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

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

 

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein Appears in the “QC”

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 18th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar


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

 

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

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

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Lloyd C. Blankfein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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

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

 

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

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

 

New Issues Priced

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

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

 

IG          

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

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Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook Week of Jan 23
January 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 01.23.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on municipal debt market schedule for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s muni bond activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

This week volume is expected to be $6.8 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $486 million water and wastewater revenue bonds for the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland and $450 million for Bay Area Toll Authority, California.  The competitive market is led by $457.3 million for The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee on Tuesday and $455.7 million for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, California on Wednesday.

muni-bond-schedule-week-jan-23-2017

Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise, inclusive of Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans is what makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $500 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, new companies via IPO, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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

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

 

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

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

Morgan Stanley Inc. $3b 10 year Deal Dashboard

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 11th     

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

 

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

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

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

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

 

Morgan Stanley Inc. $3b 10 year Deal Dashboard

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

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

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

 

New Issues Priced

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

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

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

IG          

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

 

 Indexes and New Issue Volume

*Denotes 52-week low.

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

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

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

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 11th     

     

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

 

Economic Data Releases

 

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

 

Rates Trading Lab

 

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

 

Today’s highlights were:

 

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

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

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

 

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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Municipal Debt Market Schedule Week of Jan 17 2017
January 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Municipal Bond Offering Outlook for the week commencing 01.17.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on municipal debt market schedule for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s muni bond activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $8.2 billion.  This week volume is expected to be $8.9 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $1,162.5 million tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds for City of Chicago, IL.  The competitive market is led by $356.7 million of tax-exempt and taxable bonds for the Board of Regents of the University of Houston, Texas on Thursday.

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise, inclusive of Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans is what makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $500 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, new companies via IPO, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

 

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

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

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

Rates Trading Lab

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

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

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

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

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

 

Rates Trading Lab

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

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

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

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

 

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

Mischler Muni Debt Market: 8bil in Deals Scheduled This Week
January 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Municipal Bond Offering Outlook for the week commencing 01.09.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on selected municipal bond offerings for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s muni bond activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

This week volume is expected to be $8.7 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $665.0 million for Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, NY.  The competitive market Is led by $612.4 million general obligation bonds for the State of Washington in 3 bids on Tuesday.

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise, inclusive of Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans is what makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $500 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, new companies via IPO, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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

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

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

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

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

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

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending January 4th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating / Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

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

 

My Thoughts re: Next Week’s Issuance

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

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for January 

 

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

 

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

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 24 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.59% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

o   NICS:  2.25 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.45x

o   Tenors:  6.52 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $859mm

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

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FOMC Minutes-Distilling the Minutiae; Mischler Debt Market Comments
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.04.17 – FOMC Minutes; Distilling the Minutiae and Market Reaction(s)

Today’s Issuers: American Airlines (NYSE:AMR); Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C); Credit Suisse Group; Ford Motor Credit Corp (parent NYSE:F); Toyota Motor Credit Corp TMCC (parent NYSE:TM) and…

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – U.S. and Europe Posting Prolific IG Volume Totals – 7th Busiest IG USD Primary Day in History

Global Market Recap

Credit Suisse AG $4.5b two-part 6NC5 and 11NC10 Senior Notes Deal Dashboard

FOMC Minutes Brought to You by Our Fighting Irishman Mr. Tony Farren

FOMC Voting Line-Up for 2017 from 2016

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 28th     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credits by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

To tell you how busy the IG primary markets have been today, let’s first go to Europe of all places, where it would seem things might appear a bit better than anticipated resulting in issuers’ fear of higher rates sooner rather than later.  You all know what I feel about Europe’s geopolitical situation (I’m in the Bear camp), but the market likes to be way ahead of the curve.  The result, according to my longtime friend and former BNP Paribas colleague, Mr. Paul Cohen, who heads Bloomberg Editorial in London, “this week’s European IG issuance stands at €29.93b exceeding by 89%, London syndicate expectations for the entire week after only just two days and the highest new issue volume since March 16th and only the third time in three years that more than €22b dollar priced during a single session.” Additionally he said, “Europe priced its first sovereign issue today for Ireland – a €4b long 20-year.”  I call that “getting off the fence” to take full advantage of the current rate environment. We know how market players react, from issuers to bankers and traders and sales – they want to be ahead of the pack. Europe clearly has a long and bumpy road ahead of itself, but for today that’s a staggering issuance statistic across the pond.

Conversely, we here in the U.S. of A. have much more substantial evidence of an improving economy with promise for our future.  However, don’t be fooled by today’s FOMC Minutes (more on that later). Rates aren’t going up merely on Trump’s promises, rather once in office, the Beltway needs to show it can get things done.  With Republicans owning the White House, Senate and Congress the expectation is that great change may come fast and furious but don’t get too far ahead of yourselves.  Rate hikes will be a slow crawl folks. Remember that!  

Regardless, as a result, today was the 7th busiest day for all-in IG dollar new issuance.  That’s right, we priced a total of 7 IG Corporate issuers across 22 tranches totaling $22.785b.  Meanwhile 2 SSA issuers joined the fray, issuing 3 tranches between them totaling $5.75b bringing the staggering record all-in IG day total to 9 issuers, 25 tranches and $28.535b.  The all-in (IG Corporates plus SSA) WTD total is now $48.435b. In terms of IG Corporate-only WTD volume, we have priced over 39% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast for all of January or $108.41b.

My advice? Be smart, look good and continue issuing.

Mischler was grateful to once again secure a part in this great start to the New Year, having served as an active Co-Manager on today’s $4.5b two-part from Credit Suisse Group AG in the form a 6NC5 and 11NC10 Senior Notes new issue. Let’s first look at the Global re-cap and then I’ll show you the CS Deal Dashboard.

I also encourage you to ask Paul Cohen, who is located in London, to add you to his disty list.  If you are already on Bloomberg, it’s free and you’ll be glad you did.  So, send him a message or chat. He’s an all-around great guy.  He’ll be happy to keep you in touch with IG primary market stats and commentary from across the pond and “Yes” he is part of the Ed, Bob and Lisa show who do what he does but they do it here in New York.  Note also that Paul is a very seasoned originator/banker and he can talk-the-talk and hold his own with any of my “QC” readership. See that?  Another value-added suggestion from the guy-in-the-corner.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • The FOMC Minutes were not as hawkish as the December Meeting.
  • U.S. Treasuries – Mixed & little changed.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed/steeper. EU more red than green. Supply tomorrow.
  • 3mth Libor – Set over 1% (1.00511%) for the first time since May 2009.
  • Stocks – NASDAQ leading U.S. stocks higher (3:30pm).
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe closed mixed. Big rally for Nikkei. China higher.
  • Economic – Vehicle sales looked to be very strong.
  • Overseas Economic – Higher EU CPI. Better economic data in Europe, China & Japan.
  • Currencies – The USD weaker was vs. all of the Big 5. Strong session for ADXY Index.
  • Commodities – Good day for the CRB, crude oil, copper & wheat.
  • CDX IG: -2.27 to 63.40
  • CDX HY: -7.21 to 338.48
  • CDX EM: -6.45 to 233.39

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

-Tony Farren

 

 

Credit Suisse AG $4.5b two-part 6NC5 and 11NC10 Senior Notes Deal Dashboard

 

CS Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
6NC5 +185a +165 the # +165 +165 <20> bps 11 bps 163/161 <2>
11NC10 +205a +185 the # +185 +185 <20> bps 2 bps 183/180 <2>

 

The 11NC10 relative value study pointed to the outstanding CS 4.55% due 4/17/26 which was quoted T+166bp (G+170).  The 10s/11s curve is worth about 4 bps getting you to T+174 implying an 11 bp NIC on this tranche.

 

The 6nc5 tranche comped best to the Credit Suisse  CS 3.45% due 4/16/2021 that was T+130bp (G146) pre-announcement.  Accounting for 5 bps for the 4s/5s curve and tagging on another 12 bps for the 5s/6s curve lands fair value at T+163 pointing to a 2 bp NIC versus today’s 11NC10 +165 final spread level.

 

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

 

CS  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
6NC5 $1.75b $4.7b 2.69x
11NC10 $2.25b $6.4b 2.84x

 

Final Pricing – Credit Suisse Group AG
CS $1.75b 3.574%% 6NC5 1/09/2023 callable 1/09/2022 @ $100.00 to yield 3.574% or T+165  MW +25

CS $2.25b 4.282% 1/09/2028 callable 1/09/2027 @ $100.00 to yield 4.282% or T+185  MW +30

 

FOMC Minutes Brought to You by Our Fighting Irishman Mr. Tony Farren

 

  • About half of FED officials included fiscal policy in their forecasts.
  • Many officials stressed uncertainty on fiscal policy effects.
  • Numerous officials judged the FED might need to raise rates faster.
  • Fed officials endorse gradual rate hikes as upside risk debated.
  • Weighed upside risks to growth from fiscal policy.
  • Several saw a stronger U.S. dollar holding down inflation.
  • Officials were split on the inflation outlook.
  • Almost all officials expected a labor market overshoot.
  • FED: downside risks included a stronger U.S. dollar and weakness abroad.
  • Need improved confidence could boost investment.
  • Housing market data signaled firmer residential investments.
  • Sighted continued moderate consumers spending gains.
  • Noted that businesses are more optimistic on their outlooks.
  • Fed officials saw rising communication challenge on the rate path.

 

Tony’s Take: Deep Dive Into Rates – Expectations vs. Reality

 

  • The FOMC’s Minutes were not as hawkish as the market perceived the FOMC to be on Fed day (December 14th).
  • The roughly half of FOMC Members that took fiscal policy into account prior to its being introduced must have expressed the more optimistic view in their Dots and not their forecasts for growth, employment and inflation. The economic forecasts were very little changed in December from September.
  • One critical factor is the market has not focused enough on is that the 2017 FOMC will not be nearly as hawkish as the 2016 FOMC was. The biggest hawk on the 2017 FOMC is Vice-Chair Fischer. I sent out a piece on the 2017 vs. 2016 FOMC yesterday at 11:45 am……oh you missed that? Well my good firned the guy-in-the-corner has been kind enough to re-print it for you below.

 

Take a look …………………..

 

FOMC Voting Line-Up for 2017 from 2016

 

The FOMC takes a dovish turn in 2017 from 2016. A better description for the 2017 might be a less hawkish FOMC than 2016. In 2017 the FOMC will add 2 doves and 2 neutral voters and they will be replacing 1 dove, 2 hawks & 1 neutral. The neutral voter (Bullard) had entered 2016 known as a hawk. 3 of the 4 voters in 2016 that are being replaced in 2017 were dissenters at FOMC Meetings in 2016 and all 3 favored rates hikes when the FOMC remained on hold. In an interesting twist, 3 of the new voters in 2017 are the most recently appointed Regional Fed President’s –  Patrick Harker (Philadelphia/July 1, 2015); Robert Kaplan (Dallas/September 8, 2015) and Neel Kashkari (Minneapolis/January 1, 2016). In 2017 out of the current 10 voting members (currently 2 open Fed Governor seats) there will be 6 doves, 1 hawk & 3 neutral voters. Last year (2016) there was 5 doves, 3 hawks & 2 neutral voters.

Here are the details:

 

New Voters 2017 Dove / Hawk
Charles Evans (Chicago) Very Dovish
Patrick Harker (Philadelphia) Neutral (possible hawkish lean)
Robert Kaplan (Dallas) Neutral
Neel Kashkari (Minneapolis) Dove

 

New Voters 2017 Dove / Hawk
James Bullard (St. Louis) Neutral (formally hawkish)
Esther George (Kansas City) Very Hawkish (lived up to reputation)
Loretta Mester (Cleveland) Hawk (lived up to reputation)
Eric Rosengren (Boston) Dovish (formally known as very dovish)

 

The 2017 Line-Up
Doves (6): Yellen, Brainard, Tarullo, Dudley, Evans & Kashkari
Hawks (1): Fischer
Neutral (3): Powell, Harker & Kaplan

 

Who the Heck  is Tony Farren?  Well, for Starters…

Interesting stuff isn’t it?  Think twice about the rush to hike folks!  And do yourselves another favor please, when you sign on to Bloomberg tomorrow morning look up Tony Farren and ask him to put you on his disty list. Here’s why I say that – I’ve worked right next to “Rocket” Spinella, Chris Garavante and Tommy Lynette on Danny Napoli’s best-in-class Treasury desk at Mother Merrill back in the day. In fact, that team was so good that Tom Hanks sat next to those guys for a couple days to prep for his role as the Master of the Universe when he starred in Brian De Palma’s “Bonfire of the Vanities.”  I happened to be about 10 feet away sitting on corner desk (go figure) of the IG Corporate Institutional trading desk across from another Wall Street legend Mr. Seth Waugh.  Joe Moglia (net worth $1.2b according to monte Burke’s book) sat behind me in institutional sales.  To this day he’s the best motivator on the planet.  Talk about Wall Street celebs, there’s a lot of them right there.  I was lucky and fortunate enough to be around them.  That’s not to mention syndicate etc.  I know I know……relax, I never cease to amaze people.  Anyway, Hanks wanted to know how the phone screens worked, the mannerisms and language used on a real-time Treasury desk for his role as Sherman McCoy so he picked the best and busiest on the street and so it goes.

Here’s my point – out of all that talent that surrounded me especially on the govie desk, Tony Farren is a sharp and experienced market player ( and an ND grad) and could be right in the mix with those people during “those” times.  He’s here at Mischler and is a foundational part of our UST team not to mention a wealth of knowledge.  Reach out to him and ask him to add you to his disty list. Take what you want and leave the rest. Everything he sends out is great stuff.  You’ll be glad you did.  Heck, the guy makes me look good to.  There’s a reason why I added in his Global Market Re-Cap every night and this evening’s Farren intel is a good example of the great stuff you might be missing out on.  Do it.  That’s right I’m talking to YOU. Just do it. Thanks! RQ. 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • American Airlines Inc. upsized today’s two-part EETC pass through certificates new issue to $536.811m from $404.943m on the Class “AA” tranche and $248.627 from $187.553m on the Class “A” tranche.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 22 IG Corporate-only new issues was 14.45 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to to +128 vs. +130.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +122 vs. 1.23.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +168 vs. +169.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.8b on Tuesday versus $2.5b on Friday and $5.7b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $7.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $42.685b
Low-End Avg. $107.87b 39.57%
Midpoint Avg. $108.41b 39.37%
High-End Avg. $108.96b 39.17%
The Low $80b 53.36%
The High $145b 29.44%

 

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

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
1/02
TUES.
1/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
New Issue Concessions N/A 1.76 bps N/A N/A <0.50> bps 4.26 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps
Oversubscription Rates N/A 2.62x N/A N/A 2.41x 3.68x 3.38x 2.99x
Tenors N/A 7.53 yrs N/A N/A 10.67 yrs 9.21 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs
Tranche Sizes N/A $796mm N/A N/A $708mm $760mm $711mm $929mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
N/A <16.96> bps N/A N/A <17.17> bps <22.24> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

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

 

IG

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
American Airlines Inc. Aa3/AA 3.65% 2/15/2029 536.811 3.875%a 3.70%a (+/-5) 3.65% +120 CITI/CS/DB(a)MS/GS+(p)
American Airlines Inc. A2/A 4.00% 2/15/2029 248.627 4.125% 4.00%a (+/-5) 4.00% +155 CITI/CS/DB(a)MS/GS+(p)
Citigroup Inc. Baa1/A FRN 1/10/2020 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+79 3mL+79 CITI-sole
Citigroup, Inc. Baa1/A 2.45% 1/10/2020 1,500 +110a +100a (+/-2) +98 +98 CITI-sole
Citigroup, Inc. Baa1/A 3.887% 1/10/2028 2,750 +162.5a +145a the # +145 +145 CITI-sole
Credit Suisse Group AG BBB+/A- 3.574% 1/09/2023 1,750 +185a +165 the # +165 +165 CS-sole
Credit Suisse Group AG BBB+/A- 4.282% 1/09/2028 2,250 +205a +185 the # +185 +185 CS-sole
Ford Motor Credit Corp. Baa2/BBB FRN 1/09/2020 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+100 3mL+100 BARC/CACIB/CS/JPM/MIZ
RBC/SMBC
Ford Motor Credit Corp. Baa2/BBB 2.681% 1/09/2020 1,250 +140a +125a (+/-5) +120 +120 BARC/CACIB/CS/JPM/MIZ
RBC/SMBC
Ford Motor Credit Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.81% 1/09/2024 750 +175a +160a (+/-3) +157 +157 BARC/CACIB/CS/JPM/MIZ
RBC/SMBC
Lloyds Banking Group Baa1/A+ 3.00% 1/11/2022 1,500 +130a +115 the # +115 +115 GS/HSBC/LLOYD/MS/WFS
Lloyds Banking Group Baa1/A+ 3.75% 1/11/2027 1,250 +160a +145a (+/-5) +140 +140 GS/HSBC/LLOYD/MS/WFS
National Australia Bank Ltd. Aa2/AA- FRN 1/10/2020 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+59 3mL+59 CITI/MS/NAB/RBC
National Australia Bank Ltd. Aa2/AA- FRN 1/10/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+89 3mL+89 CITI/MS/NAB/RBC
National Australia Bank Ltd. Aa2/AA- 3.50% 1/10/2027 750 +120a +110a (+/-2) +108 +108 CITI/MS/NAB/RBC
National Australia Bank/NY Aa2/AA- 2.25% 1/10/2020 1,000 +90a +80a m(+/-2) +78 +78 CITI/MS/NAB/RBC
National Australia Bank/NY Aa2/AA- 2.80% 1/10/2022 1,000 +100a +90a (+/-2) +90 +90 CITI/MS/NAB/RBC
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- FRN 1/09/2019 400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+26 3mL+26 BNPP/CITI(B&D)JPM/MIZ/TD
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- 1.70% 1/09/2019 850 +60a +52a (+/-2) +50 +50 BNPP/CITI(B&D)JPM/MIZ/TD
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- FRN 1/11/2022 300 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+69 3mL+69 BNPP/CITI(B&D)JPM/MIZ/TD
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- 2.60% 1/11/2022 1,200 +80a +72a (+/-2) +70 +70 BNPP/CITI(B&D)JPM/MIZ/TD
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- 3.20% 1/22/2027 750 +low 90s/+92.5 +82a (+/-2) +80 +80 BNPP/CITI/JPM(B&D)MIZ/TD

           

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Asia Development Bank Aaa/AAA 1.75% 1/10/2020 3,000 MS +8a MS +8a MS +8 +28.05 CITI/GS/JPM/NOM
Asia Development Bank Aaa/AAA 2.,625% 1/12/2027 1,000 MS +38a MS +38 MS +38 +23.75 CITI/GS/JPM/NOM
Bank of Montreal Aaa/AAA 2.50% 1/11/2022 1,750 MS +low/mid 60s
63.75a
MS+60 MS +60 +61.2 BMO/BARC/HSBC/TD

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
IG27 65.669 63.476 <2.193>
HV27 141.03 137.58 <3.45>
VIX 12.85 11.85 <1.00>
S&P 2,258 2,271 13
DOW 19,882 19,942 60
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $22.785 bn DAY: $28.535 bn
WTD: $42.685 bn WTD: $48.435 bn
MTD: $42.685 bn MTD: $48.435 bn
YTD: $42.685 bn YTD: $48.435 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 28th     

     

  • For the week ended December 29th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.620b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $46.95b) and a net inflow of $592.117m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.275b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $923.798m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.261b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $38.770m (2016 YTD inflow of $3.721b).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

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

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 20.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 1/03 1/02 12/30 12/29 12/28 12/27 12/23 12/22 12/21 12/20 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 130 129 128 128 128 129 129 129 129 0 <1> 106
“AAA” 70 71 71 70 70 71 71 72 72 72 0 <2> 50
“AA” 79 80 80 79 79 80 80 80 80 80 0 <1> 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 103 103 103 104 104 0 <1> 81
“BBB” 164 166 164 163 164 164 164 164 165 165 0 <1> 142
IG vs. HY 285 292 292 290 287 282 287 288 290 290 0 <5> 228

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry (more…)

2017 Investment Grade Debt Issuance Outlook: HUGE Start to New Year
January 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.03.17- 2017 Investment Grade Corporate Bond Issuance Off to HUGE Start

11 IG Corporate Issuers priced 25 tranches between them, totaling $19.90 billion; Fortune Co’s Duke Energy, FedEx & John Deere;  Barclays Leads Bank Issuers

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Monumental Day; If Not Quite As Big as The Trojans’ Rose Bowl Win!!

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Barclays PLC $1.5b 30yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard

Duke Energy Florida LLC 2-part 3s/10s FMBs Deal Dashboard

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 28th     

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Here’s what I last wrote in my pre-holiday “QC” dated Thursday, December 15th: “Rest up. Spend time with your families.  Enjoy the holidays, however you celebrate them.  Live, love and laugh because it starts all over again in 19 days on Tuesday, January 3rd.  In between that time fall 3 weekends (6 days), as well as Christmas and New Year’s Day.  My wish is that USC topples PSU in the Granddaddy of them all on Monday, January 2 at 5pm ET on ESPN.  That right there will be the most entertaining of all the Bowl games.  Fight On Trojans!”

So, the question is, “how happy is the guy-in-the-corner? USC’s wins 52-49 in what is perhaps the greatest Rose Bowl ever played.  How ‘bout them Trojans?  Chad Helton……Sam Darnold…….the entire Trojan team.  You gotta be kidding me.  Fight On!  They’re back and so am I from my winter hiatus.  So, let’s get to it!

The IG dollar DCM waited for no one.  I woke up at 4:45am this morning to the sounds of the bankers driving down Weaver Street to either ride in early or to catch the Metro North 4:52 a.m. milk train to Manhattan.  It usually always confirms a busy day on the Street.   Sure enough, it was once again very reliable.  I figured, “what the heck,  I have plenty to catch up on at work,” so I got in early and am glad that I did.  11 IG Corporate issuers priced 25 tranches between them totaling $19.90 billion or 18.50% of the syndicate midpoint average estimate for all of January ($108.41b) – which is historically a busy month. Mischler was very proud to have been actively involved in two deals across three tranches – first serving on Barclays PLC’s 30-year Senior Unsecured Notes new issue and then getting an equally great call from the good folks at Duke Energy Florida LLC to serve on its 3- and 10-year FMBs.  In all, it was a very busy day.  But before we get into those deal drill downs let’s first check out Tony Farren’s Global market re-cap, followed by today’s talking points and  then it’s onto the BACR and DUK new issues.

Welcome back everyone and I hope you all enjoyed the break.  Happy New Year!

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs were red except the 30yr but had an impressive rally during NY hours.
  • Overseas Bonds – Higher inflation & U.K. PMI and supply concerns hammered bonds in the EU.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield since May 2009 (0.99872%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks higher at 3:30pm but well off the session high levels.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia higher, EU entered bull market & FTSE record high close.
  • Economic – ISM manufacturing the best in 2 years with prices paid at the highest level since 2011.
  • Overseas Economic – Manufacturing PMI in China & U.K. improved. Higher CPI in Germany, France & Spain.
  • Currencies – DXY Index traded at strongest level since 2002.
  • Commodities – CRB closed down with energy trading poorly but gold & silver rallied.
  • CDX IG: -1.40 to 66.18
  • CDX HY: -6.62 to 348.00
  • CDX EM: -2.17 to 239.91

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 25 IG Corporate-only new issues was 16.96 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +130 vs. +129.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +123 vs. 1.22.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +122.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +169 vs. +168.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $2.5b on Friday versus $4.1b on Thursday and $2.2b the previous Friday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
1/02-1/06
vs. Current
WTD – $19.90b
January 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $19.90b
Low-End Avg. no poll taken N/A $107.87b 18.45%
Midpoint Avg. no poll taken N/A $108.41b 18.36%
High-End Avg. no poll taken N/A $108.96b 18.26%
The Low no poll taken N/A $80b 24.87%
The High no poll taken N/A $145b 13.72%

 

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

 

  • Across the past ten years, all-in dollar-denominated IG Corporate plus SSA January new issuance averaged $135.00b.
  • Over the past five years, all-in IG January new issuance averaged $143.38b.
  • Over the past three years, all-in IG January issuance has averaged $145.46b.
  • The past three January’s saw IG Corporate only issuance average $108.90b.
  • January SSA issuance has averaged $36.56b across the last three years.

 

January
(Year)
All-in IG Issuance (bn) IG Corps
only (bn)
SSA
only (bn)
2016 169.124 126.984 42.14
2015 115.12 96.35 18.77
2014 152.14 103.36 48.78
2013 153.06 119.06 34.00
2012 127.48 81.14 46.34
2011 149.12 111.89 37.23
2010 110.69 74.80 35.89
2009 155.45 69.23 86.22
2008 144.35 75.74 68.61
2007 73.44 51.14 22.30

*Note: includes TARP/TALF & FDIC insured issuance

 

 

Barclays PLC $1.5b 30yr Senior Unsecured Notes Deal Dashboard

 

Mischler served as an active 1.00% Co-Manager on today’s 30-year tranche of Barclays PLC’s goliath $5 billion 4-part, so this serves as the deal dashboard for the 30-year piece. For my relative value study I looked at the outstanding BACR Senior Unsecured Notes due 8/17/2045 that were T+170 pre-announcement pegging NIC on today’s new 30-year as 20 bps.

 

Investor appetite for the 4-part was simply voracious.  The FRN garnered a $1b book while the 6NC5 And 11NC10 books each hovered at around $4bn.  The 30-year was tops at $4.8b. So a great start of the year for BACR and our IG DCM.

Proceeds from today’s 4-part will be used for general corporate purposes.

 

BACR Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
BACR +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 <20> bps 20 bps 180/178 <10>

 

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

 

BACR  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
BACR $1.5b $4.8b 3.20x

 

Final Pricing – Barclays PLC
BACR $1.5b 4.95% 30yr due 1/20/2047 @ $99.907 to yield 4.956% or T+190

 

Duke Energy Florida LLC 2-part 3s/10s FMBs Deal Dashboard

 

For relative value, Duke Energy Carolinas (Aa2/A) recently brought a 10-year, the DUK 2.95% due 12/01/2026, this past November 14th.  This higher-rated DUK was quoted T+71bp (G+71), versus its T+75 new issue pricing.  Today’s A1/A rated Duke Energy Florida LLC 10-year new issue landed 4 bps back of that, however, it did correspond with the November Carolinas final pricing level. So, looking at it from that angle, concession was flat.  Accounting for a 20 bps 5s/10s curve gets you to +55. Next, factoring in a 10 bps 3s/5s curve lands us at +45 for 3-year fair value inferring a negative 5 bp concession on today’s Duke Florida 3-year.

 

Proceeds will be used to fund capital expenditures for ongoing construction, capital maintenance, to repay $250mm principal of the 5.80% FMBs due 2017 and for general corporate purposes.

 

DUK Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
DUK +55a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 <15> bps <5> 39/38 <1>
DUK +90a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 <15> bps 0 73/71 <2>

 

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

 

DUK  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
DUK $250mm $750mm 3x
DUK $650mm $1.5b 2.31x

 

Final Pricing – Duke Energy Florida LLC
DUK $250mm 1.85% 3yr FMBs due 1/15/2020 @ $99.886 to yield 1.889% or T+40  MWC +7.5

DUK $650mm 3.20% 10yr FMBs due 1/15/2027 @ $99.940 to yield 3.207% or T+75  MWC +15

 

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

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

Here’s a day-by-day recap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates reflecting the last active week of 2016 issuance and the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
12/12
TUES.
12/13
WED.
12/14
TH.
12/15
FR
12/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
New Issue Concessions <1.83> bps N/A N/A 1.50 bps N/A N/A N/A <0.50> bps 4.26 bps 3.53 bps 4.5 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.15x N/A N/A 2.94x N/A N/A N/A 2.41x 3.68x 3.38x 2.99x
Tenors 6 yrs N/A N/A 20 yrs N/A N/A N/A 10.67 yrs 9.21 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs
Tranche Sizes $688mm N/A N/A $750mm N/A N/A N/A $708mm $760mm $711mm $929mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.75> bps N/A N/A <20.00> bps N/A N/A N/A <17.17> bps <22.24> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

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

 

IG

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB FRN 6NC5 750 3mL+equiv 3mL+166a (+/-5) 3mL+162.5 3mL+162.5 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 3.684% 6NC5 1,500 +195a +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 4.337% 11NC10 1,250 +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BARC-sole
Barclays PLC Baa2/BBB 4.95% 1/20/2048 1,500 +210a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BARC-sole
BNP Paribas A1/A+ 3.80% 1/10/2024 1,750 +170-175 +160 the # +160 +160 BNP-sole
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A FRN 1/10/2022 300 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+143 3mL+143 CACIB-sole books
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A 3.375% 1/10/2022 1,000 +165a +145-150 +145 +145 CACIB-sole books
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Credit Agricole SA Baa2/A 4.125% 1/10/2027 1,000 +195a +175-180 +175 +175 CACIB-sole
JLMs: CITI/DB/SG/TD/UNI
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A FRN 1/06/2020 400 3mL+requiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+63 3mL+63 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 2.30% 1/06/2020 1,000 +95a +85a (+/-2) +83 +83 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 2.85% 1/06/2022 850 +105a +95a (+/-2) +93 +93 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Daimler Finance N.A. LLC A3/A 3.45% 1/06/2027 750 +120a +105 the # +105 +105 BAML/COBA/JPM/MIZ
Duke Energy Florida LLC A1/A 1.85% 1/15/2020 250 +55a +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 BAML/SCOT/TD/UBS/WFS
Duke Energy Florida LLC A1/A 3.20% 1/15/2027 650 +90a +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 BAML/SCOT/TD/UBS/WFS
FedEx Corporation Baa2/BBB 3.30% 3/15/2027 450 +110-115 +95a (+/-5) +90a +90 RF/SCOT/STRH/WFS
FedEx Corporation Baa2/BBB 4.40% 1/15/2047 750 +160-165 +145a (+/-5) +140a +140 RF/SCOT/STRH/WFS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A FRN 10/15/2018 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+27 3mL+27 BAML/CITI/GS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A 1.65% 10/15/2018 350 +65a +50a +47 +47 BAML/CITI/GS
John Deere Capital Corp. A2/A 2.65% 1/06/2022 400 +85a +75a (+/-3) +72 +72 BAML/CITI/GS
Principal Life Glbl. Fdg. II A1/A+ 2.15% 1/10/2020 500 +low 80s/+82.5 +75a (+/-3) +72 +72 BARC/CS/DB
Rabobank Nederland NY Aa2/A+ FRN 1/10/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+83 3mL+83 CS/GS/JPM/RBC
Rabobank Nederland NY Aa2/A+ 2.75% 1/10/2022 1,000 +100a +87.5a (+/-2.5) +85 +85 CS/GS/JPM/RBC
Santander UK Grp. Hldgs. Baa1/A 3.571% 1/10/2023 1,000 +185a +165a (+/-2) +163 +163 BAML/DB/GS/SANT/WFS
Westpac Banking Corp. Aa2/AA- FRN 1/11/2017 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+85 3mL+85 BAML/HSBC
Westpac Banking Corp. Aa2/AA- 2.80% 1/11/2017 1,250 +105a +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BAML/HSBC

           

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
IG27 67.585 65.669 <1.916>
HV27 144.05 141.03 <3.02>
VIX 14.04 12.85 <1.19>
S&P 2,239 2.258 19
DOW 19,763 19,882 119
 

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Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $19.90 bn DAY: $19.90 bn
WTD: $19.90 bn WTD: $19.90 bn
MTD: $19.90 bn MTD: $19.90 bn
YTD: $19.90 bn YTD: $19.90 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 28th     

     

  • For the week ended December 29th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $80.9m from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $43.710b) and a net inflow of $3.75b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $10.723b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.504b into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $3.826b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $776.74m (2016 YTD inflow of $3.961b).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

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

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 20.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 1/03 1/02 12/30 12/29 12/28 12/27 12/23 12/22 12/21 12/20 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 130 129 128 128 128 129 129 129 129 <2> <1> 106
“AAA” 70 71 71 70 70 71 71 72 72 72 <1> <2> 50
“AA” 79 80 80 79 79 80 80 80 80 80 <1> <1> 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 103 103 103 104 104 <1> <1> 81
“BBB” 164 166 164 163 164 164 164 164 165 165 <2> <1> 142
IG vs. HY 285 292 292 290 287 282 287 288 290 290 <7> <5> 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 26.21 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

INDUSTRY 1/03 1/02 12/30 12/29 12/28 12/27 12/23 12/22 12/21 12/20 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 119 121 118 118 118 119 119 119 119 119 <2> 0 67
Banking 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 121 121 121 0 <1> 98
Basic Industry 168 170 167 166 166 165 166 166 166 166 <2> +2 143
Cap Goods 97 98 97 96 96 96 96 96 97 97 <1> 0 84
Cons. Prod. 105 106 106 105 105 106 106 106 106 106 <1> <1> 85
Energy 161 163 160 160 160 160 161 160 161 161 <2> 0 133
Financials 151 152 151 151 150 149 150 150 151 150 <1> +1 97
Healthcare 113 114 114 113 114 114 114 114 115 115 <1> <2> 83
Industrials 130 130 130 129 130 130 130 130 131 131 0 <1> 109
Insurance 141 143 142 141 141 141 141 141 142 141 <2> 0 120
Leisure 134 132 130 129 129 131 132 132 132 134 +2 0 115
Media 153 155 154 154 154 154 155 155 155 156 <2> <3> 113
Real Estate 141 143 141 140 141 141 141 141 141 141 <2> 0 112
Retail 108 109 109 108 109 109 109 109 110 110 <1> <2> 92
Services 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 124 124 123 0 0 120
Technology 102 105 103 102 104 104 104 105 105 106 <3> <4> 76
Telecom 158 159 159 159 159 159 160 160 161 161 <1> <3> 122
Transportation 127 128 128 127 127 127 127 127 128 128 <1> <1> 109
Utility 129 130 130 129 129 129 129 129 129 130 <1> <1> 104

                                  

New Issue Pipeline

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Mischler Muni Market Outlook; Pending Deals Week of 01-03-17
January 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Municipal Debt Market Outlook for the week commencing 01.03.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on selected municipal bond offerings for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s muni bond activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

This week volume is expected to be $3.0 billion. The negotiated market is led by $570.0 million for the Board of Regents, Texas State University System. The competitive market has no sales in excess of $100 million except for $375.0 million TRAN’s for the State of Colorado on Thursday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $500 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, new companies via IPO, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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