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Tax Reform Bill Passes Both Houses-Let The Good Times Roll
December 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.20.17 – Tax Reform Bill Heralded By US Corporations

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap -Tax Reform Bill Ready For President’s Signature

Investment Grade Credit Spreads at Post Financial Crisis Lows

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week, December & January 2018

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 13th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Wednesday December 20 2017 edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline.

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – It’s Official: Tax Reform Bill Has Passed in Both Houses

That is one heck of a Christmas present to the American middle class which – make no mistake about it – IS the engine that drives the greatest country on the planet. To illustrate just how great this event could prove to be, let’s turn to the world’s 15th largest global company AT&T Inc. (NYSE:ATT) which announced it will give over 200,000 U.S. employees a special $1,000 bonus – to celebrate the signing of today’s historic tax bill! AT&T also committed to invest $1b in the U.S. in 2018.
IG Spreads Set or Tie Post-Crisis Lows

The good news doesn’t stop there though! Getting more granular to our IG dollar DCM, today saw credit spreads set or tie new post-Crisis lows across the four IG asset classes and the 19 major industry sectors.  It was bound to happen as IG secondary spreads continue to tighten given the absence of any new issuance here at year end among others. I suspect that despite the 10% reduction in IG Corporate new issuance being called for in 2018 as a consequence of the 21% corporate tax rate, there should also be a positive impact of the massive repatriation of trillions of dollars of offshore funds back to domestic corporate coffers. Overall, the new tax reform bill should reflect positively on IG credit quality.

Year-to-date we priced $1.333 trillion in IG Corporate new issues. Many are calling for a 10% reduction in 2018 IG Corporate issuance versus 2017 thanks to repatriation of funds. That would bring the amount down to $1.2tln.  Backing out this year’s $200b in M&A related financings gets you to $1tln even. I think we’ll actually see another 5% increase to that number thanks to redemptions, etc so, and more utility and FIG activity that will bring us to $1.05tln. However, many issuers are looking at their new piles of cash as a “strategic asset” in which they will be asking, “what can we buy with all these new found greenbacks?”  I think we’ll actually see ~$250bn in M&A-related financings.  So, that would bring my total to $1.3tln.

So, $1.3tln is my call for 2018 IG Corporate new issuance. Remember I count split-rated issuance as long as one of the 3 IG ratings is by Moodys, S&P or Fitch and I also include IG rated $25 par Preferreds.

Additionally, today’s November Existing Home Sales beat by 5.06% or 5.81m vs. 5.53m the highest number in 11 years!  The MoM number was 5.6% vs. 0.9% forecasts.

Here’s a look at WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issuance volume as measured against the syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 0.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $0.00m vs. $994mm.
  • MTD we’ve priced 79.96% of the syndicate forecast for December IG Corporate new issuance or $26.387b vs. $33b.
  • There are now 5 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points  

  • The IG Average set a new post-Crisis low of +99; the “AA” asset class also set a new post-Crisis low of +56.
  • The “A” (+77) IG asset class tied its post-Crisis low for the second consecutive session. “BBBs” also tied it post-Crisis low of +129.
  • Of the 19 major industry sectors, a total of 9 of them (47.4%) set or tied their post-Crisis lows as follows: Basic Industry (+124) and Transportation (+102) set new lows while Banking (+82), Consumer Products (+84), Energy (+132), Industrials (+104), Insurance (+108), Real Estate (+111) and Services (+100) tied their post-Crisis lows.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +99 vs. +100.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.94 vs. 0.95.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 3 bps to +137 vs. +140 setting a new post-Crisis low dating back to July 30th 2014 (+140).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.5b on Tuesday versus $12.9b on Monday and $18.6b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week, December & January 2018

 

IG Corporate New Issuance Thru year End
12/18-12/29
vs. Current
WTD – $0.00b
December 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $26.387b
January 2018
Low-End Avg. $344mm 0.00% $31.33b 84.22% $128.54b
Midpoint Avg. $994mm 0.00% $33b 79.96% $129.29b
High-End Avg. $1.64b 0.00% $34.67b 76.11% $130.04b
The Low $0b 0.00% $25b 105.55% $100b
The High $5b 0.00% $28b 94.24% $150b

 Global Market Recap

  •  U.S. Treasuries – 30yr experienced its third terrible session in a row.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s weaker. EU core and semi core lost. EU Peripherals mixed.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.65793% the highest since December 2008.
  • Stocks – Small losses at 3pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia lower except Nikkei. Europe closed red except Greece.
  • Economic – U.S. housing data continues to impress. Existing home sales best since 2006.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data was mixed. German PPI was lower than the last.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. Yen, weaker vs. Euro/CAD and little changed vs. Pound/AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gasoline, gold, copper, silver, wheat, etc higher.
  • CDX IG: -0.61 to 49.14
  • CDX HY: -1.46 to 308.13
  • CDX EM: -1.24 to 120.54

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
·        12/20 – U.K. successfully tests Sea Ceptor air defense aboard HMS Argyll recently sent to Sea of Japan to join U.S. Naval ships. System shields against multiple airborne targets protecting 500 square mile area.  NOKO pushed further into a corner. 12/05 – U.S. reveals powerful microwave pulses from missiles that can disable NOKO’s electronic missile/launch systems. 12/02 – WH Nat’l. Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says “possibility of war with NOKO increases every day.” 11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 thru Sunday 2/25. 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO as a state sponsor of terrorism. Warns NOKO that “nuclearization puts its regime in grave danger & increases the peril it faces.”
ELEVATED
“MENA and
Trumponomics and Beltway Beginning to Function”
·        12/20 – The House, in its re-vote cleared the tax rewrite for Trump’s signature 224-201. Tax Reform is official.  One of the single greatest GOP legislative wins in history. 12/19 – The Senate passed the bill in a 51-48 vote after the House voted in support 227 to 203 (4 no votes) requiring a revote the 12/20 due to a 529 home schooling technicality.  A typical U.S. family will get an add’l. $2k in 2018, the U.S. Corporate tax rate would be reduced to 21%, Americans can choose their own healthcare and Tax  Form is simplified. These are the largest tax cuts in U.S. history. President Trump said he wanted to sign the bill into law before Christmas.

·        12/19 – Yemeni rockets launched at the royal palace in Riyadh intercepted by Saudi forces.  Iranian-backed rebels now targeting population and power centers in Saudi Arabia is more than enough to promote an act of war between KAS and Iran. 12/06 – Pres. Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Plans to move U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Could take three years. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah warn Trump of dangerous consequences for stability and security in the Middle East. Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel calling the move a “red line for all Muslims” and decision puts “world and region in a ring of fire.” 12/04 – Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated in Sanaa by former allied and Iranian-backed Houthis.  Yemen, like Lebanon are sights of proxy wars fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 11/28 – Israeli Mossad working with Saudi’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) over mounting tensions with Iran. Shared interests against Iran are bringing both nation’s closer. Lebanon’s PM al-Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia 11/05 blaming Iranian aggression. Abandons support of Iran’s Hezbollah terror group.  Beirut, is proving ground for Saudi-Iranian proxy wars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans sweeping with “Vision 2030” to wean KSA off oil. Saudi inner players arrested in anti-corruption probe involving multi-billion dollar “settlements.” Both Trump and KAS share strong views of an anti-nuclear Iran. KSA needs oil above $81 to break even. Mideast tension expected to boost the price of oil.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe,
Uranium 1 & Terror”
·        December MTD Terror Stats a/o 12/20: 56 terrorist attacks; 225 dead; 414 wounded.

·        U.S. trade protectionism contrarian to the world coming together on trade. Long term impact?

MODERATE
“China”
·        12/19 – Spain’s Rajoy announces snap elections on Thursday, Dec. 21st to help defray the Catalonian independence crisis. Could result in breakaway = could spread thru EU. Separatists remain ahead in latest polls 46.9% to 43.7% for the Unionists. 7.8% are “non-aligned.”

·        Italian elections to be held no later than March 20th, 2018. 5-Star Populist Party leader Luigi Di Maio is hopeful for EU negotiations but said he would vote for an ITALEXIT if discussions fail. Italians are resistant to the EU’s stringent austerity measures. 5-Star holds a lead in polls.

·        China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. Debt is 250% of GDP. 6% GDP in 2018 will be difficult.

·        Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?”
·        12/13 – FOMC raises rates 0.25% recognizes prolonged inflation miss that is globally low. Sees faster 2018 growth and strong labor market. Economic activity and investment picked up. Low odds of a recession. Concerned about debt. Asset prices characterized as being “elevated.”

 

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Investment Grade Corporate Bond DCM Scorecard 06-27-17- Mischler Debt Market Commentary
June 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 06.27.16    Investment Grade DCM Scorecard; AIG, American Tower, GM Financial, Charter Comm, Enbridge and Regency Centers LP

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond  New Issue Re-Cap
Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

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

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

 

Today the IG Corporate dollar DCM hosted 6 issuers that priced 12 tranches between them totaling $6.75b.  The SSA space featured a $300mm 5-year Green Bond new issue from KDB bringing the combined IG Corporate and SSA day total to 7 issuers, 13 tranches and $7.05b.

Let’s now take a look at how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers stack up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total finished having priced only 64.84% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $10.40b vs. $16.04b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced 91.42% of the syndicate forecast for June or $83.17b vs. $90.98b.
  • There are now 10 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <14.04> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +117 versus +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.11 versus 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +160.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.0b on Monday versus $11.8b on Friday and $13.0b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.8b. 

Global Market Recap 

U.S. Treasuries – followed European bonds south.

Overseas Bonds – 2yr JGB rallied 3 bps. Europe hit very hard on Draghi.

Stocks: NASDAQ having a bad day heading into the close

Overseas Stocks: Asia had small gains. Europe lost ground

Economic: US data took a back seat to the comments from ECB Pres. Draghi

Overseas Economic: Not really a factor

Currencies: USD lost ground vs 4 of Big 5. Great day for the Euro & bad for DX

Commodities: Crude oil had a good day

CDX IG: +1.85 to 61.45

CDX HY: +6.07 to 339.84

CDX EM: +3.46 to 199.55

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·          N. Korea continues missile tests with improving accuracy in defiance of protests in G-Zero world;

Lax China involvement; Recent Otto Warmbier death; Frictional hot spot of the world for “event.”

ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·          U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian

domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
·          Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support

to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections despite media bias.

·          U.S. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces; Russia warns that it suspended

cooperation & will track down and shoot coalition planes west of Euphrates. Potential for

escalation between the U.S. & Russia is real. Turkey, Iran, Israel loom large in this scenario.

·          U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions

against Russia in 98-2 vote; Russia in expansion mode; meddling in international elections.

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

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

·          Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·          Closing in on ISIS has also scattered it across wider MENA region and Europe.

MODERATE ·          China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

·          Venezuela – tumbling oil prices could impact ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·          Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak and sights

on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/26-6/30
vs. Current
WTD – $10.40b
June 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $83.17b
Low-End Avg. $15.46b 67.27% $90.04b 92.37%
Midpoint Avg. $16.04b 64.84% $90.98b 91.42%
High-End Avg. $16.62b 62.58% $91.92b 90.48%
The Low $10b 104.00% $75b 110.89%
The High $21b 49.52% $110b 75.61%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
6/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/15
New Issue Concessions <3.83> bps <4.3> bps <2.14> bps <0.13> bps <0.15> bps <5.45> bps 1.24 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.66x 2.85x 3.76x 3.10x 2.87x 3.74x 3.20x
Tenors 8.92 yrs 9.37 yrs 13.02 yrs 10.07 yrs 7.03 yrs 11.37 yrs 8.69 yrs
Tranche Sizes $406mm $820mm $646mm $543mm $798mm $817mm $931mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.50> bps <18.76> bps <19.74> bps <15.95> bps <17.51> bps <20.05> bps <17.81> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

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US Corporate Debt 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

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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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