advantage today to hit the tapes and price a $5b 3-part 5NC4 FXD/FRN and a new 10NC9 with proceeds used for general corporate purposes. Goldman’s Q4 ’16 bond trading revenues surged to $3.60b against $3.45b expectations.  Goldman Sachs’ Q4 reported diluted EPS of $4.88 against $3.88 forecasts came on $8.17b in total revenues or 10% more than $7.41b projections.   Timing is everything folks!

Mischler served as an active 0.50% Co-Manager on Goldman’s 41.75b 10NC9 tranche and we saw accounts clamoring for new Goldman paper so much so that the high quality order book went subject at 9:00 am to make allocations more manageable.

For 10NC5 fair value I looked at the outstanding GS 3.50% due 11/16/2026 that was T+145 bid (G+145) pre-announcement landing NIC as 3 bps against today’s T+148 10NC9 final pricing.

The new 5NC4 Iooked to the outstanding GS 2.35 due 11/15/2021 that was T+107 bid pre-announcement or G+108 pegging NIC on today’s new 5NC4 FXD/FRNs as 12bps.

However, curve adjusting for the longer 4/26/22 final maturity date compressed the concession significantly.  The value differential from the GS 11/2021 to the GS 4/2022 is about 8-and- a-third or 8.33 bps. Check the 5s/6s curve set by both JPM and WFC. They added 8.33 bps to G108 to get to T+116-117bp fair value and therefore a 3-4 bps new issue concession versus today’s final T+120 final pricing. Conclusion: strong pricing on great news and congratulations all around to Team Goldman Sachs!

Clearly accounts have a strong appetite for big FIGs in what is anticipated to be a more favorable environment for financial services under our new Administration.

 

GS Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
5NC4 FRN 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+111 3mL+111 <15> bps 3.5 bps 3mL+110/108 <1>
5NC4 FXD +135a +120 the # +120 +120 <15> bps 3.5 bps 119/118 <1>
10NC9 +165a +150a (+/-2) +148 +148 <17> bps 3 bps 147/145 <1>

 

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

 

GS  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
5NC4 FRN $1b $1.6n 1.60x
5NC4 FXD $2.25b $4.3b 1.91x
10NC9 $1.75b $4.3b 2.46x

 

Final Pricing – The Goldman Sachs group, Inc.
GS $1b 3mL+111 due 4/26/2022 5NC4 FRN at $100.00

GS $2.25b 3.00% 5NC4 due 4/26/2022 @ $99.680 to yield 3.067% or T+120  MW+20

GS $1.75b 3.85% 10NC9 due 1/26/2027 @ $99.720 to yield 3.884% or T+148  MW+25

 

Now Let’s Do a Deep Dive Into Goldman Sachs’ D&I Initiative

 

Goldman Sachs strives to provide a full spectrum of businesses with the opportunity to compete on a fair and equal basis for its business and, ideally, to expand and grow while working with them. Team Goldman understands and embraces that having a diverse and inclusive supply chain is a social and economic imperative and they look for vendors that share this commitment in a value-added way.

 

To do this, Goldman Sachs encourages the use of qualified businesses where opportunities exist, promote strategic partnerships and engage a number of external stakeholders in support of their efforts.  Goldman continues to make progress expanding the global reach of its vendor diversity and inclusion efforts. Its program began in North America in 2000, expanded to Europe in 2005 and then to Asia Pacific in 2009.  Currently Team GS has diversity and inclusion definitions for over 20 countries where it operates, which include the following categories, where applicable:

 

  • Ethnic Minority Owned
  • Indigenous Owned
  • Locally Owned or Locally Owned and Small and Medium Enterprise
  • Disability Owned
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Social Enterprise Business
  • Small and Medium Enterprise or Small Business
  • Supported Business
  • Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Women Owned

 

When constructing its global headquarters in New York, more than $300 million was awarded to women and minority-owned businesses – making it the most successful project in the history of New York State’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise program upon completion. Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a New York nonprofit that works with unions to bring women into higher-paying jobs in construction trades, recognized Goldman Sachs with its Equity Leadership award for its diversity efforts in the construction of its headquarters building. This is just one example of Goldman’s commitment to vendor diversity and inclusion.

As a firm, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. takes its reputation for excellence seriously and seeks to align with business partners who share their commitment to quality. In selecting its vendors, GS considers businesses that can supply its organization with the most cost-effective, reliable products and services. Prospective vendors are evaluated on several criteria, including:

  • Quality of their products and services
  • Customer service
  • Pricing
  • Ability to assist us in meeting our business goals
  • Environmental, Social and Governance commitments

 

Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein Appears in the “QC” and I Explain Why He Has Good Reason to Smile

Goldman Sachs has a passion for achieving results – for our clients, our employees and the communities where we work around the globe. We understand that one way to improve our results is to capitalize on the broad range of experience, skill and perspective that people from different backgrounds possess.

Through our Vendor Diversity Program, Goldman Sachs seeks to cultivate relationships with diverse businesses that share our commitment to achieving excellent results. Vendor diversity not only increases competition and the potential for economic savings, but also provides a means to build the economic foundation of the communities in which we operate around the world. Through the unique expertise of diverse businesses, Goldman Sachs benefits from innovative ideas, a broader customer base and better service for our clients. Our goal is for the firm to have access to the highest quality products and services at the best possible price. We look forward to the prospect of working with you.

Lloyd C. Blankfein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Despite recently losing some of Goldman’s top guns to appointments in our nation’s new Presidential Administration, Goldman Sachs’ leadership call to Diversity and Inclusion has not missed a beat. Today’s transaction exemplifies what it means to sculpt and mold a best-in-class initiative predicated on a win-win value-added proposition. That means when presented with an opportunity to serve GS, you are expected to deliver the goods, according to Goldman Sachs’ highest standards.  Today, from the top down in Syndicate and Treasury/Funding every single solitary one of the 10 operatives I liaised with were at the ready to address their Chairman’s call and mandate.  It’s one thing for me to thank them each – which I do every time – but entirely another thing when the boss of bosses hears it directly from the diversity firm itself.  So, a five-star salute goes off to Team GS and the capo di tutt’i Wall Street capis, Mr. Lloyd Blankfein.
Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/16
TUES.
1/17
WED.
1/18
TH.
1/19
FRI.
1/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
New Issue Concessions Holiday 3.15 bps 6.56 bps <2> bps N/A 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A <0.50> bps
Oversubscription Rates Holiday 2.37x 2.73x 1.76x N/A 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A 2.41x
Tenors Holiday 18 yrs 6.89 yrs 4 yrs N/A 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A 10.67 yrs
Tranche Sizes Holiday $1,596mm $606mm $750mm N/A $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A N/A $708mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
Holiday <14.04> bps <16.03> bps <13.75> bps N/A <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A <17.17> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG          

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Aercap Ireland CDAC/
Aercap Global Aviation
BBB-/BBB- 3.50% 5/26/2022 600 +200a +180a (+/-5) +170 +170 BAML/CITI/GS/JPM
Branch Banking & Trust Co. A1/A+ FRN 1/15/2020 600 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+45 3mL+45 BARC/BBT/MS/RBC
Branch Banking & Trust Co. A1/A+ 2.10% 1/15/2020 1,000 +high 70s/+77.5 +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 BARC/BBT/MS/RBC
Branch Banking & Trust Co. A1/A+ 2.625% 1/15/2022 1,000 +high 80s/+87.5 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 BARC/BBT/MS/RBC
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A FRN 4/26/2022 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+111   GS-sole
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A X.XX% 4/26/2022 2,250 +135a +120 the # +120   GS-sole
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A X.XX% 1/26/2027 1,750 +165a +150a (+/-2) +148   GS-sole
MidAmerican Energy Co. Aa2/A+ 3.10% 5/01/2027 375 +85-90/+87.5a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 BNPP/BARC/CITI/MIZ/USB
MidAmerican Energy Co. Aa2/A+ 3.95% 8/01/2047 475 +110-115/+112.5a +100a (+/-5) +95 +95 BNPP/BARC/CITI/MIZ/USB

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Pre-Presidential Inauguration: Big Banks Float Boatload of Debt Deals
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.17.17 – Big Banks Issue Boatloads of Debt; Investor Appetite for IG Debt is Resilient 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “Banking” on Change – 3 Big FIGs Unleash 3 Deals, 9 Tranches and $18.75b on Heels of Strong Q4 ’16 Earnings.

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

Morgan Stanley Inc. $3b 10 year Deal Dashboard

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 11th     

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

As Bloomberg Gladfy columnist Lisa Abramowicz pointed out in her Jan 6 story “The Credit Boom Just Won’t Die”, –which included your’s truly cited for providing the most accurate forecast re debt issuance, three more banks joined the pre-Presidential Inauguration day fray to satisfy investors’ insatiable appetite for Investment Grade debt and floated $20.75bil in fresh paper, breaking the weekly fixed income syndicate forecast in a single day.. 

6 IG Corporate issuers announced a total of 13 tranches between them totaling $20.75b.  But, make no mistake about it, the day belonged to the Big FIGs Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo who between them accounted for  9 of the tranches and just over 90% of the day’s volume.  We are now one day into the holiday-shortened week, yet we’ve already priced 90% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate calling for $23.07b.  Tomorrow looks to be loaded with SSA issuers who were absent today yet who began taken IOIs on tomorrow’s deals.  Slated for Tuesday are IBRD, OKB, KBN, FMS and CPPIB Capital.  So, heavy IG all-in volume is expected therein.

Mischler Financial served as a “passive” Co-Manager on today’s 10-year fixed rate tranche of Morgan Stanley’s three-part 5NC4, 10s and 30s making it today’s Deal-of-the-Day for the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer.  Let’s run down Global, Primary and Secondary Market Recaps and then I’ll get to the MS 3-part drill-down.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Strong session for USTs after Trump said the USD is too strong.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed with gains. Europe had more green than red.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield since May 2009 (1.02483%).
  • Stocks – The NASDAQ was leading stocks south at 3:30pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe more red than green. Nikkei red. China/HS closed higher.
  • Economic – Light calendar in the U.S. Japan & Europe were better. U.K. CPI higher.
  • Currencies – Trump said the USD was too strong & now it is not as strong.
  • Commodities – Crude oil small gain. Gold & silver were strong. Copper hit hard.
  • CDX IG: +0.97 to 66.79
  • CDX HY: +3.11 to 354.22
  • CDX EM: -1.15 to 233.23

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Regency Centers LP upsized today’s two-part 10s/30s Senior Notes new issue to $650mm from $600mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was <14.04> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +128 vs. +129.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +166.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.7b on Friday versus $19.4b on Thursday and $18.1b the previous Friday.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/16-1/20
vs. Current
WTD – $20.75b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $108.283b
Low-End Avg. $22.20b 93.47% $107.87b 100.38%
Midpoint Avg. $23.07b 89.94% $108.41b 99.88%
High-End Avg. $23.93b 86.71% $108.96b 99.38%
The Low $15b 138.33% $80b 135.35%
The High $36b 57.64 $145b 74.68%

 

Morgan Stanley Inc. $3b 10 year Deal Dashboard

 

This morning prior to the market open, Morgan Stanley posted its strongest quarterly earnings since the Financial Crisis and outperformed Q4 2015 by $950 million thanks to a bond trading revival that boosted MS’s bottom line.  Q4 ’16 Bond trading revenues surged $1.47b or 167% beating analyst’s estimates by $500mm.  That is the single largest amount among six-pack banks that have reported with Citigroup and Goldman Sachs posting tomorrow. Much the recent quarter activity is attributable to market expectations that Donald Trump and his cabinet will boost economic growth, revamp more favorable corporate tax policies and create more of a rising rate environment than the snail’s pace we’ve gotten used to.  Morgan Stanley’s Q4 net income rose 83% to $1.67b or $0.81 EPS vs. $908mm and $0.39 in Q4 2015.

Mischler served as a “passive” 1.00% Co-Manager on Morgan Stanley’s $3b 10-year tranche of their $7b three-part 5NC4, 10s and 30s.

For 10yr fair value I looked at the outstanding MS 2.625% due 11/17/2021 that was T+134 (G+136) pre-announcement landing NIC as 7 bps against today’s final +143 new 10yr pricing.

The new 5yr that priced at 3mL +118 looked to the outstanding MS 2.625 due 11/17/2021 that was seen T+107 bid pre-announcement or G+109.5 pegging NIC on today’s new 5yr as 8.5 bps to the 5yr bullet.

The 30yr comped best to the MS 4.30% due 1/27/2045 T+133 nailing today’s new 30 yr NIC as 15 bps versus today’s final T+148 pricing.

 

As for Morgan’s inclusive focus on veterans and veteran initiatives and Mischler’s designation to play a role in this transaction, Morgan Stanley Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Gorman says, “Morgan Stanley thanks you for your service.  The military’s emphasis on the mission and the team, leadership accountability and continuous improvement aligns well with the culture of our Firm.”

To Mr. Gorman: It’s an honor to serve on your transaction. We always stand at the ready for you and Team Morgan Stanley.

 

 

MS Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
5yr 3mL+125a 3mL+120
(+/-2)
3mL+118 3mL+118 <7> bps 8.5 117/116 <1>
10yr FXD +155a +145a (+/-2) +143 +143 <12> bps 7 bps 143/141 0/flat
30yr +160a +150a (+/-2) +148 +148 <12> bps 15 bps 141/139 <7>

 

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

 

MS  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
5yr $1.75b $2.75b 1.57x
10yr FXD $3b $5.5b 1.83x
30yr $2.25b $5.1b 2.27x

 

Final Pricing – Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)
MS $1.75b 3mL+118 due 1/20/2022 5NC4 FRN at $100.00

MS $3b 3.625% 10yr FXD due 1/20/2027 @ $98.999 to yield 3.746% or T+143  MW+25

MS $2.25b 4.375% 30yr FXD due 1/20/2047 @ $99.322 to yield 4.416% or T+148  MW+25

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/09
TUES.
1/10
WED.
1/11
TH.
1/12
FRI.
1/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
New Issue Concessions 0.57 bps 0.83 bps 0.67 bps 6.50 bps N/A 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A N/A <0.50> bps 4.26 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.02x 2.85x 2.70x 2.70x N/A 2.85x 2.45x N/A N/A 2.41x 3.68x
Tenors 9.09 years 5.40 yrs 8 yrs 5.67 yrs N/A 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A N/A 10.67 yrs 9.21 yrs
Tranche Sizes $613mm $433mm $1,577mm $667mm N/A $927mm $859mm N/A N/A $708mm $760mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.32> bps <19.83> bps <21.46> bps <23.75> bps N/A <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A N/A <17.17> bps <22.24> bps

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

 

New Issues Priced

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

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 *Please note that Baptist Health South Florida Obligated Group priced on Monday, January 9th but was posted today.  It is italicized in the below table for informational purposes only but is not included in today’s IG Corporate day total.  The New Issue Volume tables below have been updated to reflect its inclusion.  Thanks! -RQ

IG          

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Bank of America Baa1/A FRN 1/20/2023
6NC5
750 3mL+equiv 3mL+116 the # 3mL+116 3mL+116 BAC-sole
Bank of America Baa1/A 3.124% 1/20/2023
6NC5
1,500 +140 +130 the # +130 +130 BAC-sole
Bank of America Baa1/A 3.824% 1/20/2028
11NC10
2,500 +165a +150a (+/-2) +150 +150 BAC-sole
Bank of America Baa1/A 4.443% 1/20/2048
31NC30
2,000 +165a +150a (+/-2) +150 +150 BAC-sole
Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America AA-/AA- 4.85% 1/24/2077 350 +low 200s
+200-225/+212.5a
+200a (+/-5) +195 +195 CS/DB/JPM/MS
Kroger Co. Baa1/BBB 4.45% 2/01/2047 1,000 +160a +150 the # +150 +150 BAML/RBC/USB(a) + 3 (p)
Morgan Stanley A3/A FRN 1/20/2022
5NC4
1,750 3mL+125a 3mL+120 (+/-2) 3mL+118 3mL+118 MS-sole
Morgan Stanley A3/A 3.625% 1/20/2027 3,000 +155a +145a (+/-2) +143 +143 MS-sole
Morgan Stanley A3/A 4.375% 1/20/2047 2,250 +160a +150a (+/-2) +148 +148 MS-sole
Regency Centers LP Baa1/BBB+ 3.60% 2/01/2027 350 +150a +135a (+/-5) +130 +130 BAML/JPM/USB/WFS
Regency Centers LP Baa1/BBB+ 4.40% 2/01/2047 300 +175a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 BAML/JPM/USB/WFS
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- FRN 1/24/2023
6NC5
1,250 3mL+equiv (+125a) 3mL+111 the # 3mL+111 3mL+111 WFS-sole
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- 3.069% 1/24/2023
6NC5
3,750 +140a +125 the # +125 +125 WFS-sole

 

 Indexes and New Issue Volume

*Denotes 52-week low.

Index Open Current Change
IG27 65.82 66.428 0.608
HV27 140.34 139.90 <0.44>
VIX *11.23 11.86 0.63
S&P 2,274 2,267 <7>
DOW 19,885 19,826 <59>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $20.75 bn DAY: 20.75 bn
WTD: $20.75 bn WTD: 20.75 bn
MTD: $108.283 bn MTD: $137.033 bn
YTD: $108.283 bn YTD: $137.033 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 11th     

     

  • For the week ended January 11th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.029b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.215b) and a net inflow of $563.51m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $1.298b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.332b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.197b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $172.277m (2016 YTD inflow of $237.428m).

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Empire Manufacturing January 8.5 6.5 9.0 7.6

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

The week is off to an interesting start. Today we had some unwinding of the Trump trade with Treasuries rallying, stocks selling off and the USD getting whacked. The market is starting to realize Trump plans will have many hurdles to get over before they become a reality. At the 3pm close, benchmark Treasuries were better bid by 3.7 bps (2yr: 1.156%) to 5.8 bps (5yr: 1.826%).

 

Today’s highlights were:

 

  • President-Elect Trump told the WSJ the USD was already too strong and the USD paid a severe price for the comment. The USD was hit hard by all of the Big 5.
  • This morning, U.K. PM Theresa May said she will not pursue membership in the EU single market system. The Pound which had been under heavy pressure last week rallied on the May & Trump comments. It was the best day the Pound has had vs. the USD since 2008.
  • NY Fed President Dudley (voter/very dovish) was very dovish this morning. Dudley said the Fed is unlikely to snuff out the U.S. economic expansion and inflation is not a problem.
  • Conversely, Fed Gov. Brainard (dove) was hawkish in her comments today. Brainard was the 3rd Fed member in the New Year (2017) to mention the Fed balance sheet. Last Thursday St. Louis Fed Pres. Bullard (non-voter) and Dallas Fed Pres. Kaplan (voter) also mentioned the balance sheet. Something to keep your eye on.

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 100-272 101-106 101-16 98-04+ 100-16
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-31+ 101-046 101-07 97-24+ 99-25
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-30 100-30 100-31 97-13+ 99-16
         
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-27 100-226 100-20 96-30 98-13
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-252 100-196 100-10 96-17 97-26
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-24 100-142 100-03 96-09 97-06

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

  • China Data: Nothing Scheduled
  • Japan Data: Nothing Scheduled
  • Australia: Westpac Consumer Confidence
  • EU Data: German Dec CPI, EU Dec CPI, U.K. Dec Unem/Nov Earns
  • U.S. Data: MBA, Dec CPI, Dec IP/CapU, Jan NAHB, Nov TIC
  • Supply: ECB 7d$, BoC
  • Events: Nouy, Yellen, Kashkari, Kaplan, Olsen

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The Day’s New Debt Issuance: USD 22.5bil Floated Across 15 Deals
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.11.17-$22.5bil in New Debt Issuance Floated / 15 Deals; Led by Broadcom and GM Financial

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

Rates Trading Lab

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $2.5b 3-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10yr Senior Unsecured 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 January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was yet another very busy and high volume day today in our IG dollar DCM that featured 6 IG Corporate issuers across 13 tranches totaling $20.50b led by a $13.55b 4-part from Broadcom and a $2.5b 3-part deal from General Motors Financial Co. Inc.  Additionally, 2 SSA issuers brought 2 tranches adding another $1.75b thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 8 issuers, 15 tranches and $22.25b.

The WTD IG Corporate-only total is now $32.05b or 10% more than this week’s $30.13b syndicate midpoint average estimate.
MTD we have now realized $85.283b or 79% of the syndicate forecast for all of January which is $108.41b.
All-in IG Corporate plus SSA MTD issuance currently stands at: $111.533b.

Mischler Financial served as an active Co-Manager on today’s $2.5b 3-part Senior Unsecured Notes new issue for General Motors Financial Co. Inc. and so it is today’s Deal-of-the-Day.  You know the routine, let’s re-cap the day first and then it’s on to the GM Deal Dashboard and drill-down.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries –  USTs had small gains. Strong 10yr auction. Afternoon selling hit market.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe traded with a bid. JGB’s mixed. Supply was a factor.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since April 2009 (1.02178%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher heading into close. Today was a roller coaster ride.
  • Overseas Stocks – FTSE (12) & HS (10) with double digit session winning streaks.
  • Economic – IBD/TIPP economic optimism at a 10-year high.
  • Currencies – USD had a bid until the Trump press conference & then rolled over.
  • Commodities – Crude oil with a strong rally despite bearish inventory data.
  • CDX IG: +0.16 to 66.24
  • CDX HY: +1.40 to 352.25
  • CDX EM: +0.68 to 241.96

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was <21.46> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +129.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +122.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +166.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.3b on Tuesday versus $16.7b on Monday (the 7th highest day since 2006) and $22.4b the previous Tuesday.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/09-1/13
vs. Current
WTD – $32.05b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $85.283b
Low-End Avg. $29.04b 110.37% $107.87b 79.06%
Midpoint Avg. $30.13b 106.37% $108.41b 78.67%
High-End Avg. $31.22b 102.66% $108.96b 78.27%
The Low $20b 160.25% $80b 106.60%
The High $40b 80.13% $145b 58.82%

 

Rates Trading Lab

If you were hoping to hear news on the Trump Administration’s plans for the economy (fiscal policy) in today’s press conference you were sorely disappointed. The mass media proved once again they are pretty close to being worthless. The majority of the questions directed to President-Elect Trump concerned Russia and Putin. Some of the things we did learn from Trump today were his plans to step away from the Trump Organization, he will pick a Supreme Court nominee within 2 weeks of his inauguration, he thinks leaks are coming from the intelligence community and CNN is not high on his list.

UST’s dealt with conflicting items today. The 10yr had a bid heading into the $20b 10yr auction and rallied after the auction results were very strong (details below). It was the 4th very strong Treasury auction in a row. Treasuries came under pressure after the auction bounce and the most likely reason for the selling was the 4-part $13.55b Broadcom deal. The deal was much bigger than expected ($6b). Broadcom was the highlight deal but not the only one today. The new issue markets in the U.S. and Europe remained very active. At the 3pm close  benchmark UST’s were better bid by 0.3 bps (5yr: 1.876%) to 1.4 bps (30yr: 2.957%).
-Tony Farren

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-29 100-29+ 100-28+ 97-09+ 99-27+
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-272 100-262 100-25+ 97-04 99-11
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-26 100-222 100-18+ 96-29 98-26
           
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-22+ 100-156 100-10+ 96-18 97-27
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-20+ 100-12+ 100-05+ 96-11 97-08
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-18+ 100-09 100-00+ 96-04+ 96-17

 

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $2.5b 3-part 5yr FXD/FRN and 10yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard (more…)

Corporate Bond New Issuance Elasticity: Get It While Its Hot
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.06.17 Weekend Edition: Investment Grade Corpoate Bond New Issuance & Spread Elasticity: Get It While It’s Hot

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

The Best and the Brightest” – Investment Grade New Issuance Forecasts 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

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

It was a no-print Friday today and a well-deserved one at that considering yesterday was the 4th busiest ever in our dollar IG DCM. We priced $53.233b in new IG Corporate-only product this week in just three days and $65.233b including SSA issuance!  What a heck of a start to the New Year!  This morning’s NFP number was another very strong one posting a 156k payroll increase versus 175k estimates or 17% better than expected.  You know what that means…….with labor shortages expected throughout 2017, wages will increase and when wages increase people spend more money and when people spend more money the Fed is more likely to raise rates!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  We have a big January 20th inauguration ahead of us that should make for great TV before Trump & Co. institute rapid change with a Republican controlled Beltway. But before that our U.S. six-pack big FIGs release earnings beginning on January 13th thru the 18th which leaves next week open prior to that deluge.  In speaking to the “Best and the Brightest” in the world of syndicate this morning it’s looking like we drop off a lot from this week but then again $30b, $35b, $40b speaks volumes about just how incredible this week was.  Allow me to opine therein and then let’s re-cap things first before I invite you all to join me as we visit with each of the top 23 syndicate desks in our IG dollar DCM to hear their thoughts, numbers and ranges for next week.

 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

Tuesday’s deals were tighter, and Wednesday’s deals were tighter BUT some widened while yesterday’s deals were 48% wider? What’s it mean? It means “get it while it’s hot,” and the hotter it gets, the more they compress spreads and the more they compress spreads the more likely they are to leak out. So, with the U.S. six-pack banks set to release earnings beginning on January 13th thru the 18th, we have a bit before that money center bank deluge happens. In the interim, next week will seem like a drop off in issuance but why wouldn’t it? We priced the 4th busiest day in history for both IG Corporate AND for IG Corporates and SSA yesterday ($53.233b and $65.233b respectively). By those standards any other week will pale in comparison. However, I believe things hold in and we get $40bn-plus of all-in Corp + SSA issuance next week. Call IG Corporates $35b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 67 deals that printed, 38 tightened versus NIP for a 56.50% improvement rate while 16 widened (24.00%) and 13 were flat (19.50%).
  • For the week ended January 4th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.186b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $2.186b) and a net inflow of $734.107 into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $734.107b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s XX IG Corporate-only new issues was XX.XX bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +129 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +122 vs. +121.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +167 vs. +166.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22b on Thursday (7th highest day since 2006) versus $22.4b on Wednesday (6th highest volume day) and $4.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $9.6b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

IG Corporate New Issuance January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $53.233b
Low-End Avg. $107.87b 49.35%
Midpoint Avg. $108.41b 49.10%
High-End Avg. $108.96b 48.86%
The Low $80b 66.54%
The High $145b 36.71%

 

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

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 24 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.59% 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 the third consecutive year! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 !!   

To best frame our weekly poll i.e.  projected new issue activity, we posed the following to our  Best & Brightest”respondents:

This week’s $53.233b of IG Corporate only new issue volume ranks as the 4th largest of all-time.

  • This week’s $65.233b of all-in (IG Corporate and SSA) issuance also ranks as the 4th highest of all-time. 
  • This week’s IG Corporate only volume total ($53.233b) represents just over 49% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast for all of January ($108.41) after only 3 sessions!  

Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages after the close of yesterday’s: 

o   NICS:  2.25 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.45x

o   Tenors:  6.52 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $859mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <15.27> bps


Here’s the performance data comparing this week’s averages versus those of the week ending December 15th:

 

  • NICs widened 1.75 bps to 2.25 bps vs. <0.50> bps..
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased marginally by 0.04x to 2.45x vs. 2.41x. 
  • Average tenors shortened dramatically by 4.15 years to 6.52 years vs. 10.67 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased noticeably by $151mm to $859mm vs. $708mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 62 IG Corporate new issues widened by <1.90> bps to <15.27> vs. <17.17>.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 2 bps to +167 vs. +169.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +129 versus +130 on Thursday, December 15th
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened by 0.75 bps to 20.00 vs. 22.00 bps on Thursday, December 15th and as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened 1.57 bps to 26.32 vs. 27.89 on Thursday, December 15th, also against their post-Crisis lows.

 

……and now for the first time of 2017, I’d like to know your thoughts and your numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume. You all know that I greatly appreciate your participation week in and week out.
Thanks very much, Ron!

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their formidable responses: (more…)

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