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Corporate Debt Market & The Week Before the US Presidential Election; Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.28.16-Corporate Debt Market & The Week Before the US Presidential Election

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap & Look to the Last Full Week before the Presidential Election

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of November 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

Investment Grade Credit Spreads

Lipper Funds Flow

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Happy Friday everyone!  The big news today is the FBI’s announcement that it is “re-opening” its probe into the Hilary Clinton private e-mail controversy.  Oh my.  This election could go down to the wire folks!  Or, FBI Director Jim Comey might have found himself boxed into a corner when he issued the late Friday email to Congress, without first determining whether the emails in question are anything new, or whether the only ‘new update’ that Comey shared is that FBI agents determined that HRC assistant Huma Abedin’s email account was installed on a device shared with her former husband and suspected pedophile, Anthony Weiner. Meaning: Nothing really new! A bunch of jerks have in theory, been able to see those emails. But, WikiLeaks already published them! Just another 9th inning curve ball that every media outlet will swing at in the course of the 2016 US Presidential elections!

I think we see $30bn next week. I do have a strong tendency to err to the upside.  The next two weeks “could be” challenging thanks to these following obstacles that can typically dampen issuance:

 

  • Tuesday, 11/01 – BoJ
  • Wednesday, 11/02 – FOMC
  • Thursday, 11/03 – BOE
  • Friday, 11/04 – NFP
  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).

However, I would counter that next week also happens to be the LAST full week before the U.S. Presidential election so issuers may very well want to print before then. Despite all the hoopla about the massive rates sell-off, I simply remind you that we are at May levels. Lest we forget May 2016 is the single most prolific month of IG issuance in history at $213.4b in all-in IG Corporate plus SSA issuance. So, don’t be surprised.

Due to the election, however, ranges could be….well…..VERY rangy! I still think we get $110b in IG Corporate issuance in November.

We had one well-telegraphed $500mm tap of Banco de Bogota’s 6.25% 10-year due 5/12/2026 144a Subordinated Notes price.  The amount added to our already record October volume for all-in IG issuance. For all the pertinent data points, please scroll down to the question I posed of the 23 participating top shelf, top gun syndicate desks.  In that question lay all the gold nugget technical tidbits you want and need to know about this week’s primary markets and the potential hurdles that lay ahead for next week.  Following that, of course, are the very thoughtful responses that I am grateful to have received today from those top tier syndicate operatives.  They took their time today with nice soundbites so remember it’s not only about their forecasts for next week and for the month of November, rather it’s about their thoughts.  I also take a look at the past decade of November IG new issuance so that you can put the next week’s and month’s numbers into the proper historical context.  Of course I have today’s Global Market Re-cap first just below followed by secondary and primary market talking points, the “at-a-glance” IG issuance WTD and MTD volume table and then the “Best and the Brightest” that the world of syndicate has to offer in their own words.

So, relax, it’s Friday!  Kick up your feet, read through the “QC” or as CFO of Ford Credit, Marion Harris often does, print it out, staple it together and read it at home at your leisure.  It’s all here; it’s all for you AND the guy-in-the-corner does for free………What’s not to like about that!

 

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 folks!

Ron  Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs & JGB’s mixed & steeper. Core Europe mixed & Peripherals lost.
  • Stocks – U.S. red at 3:15pm (small).
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed, Nikkei higher & China & HS closed red.
  • Economic – GDP printed at its highest level since Q3 2014.
  • Overseas Economic – Full in Japan & Europe with more good than bad with low inflation.
  • Currencies – USD lost ground vs. the Euro, Pound & Yen. DXY Index had a poor day.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil & wheat down while gold, copper & silver were up.
  • CDX IG: +1.27 to 77.53
  • CDX HY: +6.27 to 418.11
  • CDX EM: +6.47 to 237.56
  • HY & EM have struggled the last 2 days

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • For the week ended October 26th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $42.787b) and a net outflow of $48.26m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.070b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 30.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +131.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +181.  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 Thursday versus $18.9b Wednesday and $16.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.2b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $34.375b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $102.97b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 139.68% $87.83b 117.24%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 134.91% $88.59b 116.23%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 130.46% $89.35b 115.24%
The Low $15b 229.17% $75b 137.29%
The High $35b 98.21% $125b 82.38%

 

“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 2016’s top 22 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 80.96% 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.

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced with the following note to 30+ book-running fixed income syndicate gurus throughout Wall Street:

We some-what quietly experienced the highest volume October on record this week for all-in IG Corporate and SSA supply.  If Monday is a decent volume day, October 2016 will become the 10th busiest month of all-time for all-in issuance. WTD, we entered today’s Friday session 33% above the syndicate midpoint average estimate for the week or $33.875b vs. 25.48b.  We also eclipsed the MTD syndicate forecast by over 15% or $102.47b vs. $88.59b. Those are both for IG Corporates only. This week’s M&A calendar grew by $132.4b thanks to Qualcomm’s $47b acquisition of NXP and AT&T’s mega $85.4b purchase of Time Warner. Both will meet regulatory scrutiny but that’s a lot of debt just between those two.  The 14 highest profile M&A deals on the calendar now total $323.3b.  Debt anyone? Next week looks like it could be sizeable, but there are some Central Bank hurdles to get over.  Here they are:

 

  • Tuesday, 11/01 – BoJ
  • Wednesday, 11/02 – FOMC
  • Thursday, 11/03 – BOE
  • Friday, 11/04 – NFP
  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).


Here are this week’s IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

  • NICS:  <0.98> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.61x
  • Tenors:  7.71 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $826mm
  • Average Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <17.12> bps

 

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs tightened a resounding 4.29 bps to <0.98> vs. 3.31 bps; over subscription or bid-to-cover rates narrowed by 0.44x to 2.61x vs. 3.05x last week.  Average tenors shortened by 1.45 years to 7.71 yrs vs. 9.16yrs while tranche sizes decreased a hefty $311mm to $826mm vs. $1,137mm.

For the week ended October 26th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $42.787b) and a net outflow of $48.26m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.070b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +136 vs. last Friday’s +135 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 1 bps to 28.25 vs. 26.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 0.73 bps to 32.84 vs.32.11 also against their post-Crisis lows.

November kicks off next Tuesday so I’d like your thoughts and numbers for BOTH November AND next week.  It’s our last full week before the Election and it should be a big one as a result.

Many thanks for your responding with projected volumes; wishing you and yours a great weekend!  -Ron”

(responses to the weekly QC survey of projected deal activity for the upcoming week are available only to QC distribution list recipients)

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week & November

 

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
10/31-11/04
November 2016
Low-End Avg. $24.26b $90.70b
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b $92.11b
High-End Avg. $26.00b $93.52b
The Low $15b $71b
The High $35b $110b

 

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

Next Week
10/03-11/04
November
1: 15-20b 1: 71b
4: 20b 1: 75-85b
5: 20-25b 2: 80b
1: 23b 4: 85b
4: 25b 1: 85-90b
2: 25-30b 1: 80-100b
4: 30b 1:90b
2: 35b 1: 85-100b
  1: 90-95b
  2: 95b
  5: 100b
  1: 100-110b
  2: 110b

 

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

 

  • Across the past ten years, all-in dollar-denominated IG Corporate plus SSA November new issuance averaged $95.72b.
  • Over the past five years, all-in IG November new issuance averaged $120.05b.
  • Over the past three years, all-in IG November issuance has averaged $118.51b.
  • The past three years of November saw IG Corporate only issuance average $105.74b.
  • November SSA issuance has averaged $12.77b across the last three years.

 

August
(Year)
All-in IG Issuance (bn) IG Corps
only (bn)
SSA
only (bn)
2015 110.14 102.56 7.57
2014 138.53 118.91 19.62
2013 106.86 95.75 11.11
2012 147.87 136.91 10.96
2011 96.87 77.21 19.66
2010 67.56 63.65 3.91
2009 92.05 67.53 24.52
2008 47.75 27.35 20.40
2007 58.98 50.08 8.90
2006 90.56 73.87 16.69

Note: includes TARP/TALF & FDIC insured issuance

 

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

 

Please note that the below weekly NICs and tenors, tranche sizes and average spread compression numbers differ slightly from those included in my early morning survey question to syndicate heads due to the fact that later in the day I was able to incorporate the final data from today’s Banco de Credito tap into the averages.  For that reason average weekly NICs went from <0.98> bps to <0.51> bps, etc.  Bid-to-cover rates remained unchanged. Thank you! –Ron

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/24
TUES.
10/25
WED.
10/26
THUR.
10/27
FRI.
10/28
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
New Issue Concessions 2.67 bps 1.75 bps <4.36> bps <2.71> bps 15 bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.52x 2.77x 2.13x 3.08x 2.40x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x
Tenors 6.75 yrs 5.71 yrs 5.64 yrs 11.29 yrs 10 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs
Tranche Sizes $985mm $700mm $964mm $656mm $500mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.20> bps <15.79> bps <16.05> bps <20.21> bps <30> bps <17.42> bps      

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Central Banks and Big Government; Mischler Debt Market Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.27.16: Central Banks and Big Government

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

Uncle Tony on Central Banks and Big Government

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Issuer)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Thursday October 27, 2016 distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.
Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, the QC observations is one of three distinctive research content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline.
To receive Quigley’s Corner, please contact Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate via email: rquigley@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone.

 

7 IG Corporate issuers priced 13 tranches between them totaling $8.525b bringing the WTD total to $33.875b or 33% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate calling for $25.48b. What’s more the MTD total is now $102.47b surpassing the October syndicate midpoint average forecast of $88.59b by over 15%. The all-in IG MTD volume is now $149.22b furthering the new all-time October issuance record for IG Corporate plus SSA supply by 20.21%.  The old October all-in record was $124.131b set in 2015.

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – USTs traded poorly & steeper but not nearly as bad as Europe.
  • Stocks – U.S. closed in the red. Europe was mixed & Asia lost ground.
  • Economic – It is not about the data right? It is all about the Central Banks.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – CRB & crude oil improved but crude remained below 50.
  • CDX IG: +0.59 to 75.93
  • CDX HY: +4.67 to 410.68
  • CDX EM: +6.47 to 237.56

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

-Tony Farren

Uncle Tony on Central Banks and Big Government

I have 3 questions for the market:

1) Are short-term or long-term rates more important to growth?

2) Has there ever been a time when higher long-term rates were better for growth than lower-long term rates?

3) Should Central Banks be advocating higher long-term rates when growth & inflation are both below target?

The Central Banks around the world are currently getting a bad rap. Central Banks are getting blamed for the low growth low inflation environment. I may not agree with all the policies of the Central Banks but at least they are trying. Where is the fiscal stimulus? If the market wants to point fingers for the current environment it should be at the governments & not the Central Banks.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. upsized today’s $1,000 par FXD/FRN non-cumulative PerpNC10 preferred, Series “S” to $525mm vs. $500mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was 20.21 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +136 vs. +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +131 vs. +130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +181 vs. +180 vs. +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.9b on Wednesday versus $19.5b Tuesday and $18.1b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $33.875b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $102.47b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 137.65% $87.83b 116.67%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 132.95% $88.59b 115.67%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 128.56% $89.35b 114.68%
The Low $15b 225.83% $75b 136.63%
The High $35b 96.79% $125b 81.98%

 

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

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

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

Please note: I always try to find ways to incrementally increase and improve the “QC” value-added proposition.  So, this evening I have added a fifth key primary market driver average to the below daily table.  The new category tracks the daily average spread compression from IPTs to the launch of each day’s IG Corporate and IG-rated preferreds when applicable. I always use that number on calls with issuers, follow-ups and in fact, on my market update calls wherein Mischler has been a joint lead.  Treasury/Funding finds it valuable as do syndicate desks and accounts.  So, there it is – yet another reason to keep reading the “QC.”

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/24
TUES.
10/25
WED.
10/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
New Issue Concessions 2.67 bps 1.75 bps <4.36> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.52x 2.77x 2.13x 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x
Tenors 6.75 yrs 5.71 yrs 5.64 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $985mm $700mm $964mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm $646mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.20> bps <15.79> bps <16.05> 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
Buckeye Partners LP Baa3/BBB- 3.95% 12/01/2026 600 +250a +220a (+/-5) +215 +215 BARC/JPM/STRH/WFS
Equate Petrochemical Co. Baa2/BBB+ 3.00% 3/03/2022 1,000 MS +low 200s
+212.5
MS +212.5a MS +195 +198.8 CITI/HSBC/IMI/JPM/MIZ/MUFG
NBK/SMBC
Equate Petrochemical Co. Baa2/BBB+ 4.25% 11/03/2026 1,250 MS +hi 200s-300
or +293.75
MS +287.5a MS +270 +255.2 CITI/HSBC/IMI/JPM/MIZ/MUFG
NBK/SMBC
PNC Financial Services Baa2/BBB- 5.00% PerpNC10 525 5.125%a 5.00%a (+/-5) 5.00% 3mL+330 CITI/JPM/MS/PNC
Sirius International Group BBB/BBB- 4.60% 11/01/2026 400 +300a +285 the # +285 +285 ABC/BOCOM/CITI/HSBC/HUARONG
HSBC/JPM/SHK/TD
Trinidad Generation BBB/BBB- 5.25% 11/04/2027 600 +400a +375a (+/-12.5) +362.5 +362.5 CS/SCOT
United Technologies A3/A- FRN 11/01/2019 350 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+35 3mL+35 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 1.50% 11/01/2019 650 +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 1.95% 11/01/2021 750 +80a +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 2.65% 11/01/2026 1.150 +105a +85a (+/-2) +83 +83 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 3.75% 11/01/2046 1.100 +145a +120a (+/-2) +118 +118 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
Wake Forest Medical Ctr. A2/A 3.093% 6/01/2026 75 +135a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 GS/MS/WFS
Wake Forest Medical Ctr. A2/A 4.175% 6/01/2046 75 +165a +160a (+/-5) +157.5 +157.5 GS/MS/WFS

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
JBIC A1/A+ 2.00% 11/04/2021 1,000 MS +65a MS +64a MS +63 +65.4 BAML/JPM/MIZ/NOM
JBIC A1/A+ 2.25% 11/04/2026 1,800 MS +67a MS +65a MS +64 +49.6 BAML/JPM/MIZ/NOM
OKB Aa1/AA+ FRN 11/04/2019 600 3mL+17a 3mL +16a 3mL +16 3mL+16 GS/HSBC

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.30 1.31 0.01  
IG27 75.345 76.257 0.912
HV27 162.61 162.38 <0.23>
VIX 14.24 15.36 1.12  
S&P 2,139 2,133 <6>
DOW 18,199 18,169 <30>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $8.525 bn DAY: $11.925 bn
WTD: $33.875 bn WTD: $37.275 bn
MTD: $102.47 bn MTD: $149.22 bn
YTD: $1,166.606 bn YTD: $1,493.84 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

     

  • For the week ended October 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.431b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.086b) and a net outflow of $160m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.119b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $514.8m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.956b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $621.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.333b).

 

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 28.25 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 10/20 10/19 10/18 10/17 10/14 10/13 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 136 135 135 135 135 135 136 137 136 137 +1 <1> 106
“AAA” 80 78 78 77 76 76 76 78 78 79 +2 +1 50
“AA” 84 83 83 83 83 82 83 84 84 84 +1 0 63
“A” 109 108 108 108 108 108 109 109 109 110 +1 <1> 81
“BBB” 176 175 174 175 174 175 176 176 176 177 +1 <1> 142
IG vs. HY 330 325 325 327 327 331 336 339 336 345 +5 <15> 228

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Draghi Talk; Mischler Debt Market Comment via Quigley’s Corner
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.20.16- Draghi Talk; The BIGGEST Oct in IG Bond History

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

La Dolce Vita – Draghi Talks About “The Good Life” in the EU (?!)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Corporate Debt Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Believe it or not, we very quietly slid into 9th place among the top 10 highest all-in IG issuance weeks.  All-in IG issuance combines both IG Corporates and SSA deals.  Generally speaking,  SSA weekly issuance typically accounts for about 20%-25% of all-in weekly volume, give or take.  This week, however, thanks to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s $17.5b 3-part inaugural deal, EIB’s $4.5b 3yr and today’s $4.25b IBRD two-part 3s and 10s, SSA issuance has thus far eclipsed IG Corporates 50.36% vs. 49.64%.

On the day, 3 IG Corporates priced 3 deals totaling $1.4b bringing the WTD total to $28.34b vs. $23.17b or 22% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate. SSA added IBRD $4.25b two-part 3s & 10s bringing the all-in IG day total to 4 issuers, 5 tranches and $5.65b.  The all-in MTD total is now $108.145b.  This month is on pace to finish as the most prolific October in IG history.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs closed mixed, little changed & flatter.
  • Overseas Bonds – Long end Bunds had a strong session. JGB’s were little changed.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May 2009 (0.88178%).
  • Stocks – U.S. small losses (3:15pm) Europe rallied after Draghi. Nikkei well bid.
  • Economic – U.S. data fine. Germany PPI remained negative. U.K. retail sales weaker.
  • Currencies – Strong day for the USD outperforming all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude hit hard after rallying to a 15-month high yesterday.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 73.87
  • CDX HY: +0.66 to 398.69
  • CDX EM: -2.93 to 234.07

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

-Tony Farren

 

La Dolce Vita – Draghi Talks About “The Good Life” in the EU…..N-O-T!  

ECB Head Mario Draghi announced that the ECB will not stop QE without first tapering it fortifying the opinion that it will extend well beyond March 2017. Draghi said, “an abrupt ending to bond purchases is unlikely” and “it is not present in anybody’s mind.”

Here are all the pertinent talking points from today’s short news conference with ECB President Mario Draghi:

  • The ECB left its benchmark rates unchanged as expected.
  • ECB’s Main Refinancing Rate was left unchanged at 0.0% as expected.
  • The ECB’s Deposit Facility Rate persisted at -.40% ……as expected.
  • ECB’s Marginal Lending Facility Rate continued at 0.25% also as expected.
  • ECB’s Asset Purchase Target also remained unchanged at €80 bln per month.
  • Draghi sees rates at present or lower level for extended period.
  • Sees rates at present, lower level well past QE horizon.
  • Says QE will run through March 2017 or beyond if needed.
  • QE will run until inflation path is consistent with goal.
  • ECB to preserve stimulus needed to raise inflation.
  • ECB policy ensures very favorable conditions.
  • ECB ready to act using all instruments within mandate.
  • December assessment will benefit from new forecasts.
  • Council will review committee work on QE in December.
  • Baseline remains subject to downside risks.
  • Sees moderate economic growth at steady pace.
  • No signs of convincing upward trend in core inflation.
  • Sees gradual rise in inflation.
  • Inflation rates rising further in 2017, 2018.
  • Economy resilient to global, political uncertainty.
  • Domestic demand supported by policy pass-through.
  • Investment supported by favorable financing conditions.
  • Low oil prices, job gains provide support for consumers.
  • Sluggish pace of reforms also a risk.
  • Loan dynamics follow path of gradual recovery.
  • ECB measures significantly helping credit.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues was 21.83 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +129 vs.  +130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.1b on Wednesday versus $17.3b Tuesday and $16.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.8b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $28.34b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $64.795b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 127.09% $87.83b 73.77%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 122.31% $88.59b 73.14%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 117.89% $89.35b 72.52%
The Low $15b 188.93% $75b 86.39%
The High $30b 94.47% $125b 51.836%

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and 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 and Sizes

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/17
TUES.
10/18
WED.
10/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 3.17 bps 1.71 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 2.91x 2.86x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 10.71 yrs 12 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $1,050mm $1,249mm $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.30 1.29 <0.01>  
IG27 73.725 73.938 0.213
HV27 162.135 161.645 <0.49>
VIX 14.41 13.75 <0.66>  
S&P 2,144 2,141 <3>
DOW 18,202 18,162 <40>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $1.40 bn DAY: $5.65 bn
WTD: $28.34 bn WTD: $57.09 bn
MTD: $64.795 bn MTD: $108.145 bn
YTD: $1,139.531 bn YTD: $1,463.365 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th   (more…)

Corporate Bond Market: Noisy Silence from…
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.18.16 : Corporate Bond Market Noisy Silence from A Really Big Bank; Halloween Scare for European Banks?

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 12th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

noisy-silence-mischler-debt-market-commentAs James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in Andrew McLaglen’s Civil War 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!’

 

Yes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is printing a suspected $15b three-part 5-, 10- and 30-year inaugural debt transaction tomorrow, but that wasn’t the big subject of talk in today’s primary market session.  Nor, surprisingly, was it Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s $5b 3-part Senior Unsecured callable, the largest of its kind, 6NC5 FXD/FRN and 11NC10 notes issued to lower costs related to compliance with loss-absorbing debt requirements. Rather it was Wells Fargo & Co. that announced a 10-year Senior Notes new issue carrying IPTs in the +140-145 range that never went to guidance and had many/most suspecting it would go straight to the launch.  Lo and behold just after 3:30pm ET it was heard that the deal would not price until tomorrow, as apparently news would hit the tapes that would be relevant to bondholders that resulted in Wells deciding not to “rush everything.”  The order book was “heard” to have $10b in orders at 2:30pm ET.

On the day 4 IG Corporate issuers priced 7 tranches between them totaling $7.35b while the SSA space hosted 2 issuers, 2 tranches and $5.50b for an all-in IG day total of 6 issuers, 9 tranches and $12.85b.  WTD we’ve now issued 67% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast for IG Corporates or $15.70b vs. $23.17b. MTD we’ve issued 58% of the syndicate average or $52.155b vs. $88.59b.  The all-in IG MTD total (Corporates & SSA) is $72.255b.

 

Mischler Financial is proud to announce that it served as a Co-Manager on today’s new Bank of America $5b 3-part callable new issue.  Demand was strong for the structure with the 6yr FXD book heard to be $5b (2.5x); the 6yr FRN $2b (4x) and the 11yr $7b (2.5x) when the deal went subject.  In fact, Mischler served as a Co-Manager on both of JPM’s similar structures, and as a proud active Co-Manager on Goldman Sach’s two-part 5NC4 FXD/FRNs. Once again, Mischler is proud to have been involved on all the recently priced callable structures among the six-pack – two with JPM, a two-part with GS and today’s 3-part with BAML.  Therein, we thank all of those firms for including us.

 

As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?

mischler-debt-market-bloomberg-chart

Screen shot courtesy of Bloomberg LP

 

 

Capital flows suggest that some people aren’t waiting to find out if Italy will follow the U.K.’s example and leave the European Union, according to Bloomberg View’s Mark Whitehouse. Italy’s central bank liabilities to the Euro system stood at about 354 billion euros ($390 billion) at the end of September, up 118 billion euros from a year earlier and up 78 billion euros since the end of May, before the U.K. voted to leave the bloc. The outflow isn’t quite as large as during the sovereign-debt crisis of 2012, but it’s still significant and compares to the main beneficiary, Germany, which has seen its credits to the Euro system increase by 160 billion euros over the past year.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs, Gilts & Bunds all improved with the Gilts the catalyst.
  • Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • Economic – CPI y/y in the U.S. & U.K. both printed at the highest rate in 2 years.
  • Currencies: Big day for the Pound vs. the USD. Euro lost ground & Yen unchanged.
  • Commodities; Small gains for the CRB, crude oil & gold.
  • CDX IG: -1.20 to 74.88
  • CDX HY: -4.84 to 403.19
  • CDX EM: -3.19 to 244.31

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Tone Goes Out Strong; Nice Set Up For Next Week

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was 13.93 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +137 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to a new tight of +130 vs. +131.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +183.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Monday versus $11.7b Friday and $11.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.1b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $15.70b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $52.155b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 70.40% $87.83b 59.38%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 67.76% $88.59b 58.87%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 65.31% $89.35b 58.37%
The Low $15b 104.67% $75b 69.54%
The High $30b 52.33% $125b 41.724%

 

Now let’s end tonight’s piece where I started it – as James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in the 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

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

 

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

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

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
Bank of America BBB+/A FRN 10/21/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+121a (+/-3) 3mL+118 3mL+118 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 2.503% 10/21/2022 2,000 +137.5a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 3.248% 10/21/2027 2,500 +162.5a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 BAML-sole
Export Credit Bank of Turkey Ba1/BBB- 5.375% 10/24/2023 500 MS+420a MS+410a MS+400 +386.8 CITI/HSBC/ING/MIZ/MUFG/STAN
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 2.10% 10/25/2021 350 +high 90s/+97.5 +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BAML/GS
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 2.375% 11/01/2026 1,000 +80-85 +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 BAML/CITI/DB
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 3.375% 11/01/2046 500 +110a +95a (+/-2) +93 +93 BAML/CITI/DB

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.25% 12/16/2019 4,500 MS+17a MS+17a MS+83 +31.2 CITI/GS/HSBC
JFM A1/A+ 2.125% 10/25/2023 1,000 MS+90a RG: MS+84a +/-1
MS+87a
MS+83 +70.18 BAML/CITI/DAIWA/MIZ

  (more…)

Corporate Bond Issuance: Tone Is Firm and Firmer; Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.17.16 Corporate Bond Issuance; Its About Price, Not Politics

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 12th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

 

6 IG Corporate issuers priced 8 tranches between them totaling $8.35b with no assist from the SSA space today and representing 37% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast for $23.17b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – USTs better despite more hawkish Fed Speak (Fischer & Rosengren).

o   Overseas Bonds – Gilts hammered overnight but rallied during NY hours.

o   Stocks – U.S. stocks red (3:30pm). Down day in Europe. Asia red except the Nikkei.

o   Economic – U.S. data on weaker side. EU CPI as expected (too low) & solid data in Japan.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of Big 5. DXY Index only had a small loss.

o   Commodities – Small down day for crude oil & small up day for gold.

o   CDX IG: +0.26 to 75.93

o   CDX HY: +1.77 to 407.45

o   CDX EM: +5.10 to 247.82

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Tone Goes Out Strong; Nice Set Up For Next Week

 

  • ICBC (NY Branch) dropped the 10yr tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 5s/10s Senior Unsecured Notes new issue.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.375 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +136 vs. +137.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to a new tight of +131 vs. +132.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +183.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.7b on Friday versus $17.8b Thursday and $11.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $8.35b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $44.805b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 37.44% $87.83b 51.01%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 36.04% $88.59b 50.58%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 34.73% $89.35b 50.15%
The Low $15b 55.67% $75b 59.74%
The High $30b 27.83% $125b 35.84%

 

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 and Sizes

 

…..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 four week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/10
TUES.
10/11
WED.
10/12
TH.
10/13
FRI.
10/14
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions Holiday 3.19 bps 2.00 bps 0.54 bps N/A 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates Holiday 3.48x 2.80x 3.17x N/A 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors Holiday 11.33 yrs 3 yrs 13.04 yrs N/A 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes Holiday $663mm $500mm $635mm N/A $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

New Issues Priced

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM: (more…)

Three’s A Crowd; Durable Goods and Debt Capital Markets-Mischler Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.27.16 Durable Goods and Debt Capital Market Issuance

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Three’s a Crowd

Tomorrow’s Durable Goods Number Should Result in Issuance and Here’s Why:

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Presidential Debate Ratings Set New Records

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 21th

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Lehigh University stood alone owning today’s IG Corporate calendar with its $150mm 30-year 3(a)4exempt taxable bond, Series 2016 new issue. The reason?  Big problems in Europe.  Three issuers stood down this morning across the pond and ECB President Mario Draghi spoke of a pervasive sense of urgency in the EU in which he urged governments to “act to stem rising public discontent” adding, “they must show that the Union brings tangible benefits to people’s lives.”  (Oh Really????)  He continued with “the ECB cannot sustain the European recovery alone.” (Duh!!!!)  This, after how many years of applying a kick-the-can mentality that segued to helicopter money and a gung ho “whatever it takes the ECB, we’ll do it” attitude.  This is a change of coarse and invites a serious discussion once again about the viability and sustainability of the European Union. Further compounding continental concerns, Deutsche Bank continued as a primary focus and lynchpin to the entire European banking system.  One FIG and one industrial also stood down in the U.S. IG primary markets as well – that I am aware of.

So, when markets are somewhat volatile, as September has been despite $137b IG Corporate and $158b all-in IG, I tend to turn to “go to” contacts for a more detailed discourse.  In other words, those I’ve known forever and who have withstood the test of time.  Believe it or not there aren’t many of THEM around.  They do likewise.  I gave a ring to my favorite Scotsman Mr. Paul Cohen who during his years as a banker at Banque Paribas, BNP Paribas and Dresdner essentially covered most all corporates including some fallen angels.  Besides being an all-around very good guy, he knows his stuff and is a great person for you to reach out to have him add you to his daily disty list.  Paul is a primary market strategist who writes for Bloomberg London covering IG Euro new issuance.  In our inextricably global-linked world economy that I always write about here, minding your dollars and euros makes sense (cents!) Ask him to put you on his loop and please do tell him that the guy-in-the-corner sent you. All free and all informative for each one of YOU! Remember folks, it’s all about timely, accurate information and how you apply it that keeps you on top of your game while better understanding our markets!  So, go ahead and reach out to him.

The Three Musketeers; The Three Little Pigs; The Three Billy Goats Gruff!  Does the power of three really makes things better?  Funnier? Paul and discussed the theory of “threes” this afternoon…….the three deals that stood down that is.  Paul said, “three deals were pulled within 24 hours across the pond as market conditions changed since last week with issuers perhaps needing to be a bit more flexible in terms of their cost of funding expectations.”  He continued………”a flight-to-quality could be in the cards over the next day or two as the market digests the implications of theses pulled transactions beginning with Lufthansa, followed by NordLB and finally Korean Air.” Now, here’s the good part that cuts through the headline –  Lufthansa is a split-rated credit and perceived by many market participants to fall into the lower ratings category due to investment guidelines that typically err on the side of caution while also satisfying the ECB’s CSPP criteria by maintaining one investment grade rating.  NordLB does harbor its own particular “situation” with its shipping business and acquisition of Bremer LB.  Lastly, the Korean Air Lines pull was the result of contagion from Lufthansa.

So, at first blush, market players came in this morning hearing “3 deals were pulled in Europe…..OMG!”  Knowing the smart minds out there and having access to them with a bit of Quig-Pro-Quo thrown in for good measure, reveals a bit more story, a bit more color and a bit more understanding that’s not nearly as frightful as the words Mario Draghi uttered today or that the market is conjecturing as surrounds Deutsche Bank.  Just a helpful tip for you! And a thank you to Paul “Pablo” Cohen.

Tomorrow’s Durable Goods Number Should Result in Issuance and Here’s Why:

 

durable goods reportOn the home front, IG corporates clearly took a breather today which is a good thing.  We have a Durable Goods Orders number out at 8:30am tomorrow morning which is relatively important given recent volatility so, I suspect that number hits first after which if it’s pretty much as expected or <1.5%> we’ll see issuance. The prior number was 4.4% so perhaps it surprises to the upside.  2 out of 3 is 66% so I’ll say I don’t expect it to miss.  Wrightson, for example is generally an outlier but they also happened to be pretty good. They conjecture that tomorrow’s August Durable Goods report will be 1.5% to the upside – a nice swing versus negative expectations.  The reason?  Boeing’s August orders will translate into a 24% increase in civilian aircraft orders in seasonally adjusted terms which will make up for softness elsewhere.  Just putting it out there folks.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries: 30yr leads UST rally. Bunds & Gilts improved. JGB curve much steeper.

o   Stocks – Bounce back day for U.S. stocks. Europe closed down & Asia rallied.

o   Economic – U.S. consumer confidence stole the show. The strongest since 2007.

o   Overseas economic – China’s industrial profits increased the most in 3 years.

o   Currencies – U.S. outperformed the Euro but lost ground vs. the PND, Yen, CAD & AUD.

o   Commodities – CRB, crude oil, heating oil, gold, copper & silver all down.

o   CDX IG: -1.06 to 78.05

o   CDX HY: +19.57 to 415.59

o   CDX EM: -0.03 to 238.58

*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 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +142 versus +141.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +138 versus +137.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +190 versus +189.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.8b on Monday versus $13.3b Friday and $12b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.5b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/26-9/30
vs. Current
WTD – $5.75b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $136.518b
Low-End Avg. $22.13b 25.98% $115.45b 118.25%
Midpoint Avg. $23.30b 24.68% $116.02b 117.67%
High-End Avg. $24.48b 22.49% $116.59b 117.09%
The Low $15b 38.33% $80b 170.65%
The High $36b 15.97% $150b 91.01%

 

Presidential Debate Ratings Set New Records

Yesterday, I wrote the following about last evening’s first Presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, “You can watch it on virtually any major broadcast and/or cable news network as all of them will be televising this one.  It WILL break all Presidential debate records by a LOT.” Well, the results are in.  More than 46 million people watched the debate across six broadcast networks according to preliminary Nielsen data released by Univision.  CNN published its own data confirming, along with virtually all media outlets. That’s a new record and 7.7% more than the 42.7mm viewers who watched the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 on those same six channels.

Including cable news network ratings, the debate audience soared to 83 million viewers officially becoming the most-watched Presidential debate in history breaking the 80.6 million who watched Jimmy Carter debate Ronald Reagan back in 1980.

Yet another good reason for you to stay tuned into the daily “QC.”

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. (more…)

The Circus Comes To Town (Hempstead, NY) -Mischler Debt Market Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner Weekend Edition 09.23.16- The Circus Comes to Town; Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Presidential debates

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap – “The Ronald” Pre-Debate Comment

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Two IG Corporate issuers took advantage to price new prints this afternoon.  5-BBB First Midwest Bancorp issued a 10-year Subordinated Notes deal and Flowers Foods, Inc. brought an upsized $400mm 10-year Senior Notes deal. So, 2 IG Corporate deals, 2 tranches for a total of $550mm.  Additionally, the SSA space featured the Russian Federation that tapped its outstanding 4.75% due 5/27/2026 to the tune of $1.25b bringing its total amount outstanding to $3b and resulting in a Friday all-in IG day total of 3 issuers, 3 tranches and $1.7b.

As we look toward next week, our IG primary markets will slow down a bit from the rabid pace of these last couple of weeks with roughly $20-25b expected.  I am a big fan of the higher end of supply estimates given Central Bank dovishness, the approach of Q3 earnings and the quickly approaching the circus comes to town (of Hempstead, NY, home of Hofstra University where the first round of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Presidential debates will be held on Monday, September 26th.  I am personally looking forward to getting back to some good old fashioned comedy, which I’m sure it will be folks.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th so, issuers, bankers and syndicate managers have a window open from now through then after which we’ll enter a period of listening defining and second guessing new administration policies beginning in 2017 and cabinet appointments whoever winds up pulling this election off.  As of now it IS very much up in the air and I expect it to be VERY close as in down-to-the-wire and the dark horse could win this one so DO NOT BE SURPRISED.  Take it from…well, Tthe Ronald! Sorry but I couldn’t resist that one!

Anyway, another great week for the IG DCM.  As this is the “QC’s” Friday edition just scroll below to find out what the top syndicate desks have to say about next week’s forecasts.  I personally err to the upside as I said earlier.  I am calling for $30b+ but do the prudent thing and digest the numbers and more importantly read the thoughts of the Best and Brightest that syndicate has to offer in the section named for them just below a bit.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Flowers Foods Inc. upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 44 deals that printed, 25 tightened versus NIP for a 57.00% improvement rate while only 14 widened (32.00%) 4 were trading flat (9.00%) and 1 was not available or N/A (2.00%).
  • For the week ended September 21st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.122b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $35.591b) and a net outflow of $273.5m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $7.433b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue that posted price evolution was 17.5 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +141 versus +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +137 versus +138.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +190.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.5b on Thursday versus $16.3b Wednesday and $15.9b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.7b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/19-9/23
vs. Current
WTD – $38.563b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $130.768b
Low-End Avg. $29.09b 132.56% $115.45b 113.27%
Midpoint Avg. $30.28b 127.35% $116.02b 112.71%
High-End Avg. $31.48b 122.50% $116.59b 112.16%
The Low $20b 192.81% $80b 163.46%
The High $40b 96.41% $150b 87.18%

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

Here’s this week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:
Please note that this week’s average tenors and tranche sizes are slightly different than what I posted in the aforementioned question to the Best and Brightest as it reflects today’s two new issues for First Midwest Bancorp and Flowers Foods. Those two issues announced after I sent my survey question out. Thanks for understanding! RQ

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/19
TUES.
9/20
WED.
9/21
TH.
9/22
FRI.
9/23
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/29
New Issue Concessions <2.81> bps 4 bps N/A 1.92 bps N/A 0.69 bps 4.66 bps 1.30 bps 5.47 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.15x 2.40x N/A 3.32 bps N/A 3.23x 3.47x 3.23x 2.18x
Tenors 12.13 yrs 8 yrs N/A 8.05 yrs 10 yrs 9.36 yrs 11.28 yrs 9.42 yrs 4.47 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,426mm $642mm N/A $852mm $150mm $964mm $710mm $719mm $820mm

 

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

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was:

“Good morning and a Happy Friday to you!  One heck of a week eh?  We blew right past this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast by 26% or $38.16 vs. $30.28b. We also surpassed the syndicate estimates for September IG Corporates by 12% or $130.36b vs. $116.02b……with another week to go!  All-in IG supply including SSA issuance is now at $151.96b.  That represents the fourth busiest month of this prolific year. To put that into proper context, $4b more of all-in supply puts this month into 9th place all-time; $27b puts us third place ALL-TIME.

This week hosted more dovishness from the FOMC and BOJ that fueled yesterday’s $17+b corporate supply.    Here are this week’s IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

o   NICS:  0.69 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.23x

o   Tenors:  9.33 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $1,000mm

 

Versus last Friday’s four key primary market driver averages, NICs tightened 3.97 bps to 0.69 vs. 4.66 bps. while oversubscription rates remain strong at 3.23x losing 0.24x vs. last week’s 3.47x bid-to-cover rate.  Average tenors contracted 1.95 years to 9.33 years vs. 11.28 years but tranche sizes swelled significantly by $290mm to an even $1b vs. last week’s average $710mm.   

For the week ended September 21st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.122b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $35.591b) and a net outflow of $273.5m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $7.433b). 

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +143 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 2 bps to 31.50 vs. 33.50. Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened by 1.74 bps to an average 38.00 vs. 39.74 off their post-Crisis lows..
And now I ask the question what are YOUR thoughts and number for next week’s IG new issue volume? 

 (canvass results of fixed income syndicate desks is available exclusively to recipients of the QC Distribution List)

Have a great weekend!
Ron (“The Ronald”) Quigley, Managing Director / Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

(Above canvass results of fixed income syndicate desks is available exclusively to recipients of the QC Distribution List) 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.)  (more…)

In Advance of Fed and BoJ Comments, Corporate Debt Issuers Sidelined
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.21.16 No Prints and No Rate Increases; Corporate Debt Issuers Sit it Out

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to Policy

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

In Janet’s Words

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

Investment Grade Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

It was a no print day today as corporate debt issuers respected both the impact of the BoJ and FOMC.

dewey moment mischler debt market Not so fast my friends…..not so fast!  It’s not exactly a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Still, let’s call it like it is folks – I did say “the next best thing to having tomorrow’s newspaper today is the ‘QC’”.  Then on Monday, September 19th and alluding to today’s BoJ and FOMC rate decisions, I wrote, “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some.” Well, I guess it’s not “tomorrow’s newspaper today” but I still think it’s the “next best thing to it.” The Fed Held, the BoJ introduced new fringy though convoluted easing details (“and then some”) but the BoJ kept rates unchanged.  Two out of three isn’t bad, but that’s why it’s “the next best thing.” If I played baseball, I’d be in the Hall of Fame with a .666 average.  Joking aside, a Fed that infers raising rates by December should have hiked rates today, but they didn’t. This is more of the same readers.  Look for Fed members – both voting and non-voting – to continue giving speeches and appearing on television to opine about the rate flux that has restricted so many from doing so much.  The street is the leader; the Fed is the ultimate laggard.  It’s how it is.  Today was more of the same. No surprise at all.  The government should consider issuing a gag order on any and all Fed-speak in between meetings for all members, both voting and non-voting.  They only confuse the situation and shock markets.

First up, let’s look at what the BoJ did while we were in REM sleep this morning:

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to PolicyBoJ Mischler Debt Market Comment

Central Banks from the FOMC to the BOE and from the ECB to the BoJ all seem to be pointing to the downside risks to continued rate cuts while at the same time highlighting that monetary policy needs to be substantially accommodative while calling on governments to share more of the economic burdens. Here’s what’s clear: growth is anemic to non-existent, inflation unchanged to nowhere, accommodative policies are manifesting themselves in new policy twists and turns and big government needs to get more involved.  Hmmm…..sounds like things aren’t quite working out, eh?

 

Here are the talking points from this morning’s BoJ announcement:

 

o   The BoJ left interest rates at its still record low <0.1%>.

o   Committed to intervene until inflation reaches 2% and remains stable above that level.

o   Will cap 10-year yields at 0.00% by continuing to buy 10yr JGBs implying that the BoJ must continue intervening to prevent borrowing costs from rising and to ensure that it can borrow for a decade for free.

o   Changed its policy from a focus on a base money target to controlling the yield curve.

o   Pledged to maintain its government bond-buying in line with ¥80 trillion annually while buying fewer long-dated maturities hoping to pump up long-term interest rates thereby helping banks boost profits. There was no expansion of its current quantitative easing program.

 

Will this new approach be effective?  Only time will tell.  It certainly is a shift in monetary policy to control the yield curve. It is NOT a bazooka by any stretch and more like “fiddling around the edges.”  As for the 2.00% target? Folks, we all know that’s a loooong way off. Market participants have a lot of questions with many sharing that the “BoJ should’ve just cut rates again.” Equity markets loved the news. The DOW closed up 163, the S&P was in the black 23, the VIX compressed over 2.5 and CDX27 tightened 3.2 bps.

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

The Fed held rates albeit the subsequent press conference was more optimistic, if one can call it that, saying the economy appeared “slightly balanced” and “the case for an increase in the fed funds rate strengthened but decided, for the time being to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.”  You all know about the myriad global event risk factors out there.  There are so many that on any given day in our inextricably global-linked world economy, should one or several of them get worse, which is entirely plausible-to-likely, the Fed can skirt around a hike by once again pointing to global events, as they have in the past, to justify standing down.  In fact, in its statement Chair Yellen said, “we will closely monitor inflation and global developments.” What’s more, the next FOMC meeting will be held on November 1srt and 2nd and is not associated with a Summary of Economic Projections or a press conference by Yellen. It is highly unlikely that the Fed raises rates in November given that the meeting will take places 6 days before one our nation’s most tumultuous and raucous elections.  Last year saw one rate hike to close out 2015 at its December meeting.  Santa Claus will be coming to town early at the year’s last meeting of 2016 held December 13th-14th …………..but don’t be surprised to find coal in the stocking.

Folks, Q3 is about over.  You hear that sound?   That’s the sound of trucks?  They’re backing up to print between now and Election Day – BIG TIME. 12 IG issuers are in the pipeline with a whole lot of M&A deals getting closer.

Here’s All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

o   The FOMC kept rates unchanged as three officials dissent for a hike.

o   George, Mester, Rosengren dissented in favor of a hike.

o   Case for rate hike strengthened as forecast shows a 2016 increase.

o   Fed “decided to wait for the time being for additional evidence.”

o   Reiterates they expect the economy to “warrant only gradual hikes.”

o   FOMC repeats it will closely monitor inflation and global developments.

o   Job market continued to strengthen and economy picked up.

o   Says “job gains are solid and household spending is growing strongly.”

o   Market-based measures of inflation remain low.

o   Sees inflation rising to 2% over the medium term.

o   Business fixed investments has remained soft.

o   Near-term risks to its outlook “appear roughly balanced.”

o   Maintains its reinvestment policy.

 

In Janet’s Words

o   “FOMC policy should help economy move toward goals.”

o   “Economic growth appears to have picked up.”

o   “Economy to expand at moderate pace in next few years.”

o   “Pace of job gains above rate needed for new entrants.”

o   “Unemployment measures show more people seeking jobs.”

o   “PCE inflation still short of 2% objective.”

o   “Can’t take inflation expectations stability for granted.”

o   “Don’t want to overshoot inflation goal significantly.”

o   “We chose to wait for more evidence of progress.”

o   “On current course, some gradual hikes will be warranted.”

o   “There appears little risk of falling behind curve.”

o   “We’re generally pleased with how U.S. economy is doing.”

o   “Seeing evidence economy is expanding more strongly.”

o   “We’re not seeing pressures suggesting overheating.”

o   “Economy has a little more room to run than thought.”

o   “Zero lower bound is a concern.”

o   “My colleagues and I discussed timing of next rate hike.”

o   “Most of us judged it sensible to wait for more evidence.”

o   “Monetary policy is somewhat accommodative.”

o   “Should be concerned about risks from reach for yield.”

o   “Most of my colleagues agree with my Jackson Hole remark.”

o   “Of course we’re worried bubbles could form.”

o   “Soundness of banking system has improved substantially.”

o   “Less disagreement on FOMC than you might think.”

o   “Important to have a range of views expressed on the FOMC.”

o   “We don’t discuss politics at our meetings.”

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   FOMC – Unchanged as expected but there were 3 dissenters. Dots were dovish (again).

o   BOJ – Main policy target is the yield curve from the monetary base (rates unchanged).

o   U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. USTs traded better after the FOMC/Yellen.

o   Overseas Bonds – Europe was unchanged to red & steeper. JGB’s was all red & flatter.

o   Stocks – Strong session for U.S.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe closed higher. Nikkei rallied & China small gains.

o   Economic – Nothing of note in the U.S. Data in Japan was weak.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5. The Yen was very strong.

o   Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold & silver were all well bid.

o   CDX IG: -3.25 to 78.44

o   CDX HY: -18.52 to 391.26

o   CDX EM: -12.30 to 230.74

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +139 versus +140.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +190.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.1b on Tuesday versus $12b Monday and $15.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/19-9/23
vs. Current
WTD – $20.963b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $113.168b
Low-End Avg. $29.09b 72.06% $115.45b 98.02%
Midpoint Avg. $30.28b 69.23% $116.02b 97.54%
High-End Avg. $31.48b 66.59% $116.59b 97.06%
The Low $20b 104.81% $80b 141.46%
The High $40b 52.41% $150b 75.45%

 

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 (more…)

Shire Bumps; Fed Holds: Lord of the Things-Mischler Debt Market
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.19.16 Shire Bumps; Fed Holds: Lord of the Things

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap  IG DCM Welcomes “Preciousssssss”

“Shire” Bumps Up the Totals with Lots of Green!

New IG DCM Sets New Record – Fastest Ever to $1.3 Trillion

Lord of the “Things” – “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some”

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

New Issues Priced

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $204.05 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

You’ve all been reading here these past many days that Shire Acquisitions Investments Ireland DAC and guaranteed by Shire Plc (Baa3/BBB-) mandated Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Morgan Stanley to arrange fixed income investor meetings in the U.S. and London scheduled that began on Monday, September 12th in preparation for a dollar-denominated Senior Notes transaction. BAML coordinated the meetings that took place from the 12th thru the 15th in Boston, New York, Chicago and wrapped up last Thursday in London.  Many, me included, thought Shire could potentially come last Thursday given the time difference between London’s meetings wrapped and the New York tradign session kicked off.  However, there other investor calls to be made. Shire PLC announced in January 2016 that it would acquire Baxalta Inc. (Baa2/BBB) for approximately $32.2 billion in cash and stock.  Shire closed that acquisition on June 3rd securing an $18b bank facility to finance the cash portion and said it would refinance it in debt.  Shire filed to offer the 5-part Senior notes transaction guaranteed by Shire Plc. Today’s transaction will use proceeds to repay loans under a $12.39b 2016 bridge facility to fund the takeover. The deal creates the single largest maker of rare disease drugs in the world.  Fighting the dark side is what this merger is all about hopefully leaving the world in a better place than it currently is.

New IG DCM Sets New Record – Fastest Ever to $1.3 Trillion…by 32 Days!

Today’s tally including Shire’s $12.1b 4-part 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year transaction came to 6 issuers, 12 tranches and $17.113b.  One SSA deal from IFC totaling $500mm brought the all-in IG day totals to 7 issuers, 13 tranches and $17.613b.  In the process we set yet another new IG DCM record by reaching the $13 trillion mark at the quickest pace in history breaking last year’s record that was set on Thursday, October 22ndWe are a full 32 days ahead of that pace!

Lord of the “Things” – “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some”

Wouldn’t it be great to have tomorrow’s newspaper today?  Well the aforementioned heading is just that.  It’s what’s going to happen by this Wednesday at 2:00pm.  We’ll know the BoJ determination while in REM sleep on Tuesday morning and the FOMC Rate Decision releases on Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET.

I wrote last Monday, September 12th  – just to remind you again – about the state of global affairs adding of course the lone wolf terror atttacks that took place in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota over the weekend.

Here’s the re-print:

Presidential election debates; the election itself is Tuesday, November 8th; world unrest beginning with the aggressive nature and positioning of Vlad the-Terrible Putin; a diminished image of the United States throughout the world makes it a more dangerous place; the South China Sea Islands in which China continues to fearlessly antagonize the region; war in MENA; Terrorism; immigration issues in Europe and specifically Germany; Russia’s dominant role in Syria and intent to build bases in North Africa; as the Islamic State crumbles terrorists will flee throughout the world giving rise to widespread global terror; Nationalism continues to rise throughout the crumbling EU; Brexit is not looking so bad after all for the U.K but what’s it mean for the EU?; North Korea continues its nuclear proliferation ambitions having exploded a 10 kiloton bomb (just over a week ago) with ICBMs capable of hitting California within 5 years; the EU’s inability to spur inflation; negative rates in Japan and hovering negative in Germany.  Japan, in fact, may run out of bonds to buy within 18 months and the EU could soon follow.

Now, adding to what I wrote last week is that Germany’s Angela Merkel suffered what amounted to the single worst (the FT described it as “humiliating”) election defeat yesterday in German regional elections as voters turned out en masse to voice their disapproval of her liberal immigration policies.  More revealing, however, is the massive support for the AfD or Alternative German Party – the anti-immigration party – that ushered in heightened drama to the German political stage. German voters are pummeling Angela Merkel for her very liberal immigration stance that opened the door to millions of immigrants.

 

Here is Germany:

o   A mob of a thousand men of “Arab or North African” origin sexually assaulted more than 500 German women in downtown Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Similar attacks also occurred in Hamburg and Stuttgart. Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker, said that “under no circumstances” should the crimes be attributed to asylum seekers. Instead, she blamed the victims for the assaults.

o   “There is nothing wrong with being proud German patriots. There is nothing wrong with wanting Germany to remain free and democratic. There is nothing wrong with preserving our own Judeo-Christian civilization. That is our duty.” — Geert Wilders, Dutch politician, addressing a rally in Dresden.

o   “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law. German security agencies are unable to deal with these imported security problems, and the resulting reactions from the German population.” — From a leaked government document, published by Die Welt.

o   Germany will spend at least €17 billion ($18.3 billion) on asylum seekers in 2016 — Die Welt.

o   Saudi Arabia is preparing to finance the construction of 200 new mosques in Germany to accommodate asylum seekers. — Frankfurter Allgemeine.

o   Nearly half of Muslim immigrants in Germany consider following Islamic teaching MORE important than abiding by the law.  One in five German-Turks (the most dominant Muslim immigrants in Germany) said they would justify violence if provoked by the West. One third of them said they yearn to live in a society of the times of the prophet Mohammed. 

o   Over 1.1 million migrants entered Germany in 2015 mostly from the North African and the Middle East for which Angela Merkel has consistently berated other European countries for re-introducing border controls to Europe putting a virtual freeze on the critically important Schengen Agreement which along with the single currency itself are the two legs on which the Euro stands.

o   Social Democratic Party MP, Heinz Buchkowsky estimated that the total number of refugees and migrants coming into Germany by 2020 could reach up to 10 million while the german Interior ministry expects at least another 1 million to enter Germany this year.  

These are sound bites, bullet points, if you will,  to express what’s going on in the keystone of Europe.  It is a massive problem both economically and politically.  It also only begins to drill down into the issues and problems of Germany and in a broader discussion of the EU which has a host of other colossal issues to deal with such as the ramifications of Brxit on the EU; the weak banking system in Italy supporting the world’s third largest debtor nation; terror alerts throughout France; swelling support throughout the EU of rising Nationalism; elections in France, Germany and Italy; failure to stoke inflation after trillions of dollars and the ECB essentially asking EU member to do more to help the economic crisis there.

Each one of the earlier mentioned global event risk factors is front page news on their own merits.  This is merely scratching the surface on one of them.  There are so many of them that on any given day they are not being written about at all until the fester and attract attention again.  Collectively they are like Sauron in the Lord of the Rings – personifying the darkness in everyone’s souls.

FOMC?  BoJ?  You have to be kidding me right? The world’s in a whole lot of hurt.  There’s no place like home to this Hobbit and the peace and tranquility of the Shire can be found in the world of investment grade rated corporate bonds.  Remember that there’s no one out there banging that message home louder than the guy-in-the-corner.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – The most exciting part today was the front end of the bill market.

o   Stocks – Roller coaster session for U.S. stocks that ended with small losses.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe & China rallied. The Nikkei was closed.

o   Economic – Positive housing data in the U.S. & China.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.

o   Commodities – Up session for crude oil, gold & silver.

o   CDX IG: -0.96 to 75.0

o   CDX HY: -3.96 to 406.18

o   CDX EM: -7.20 to 253.19

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Please note that I added the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index OAS spread to the below daily indexes.  Many market participants use both that and BAML’s and S&P’s levels. Thanks to Anne Daley at Barclays Syndicate and my  Bob Elson at Bloomberg.

  • Providence of St. Joseph Health upsized today’s two-part 10s/long 30s taxable bond new issue notional amount to $700mm from $600mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Sabine Pass Liquifaction LLC. increased today’s 144a/REGS Senior Secured 10.5NCL Notes new issue to $1.5b from $1b.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was 18.75 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +143.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS at 140 vs 140. “LUACOAS” (ticker) as it’s known 2016 wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research tightened 1 bp to +191 versus +192.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12b on Friday versus $15.9b Thursday and $15.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.9b.

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Fed NOT Raising Rates-Mischler Debt Market Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.15.16 Fed Not Raising Rates

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – IG Lotto:Corporate Volume Tops Weekly Syndicate Estimates

 Global Market Recap

All You Need to Know About Today’s Bank of England Meeting

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Fixed Income Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for September

New Issues Priced

Lipper Report/Fund Flows

IG Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Today’s winning lotto numbers are 11-16-945 as in 11 IG Corporate issuers, priced 16 tranches totaling $9.45b.  With that amount we have officially broken through this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecasts by over 7% or $39.745b vs. $36.91b. Notable today was that 4 issuers upsized their transactions from initial morning announcement sizes.

Remember what I wrote this past Monday folks (Check your “QC” dated 9/12/2016.  – “Look folks, the Fed is not raising rates this year.  Many sight December as the next hike but it’s not happening.” The world can barely stand on two feet let alone get economic engines back to growth mode.  Today’s numbers confirm that. With that, read my lips, or read my commentary, but the take-away is the same: Fed NOT Raising Rates (at least not anytime soon, nor with any degree of significance that would upend the current global financial market environment).

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs closed mixed with steeper curve. 5/30’s has steepened 10 days in a row.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield (0.85656%) since May 2009.
  • Stocks – US stocks with a strong rally. FTSE leads Europe higher. Nikkei had a bad day.
  • Economic – Very disappointing day on the U.S. economic front.
  • Currencies – USD mixed & little changed vs. Euro & PND but lost ground vs. Yen/CAD/AUD.
  • Commodities – Crude eked out a gain, heating oil higher & gold lost ground.
  • CDX IG: -3.0 to 74.31
  • CDX HY: -11.76 to 405.92
  • CDX EM: -5.58 to 255.94

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

-Tony Farren

 

All You Need to Know About Today’s Bank of England Meeting

 

  • BOE Sees chance of another rate cut this year but holds today at 0.25%; Vote 9-0.
  • BOE keeps gilt purchase plan at £435b; Vote 9-0.
  • Holds corporate bond plan at £10b; Vote 9-0.
  • Monetary Policy Committee Majority expect rate cut “if” August outlook is confirmed.
  • Initial impact of August stimulus is “encouraging.”
  • Some near-term indicators are “better than expected.”
  • Inflation reaching 2% target in first half of 2017.
  • Lower bound is close to but a bit above, zero.
  • Second half slowdown may be less severe than previously forecast.
  • Cannot infer from near-term about 2017 or 2018 projections.
  • MPC view of “contours of economic outlook” are unchanged.
  • Hawkish BOE members Forbes, McCafferty say extra gilt purchases still not warranted.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Kite Realty Group LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $300mm from $250mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • CCL Industries Inc. increased today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $500mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Dairy Farmers of America Inc. bumped up its new $1,000 par PerpNC10 cumulative preferred securities, Series “C” new issue to $150mm from $100mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Pitney Bowes Inc. boosted its 5-year Senior Notes new issue to $600mm from $400mm at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues was 23.34 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +143 versus +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +191.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17b on Wednesday versus $15.8b Tuesday and $16.5b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14b.

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