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

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

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

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

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

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

And now the all-important “two-part” question (and answer(s) posed to the fixed income market’s top Syndicate desks, along with my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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

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Corporate Debt Issuance Slows Due to DC Swamp Sewage Stalemate
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.27.17 -Corporate Debt Issuance Slows Due to DC Swamp Sewage Stalemates

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – IG Primary Markets Bogged Down by the Swamp

CT10 Year Yield Going Lower

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd       

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Well it was a rare, highly inactive Monday for IG primary markets today. Only one well-telegraphed new issue priced that had been in the pipeline for KEB Hana Bank in the form of a $500mm 3-year FRN. I heard that as many as 10 issuers stood down today following Go/No Go calls.  So, what gives?

On Friday, I placed at the top of my edition, a comment from a widely respected Head of Syndicate.  It was an interesting comment in that it expressed an against-the-grain opinion that Friday’s healthcare bill issue might actually be good for the market in that it pulls forward focus and attention on the all-important and market impactful tax reform bill.  As we were getting ready to close shop on Friday my CEO asked me, “so do you think it’ll be busy next week?  I said, “I hate to go against 24 of the top syndicate desks, but I fear we could see a zero day on Monday and a slower week in store. A health care bill failure will send a horrible message to the market.” I added, “I hope I’m wrong and that we see lots of issuance, but I think I’m right.”  That’s how Friday ended as I left for the weekend.

First, let’s revisit my Friday syndicate voting brackets for this week’s IG new issue volume forecasts:

Next Week
3/27-3/31
1: 20b
1: 15-30b
2: 20-25b
8: 25b
6: 25-30b
5: 30b
1: 31b

 

Out of 24 desks surveyed, 19 of them, or 79%, were in a tight band of $25-$30b.  That is always a great sign.  It means a lot of joint leads verified that similar or consensus volume is expected. The comments were characterized by lots of smaller deals with the absence of any mega transaction. But, I cannot see how issuance gets done if the health care bill is pulled or doesn’t pass. Well it got pulled later on Friday as we now all know. The issue is that republicans made a mistake in prioritizing health care as the first item on their agenda. They did so because it was perceived internally as a “no brainer.” Their plan was to save a trillion dollars to justify a massive tax reform plan.  Guess what?  When it got pulled the message sent to Wall Street was that consensus will continue to be an issue within the GOP.  That’s a MAJOR problem. The historic election is now over. People no longer want to hear the same campaign rhetoric, rather they want action, as the power to legislate has been voted on and given to Trump and the GOP.  The first test was a failure. In fact, it is a massive failure.  So, the market will not be kind to an Administration that has now experienced it’s “Dysfunction Junction” wake-up call. (I refuse to call it Capitol Hill or The Beltway anymore). It’s all about action now. Failure to get a consensus on tax reform WILL lose House and Senate seats in the next elections. That would be a political disgrace after the 7 long years they had amongst themselves to one day ratify a revamped bill. That day came and went last Friday.

The result? ………..The CT10-year is going back to 2.00% to 2.10% or lower.  Here’s the challenge –  with as many as 10 Go/No Go calls this morning that wound up with issuers standing down, we risk building a congested pipeline.  That leads to creating additional congestion, sloppy deals, more concession and bankers could look bad advising clients to go now rather than wait for another 25-35 bps rally in yields. Let the market come to the issuer. The latter are in the driver’s seat.  The market is waiting for a sign of optimism. That optimism will come when positive sounders on SUBSTANTIALas in “historic” – tax reform emanates from the White House and Dysfunction Junction. When that happens, equities will rally, yields will climb quickly and we’ll be back to where the GOP wants to be. For now, the Republican Party IS part of the Swamp that desperately needs draining.  It’s a harsh but well-deserved wake-up call to get their act together.  Seven years to fix Obama Care and they come up holding nothing but a yanked deal.  Unbelievable folks!  When that happens in business people get fired fast! Trump needs to run things like a corporation and Dysfunction Junction needs a hard case of tough love. This is not what was voted for on election day. It’s all about well……….waste management………now.

 

CT10 Year Yield Going Lower

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Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I published this next piece 12 days in advance of the recent FOMC Rate Decision on Friday, March 3rd and re-printed it the day of Janet Yellen’s Press Conference on Wednesday, March 15th.  Here it is yet again:

………..I had an interesting and revealing conversation with a Chairman of a six-pack bank (That’s either BAML, CITI, GS, JPM, MS or WFS folks!) who shared thoughts on a potential March interest rate hike that the market has already built in.  I thought it would be helpful and informative to you all.  Here’s what that person said,

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

Today the CT10-year closed at 2.379% and has tightened 24.8 bps versus 2.627% on March 13th the Monday before the Fed raised rates. It’s going tighter. Issuers be patient!

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.18.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +164 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 $13.8b on Friday versus $17.8b on Thursday and $15.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed with gains except the 2yr but closed near the low prices of day.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s better except the 30yr. Bunds red & Gilts green.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks mixed heading into the close. Nice comeback in the afternoon.
  • Overseas Stocks – The Nikkei led Asia lower. Europe had more red than green.
  • Economic – Dallas Fed manufacturing was weaker than expected/last.
  • Overseas Economic – Positive IFO releases in Germany.
  • Currencies – The USD had a poor day vs. the Euro, Pound & Yen.
  • Commodities – Crude down, gold up & a 2% gain for silver.
  • CDX IG: +0.83 to 67.84
  • CDX HY: +29.80 to 354.58
  • CDX EM: +1.72 to 213.92

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $0.50b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $108.348b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 1.98% $113.79b 95.22%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 1.89% $114.31b 94.78%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 1.80% $114.83b 94.36%
The Low $15b 3.33% $80b 135.43%
The High $31b 1.61% $140b 77.39%

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

 

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.09.17 –Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Buy-Side Feedback—“Its Amazing!”

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

ECB Forecasts

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

6 IG Corporate issuers tapped the dollar DCM today pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $5.25b.  The SSA space featured 2 issuers and 2 tranches totaling $1.30b for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 11 tranches and $6.55b.
The WTD total is now 34% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $44.50b vs. $33.15b. MTD, we’ve now priced 50% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $58.025b vs. $114.31b.

Note: In last Friday’s “QC” Best and Brightest edition I wrote at the top, “Personally one should err to the upside in markets like this wherein new issue volume forecasts are concerned.  I’ll start by saying I have a strong feeling we see another $50b week of all-in IG Corporate and SSA new issuance next week.  IG Corporates alone could easily eclipse the $40b mark.  However, that’s my take on things. Across the 24 syndicate desks that I surveyed today, next week’s IG Corporate-only midpoint average estimate calls for $33.15b to price characterized by MANY new issuers.”

The WTD tally for IG Corporate new issuance thru today is $44.50b and all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance is $52.80b ……not too shabby eh?

Buy-Side Feedback

Late this afternoon a buy-side account pointed out the following, “It’s amazing Ron! I was looking at your “QC” from last Friday and recall how staggered I was that almost 90% of last weeks’ new issues tightened versus pricing spread levels especially considering the negative concession environment.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.  But this week is an entirely different story. In fact, it’s completely the opposite.  I’ll bet that a new record number of this week’s new issues widened out vs. their pricing levels given yields.  I haven’t seen more apathy in the market than this week in a VERY long time.”

We’ll see tomorrow folks when I check  the secondary trading levels of this week’s


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Host Hotels & Resorts LP bumped up its 7yr Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $350m at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Neuberger and Berman upped today’s 144a/REGS 10yr Senior Notes new issue to $300mm from $250mm at the launch. The deal skipped guidance.
  • The Asian Development Bank increased today’s 4yr FRN new issue to $1b from $750mm at the launch.
  • Swedish Export Credit Corp. upsized today’s tap of its FRNs due 10/04/2018 to $300mm from $250mm at the launch.
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution, was <25.06> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.14 vs. 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.2b on Wednesday versus $20.9b on Tuesday and $21.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Terrible price action. Supply, Draghi and healthcare the main culprits.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe sold off on Draghi’s political correctness.. JGB’s red except 30yr.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.11956% the highest since April 2009.
  • Stocks – Basically unchanged with 40 minutes left in the session.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan up, China & Hang Seng down & Europe more green than red.
  • Economic – Claims higher from low since 1973. Import prices YoY high since 2012.
  • Overseas Economic – China inflation data mixed & credit down. Ireland GDP was strong.
  • Currencies – U.S. weaker vs. Euro & Pound but stronger vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold, copper, silver, etc., all got hit.
  • CDX IG: +0.85 to 64.75
  • CDX HY: +4.14 to 333.37 (wider by 26.15 bps this week)
  • CDX EM: +4.48 to 221.56

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

-Tony Farren

 

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

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Today the ECB left the Euro Zone’s  main refinancing rate unchanged at 0%, the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25% and the deposit facility rate also unchanged at <0.4%>.  Asset purchases remained €80b a month until the end of March after which they will be reduced by 25% to €60b per month from April thru December. Currency traders, however, reacted to the hawkish news that the ECB dropped its pledge to use “all available instruments” to achieve its mandate, and is now less worried about deflation. On the one hand, ECB President Mario Draghi talked up the prospects for the Euro Zone economy while saying there is no longer a deflation risk however, he also warned that there are “downside risks” that could derail the recovery. Clearly the ECB monetary chief has a firm eye on upcoming elections, particularly in France. Draghi sighted domestic risks are now more contained but subsequently took several minutes explaining how elections actually make everything uncertain. Among notable moments in his speech, he ducked the question: Could the ECB raise interest rates before it has ended its QE program?“  That was interesting, as he previously insisted that the rate would not rise until the asset-purchase program concludes.  The takeaway is that risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook have become less pronounced, but remain tilted to the downside and relate predominantly to global factors.

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

 

  • ECB leaves the main refinancing rate unchanged at 0.00%.
  • Leaves the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25%.
  • Leaves the deposit facility rate unchanged at -0.4%.
  • Keeps asset purchases at €80b a month until the end of March.
  • Says asset purchases will be €60b a month from April to December – a 25% reduction.
  • Reiterates that rates will stay at present or lower levels for an extended period of time.
  • Net purchases will be made alongside reinvestments.
  • QE can be increased in size and/or duration if the outlook worsens.
  • Draghi sees rates at present or a lower level well past the end of QE.
  • QE will run until the ECB sees a sustained inflation pick-up.
  • Sees no convincing upward trend in underlying inflation.
  • Inflation is likely to remain close to 2% in the coming months.
  • Core inflation set to rise gradually over the medium-term.
  • ECB measures preserve favorable conditions needed.
  • Sentiment indicators point to a pick-up in momentum.
  • Inflation increased due to energy effects.
  • Underlying inflation pressures remain subdued.
  • The ECB will look through transient inflation changes.
  • A very substantial degree of accommodation is needed.
  • Draghi omits pledge to use “all instruments” within the mandate.
  • Says economic risks are less pronounced, yet still to the downside.
  • Risks relate predominantly to global factors.
  • Survey results increase confidence in the recovery
  • Survey results suggest the recovery may broaden.
  • Rising employment bolsters private consumption.
  • Signs of a somewhat stronger global recovery.
  • Euro-area growth was damped by a sluggish reform pace.

 

ECB Forecasts

  • 2017 GDP growth at 1.8% vs 1.7%
  • 2018 GDP growth at 1.7% vs 1.6%
  • 2019 GDP growth at 1.6% vs 1.6%
  • 2017 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.3%
  • 2018 inflation at 1.6% vs 1.5%
  • 2019 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.7%

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/06-3/10
vs. Current
WTD – $44.50b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $58.025b
Low-End Avg. $31.79b 139.98% $113.79b 50.99%
Midpoint Avg. $33.15b 134.24% $114.31b 50.76%
High-End Avg. $34.50b 128.99% $114.83b 50.53%
The Low $25b 178.00% $80b 72.53%
The High $45b 98.89% $140b 41.45%

 

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 and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

Rate Hike Coming..Beige Book Talking Points-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.01.17-Rate Hike IS Coming; Fed Beige Book Talking Points

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Dow Breaks 21,000 – Odds of March Rate Hike Rise From 40% to 80% in 3 Sessions!

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The Federal Reserve Beige Book Talking Points – All You Need to Know

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 22nd    

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

7 IG Corporate issuers tapped the dollar DCM today pricing 12 tranches between them totaling $9.275b.  The SSA space hosted 2 issuers across 4 tranches including a $5b 3-part from the Sultanate of Oman that pumped up the all-in IG day totals to 9 issuers, 16 tranches and $14.625b. March has certainly started off on the right foot.
The WTD total is now 52% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $38.825b vs. $25.44b.
The all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA WTD volume total is now $51.425b.

Deregulation, cutting corporate taxes, focusing on American manufacturing and jobs while negotiating with America’s interests first and building a strong national defense equates to GROWTH.  Growth will cause rates to rise, rising rates will swell the stock market and bank stocks should get back to a semblance of their true values among many other things.
IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mercury General Corp. upped its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $375mm from $350mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Telus Corp. increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $500mm from $350mm at the launch.
  • Brixmor Operating Partnership LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <19.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +121 vs. +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.15 vs. 1.16 setting yet another new tight since November 3rd, 2014.
  • 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 $22.7b on Tuesday versus $15.8b on Monday and $17.8b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – had a very difficult day thanks to the Fed Speak & President Trump.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe hit hard with USTs and JGB’s also closed in the red.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.09278%) since April 2009.
  • Stocks – Big rally for U.S. stocks as S&P, Dow & NASDAQ traded at all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – Very strong day for Europe & the Nikkei. China & HS with small gains.
  • Economic – Full U.S. calendar with some very good & not so good data.
  • Fed’s Beige Book at odds with the very hawkish Fed Speak this week.
  • Overseas Economic – The data in China, Japan & Europe overall was positive.
  • Currencies – Big rally for USD overnight & gave a little back during NY hours.
  • Commodities – CRB, copper & wheat were higher while crude oil & gold were lower.
  • CDX IG: -2.57 to 60.01 (trade at 59.856 the tightest since 2014)
  • CDX HY: -11.47 to 305.44
  • CDX EM: -7.51 to 213.30

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

-Tony Farren

 The Federal Reserve Beige Book Talking Points – All You Need to Know

 

  • Near-term business optimism eased since the last report.
  • Economy grew at a modest to moderate pace through mid-February.
  • Job market is tight amid little price pressure change.
  • There were a few districts that saw a pickup in wage growth.
  • Businesses expect prices to rise modestly in the months ahead.
  • Most Fed regions say prices were up modestly to moderately.
  • Some districts saw widening labor shortages.
  • Employment expanded moderately in most of the country.
  • Staffing firms saw a “brisk business for this time of year”.
  • Energy, home-building and house sales are all growing moderately.
  • Auto sales were up in most districts; tourism mostly stronger.
  • New York Fed prepared the Beige Book from early January to February 17th.

 

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 (more…)

US Corporate Debt New Issuance Market-What’s Next?
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.24.17 – Weekend Edition: Corporate Debt New Issuance- What’s Next?

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 22nd    

Investment Grade Credit Spreads by Rating

Investment Grade Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

We missed the midpoint syndicate forecast for IG Corporate volume this week by a lot. In fact, the very low estimate calling for only $19.4b was off by 42% with only $11.125b in new supply.  Next week, however, desks seemed focused on around $25b.

Yellen speaks next Friday, March 3rd and the Employment Report is the following Friday, March 10th. Those are really the only two bits of data that could move the market. Of course that’s notwithstanding any one of myriad global event risk factors playing out i.e. the Dutch election on Wed. 3/15 followed by round one of the French election on Sunday, April 23rd and round 2 on Sunday, May 7th. As we get closer and closer to each, polling will gyrate thru the markets.

Next week has been a huge one in each of the past three years for IG Corporate volume and overall IG issuance including SSA product.

Take a look:

2016 – IG Corps: $50.72b Corps + SSA: $61.22b

2015 – IG Corps: $59.03b Corps + SSA: $65.03b

2014 – IG Corps: $50.29b Corps + SSA: $55.18b

 

Unfortunately no estimate for next week comes close to the $50m mark. The highest estimate is an out layer at $43b. The most dense groupings are focused on around $25b with the midpoint estimate being $25.46b. I am more optimistic for 30b+ in new IG Corporate issuance only because we’ve disappointed on recent weekly issuance projections in 3 of the past 4 weeks, the time is right, tone is formidable, concessions are skimpy, issuers cannot sit around forever, demand is very strong and so, I err to the upside. Overall issuance including SSA could top $40b.

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 20 deals that printed, 17 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 2 widened (10.00%) and 1 were flat (5.00%).
  • For the week ended February 22nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.566b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $20.906b) and a net inflow of $726.282m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $1.616b).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.17 vs. 118 setting a new tight since November 3rd, 2014.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +164 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 $21.2b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $24b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/20-2/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.125b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $61.15b
Low-End Avg. $18.25b 60.96% $90.65b 67.46%
Midpoint Avg. $19.40b 57.35% $91.96b 66.50%
High-End Avg. $20.54b 54.16% $93.26b 65.57%
The Low $15b 74.17% $85b 71.94%
The High $26b 42.79% $120b 50.96%

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that I had 96% response to today’s “Best & Brightest” survey! That means 23 out of 24 desks.  21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 25 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 84.38% 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.

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

Getting right to it today, here are this week’s numbers entering today’s morning session:

  • We priced an anemic 57% of this week’s already low syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.125b vs. $19.40b.
  • Thus far in February we priced 66.50% of the monthly syndicate projection or $61.15b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $303.183b! 
  • Wednesday was the fastest pace ever to reach the $300mm mark for all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance.

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

  • NICS:  <0.16> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.26x
  • Tenors:  8.37 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $695mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <18.47> bps


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

  • NICs widened 0.70 bps to<0.16> bps vs.  <0.86> bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, reduced by 0.50x to 3.26x vs. 3.76x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 0.34 years to 8.37 years vs. 8.03 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $49mm to $695mm vs. $744mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened fractionally by <0.02> bps to <18.47> bps vs. <18.45> 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 1 bp to +123 vs. +124. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.25 bps to16.50 bps vs. 16.75 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.79 bps to 20.37 vs. 21.16 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 20 deals that printed, 17 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 2 widened (10.00%) and 1 were flat (5.00%).
  • For the week ended February 22nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.566b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $20.906b) and a net inflow of $726.282m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $1.616b).

It seems as if syndicate desks have said issuance would increase “the week after next” in each of the last two Friday’s.  Now, however, with Corporate America having posted earnings and with most issuers having exited blackouts, expectations are for a much more robust calendar next week. The two bits of potentially market moving data are: Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Executive’s Club of Chicago on Friday, March 3rd and the Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (EST). After that there’s the FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday March 14th and 15th, which is associated with a Summary of Economic Projections and a press conference by Chair Yellen.  Blackouts then begin shortly thereafter. The point being – this time, next week really should see very strong issuance across all sectors. But why listen to me let’s go back to the same week in time over the past three years. The results are eye-opening:

  • 2016 – IG Corps: $50.72b Corps + SSA: $61.22b
  • 2015 – IG Corps: $59.03b Corps + SSA: $65.03b
  • 2014 – IG Corps: $50.29b Corps + SSA: $55.18b

 We all understand that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” but those are pretty telling statistics right there folks!

The Big Question:  Next Wednesday begins the month of March, so today I ask a two-part question “what are your thoughts and numbers for BOTH next week AND March?

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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

Munching on Mnuchin Musings; Mischler Debt Market Comment
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.23.17- Munching on Mnuchin Musings

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Speaks on Squawk

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 February 15th    

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

 

Danske Bank A/S was the lone corporate issuer to tap the IG dollar DCM today pricing 3 tranches totaling $1.75b.  The SSA space woke up featuring one well-telegraphed NWB 5-year that was $1b, bringing the all-in IG day totals to 2 issuers, 4 tranches and $2.75b.
We priced an anemic 57% of this week’s already low syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.125b vs. $19.40b.
CDX IG and HV closed today’s session at new tights and the S&P and Dow closed at new all-time highs.

Upcoming potential market moving events:

  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Executive’s Club of Chicago on Friday, March 3rd.
  • The Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +123 vs. +124.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. 119 matching its tight since November 3rd, 2014.
  • 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 $20.8b on Wednesday versus $17.8b on Tuesday and $24.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.0b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – rallied into the $28 bn 7yr auction & then the market stood still.
  • Overseas Bonds – 30yr JGB rallied 5 bps. Strong session for France & Belgium.
  • Stocks – Dow heading for its 10th winning session in a row.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia with small losses. Europe closed mostly red.
  • Economic – Jobless claims 4-week moving average at lowest level since 1973.
  • Overseas Economic – China data better & Japan weaker. Good data in Germany & U.K.
  • Currencies – USD was weaker vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Good day for crude oil, gold & silver and very bad day for copper.
  • CDX IG: -0.75 to 61.83
  • CDX HY: -1.53 to 314.93
  • CDX EM: -8.77 to 213.16

*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
2/20-2/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.125b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $61.15b
Low-End Avg. $18.25b 60.96% $90.65b 67.46%
Midpoint Avg. $19.40b 57.35% $91.96b 66.50%
High-End Avg. $20.54b 54.16% $93.26b 65.57%
The Low $15b 74.17% $85b 71.94%
The High $26b 42.79% $120b 50.96%

 

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Speaks on Squawk Box

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin offered his views this morning while appearing with Becky Quick of CNBC in his first interview since becoming the 77th U.S. Secretary of State. He spoke on various topics ranging from policy and regulation to immigration tax and growth.  Here are the key takeaways.  Thank you to one of our own Treasury gurus, Mr. Tony Farren, for the summary..

  • Most important thing for growth is tax plan.
  • We’re mostly focused on middle-class tax cut.
  • We believe in dynamic scoring for tax plan.
  • High-income tax cuts should be offset.
  • Could be late 2018 to get to 3% growth.
  • We’re looking closely at border adjustment tax.
  • Some issues with border adjustment tax.
  • Tax reform to be significant.
  • Tax reform goal is by August Congress recess.
  • Not ready to announced a longer-term U.S. Bond.
  • Should seriously look at longer-term bond issues (50- and 100-year).
  • Have had terrific talks with China so far.
  • Not making judgments on China FX.
  • Treasury has a process for reviewing FX policies.
  • We will probably have low rates for a long period.
  • Administration’s growth projections are likely higher versus Congress.
  • 3% GDP growth is very achievable.
  • Regulatory relief is also important boost to growth.
  • We’re looking at significant economic changes.
  • We’re reaching out to businesses.
  • Need to ensure banks put liquidity to work.
  • USD, stocks reflecting confidence in U.S. economy.
  • Not focused on day-to-day market moves.
  • Looking forward to regular meetings with Yellen
  • Looking forward to G-20 talks in March.
  • Has his team looking at EXIM Bank loan expansion.
  • He’s committed to housing finance reform.
  • We need bipartisan solution so that GSEs are not left as is.

 

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 (more…)

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 8th    

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was another no-print Friday today and a welcome one at that.  I am happy to announce that one additional syndicate desk earned its way into the “Best and the Brightest” so, my survey now includes 24 desks. They are the ones you want and need to hear from. They are very patiently lined up and waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG dollar DCM supply. So, kick back, relax, have a cup of coffee, knock back a beer or enjoy glass of wine or perhaps just sit by the fireplace and read what you need to know.  Let’s recap things first and on with the show!

 

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 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • 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 tightened 1 bp to +121 vs. 1.22.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +167.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.4b on Thursday versus $22.1b on Wednesday and $22.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $14.70b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $27.275b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 61.92% $90.65b 30.09%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 59.47% $91.96b 29.66%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 57.20% $93.26b 29.25%
The Low $15b 98.00% $85b 32.09%
The High $35b 42.00% $120b 22.73%

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that I’ve added a new top syndicate desk to the “QC’s” “Best & Brightest” survey!  As they are in the top 25 they are a most welcome addition.  Once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 24 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 25 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, 21 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 86.61% 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 !!  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! -RQ

 

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning framed with the following:
Here are this week’s numbers:

  • WTD, we missed this week’s IG Corporate syndicate midpoint average forecast by over 40% having priced only $14.70b vs. $24.72b.
  • Thus far in February we priced 30% of the monthly syndicate projection or $27.275b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $268.558b! 

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

  • NICS:  <3.44> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.92x
  • Tenors:  12.04 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $735mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.60> bps


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

 

  • NICs tightened 2.57 bps to <3.44> bps vs. <0.87> bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased by 0.80x to 3.92x vs. 3.12x.. 
  • Average tenors extended by 0.44 years to 12.04 years vs. 11.60 years.
  • Tranche sizes declined dramatically by $576mm to $735mm vs. $1,311mm, the result of last week’s hefty jumbo deal tranche sizes from MSFT, AT&T and AAPL.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 20 IG Corporate-only new issues widened ever so slightly by <0.17> bps to <19.60> vs. <19.77> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 1 bp to +167 vs. +166.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +128 vs. +127. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.50 bps to 20.50 vs. 21.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.46 bps to 24.74 vs. 25.20 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).

 

Corporate America has posted earnings.  Most issuers have exited blackouts.  Thursday’s storm may have hampered a bit of issuance this week and next week is expected to be sizeable. Chair Yellen testifies before the U.S. Senate Banking Panel on Tuesday the 14th. This represents Yellen’s first appearance since raising rates last month. All eyes and ears will be tuned into that especially since the January FOMC meeting was not followed by a Press Conference. Meanwhile Japan’s Prime Minister Abe arrives today for his first official summit with President Trump through the weekend.    

My approach to the “Quig” Pro Quo is to give something first and then ask.  So, it’s now time for the question, – “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” 

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

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words*

 

*Responses the QC Best & Brightest are available exclusively to QC email subscribers

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
2/13-2/17
Low-End Avg. $20.71b
Midpoint Avg. $21.33b
High-End Avg. $21.96b
The Low $15b
The High $26b

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

 

Next Week
2/13-2/17
1: 15b
2: 15-20b
10: 20b
1: 21b
4: 20-25b
5: 25b
1: 26b

 

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!

Ron Quigley

 

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.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
TH.
2/09
FRI.
2/10
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <7.5> bps 5.25 bps N/A N/A <3.44> bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 7.33 N/A 3.92x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 10 yrs N/A 12.04 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $300mm N/A $735mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <35> bps N/A <19.60> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps

 

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 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 54.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).

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
H.B. Fuller Co. Baa3/BBB 4.00% 2/15/2027 300 +200a +170a (+/-5) +165 +165 156/153
ADB Aaa/AAA 2.00% 2/16/2022 3,750 MS +19a MS +19a MS +18 +26.95 25/24
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- FRN 8/14/2018 500 N/A 3mL+40a (+/-5) 3mL+35 3mL+35 3mL+29.5/26.5
BP Capital Markets PLC
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
A2/A- 2.315% 2/13/2020 500 +85a +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 63/60
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.224% 4/14/2024 1,000 +120a +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 108/105
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.588% 4/14/2027 850 +130a +125 the # +125 +125 121/118
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.45% 8/15/2027 350 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 111/109
BNG Aaa/AAA 1.50% 2/15/2019 2,250 MS +13a MS +13a MS +13 +44.25 44/42
Citigroup Inc.
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
Baa3/A- 4.75% 5/18/2046 750 +185a +175a (+/-2) +173 +173 176/173
Fondo Mivivienda S.A.
(tap) New Total: $650mm
BBB+/BBB+ 3.50% 1/31/2023 150 +180a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 170/167
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 4.125% 3/01/2027 1,250 very high 100s +193.75a +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 175/171
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 5.20% 3/01/2047 1,000 +50 bps curve
243.75
+225a (+/-5) +220 +220 215/212
Symantec Corp. Baa3/BB+ 5.00% 8NC3 1,100 +mid to hi 5.00%
or 5.625%a
5.25-5.30%
or 5.375%a
5.00% +271 277/272
Dexia Capital Local Aa3/AA- FRN 2/15/2019 500 3mL+50 N/A N/A 3mL+50 3mL+50/47
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.75% 5/15/2020 3,000 MS +14a MS +14a MS +12 +42.5 41/40
KfW Aaa/AAA 1.25% 9/13/2018 1,000 MS <4>a MS <4>a MS <4> +17.45 17.6/17.4
TVA Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/01/2027 1,000 +low 50s / +52.5a +50a (+/-2) +48 +48 48/46
Discover Financial Services BBB-/BBB+` 4.10% 2/09/2027 1,000 +190a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 171/167
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 1.80% 2/07/2020 500 +55-60 +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 38/36
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 3.15% 3/15/2027 500 +90-95 +80 (+/-5) +75 +75 77/74
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 4.15% 3/15/2047 500 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 113/111
First Republic Bank Baa1/BBB+ 4.625% 2/13/2047 400 +high 100s
+187.5a
RG: +170a (+/-5)
+175a (+/-5)
+165 +165 164/160
GATX Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.85% 3/30/2027 300 +170a +150a (+/-3) +147 +147 149/146
IHS Markit Ltd. BB+/BBB 4.75% 2/15/2025 500 5.00% 4.75%a 4.75% +244 219/217
Vale Overseas Ltd.
(tap) New Total: $2bn
BBB-/BBB 6.25% 8/10/2026 1,000 5.45%a 5.20-5.25% 5.20% +278.3 269/265
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- FRN 2/11/2022 2,000 3mL+95-100 3mL+93 the # 3mL+93 3mL+93 3mL+89/86

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Index levels are as of 12:00 noon ET.
*Denotes new record high

Index Open Current Change  
IG27 64.712 65.024 0.312
HV27 138.575 137.87 <0.705>
VIX 10.88 10.72 <0.16>  
S&P 2,307 *2,313 6
DOW 20,172 *20,242 70  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $14.40 bn WTD: $22.15 bn
MTD: $26.975 bn MTD: $37.225 bn
YTD: $199.358 bn YTD: $264.508 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 8th    

     

  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $854.782m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.614b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $358.189m (2016 YTD inflow of $502.693m).

 

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 20.50 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 128 128 127 127 128 128 128 126 126 0 +2 106
“AAA” 75 76 75 75 74 75 76 77 75 71 <1> +4 50
“AA” 79 80 79 79 79 80 80 79 78 78 <1> +1 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 104 104 104 103 103 <1> 0 81
“BBB” 161 162 161 161 160 161 161 161 159 160 <1> +1 142
IG vs. HY 265 270 265 264 259 265 267 272 270 267 <5> <2> 228

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

…….and a snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions:

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 24.74 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

INDUSTRY 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 112 112 112 112 113 115 116 117 116 117 0 <5> 67
Banking 119 120 119 119 118 120 121 121 119 120 <1> <1> 98
Basic Industry 155 157 156 156 155 156 156 157 156 156 <2> <1> 143
Cap Goods 94 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 <1> <1> 84
Cons. Prod. 106 106 106 105 105 105 106 106 105 105 0 +1 85
Energy 157 159 157 157 156 157 157 157 154 154 <2> +3 133
Financials 139 141 141 142 141 143 144 144 142 143 <2> <4> 97
Healthcare 115 115 114 114 113 114 114 114 112 112 0 +3 83
Industrials 130 130 129 129 129 129 130 129 128 128 0 +2 109
Insurance 138 139 139 139 138 139 139 139 138 139 <1> <1> 120
Leisure 127 128 127 128 128 129 129 128 129 129 <1> <2> 115
Media 156 157 156 156 155 156 156 155 154 153 <1> +3 113
Real Estate 140 141 141 141 140 141 141 141 139 140 <1> 0 112
Retail 115 115 115 114 114 115 115 114 112 112 0 +3 92
Services 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 122 121 121 0 +2 120
Technology 104 105 104 104 103 105 105 105 103 101 <1> +3 76
Telecom 168 168 166 166 165 165 166 164 161 161 0 +7 122
Transportation 127 128 128 128 127 128 129 128 126 126 <1> +1 109
Utility 127 128 128 128 127 127 127 127 126 127 <1> 0 104

                                  

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Import Price Index MoM January 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Import Price Index ex Petroleum MoM January —- 0.0% <0.2%> <0.1%>
Import Price Index YoY January 3.4% 3.7% 1.8% 2.0%
U. of Michigan Sentiment February 98.0 95.7 98.5 —-
U. of Michigan Current Conditions February —- 111.2 111.3 —-
U. of Michigan Expectations February —- 85.7 90.3 —-
U. of Michigan 1 Year Inflation February —- 2.8% 2.6% —-
U. of Michigan 5-10 Year Inflation February —- 2.5% 2.6% —-
Monthly Budget Statement (2:00pm ET) January $45.0b —- <$27.5b> —-

 

*Sources: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Bond Radar, Dow Jones

 

New Issue Pipeline (more…)

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…)

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…)

Yellen Signals Rate Move: Higher; Will Serve Under Trump
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.17.16  Yellen Speak Signals What We Know-Higher Rates

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Capitol Hill Answers Rep. David Young’s Call for “Veterans Crisis Line”

Global Market Recap

Yellen’s Fed About to Raise Rates; Plans to Remain in Trump Administration

The Economic Outlook

Monetary Policy

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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 November 9th

IG Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Well, last evening I wrote, “We do know that both Abbott Labs and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC wrapped their respective investor calls today so they are both clear to “go” from that perspective in terms of issuance.  In the current environment, I’m not so sure issuers want to print sizeable deals on a Friday or hold back jumbo deals over the weekend.  What’s that mean? Simple. Both could price tomorrow in which case we could see a $20bn or more day tomorrow in our IG dollar DCM.  Stay tuned.”  It is now today and both Abbot Labs and Chevron priced deals today along with a $750mm 2-part 5yr FXD/FRN from Keybank.  So, the re-cap shows 3 IG Corporate issuers pricing 9 tranches between them today totaling $16.55b. As a result, we blew past this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast of $29.45b by 41%. The MTD total now stands at $58.01b or 63% away from the $92.11b syndicate midpoint average November IG Corporate only estimate.

Of note is that typically jumbo M&A related financings attract heftier bid-to-cover or “oversubscription rates” as they are deals that need to get done. It was well telegraphed that Abbott would be downgraded heading into today’s transaction but the consensus was that investors would expect a nice concession considering Abbott’s four notch downgrade. Book sizes were heard to be just under $36b across all 6-tranches which for a $15.1 “no grow” transaction is only a 2.38x bid-to-cover.  Considering that oversubscription rates over the last four weeks have been 4.26x, 3.32x, 2.61x and 3.05x across all of those respective weekly issuances combined, I have to admit it left me wondering if this is, in part, due to starting a bit on the tight side with IPTs along with year-end, a new incoming Administration in Washington and the uncertainty markets might have therein as well as a looming rate hike.  Of course I am not second guessing the timing and would strongly suggest that healthcare has rallied post-Election Day helping to promote Abbott’s issuance.

Helpful in setting the tone for today’s primary markets was the rash of important economic data (scroll to near page bottom for the Economic Date Releases table. Housing Starts MoM outperformed 25.5% against 10.4% expectations as did Building Permits MOM 0.3% vs. <2.7%>.  Initial Jobless Claims fell 22k to 235k vs. 257k estimates and Continuing Claims shed 53k to 1977k vs. 2030k.  All the other numbers were for the most part spot on.

Capitol Hill Answers Rep. David Young’s Call for “Veterans Crisis Line” –
Bill Passes Unanimously in Senate – Now on President Obama’s Desk

I am elated to report here in the “QC” that yesterday U.S. Republican Rep. David Young’s “No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act” that was already passed in the House by a 357-0 vote was given final and unanimous legislative approval in the Senate and is now on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama to be signed into law.  Prior to last evening’s approval, the bill “hit a wall” in the Senate due to the actions of one senior and retiring member.  Harry Reid’s name comes to mind folks! Iowa Congressman Young introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year and South Dakota Senator John Thune introduced a companion version of the legislation in the U.S. Senate.

This is one immediate example of great changes coming to the Beltway.  The Department of Veterans Affairs would have to ensure that all telephone calls and messages received by the crisis hotline are answered in a timely manner under the bill now on its way to the President.  U.S. Rep. David Young a fervent veteran supporter got behind this cause after a report he found in which more than one-third of calls to a hotline for troubled veterans were not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems. The hotline’s former director said calls frequently rolled over to back-up centers where workers have less training to deal with veterans’ problems. From the get go the sponsor of the bill, Rep. David Young of Iowa, said “A veteran in need cannot wait for help. Our veterans make tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms and liberties and when a veteran is in crisis, they deserve our full support, no exceptions.”

We all look forward to President Obama signing this bill into law without any delays.

Here’s to good people doing great things for veterans on Capitol Hill and a hearty “QC” congratulations to Rep. Young.

 

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – struggled as the negatives against USTs continue to pile up.
  • Overseas Bonds – BOJ said enough of the sell-off. Bunds better and Gilts were weaker.
  • Stocks – U.S. were higher at 3:15pm. Europe better and Asia closed mixed.
  • Economic – U.S. economic data was tremendous today.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. retail sales was strong, EU CPI low and the French Unemployment Rate was weaker.
  • Currencies – The USD started slow but rallied big in NY hours. DXY is at its 2003 high.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, gold  and silver were down.
  • CDX IG: -0.25 to 75.01
  • CDX HY: -3.22 to 413.40
  • CDX EM: +4.35 to 274.25

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

-Tony Farren


Yellen’s Fed About to Raise Rates

 

yellen-speaks-signals-higher-rates-trump-mischlerThis morning Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke before the Joint Economic Committee at the U.S. Congress.

Here’s what you need to know in her own words:

  • Yellen says, “rate hike could be appropriate relatively soon.”
  • Says, “U.S. economy made more progress toward the Fed’s goals.”
  • FOMC judged rate hike case continued to strengthen.
  • Delaying hikes too long could mean tightening faster.
  • Keeping rates on hold could spur excess risk-taking.
  • Economy to warrant only gradual rate increases.
  • Stance of policy only moderately accommodative.
  • Risk of falling behind curve appears limited.
  • FOMC judged risks to outlook roughly balanced.
  • S. economic growth picked up from subdued pace.
  • Expects economic growth to continue at a “moderate pace.”
  • Stable unemployment gives economy “a bit more” room to run.
  • There appears to be scope for some more labor-market gains.
  • Cites signs that wage growth pace has risen recently.
  • Says inflation to move to 2% as labor market improves.
  • Inflation increased somewhat since earlier this year.
  • Housing fundamentals are favorable for a pickup.
  • Consumer spending is moderate, business investment is soft.

 

…….and here is Yellen’s complete Testimony:

Chair Janet L. Yellen

The Economic Outlook

Before the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

November 17, 2016

 

Chairman Coats, Ranking Member Maloney, and members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today. I will discuss the current economic outlook and monetary policy.

 

The U.S. Economic Outlook

The U.S. economy has made further progress this year toward the Federal Reserve’s dual-mandate objectives of maximum employment and price stability. Job gains averaged 180,000 per month from January through October, a somewhat slower pace than last year but still well above estimates of the pace necessary to absorb new entrants to the labor force. The unemployment rate, which stood at 4.9 percent in October, has held relatively steady since the beginning of the year. The stability of the unemployment rate, combined with above-trend job growth, suggests that the U.S. economy has had a bit more “room to run” than anticipated earlier. This favorable outcome has been reflected in the labor force participation rate, which has been about unchanged this year, on net, despite an underlying downward trend stemming from the aging of the U.S. population. While above-trend growth of the labor force and employment cannot continue indefinitely, there nonetheless appears to be scope for some further improvement in the labor market. The unemployment rate is still a little above the median of Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants’ estimates of its longer-run level, and involuntary part-time employment remains elevated relative to historical norms. Further employment gains may well help support labor force participation as well as wage gains; indeed, there are some signs that the pace of wage growth has stepped up recently. While the improvements in the labor market over the past year have been widespread across racial and ethnic groups, it is troubling that unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanics remain higher than for the nation overall, and that the annual income of the median African American household and the median Hispanic household is still well below the median income of other U.S. households.

Meanwhile, U.S. economic growth appears to have picked up from its subdued pace earlier this year. After rising at an annual rate of just 1 percent in the first half of this year, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is estimated to have increased nearly 3 percent in the third quarter. In part, the pickup reflected some rebuilding of inventories and a surge in soybean exports. In addition, consumer spending has continued to post moderate gains, supported by solid growth in real disposable income, upbeat consumer confidence, low borrowing rates, and the ongoing effects of earlier increases in household wealth. By contrast, business investment has remained relatively soft, in part because of the drag on outlays for drilling and mining structures that has resulted from earlier declines in oil prices. Manufacturing output continues to be restrained by the weakness in economic growth abroad and by the appreciation in the U.S. dollar over the past two years. And while new housing construction has been subdued in recent quarters despite rising prices, the underlying fundamentals–including a lean stock of homes for sale, an improving labor market, and the low level of mortgage rates–are favorable for a pickup.

Turning to inflation, overall consumer prices, as measured by the price index for personal consumption expenditures, increased 1-1/4 percent over the 12 months ending in September, a somewhat higher pace than earlier this year but still below the FOMC’s 2 percent objective. Much of this shortfall continues to reflect earlier declines in energy prices and in prices of non-energy imports. Core inflation, which excludes the more volatile energy and food prices and tends to be a better indicator of future overall inflation, has been running closer to 1-3/4 percent.

With regard to the outlook, I expect economic growth to continue at a moderate pace sufficient to generate some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a return of inflation to the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the next couple of years. This judgment reflects my view that monetary policy remains moderately accommodative and that ongoing job gains, along with low oil prices, should continue to support household purchasing power and therefore consumer spending. In addition, global economic growth should firm, supported by accommodative monetary policies abroad. As the labor market strengthens further and the transitory influences holding down inflation fade, I expect inflation to rise to 2 percent.

Monetary Policy

I will turn now to the implications of recent economic developments and the economic outlook for monetary policy. The stance of monetary policy has supported improvement in the labor market this year, along with a return of inflation toward the FOMC’s 2 percent objective. In September, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 percent and stated that, while the case for an increase in the target range had strengthened, it would, for the time being, wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.

At our meeting earlier this month, the Committee judged that the case for an increase in the target range had continued to strengthen and that such an increase could well become appropriate relatively soon if incoming data provide some further evidence of continued progress toward the Committee’s objectives. This judgment recognized that progress in the labor market has continued and that economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year. And inflation, while still below the Committee’s 2 percent objective, has increased somewhat since earlier this year. Furthermore, the Committee judged that near-term risks to the outlook were roughly balanced.

Waiting for further evidence does not reflect a lack of confidence in the economy. Rather, with the unemployment rate remaining steady this year despite above-trend job gains, and with inflation continuing to run below its target, the Committee judged that there was somewhat more room for the labor market to improve on a sustainable basis than the Committee had anticipated at the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, the Committee must remain forward looking in setting monetary policy. Were the FOMC to delay increases in the federal funds rate for too long, it could end up having to tighten policy relatively abruptly to keep the economy from significantly overshooting both of the Committee’s longer-run policy goals. Moreover, holding the federal funds rate at its current level for too long could also encourage excessive risk-taking and ultimately undermine financial stability.

The FOMC continues to expect that the evolution of the economy will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate over time to achieve and maintain maximum employment and price stability. This assessment is based on the view that the neutral federal funds rate–meaning the rate that is neither expansionary nor contractionary and keeps the economy operating on an even keel–appears to be currently quite low by historical standards. Consistent with this view, growth in aggregate spending has been moderate in recent years despite support from the low level of the federal funds rate and the Federal Reserve’s large holdings of longer-term securities. With the federal funds rate currently only somewhat below estimates of the neutral rate, the stance of monetary policy is likely moderately accommodative, which is appropriate to foster further progress toward the FOMC’s objectives. But because monetary policy is only moderately accommodative, the risk of falling behind the curve in the near future appears limited, and gradual increases in the federal funds rate will likely be sufficient to get to a neutral policy stance over the next few years.

Of course, the economic outlook is inherently uncertain, and, as always, the appropriate path for the federal funds rate will change in response to changes to the outlook and associated risks.

Thank you.

The conclusion is clear: No more lower-for-longer; interest rates headed higher.

…………..be ready.

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