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Summer Avalanche New IG Debt Issuance Forecast-Mischler Comment
August 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner-08.04.17- Summer Avalanche New IG Debt Issuance Forecast 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Friday, Aug 4 2017  weekend 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. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Summer Avalanche of New IG Debt Issue Forecast for Next Week

Today’s IG New Debt Issuance & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

The Best and the Brightest: IG DCM Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

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

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 August 2nd               

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Today’s Friday IG Corporate dollar DCM featured  2 issuers that priced 2 tranches between them totaling $650mm as of this writing. The SSA space was quiet today. Please note that I scribed the below Best & Brightest IG Corporate primary market data download piece early this morning, so the data does not include today’s Murphy Oil and TC Pipelines deals.

Thanks! –RQ (In case you left early en route to the beach, the DJIA reached yet another new intra-day high today!)

As for next week, well British American Tobacco’s $49bn purchase of Reynolds American looks like it will manifest itself as the Company announced fixed income investor meetings for an expected mega cross currency transaction across USD, Euro and Sterling.  The Senior Unsecured dollar-denominated portion will feature joint leads Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. The three tranches could potentially raise $25b dollar equivalent. I am also hearing “chatter” of another big issuer lurking.  We all know that after next week, it begins the traditional summer slowdown period. . But before that, the big push is on, so rest up this weekend, as next week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast calls for $34.29b to price.  Factoring in that average amount to the $21b priced thus far in August would bring the MTD total to $55.29b. The forecast for August is $79.10bn so that would leave $23.81b to get done across the last three weeks of the month or an average of $7.93b.  This ASSUMES that next week will reach the midpoint average forecast. I happen to think we could see $40b next week, which would push the average of each of the last three weeks of August down to $6bn.

But, before we all go away with our families, re-energize this weekend because next week will be a big one.  Read all about it below from the pros who price all the deals in our IG dollar DCM.  We’ll first review today’s primary and secondary market talking points, the growing geopolitical risk factors in our world, take a glance at the weekly and monthly IG primary market volume tables and then it’s onto the masters, maestros and mavens of syndicate who price all the deals in our IG dollar DCM.
Ready?.SET?..R-E-A-D!

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 110.84% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $27.986b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 26.55% of the syndicate forecast for July or $21.00b vs. $79.10b.
  • There are now 5 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spreads across 2 of the 19 major industry sectors tied their post-Crisis lows. That’s 10.53% of the sectors.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +109 vs. +108.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.04 vs. 1.03.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +152 vs. +151.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.6b on Thursday versus $19.9b on Wednesday and $19.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b.

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·   N. Korea launches ICBM on 7/28. Jong-Un claims Hwasong-14 missile can reach any location on the U.S. continent. UN projects worst famine in NOKO in 17 yrs; last one killed 2mm (8% of population).  Fear that NOKO may use nuclear intel/systems as barter for food w/”suspect” nations. U.S. has already sanctioned certain Chinese banks to pressure the PRC to use more influence over NOKO which has failed. U.S. lofts Trident missile in Pacific Ocean in response. China insiders say PRC does not have the influence on NOKO that the U.S. thinks it does.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·   U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. France pressing for $115b equivalent.
Venezuela – civil unrest as Maduro dictatorship claims bogus election outcome favors unlimited powers and a new constitutional assembly in elections that U.S. and key LATAM nations will not acknowledge. Caracas named most dangerous city in the world with highest murder rate. VZ gov’t stopped publishing crime stats a decade ago. Dictatorship in our Western Hemisphere. U.S. Tsy. freezes Maduro family assets.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
·   Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned; Mueller expanding FBI probe into Trump with federal grand jury issuing subpoenas.

·   U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

·   GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base, severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

·   Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest.

·   Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS will be scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe.

·   Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

·   Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17; ECB dovishness; low rates persist.

·   Renewed tensions along the India-Pakistan cease fire line dividing Indian-controlled Kashmir.

MODERATE ·   China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.
MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·   Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak?; “Maybe” one more rate hike in 2017; lack of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/31-8/04
vs. Current
WTD – $27.986b
August 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $21.00b
Low-End Avg. $24.21b 115.60% $78.37b 26.80%
Midpoint Avg. $25.25b 110.84% $79.10b 26.55%
High-End Avg. $26.29b 106.45% $79.83b 26.31%
The Low $15b 186.57% $60b 35.00%
The High $35b 79.96% $100b 21.00%

 

The “Best and the Brightest” Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites re New IG Debt Issuance Next Week 

 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 22 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.

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

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

The preface to the weekly canvass of the top fixed income syndicate desk teams begins with the following background-
Entering this morning’s Friday session, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:   

  • The IG Corporate WTD total outperformed once again with issuance 108.26% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $27.336b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we have now priced 25.73% of the syndicate projection for August IG Corporates or $20.35b vs. $79.10b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $862.833b vs. $843.591b on August 3rd, 2016 or 2.28% more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $1,054.568b vs. $1,077.377b on August 3rd, 2016 or 2.16% less than the year ago total.

Entering this morning’s session, here are the five key primary market driver averages from the 42 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week: 

  • NICS:  0.06 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.34x
  • Tenors: 11.96 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $651mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <18.56> bps

Here’s how this week’s critical primary market data compares against last week’s entering this morning’s session: 

  • Average NICs tightened 1.62 bps to an average 0.06 bps vs. 1.68 bps across this week’s 42 IG Corporate-only new issues.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, slightly increased by 0.04-times to 3.34x vs. 3.30x. 
  • Average tenors contracted by 1.07 years to an average 11.96 years vs. 13.03.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $861mm to $651mm vs. 1,512mm. Last week featured the $22.5bn 7-part transaction for AT&T which boosted the average tranche size.  
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 42 IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 2.59 bps to <18.56> bps vs. <21.15>.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 2 bps to +152 vs. +150 bps.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened 2 bps to 1.04 vs. 1.02 bps. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +109 vs. +108. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 2 bps bps to 6.00 bps vs. 4.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also widened 2.36 bps to 9.89 vs. 7.53 bps also as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended August 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.485b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $79.114b) and a net inflow of $20.818m into High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $6.663b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 50 deals that printed, 26 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate,  13 widened (26.00%), 9 were flat (18.00%) and 2 were not available (4.00%) or N/A.

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

  • IG Corps: $27.336b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $31.986b

And now ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the guy-in-the corner, to ask today’s question, “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution!

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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BAML Q3 Debt Market Issuance View-Expectation Management 101
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.13.17– Day’s IG DCM Activity + Dialed In to BAML Q3  Debt Market Issuance Outlook 


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call- A View Courtesy of Mother Merrill Top Guns

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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 July 5th

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

Today’s IG Corporate dollar primary market featured only one domestic issuer – Marathon Oil – among two other Yankee issuers.  3 issuers priced 4 tranches between them totaling $2.30b.  The SSA space contributed 1 deal, the well-telegraphed $5.00b 4-part for JBIC that boosted the session’s all-in IG Corporate and SSA day total to 4 issuers, 8 tranches and $7.30b.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 146.79% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.79b vs. $18.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 38.55% of the syndicate forecast for June or $32.54b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 5 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

So, tomorrow we finally kick off six-pack U.S. bank earnings with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo reporting.  Next Tuesday is BAML and Goldman Sachs followed by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday.  Hopefully these market leaders break open the issuance drought in short order and subsequently lead the way for all the issuance universe who they bank up to the traditional mid-August thru Labor Day slow-down.

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call
*Please note that this sub section is discerned from my own note taking. I own any/all discrepancies or inaccuracies vs. the call although I represent there should be none.  Thanks! -RQ

Today was also BAML’s always meaningful Quarterly Outlook Call. Here’s a brief run-down:


High Yield Issuance

High Yield issuance is up 20% YoY but all related to Q1 volume. Looking at Q2 business, issuance is down $10b YoY.  From a sector perspective HY saw big pick-ups in the Industrial, Healthcare and Energy sectors.  There was a notable fall-off in the TMT sector. The remaining sectors have been fairly consistent YTD.  Two-thirds of high yield issuance has been motivated by re-financings. M&A volumes continue to represent about 20% of HY issuance volume. Pick-ups were seen in triple-“CCC” rated issuance to $17b from $4b.  Euro issuance represented about €32b and a hefty £10b. Euro and Sterling issuance continues to illustrate overall growth for HY issuance.

BAML holds strong convictions for re-financing trades as issuers can lock in highly favorable long-term rates in here and looking forward. $50b is committed to M&A financings for the remainder of the year predominantly focused on longer tenors with $10b of that in new HY issuance.

……and now for the High Grade Issuance Outlook

BAML Syndicate’s Kevin Barthelmes did a great job pinch hitting for Dan Mead today in reviewing YTD new issuance as well as the 2H 2017 Outlook.

Here is all the stuff you WANT and NEED to know:

YTD IG ex-SSA supply volume for the first half of 2017 is up 1.8% YoY.  (The “QC” IG Corporate-only count is $754b YTD). BAML had called for a 5-7% decline in IG issuance for 2017 at the end of last year.  The YTD split is as follows: $430b (Corporates) down <3.5%> YoY and $300b (Financials) up 10% versus 2016.  Issuance pressure was seen mostly from the M&A space that was markedly down year-over-year.  YTD M&A driven issuance is expected to be $140b-145b or 10% of IG overall supply. In 2016 we saw $290b which represented 20% of issuance in 2016.

In terms of the back half of 2017, the themes are similar to Q2 2017. Expectations are for corporate supply to be down on the year given the decline in M&A. This July, we expect issuance to be down about 12% versus last year. We also experienced a robust August and September in 2016 which is not expected this year. Keep in mind that Q1 2017 was a record breaking quarter in terms of new issuance. Additionally, Q4 2016 saw companies motivated to price deals ahead of last November’s Presidential election that boosted volumes. BAML does not expect a repeat of July through September again this year.

FRNS and Callable Structures En Vogue

2-, 3- and 5-year FRN issuance is up 40% to 45% YTD with lots of that volume originating from Asia. Notably, we are also expecting more callable structures, for example, 2NC1 and 3NC2 issuance. Expect to see a continuance of that in the second half of the year. It does not feel as though issuers are getting worried about rates at all. Dialogue outside of M&A has been primarily on liability management issuance of which we’ve had roughly $40b YTD.  Expect another $40b in LM issuance in the second half as well which would represent a 10-15% increase versus 2016.

So, to recap, here are the issuance outlook themes for the second half of 2017:

  • Lack of supply
  • Continued FRN demand and callable structures
  • Liability Management issuance
  • Strong Capital/Low Growth

Thank you to all those a who contributed on today’s BAML Outlook Call and in particular I’d like to send shout-outs to the always differentiating intel and commentaries from those who spoke from the sectors I cover here at Mischler – namely Hima Inguva (Banks) and Peter Quinn (Electric Utilities & Power). Listening is always the most informative form of communication.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • For the week ended July 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.299b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $71.493b) and a net outflow of $1.144b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $8.865b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <25.625> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +112.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.06.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +155.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.7b on Wednesday versus $17.5b on Tuesday and $13.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Draghi, Yellen & supply hurt USTs today.
  • Overseas Bonds – 30yr JGB rallied 2.6 bps. EU lost ground with Peripherals leading the way.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks closed with gains.
  • Overseas Stocks –  Another rally for Hang Seng. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – PPI was tame. Yellen sounded more hawkish today vs. yesterday.
  • Overseas Economic – China data was very good. There is no inflation in Europe
  • Currencies: USD closed mixed vs the Big 5. DXY Index hit low since Sept
  • Commodities: Good day for cruder oil. Metal closed red & wheat was hammered
  • CDX IG: -1.08 to 58.83
  • CDX HY: -4.06 to 328.42
  • CDX EM: -1.21 to 196.92

*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 launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S. sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
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. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

· GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism; Land, air and sea blockade.

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

· Closing in on ISIS is very problematic as it is scattering across a wider MENA region and Europe.

· Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

· Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE · Trump/Putin meet at G-20 Summit in Hamburg last week. Move toward mutual cease fire in Syria  to identify de-escalation zones; discussed hacking controversy and agreed to improved relations.

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

Venezuela – tumbling oil prices/Maduro resistance impacting 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; sights  on one more rate hike in 2017; concerns over lack of inflation and unwinding $4.5 trillion b/c.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/10-7/14
vs. Current
WTD – $26.79b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $32.54b
Low-End Avg. $17.83b 150.25% $83.87b 38.80%
Midpoint Avg. $18.25b 146.79% $84.40b 38.55%
High-End Avg. $18.67b 143.49% $84.92b 38.32%
The Low $15b 178.60% $70b 46.49%
The High $28b 95.68% $111b 29.32%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

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

 

Investment Grade Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Re-Cap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report / Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

 

 

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

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

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

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The IADB upsized its 5-year Global FRNs new issue today to $600mm from a minimum $500mm at the launch.
  • Double “BB” rated HY asset class matched a new post credit low of +227.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <13.08> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 versus +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +160 versus +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.2b on Monday versus $11.1b on Friday and $12.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MODERATE ·           Venezuelan civil unrest

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

·           China hard landing?

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

 

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

 

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

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

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

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

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Tuesday May 23, 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk. The QC includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap:  Bonds, Bonds and Roger Moore’s AAA Rated Bond

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 17th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

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

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

 

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

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Great-West Lifeco upped its 30-year Senior Notes new issue to $700mm from $500mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Public Storage increased its $25 PerpNC5 preferred new issue today to $250mm from $100mm.
  • Activision Blizzard Inc. its $1.2b 3-part 5-, 10- and 30-year Senior Notes new issue launch 5 bps tighter than the tightest side of guidance today on each of the three tranches.  A rarity among rarities and worth posting here..
  • DDR Corp. increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $450mm from $300mm.
  • Ascension Health upsized the tap of its 3(a)(4) exempt 3.945% Senior Unsecured Notes due 11/15/2046 to $225mm vs. $220mm bringing the new total to $925mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution and excluding today’s $25 Perp NC5 Preferred was <21.73> bps.
  • The average spread compression including today’s $25 PerpNC5 Preferred was <21.00>.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp +112 versus +113.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Monday versus $11.3b on Friday and $15.4b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·           N. Korea “deployment and mass production” of ballistic missiles that could reach Japan & Guam.

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

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

·           Disruption of political landscape in the Pacific Rim.

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

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

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

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

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

·          FBI Controversy over firing of Comey/Russia scandal?

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

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

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

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

·          Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode

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

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

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

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

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

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

 

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

bond tribute roger moore AAA rated

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Last Scene From The Spy Who Loved Me

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

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

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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

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

 

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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

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

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

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Essex Portfolio LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.30> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +124 vs. +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.18 vs. 1.17.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.6b on Friday versus $19.3b on Thursday and $13.8b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Twas The Eve Before the US Presidential Election and the Debt Markets Indicated..
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.04.16 “’ Twas the Eve Before the Election..and Debt Markets Indicated Volatility Risk … ”

“…Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution…” Head of Rates Trading,  Primary Dealer/Global Investment Bank

 “QC” Call to “Get Out and Vote” next Tuesday November 8th

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

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

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 November 2nd  

Investment Grade Corporate Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Your humble fixed income servant already voted in my home state of Connecticut via absentee ballot two weeks ago, as I would not have made it in time to cast my ballot traveling back from Phoenix on Election Day.  Each of us understands what a contentious election this one is.  Whoever floats your boat please just get out and cast yours on Tuesday the 8th or hopefully you sent in your ballot in your home state. If you do not vote you do not have a right to complain.  It’s not the voting that is democracy rather it’s the counting.  SO, GET OUT AND VOTE – IT’S A CIVIC SACRAMENT! For those of us blessed enough to have been called to citizenship in a country in which we govern ourselves by choosing our own leaders, voting is one of the duties of our vocation. Enough said.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Thank Goodness!

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Bank of America was the sole visitor to today’s IG dollar DCM printing a $1bn 4NC3 Senior Notes new issue due 11/09/2020.  The “Green Bond” is callable after 3 years on 11/09/2019 at par.  BAML was the sole book runner.  Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund renewable energy projects including the financings of or investments in equipment and systems that facilitate the use of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Please continue through the below right into the “Best & Brightest’s” IG Corporate new issue supply forecasts for next week from the street’s top syndicate gurus.  I have all their numbers and thoughts about next week’s Election Day/Veteran’s Day influenced and shortened week waiting for you. It’s all here folks and I make it easy – I write it, I talk to all of them and conveniently deliver it to your desktop or hand held device free of charge!  I’m told it’s good and so, naturally I think it’s good but why listen to me? Wall Street Letter has awarded the “QC” it Best Broker Dealer research for three years in a row – 2014, 2015 and 2016.  What’s not to like about that? I mean really! So, relax, be informed and have yourselves a great weekend!

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – The 30yr lead the UST rally despite the solid Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Gilts led the core EU bond rally while Peripheral sold off.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks with small losses at 3:45pm. Bad day for Nikkei & Europe.
  • Economic – The U.S. Employment Report was solid. The trade balance improved.
  • Currencies – USD lost vs. Euro & Pound but had a small gain vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – The crude oil sell off continued. Gold was unchanged.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 80.85
  • CDX HY: -2.52 to 433.56
  • CDX EM: -2.76 to 250.86

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

-Tony Farren

 

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 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).
  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +141 vs. +140.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +135.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +186 vs. +185.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.9b on Thursday versus $17.5b Wednesday and $20.3b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.8b.

 

Note About Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

I thank my Corporate Secondary trader, Annie Bonner for the following prescient note that she sent around today and that definitely has a place in the “QC”.
It is self-explanatory:

As we saw with Brexit, dealers are sending out notices to prep for Election Day markets.

 

For example, from one Primary Dealer wrote:

“……….Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution.”

 

As Annie concluded, “We’ll probably be seeing more of these today & Monday.”

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/31-11/04
vs. Current
WTD – $11.791b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $7.466b
Low-End Avg. $24.26b 48.60% $90.70b 8.23%
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b 46.92% $92.11b 8.11%
High-End Avg. $26.00b 45.35% $93.52b 7.98%
The Low $15b 78.61% $71b 10.52%
The High $35b 33.69% $110b 6.79%

 

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 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 80.93% 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 was prefaced with the following:

If anyone says the U.S. Presidential election is not important in our inextricably linked new world order just point to our IG dollar DCM this week in which we managed to price a mere 42% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $10.79b vs. $25.13b.

Here are some impactful events coming up next week that should keep a damper on issuance……among other things:

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


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

 

  • NICS:  <0.92> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.33x
  • Tenors:  11.33 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $469mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <178.26> bps

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened a mere 0.06 bps to <0.92> vs. <0.98> bps while over subscription or bid-to-cover rates grew 0.72x to 3.33x vs. 2.61x last week.  Average tenors moved way out 3.62 years to 11.33 yrs vs. 7.71yrs while tranche sizes decreased by a lot – by $357mm to $469mm vs. $826mm.  

Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 5 bps to +186 versus last Friday’s +181.

For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +137 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 3.75 bps to 32 vs. 28.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 4.58 bps to 37.42 vs. 32.84 also against their post-Crisis lows.
Please let me know your number and most importantly your thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  

……and here are their formidable responses:

(this section available exclusively to Quigley’s Corner distribution list recipients)

 

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, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

Please note: The below table averages for this week includes today’s BAML 4NC3 new issue. As a result, the numbers differ ever so slightly from the averages in my question to the “Best & Brightest” which was written and sent at the open this morning.  Thanks! -RQ

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

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/31
TUES.
11/01
WED.
11/02
TH.
11/03
FRI.
11/04
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
New Issue Concessions 0.50 bps <2.29> bps 3 bps <3.75> bps flat or 0 bps <0.87> bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.99x 2.90x 2.73x 4.80x 3.25x 3.32x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x
Tenors 8.39 yrs 11.93 yrs 11.30 yrs 15.50 yrs 4 yrs 11.33 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $721mm $379mm $393mm $370mm $1,000mm $491mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.21> bps <17.71> bps <22.50> bps <22.20> bps <10> bps <17.87> yrs <17.42> 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 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 48.00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).

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
Johns Hopkins University Aa3/AA- 3.837% 5/15/2046 500 +135a N/A +123 +123 127/125
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 3.10% 11/15/2026 350 +160a +130-135 +130 +130 129/127
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 4.30% 11/15/2046 300 +200a +170-175 +170 +170 165/162
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 1.60% 11/15/2019 400 +85-90 +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 66/64
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 2.00% 11/15/2021 300 +95-100 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 76/74
Bank of Nova Scotia Aa3/A+ FRN 11/01/2018 166 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+45 3mL+47/45
Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. Aa2/AA 2.853% 11/15/2026 100 N/A N/A N/A +105 106/104
Danske Bank A/S A2/A FRN 11/10/2020 200 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+73 3mL+73/70
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 3.00% 2/15/2027 750 +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 122/120
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 4.10% 2/15/2047 750 +180a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 152/150
EQT Midstream Partners LP BBB-/BBB- 4.125% 12/01/2026 500 +262.5a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 240/238
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 2.70% 3/01/2024 400 +130-135 +120a (+/-3) +117 +117 118/116
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 4.125% 12/01/2046 350 +180-185 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 159/157
Lazard Group LLC A-/BBB+ 3.625% 3/01/2027 300 +200a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 189/187
Rogers Communications Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 2.90% 11/15/2026 500 +125a N/A +125 +125 130/128
Ryder System Inc. Baa1/A- 2.25% 9/01/2021 300 +120-125 +100a (+/-3) +97 +97 97/95
Southwest Airlines Co. Baa1/BBB+ 3.00% 11/15/2026 300 +mid-100s/+150a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 128/126
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. Baa3/BBB 5.50% PerpNC5 550 N/A N/A5.50-5.625%a
+5.5625%a
5.50% $25 Pfd $25.75/.80
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 2.95% 2/15/2027 275 +135a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 115/113
Illinois Tool Works A2/A+ 2.65% 11/15/2026 1,000 +95a +85 the # +85 +85 80/78
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 1.70% 11/03/2021 875 +55a +45a (+/-2) +43 +43 42/40
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 2.45% 11/03/2026 875 +75a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/60
Wabtec Baa3/BBB 3.45% 11/15/2026 750 +187.5a +165a (+/-2.5) +162.5 +162.5 158/155

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that Index levels are as of 4:15pm ET

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.35 1.35 0  
IG27 80.702 80.967 0.265
HV27 179.245 180.23 0.985
VIX 22.08 22.91 0.83  
S&P 2,088 2,085 <3>
DOW 17,930 17,888 <42>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $1.00 bn DAY: $1.00 bn
WTD: $11.791 bn WTD: $11.791 bn
MTD: $7.466 bn MTD: $7.466 bn
YTD: $1,176.247 bn YTD: $1,506.131 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

     

  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $146.468m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.518b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $345.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.337b).

 

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 32.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 141 140 139 138 137 136 136 135 135 135 +1 +6 106
“AAA” 83 83 82 82 80 80 80 78 78 77 0 +6 50
“AA” 87 87 86 86 85 85 84 83 83 83 0 +4 63
“A” 112 112 111 111 110 109 109 108 108 108 0 +4 81
“BBB” 182 181 180 178 176 175 176 175 174 175 +1 +7 142
IG vs. HY 374 375 366 353 339 333 330 325 325 327 <1> +47 228

 

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 37.42 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 120 122 121 120 119 119 119 117 117 117 <2> +3 67
Banking 130 130 129 129 128 127 128 127 127 127 0 +3 98
Basic Industry 181 181 180 179 179 178 179 177 177 179 0 +2 143
Cap Goods 106 106 105 105 103 102 102 101 101 101 0 +5 84
Cons. Prod. 112 112 111 110 109 108 108 107 105 105 0 +7 85
Energy 183 183 180 179 177 176 176 175 174 175 0 +8 133
Financials 166 165 164 162 160 159 160 160 160 160 +1 +6 97
Healthcare 124 123 122 120 118 117 117 115 114 114 +1 +10 83
Industrials 143 143 141 140 139 138 138 137 136 136 0 +7 109
Insurance 154 153 153 153 153 153 153 154 154 155 +1 <1> 120
Leisure 138 138 138 138 138 137 138 137 136 135 0 +3 115
Media 166 165 164 162 160 160 159 157 157 157 +1 +9 113
Real Estate 146 146 146 146 146 146 146 147 147 147 0 <1> 112
Retail 123 122 121 120 118 117 117 116 115 114 +1 +9 92
Services 130 130 129 129 129 128 128 128 128 128 0 +2 120
Technology 120 120 119 117 115 114 115 113 112 112 0 +8 76
Telecom 172 172 170 168 167 165 165 163 162 161 0 +11 122
Transportation 140 139 138 137 137 136 136 136 136 136 +1 +4 109
Utility 139 138 138 138 137 136 136 136 136 137 +1 +2 104

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance September <$38.0b> <$36.4b> <$40.7b> <$40.5b>
Change in Nonfarm Payrolls October 173k 161k 156k 191k
Two-Month Payroll Net Revisions October —- 44k <7k> —-
Change in Private Payrolls October 170k 142k 167k 188k
Change in Manufacturing Payrolls October <4k> <9k> <13k> —-
Unemployment Rate October 4.9% 4.9% 5.0% —-
Average Hourly Earnings MoM October 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
Average Hourly Earnings YoY October 2.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.7%
Average Weekly Hours All Employees October 34.4 34.4 34.4 —-
Change in Household Employment October —- <43.0> 354.0 —-
Labor Force Participation Rate October —- 62.8% 62.9% —-
Underemployment Rate October —- 9.5% 9.7% —-

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