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Muni Bond Issuance Scheduled-Week of July 31 2017 via Mischler Financial Group
July 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni Market Market Update for the week of 07-31-17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending muni bond issuance scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $4.2 billion. This week volume is expected to be $7.2 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.1 billion senior and subordinate bonds for the Bay Area Toll Authority, California. The competitive market is led by $388.9 million tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds for Portland Public School District #1J, Oregon on Thursday. Commonwealth of Massachusetts is selling $1.5 billion GO RANs at competitive sale on Wednesday.

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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Since 2014 alone, Mischler Financial Group Inc.’s  presence across the primary Debt Capital Markets space has included underwriting roles in which Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Equities Markets: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Peruzzi’s Perch
July 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 07.28.17  As Bull Market Seems Long in Tooth, Equities Markets Institutional Investors Ponder : Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Watching the equities markets this week, one can’t help but think of the song from The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go.  Earnings, economic data, Fed speak and cash flows all signal a market that has inflation under control and is growing a moderate pace.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

We have been seeing a decent amount of shorts being squeezed and retail investors, who have been on the sidelines, are putting more money to work as they try to “catch up”. These points, as well as an S&P P/E ratio of 21.4 tend to be overbought signals and bears will try to make sell arguments. Given all this, it is still difficult to sell this market as low rates, low inflation and low oil prices ($50 oil) look to be with us for a while. While investors are starting to be cautious, we really don’t see any market correction event on the horizon. Friday’s inline 2Q GDP data further confirmed this.

The week in review saw in-line existing home sales on Monday, dovish Fed comments and no rate hike [as expected] on Wednesday, and decent Earning growth on a heavy earnings Thursday. In fact, looking at the S&P 500 earnings scorecard, it shows 10.7% earnings growth on 4.9% rise in revenues. London dealers also announced the 50-year old borrowing benchmark LIBOR will be replaced by 2021. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos passed Bill Gates as the world’s richest person. The transformation of the retail industry continues and the value of an Amazon distribution can make a huge difference as we have seen recent life lines thrown to Whole Foods and Sears.  But, even Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) proved they are not invincible after issuing a profit warning on Friday.  Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR) continues to be an enigma as the firm announced its first every decline in quarterly revenues and the stock closed below its 200 day moving average on Thursday. The S&P 500, NASDAQ and Dow Industrials hit all-time highs on Wednesday. Thursday started out well but some mid-day profit taking turned the day into a reversal day. Tobacco stocks were burned down on Friday after U.S. regulators proposed cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes. U.S dollar continues to be weak, as the U.S dollar index hit its lowest levels since April 2016.

Looking ahead to next week, the Washington soap opera will be front and center. Thursday night the Senate failed to overturn the Affordable Care Act, causing many to question the ability of the Trump agenda to move forward. Also not helping the case is the continued White House staff infighting and personnel turnover as former Wall Streeter Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci became Trump’s latest “senior communications director”.

Monday should be a quiet month end as July often is. Also due: June pending home sales on Monday, July ISM data on Tuesday, Factory orders and durable goods on Thursday and July employment payrolls data on Friday. 113 companies will report earnings next week, with the bulk doing so after the market closes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Investors will be best served by being cautious, as some strategist are calling the markets “expensive”, “overbought” and/or “ready for a correction.” Notwithstanding the market naysers, the data is showing us continued growth and low volatility and inflation. Although we are late in the bull’s run, we continue to see opportunities in sector rotation, as well as in old fashion stock picking. See Twitter up 3.37% YTD while Facebook is up 50.42% YTD.

The take-away? Be cautious, wear your sunscreen so you don’t get burnt, and add the Clash to your playlist.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch July 28, 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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ATT Mobilizes Investment Grade Corporate Debt Market w Mega Deal
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.27.17- AT&T Mobilizes Corporate Debt Market Issuance w $22.5bil 7-part deal

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Thursday July 27, 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.
Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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 July 19th              

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – AT&T Prints $22.5b 7-Part –  3rd Largest Deal in IG Dollar DCM History!

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Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 4 issuers pricing 11 tranches between them totaling $26.00b.  The SSA space wisely stood down. Clearly, the day was all about AT&T’s mega $22.5bn 7-part SEC registered Senior Global Notes new issue.  The transaction ranks as the third largest in history behind only Verizon Communication’s $49b deal on 9/11/2013 and Anheuser Busch InBev’s $46bn 1/13/2016.  The deal is also the largest of this very prolific year-to-date thus far.  What’s more, AT&T also pushed us over the $1 trillion mark for all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance YTD.  AT&T (A-/BBB+) agreed to buy Time Warner (Baa2/BBB+) for $85.4b.  This follows Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal and Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo. Both AT&T and Time Warner boards approved the deal that now has to overcome a few regulatory hurdles.  AT&T hopes to complete the transaction by the end of 2017.  To finance the half cash, half stock deal involved AT&T taking on $40b in bridge loans prior to today’s announced deal.

 

The DJIA closed at another all-time high at 21,796 up 85 points.

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 151.38% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $36.30b vs. $23.98b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 135.00% of the syndicate forecast for July or $113.94b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 4 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 11 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <19.14> bps.
  • The average spreads across 3 of the 19 industry sectors tied their post-Crisis lows.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +108.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +103.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +151 vs. +150.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.4b on Wednesday versus $19.2b on Tuesday and $19.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.5b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – 3rd losing session out of 4 this week. 30yr lagged on the curve again
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s, Bunds & Gilts closed with gains.
  • Stocks – In the morning reached all-time highs but then sold off in the afternoon.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with gains. Europe had more red than green.
  • Economic – U.S. data had more good than bad. First look at Q2 GDP tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – Light calendar today but that will not be the case tomorrow.
  • Currencies – USD started weak overnight but traded with a bid during NY hours.
  • Commodities – Another good day for the commodities market despite the better USD.
  • CDX IG: +0.94 to 57.45
  • CDX HY: +2.95 to 321.11
  • CDX EM: +0.79 to 192.70

*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; U.S. sanctions select Chinese banks and  individuals to influence PRC pressure on North Korea; 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.
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.
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.

·    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.

·    Venezuela – low 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?; “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 July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/24-7/28
vs. Current
WTD – $36.30b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $113.94b
Low-End Avg. $23.52b 154.34% $83.87b 135.85%
Midpoint Avg. $23.98b 151.38% $84.40b 135.00%
High-End Avg. $24.71b 146.90% $84.92b 134.17%
The Low $15b 242.00% $70b 162.77%
The High $40b 90.75% $111b 102.65%

 

AT&T Corp. $22.5b 7-Part Deal Dashboard

Mischler was once again proud and honored to serve as an active Co-Manager on today’s behemoth AT&T 7-part.

 

Today’s 7 tranches posted a cumulative average spread contraction of <18.43> bps through price evolution or from IPTs to the launch and final pricing.

Here’s a look at how it all evolved:

 

ATT Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
5.5yr FRN 3mL+113a 3mL+94a (+/-5) 3mL+89 3mL+89 <24> bps 15
5.5 yr FXD +125a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100 <25> bps 15
7yr FXD +150a +135a (+/-5) +130 +130 <20> bps 12
10yr FXD +175a +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 <15> bps 9
20yr FXD +215a +205a (+/-5) +200 +200 <15> bps 1
32.5yr FXD +240a +230a (+/-5) +225 +225 <15> bps <7>
41yr FXD +255a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 <15> bps <7>

 

..here’s a look at final book sizes and over-subscription rates that amounted to $58.5b for an overall bid-to-cover rate of 2.60x:

 

AT&T Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
5.5yr FRN $750mm $3.2bn 4.27x
5.5yr FXD $1.75bn $5.8bn 3.31x
7yr FXD $3bn $8.3bn 2.77x
10yr FXD $5bn $12.4bn 2.48x
20yr FXD $4.5b $10.4bn 2.31x
32.5yr FXD $5b $11.1bn 2.22x
41yr FXD $2.5b $7.3bn 2.92x

 

A Look at How AT&T Supports Our Veterans

 

First, let’s make it clear to everyone that AT&T understands that members of the military and their families make great sacrifices for our great nation and often confront unique challenges during periods of deployment and throughout their return to civilian life. AT&T understands that corporations have an important role to play in supporting our veterans.  So, for nearly 100 years – that’s right – a century – AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting military personnel, veterans and their families.  Our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. AT&T understands that is their honor to support them at home and abroad.  Moreover, military veterans possess the skills and experience it needs to succeed as a company and knows they are an invaluable part of its work force.  For that all of us here at Mischler Financial send out a five-star salute to AT&T from the top down and especially today to the entirety of its Treasury/Funding team that carved out another memorable place in our IG dollar Debt Capital Markets history with today’s $22.5 billion seven-part transaction.

Some of the Ways that AT&T Supports Our Nation’s Veterans –

 

Recruiting and Hiring Military Veterans

AT&T integrated veteran recruitment into its business practices for years. The Company focuses on recruiting veterans not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good for its business. In the past few years, AT&T enhanced its military recruitment programs by increasing their promotion of AT&T as an employer of choice within the veteran community. That includes maintaining a Military Talent Attraction Program Manager to inform the military about AT&T and educate AT&T managers about the military.

Online Tools and Resources

AT&T understands that the job search and application process at large companies can be challenging for anyone — and even more so for veterans. Therefore, it created online tools, resources and checkpoints to optimize success through its recruitment process, such as:

  • A military-focused career site: att.jobs/military
  • A Military Skills Translator Tool that allows veterans to use their current Military Occupation Code or Military Occupation Specialty to identify civilian jobs at AT&T that may be a good fit for them: http://att-veterans.jobs/
  • The Careers for Veterans program, which is designed to support veterans moving into civilian life by providing career advice and insight on AT&T jobs: http://veterans.att.jobs
  • An AT&T Military Timeline to help guide veterans step-by-step through their transition to the civilian/corporate workforce
  • A career page for military spouses highlighting work locations that provides portable, flexible jobs: att.jobs/milspouse

 

Stepping up AT&T’s Hiring Commitment

AT&T actively focuses on recruiting veterans into career paths because the experience and skills gained through military service are an invaluable contribution to its workforce.

In 2013, AT&T announced a commitment to hire 10,000 veterans over the course of the next 5 years. That’s a commitment that was reached in 2015 – well ahead of schedule. In May of 2016, AT&T announced that it would double its original commitment by hiring an additional 10,000 veterans – for a total of 20,000 – by 2020.

AT&T is also a founding member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, launched in 2011 by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and 10 other companies to commit to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, the coalition has grown to more than 230 private-sector companies that represent almost every industry in the U.S. economy. Collectively, members have hired more than 395,261 veterans since 2011.

Once veterans are hired, AT&T helps ensure they have the skills needed to grow their careers and succeed as employees in the ever-evolving technology landscape.

Veteran Employee Resource Group

The AT&T Veterans employee resource group (ERG) was founded in 1983 and now serves more than 10,200 members in 40 chapters across the U.S. It’s an independent organization of AT&T employees and retirees dedicated to serving the veteran and active military community.

The ERG creates an instant community for veterans joining the company and involves them in outreach, philanthropy and volunteer opportunities – including ways to refer fellow veterans for jobs at AT&T. Members of this ERG serve as career ambassadors and represent AT&T at veteran career events.

At AT&T’s 8th annual National ERG Conference in September 2016, the AT&T Veterans-Washington State chapter was recognized for its Operation Santa program, which supports homeless vets and those in VA hospitals and retirement homes during the holidays.

 

2016 AT&T Awards and Recognition’s Include:

 

  • Ranked No. 5 on Diversity Inc’s Top 10 Companies for Veterans list
  • Ranked No. 24 on G.I. Jobs/Victory Media’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list
  • Ranked No. 44 on G.I. Jobs/Victory Media’s Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly Employers list
  • Ranked No. 44 on Military Times’ Best for Veterans Employer list
  • Named to US Veterans magazine’s Best of the Best – Top 10 Veteran-Friendly Companies list
  • Named to US Veterans magazine’s Top 10 Supplier Diversity Programs list

 

AT&T’s Support for Organizations Include:

 

Blue Star Families

AT&T supports veterans and military families through many financial contributions, programs and collaborations with organizations dedicated to service men and women. AT&T supports Blue Star Families at their networking events for military spouses and in their mission to honor and empower military families through no-cost programs available to members nationwide.

Cell Phone for Soldiers
AT&T has a long-standing mission to connect members of our nation’s military with their loved ones back home. Initiated in 2004, and expanded through financial support from AT&T, Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for our service men and women, helping them connect with their families.

Supporting Veteran-Owned Business

Since 1968, the AT&T Global Supplier Diversity organization has connected certified diverse service-disabled veteran-, minority-, women-owned business enterprises with opportunities to provide products and services to AT&T around the world. AT&T is committed to working with veteran-owned suppliers through its mentoring programs.

 

AT&T Scholarship Programs
In 2016, AT&T continued to offer executive-level scholarships to diverse suppliers, including veterans, as part of its commitment to provide educational support to diverse-owned businesses. Five scholarships were awarded nationally to diverse-owned business representatives to attend an executive training class.  Classes were offered through the following programs:

  • The Advance Management Education Program (provided by National Minority Supplier Development Council)
  • Building a High Performing Minority Business Program (provided by Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • Tuck-WBENC Executive Program (provided by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council)

 

The AT&T Business Growth Acceleration Program
The AT&T Business Growth Acceleration Program provides mentorship to a select group of qualified business leaders, including veterans. The program focuses on improving participants’ business operations and enhancing their abilities to win corporate contracts. The practical, hands-on learning approach enables each participant to immediately apply concepts learned to their individual business challenges. During 2016, the program was led by the John F. Kennedy Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and there were 12 graduates from this AT&T-sponsored JFK University Business Growth Acceleration Program.

Additionally,

  • Through the full year ending 2016, AT&T’s spend with service disabled veteran-, veteran-, minority and women-owned business enterprises firms, among others, was $14.2bn.
  • AT&T’s percent of total spend with service disabled veteran-, veteran-, minority and women-owned business enterprises is 83%.

That is a great story about some of the wonderful things Corporate America’s AT&T is doing for our veterans. It’s a story that needs to be told to Main Street U.S.A. I’ll always do my part to get Corporate America’s story out there.  The next deal could by YOUR deal and YOUR story. Today, however, belonged to AT&T. Thank you AT&T from the top down. Thank you also to JPM, BAML, GS, Mizuho and MUFG Syndicate for working with us today.

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

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BAML Leads $11.8b Day for Investment Grade Issuance-Mischler DCM Comment
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.18.17  -Today’s Investment Grade Issuance: BAML Takes Top Spot in Day’s $11.8b Investment Grade New Issue Activity

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday July 18, 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.
Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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 July 12th              

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 4 issuers pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $11.80b.  The SSA space added 1 well-telegraphed issue in the form of the Kingdom of Sweden’s $2.75b 2-year thereby bringing the all-in IG day totals to 5 issuers, 10 tranches and $62.89b.  CDX IG reached another new tight today closing at 57.349 contracting  <0.128>.

Bank of America posted Q2 earnings early this morning beating on EPS ($0.46 vs. $0.43) and revenues ($22.829b vs. $21.781b) and fixed income trading ($2.254b vs. $2.22b) although net interest income was off ($11b vs. $11.34b).  Our nation’s second largest bank as measured by AUM, wasted no time in capitalizing on the overall positive earnings by announcing a mega $7.00b 4-part.  As I wrote here in last Thursday’s “QC” in reviewing Bank of America’s Q3 Outlook call as told by Kevin Barthelmes of BAC Syndicate, “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.” Lo and behold mid-morning today BAC announced a 4nc3 FRN, a 4nc3 fixed-to-FRN, a 6nc5 and 11nc10.  So, there really is good stuff here in the “QC” folks.

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 105.68% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $30.35b vs. $28.72b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 74.51% of the syndicate forecast for July or $62.89b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 8 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • DBS Group Holdings Ltd., dropped the 5yr fixed rate tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 5yr FXD/FRN securing sufficient 5yr funding in the FRN tranche.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <16.44> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +110 vs. +111.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • The average spreads across 5 of the 19 major industry sectors tied post-Crisis lows today with a sixth setting a new low. That’s 31.5% of the sectors.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.05.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +153 vs. +154.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.8b on Monday versus $11.2b on Friday and $14.0b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.1b. 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Rally led by the 10yr on low inflation & political chaos in the U.S.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s improved except the 2yr. Back-to-back rallies in Europe.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since March 2009 (1.30694%).
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – China & HK higher. Japan lower. Poor session in Europe.
  • Economic – Import price index MoM was negative for the 3rd time in 4 months.
  • Overseas Economic – China good & Japan bad. EU ZEW’s down. U.K. CPI lower.
  • Currencies – A BAD & I mean B-A-D day for the USD. FX’s markets were on the move.
  • Commodities – took advantage of the weaker USD.
  • CDX IG: -0.10 to 57.38
  • CDX HY: +0.68 to 323.09
  • CDX EM: -0.13 to 195.13

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

·          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. 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.

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

·          Venezuela – low 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; “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 July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/17-7/21
vs. Current
WTD – $30.35b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $62.89b
Low-End Avg. $27.78b 109.25% $83.87b 74.99%
Midpoint Avg. $28.72b 105.68% $84.40b 74.51%
High-End Avg. $29.66b 102.33% $84.92b 74.06%
The Low $20b 151.75% $70b 89.84%
The High $36b 84.30% $111b 56.66%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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Center Stage for Bonds w No U.S. Rate Hike In View; Q2 Earnings Take Center Stage
July 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 07.14.17 – Equities: Slow and Steady Winning the Race, Now Its Center Stage for Bonds

Traders and investors return from a holiday shorten week on Monday with the same resolve: not willing to outright sell and not looking to make large bets. As a result, U.S and global markets resumed their slow, steady and non-volatile rise to new records.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The MSCI all country world index closed Thursday at an all-time high. Thursday’s June PPI data was largely in line. An Ex Food and Energy reading of 1.9% YoY provides little argument for inflation driven higher rates. These reading seemed to be confirmed with Friday’s June CPI reading. Inflation seems to be contained, and as much as the Fed would like to raise rates, there is little evidence to support that notion right now. As a result, probability of a July 26th rate hike is now 0% and September 20th probability dropped to 10.1%.

June retail sales looked week dropping .2% MoM. Maybe next month we will see a rebound off of Amazon prime day. The VIX index started the week above 11, but will finish the week below 10.  The Dow index set new record highs on Thursday and pushed fresh highs on Friday, S&P 500 and NASDAQ comp are knocking on the door to new highs as well. Stocks across the globe traded higher Thursday after Fed chair Janet Yellen struck a slightly less hawkish tone than expected, emphasizing her concerns about low inflation. During her testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen urged Congress to take into account the growth trajectory of the federal debt when making decisions about spending and taxation.  As an added bonus,  President Trump visited France for Bastille Day and actually made comments that sounded as though he was moving toward a friendlier relation with our European allies.

Finance and banking stocks tried to put a damper on the party as JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup lowered their outlook for loan growth for the second half of the year. The KBW bank index fell the most in 2 months on Friday.  Q2 earnings season began and will be in full swing next week. Elsewhere in Washington, Mitch McConnell’s latest heath care draft looks as though it will need more work in order to gain republican support. All said, investors seem to be focusing less on the markets and more on summer plans as they enter a mood of nervous content.

Next week Q2 earnings will be in full swing, with 335 U.S firms due to report. Economically, we have July Empire manufacturing on Monday, June import and export price index on Tuesday, June housing starts on Wednesday and Philadelphia Fed and leading indicators on Thursday. It is a light week for Fed speakers, as they enter a quiet period ahead of July 26th FOMC meeting. So,  outside of any political bombshells, earnings will dominate the headlines next week.

Oil has spent most of July trading in a very narrow $45 to $47 trading range. We will continue to monitor inventory and production data through the week,  but many analysts feel that we are in for a long term run of $42 oil.

Bonds are creeping back in favor with the low inflation readings, and that is worth watching next week. The U.S 10 year yield fell to 2.277% on Friday. Bond traders will be watching the European Central Bank’s policy decision on Thursday as many traders have initiated a large strangle trade that is set to expire on Friday July 21.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

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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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Day’s IG Corporate Debt Issuance Leaderboard: Deutsche Bank
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.10.17 – Break in “Summer Slowdown”; IG Issuers Are Back, Deutsche Bank Grabs Day’s #1 Spot Corporate Debt Issuance  

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap

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

 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Following today’s 9 IG Corporate issuers announcing 17 tranches between them totaling $11.99b some actually proffered, “What summer slowdown?”  Today was a welcome return of robust activity for our dollar IG DCM. With the six-pack U.S. banks set to begin releasing Q2 earnings this Friday with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo up to bat first, it can’t come soon enough.  Next Tuesday, July 18th BAML and GS follow and MS announces on Wednesday, July 19th.  Mischler Financial is proud to announce that it served as a Co-Manager on today’s two-part $2.25b 3-year FXD/FRN for Deutsche Bank/NY Branch. So, without further ado, of all today’s IG issuance Deutsche Bank/New York branch is the Deal….of….the….Day!

We just completed four weeks that finished as the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th ranked slowest weeks of the year.  It’s been that slow for issuance, despite credit spreads grinding tighter and tighter.  The average Banking sector issue reached an average spread of T+98 which matches it’s post Crisis low; the Insurance sector also tied its PC low at +120 while both the Leisure and Services sectors set new PC tights at +112 and +109 respectively.  One year ago today the top four IG asset classes were an average +43.75 bps from their post Crisis lows. This morning they are a mere 7 bps from their PC tights or +36.75 bps tighter.  Looking across the major 19 IG sectors, a year ago today they were an average +55.84 bps from their PC tights while this morning they are now only 10.84 bps away or <45> bps tighter as a group.  Those are a pair of very dramatic statistics. There are currently 14 new issues in the credit pipeline split 12 to 2 insofar as Yankee vs. SSA.

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

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 65.70% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.99b vs. $18.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 21.02% of the syndicate forecast for June or $17.74b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 14 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • IHS Markit Ltd. upsized today’s tap of its outstanding 4.75% 144a/REGS Senior Notes due 2/15/2025 to $300mm from $250mm at pricing. The total outstanding amount is now $800mm
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <17.36> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +112 vs. +113.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.07.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +154 vs. +155.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.5b on Friday versus $17.5b on Thursday and $12.6b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.3b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Better bid led by the 7yr on a quiet day.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down except the 30yr. European bonds finally had a good day.
  • Stocks – Better bid lead by the NASDAQ heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed mixed. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – Not a factor today.
  • Overseas Economic – China inflation unchanged. Japan mixed. Europe non-event.
  • Currencies – The USD was little changed vs. the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Traded well during NY trading hours.
  • CDX IG: -0.03 to 61.61
  • CDX HY: -1.69 to 341.25
  • CDX EM: -4.25 to 201.53

*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 so-called “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/ Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

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

·          Closing in on ISIS is very problematic as it is scatterring 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 and sights on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/10-7/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.99b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $17.74b
Low-End Avg. $17.83b 67.25% $83.87b 21.15%
Midpoint Avg. $18.25b 65.70% $84.40b 21.02%
High-End Avg. $18.67b 64.22% $84.92b 20.89%
The Low $15b 79.93% $70b 25.34%
The High $28b 42.82% $111b 15.98%

 

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Mischler Municipal Bond Market Update, Pending Muni Deals Week of July 10
July 2017      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond Market Returns to Full Week Schedule; $9.3bil in scheduled Muni Debt Offerings

Mischler Municipal Bond Market Update for the week of 07-10-17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending muni debt deals scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $0.3 billion. This week volume is expected to be $9.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.0 billion Building Aid Revenue Bonds for New York City Transitional Finance Authority, NY. The competitive market is led by $202.5 million for Lewisville Independent School District,Texas.

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 Mischler Financial Group Inc.’s  presence across the primary Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Calling All US Corporate Bond Issuers-Are You There?
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.07.17 – IG Fixed Income Syndicate Suffers from a Summer Slowdown…Calling All US Corporate Bond Issuers…Are You There?

Wall Street Syndicate desks Face Groundhog Day Dilemma as Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuers Stand Down..For the Moment..

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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

Upcoming Calendar

Nothing priced today in our IG dollar DCM wrapping up what is the slowest week of 2017. In fact, the primary markets are in the doldrums. Over the past four weeks, issuance represents the #1, #3, #4 and #6-ranked slowest weeks YTD. I think I’d have to go all the way back to the throes of the EU sovereign debt crisis to recall a less active period.  It’s all about the big FIGs that begin releasing their Q2 earnings next Friday, July 14th with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo followed by Tuesday, July 14th when BAML and GS are up concluding with MS on Wednesday, the 19th.  Until then there are currently 11 items in the IG new issue pipeline, 10 of which are Yankees.

So, without further ado, please skim thru the uneventful market wraps below prior to reading what the “Best and the Brightest” have to say about next week’s IG Corporate issuance expectations.  The respondents to today’s “QC” survey posted a midpoint average estimate of $18.25b in new IG Corporate supply for next week. The following week we should start to see things pick up a bit.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 89.29% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.75b vs. $6.44b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 84.40% of the syndicate forecast for June or $7.25b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 11 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +113 vs. +114.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.07 vs. 1.08.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +155 vs. +156.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.5b on Thursday versus $13.7b on Wednesday and $17.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.5b.

 

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. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces; Russia warns that it suspended   cooperation & will track down and shoot coalition planes west of Euphrates. Potential for  escalation between the U.S. & Russia is real. Turkey, Iran, Israel loom large in this scenario.

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

·          GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/ Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

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

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

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

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

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·          Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak and sights on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/03-7/07
vs. Current
WTD – $5.75b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $7.25b
Low-End Avg. $5.71b 100.70% $83.87b 8.64%
Midpoint Avg. $6.44b 89.29% $84.40b 8.59%
High-End Avg. $7.17b 80.20% $84.92b 8.54%
The Low $0.0b N/A $70b 10.36%
The High $15b 38.22% $111b 6.53%

 

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

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!  21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  22 are in the top 26 of that same table. The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.49% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” yesterday morning and updated to reflect this morning’s levels, was framed as follows: 

Entering this morning’s session, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total fell over 10% shy of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.75b vs. $6.44b.
  • MTD we priced only 8.5% of the syndicate projection for June IG Corporates or $7.25b vs. $84.40b.
  • As of today, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $727.307b vs. $722.141b on July 6th, 2016 or 0.71% more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $895.292b vs $932.44b on July 6th, 2016 or 4.15% more than the year ago total.

 Entering this morning’s Thursday session, here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 4 IG Corporate-only deals that priced: 

o   NICS:  2.25 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.38x

o   Tenors: 12.50 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $1,437mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <20.50> bps


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

  • Average NICs widened 2.49 bps to an average 2.25 bps vs. <0.24> bps across this week’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased 0.91 x to 2.38x vs. 3.29x. 
  • Average tenors extended 3.07 years to 12.50 years vs. 9.43 years.
  • Tranche sizes blew way out by $910mm to $1,437mm vs.$527mm thanks to this week’s skewed numbers based on only two IG corporate transactions.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by <3.15> bps to <20.50> vs. <17.35> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 2 bps to +155 vs. +157.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 2 bps to 1.07 vs. 1.09. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to +113 vs. +115. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened <2.00> bps to 7.50 bps vs. 9.50 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened <1.48> bps to 11.63 vs. 13.11 bps also as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the scant 5 deals that printed yesterday and this entire week for that matter, all tightened versus NIP for a 100.00% improvement rate.
  • For the week ended July 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.535b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $69.194b) and a net outflow of $1.155b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $7.721b).

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

  • IG Corps: $5.75b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $7.25b 

The G-20 kicked off.  Trump attempted to sound Reagan-esque yesterday in Poland.  The big showdown between Trump and Putin takes place later today.  Our First Lady remains stuck in her Hamburg hotel due to security risks as over 100 German police are injured in rioting by protestors. North Korea brings an ICBM to its take-off pad aboard a Chinese military transport carrier and subsequently successfully launches it.  NOKO’s range missiles can now reach Anchorage Alaska and Honolulu.  An EMP or electromagnetic pulse (explosion from over 8,000 feet in the air) would knock out all power in Seoul and its 10 million people. Accuracy not applicable.  China has done nothing to help the situation.  NFP, this morning, came in 44k above forecasts (222k vs. 178k) yet wage growth missed again. Both the Employment and Underemployment Rates edged up 1/10 and 2/20 of 1% to 4.4% and 8.6% respectively. The CT10-year is currently yielding 2.377% and the 5s/30s differential is +98.9 bps. We posted the slowest week for issuance of the year and the past four weeks of IG dollar issuance rank as #1, #3, #4 and #6 YTD – a terrible run in what I’ve extolled here would be a long…..hot…..summer.  Next Friday Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo announce Q2 earnings. BAML and GS follow on Tuesday July 18th and Morgan Stanley is on Wednesday July 19th.  They can’t come soon enough to lead a new charge for our IG DCM.

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

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

……..……and here are their formidable responses:

 

 

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Mischler Muni Market Outlook July 3 2017-Holiday Shortened Week
July 2017      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt Offerings For the Holiday-Shortened Week of 07-03-17 via Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending muni debt deals scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $6.0billion. This holiday shortened week volume is expected to shrink to $268.6 million. There are no bond issues over $77 million scheduled in the negotiated or competitive market this week.

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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