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Central Banks and Big Government; Mischler Debt Market Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.27.16: Central Banks and Big Government

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

Uncle Tony on Central Banks and Big Government

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Issuer)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Thursday October 27, 2016 distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest 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 observations is one of three distinctive research content 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 contact Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate via email: rquigley@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone.

 

7 IG Corporate issuers priced 13 tranches between them totaling $8.525b bringing the WTD total to $33.875b or 33% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate calling for $25.48b. What’s more the MTD total is now $102.47b surpassing the October syndicate midpoint average forecast of $88.59b by over 15%. The all-in IG MTD volume is now $149.22b furthering the new all-time October issuance record for IG Corporate plus SSA supply by 20.21%.  The old October all-in record was $124.131b set in 2015.

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – USTs traded poorly & steeper but not nearly as bad as Europe.
  • Stocks – U.S. closed in the red. Europe was mixed & Asia lost ground.
  • Economic – It is not about the data right? It is all about the Central Banks.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – CRB & crude oil improved but crude remained below 50.
  • CDX IG: +0.59 to 75.93
  • CDX HY: +4.67 to 410.68
  • CDX EM: +6.47 to 237.56

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

-Tony Farren

Uncle Tony on Central Banks and Big Government

I have 3 questions for the market:

1) Are short-term or long-term rates more important to growth?

2) Has there ever been a time when higher long-term rates were better for growth than lower-long term rates?

3) Should Central Banks be advocating higher long-term rates when growth & inflation are both below target?

The Central Banks around the world are currently getting a bad rap. Central Banks are getting blamed for the low growth low inflation environment. I may not agree with all the policies of the Central Banks but at least they are trying. Where is the fiscal stimulus? If the market wants to point fingers for the current environment it should be at the governments & not the Central Banks.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. upsized today’s $1,000 par FXD/FRN non-cumulative PerpNC10 preferred, Series “S” to $525mm vs. $500mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was 20.21 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +136 vs. +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +131 vs. +130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +181 vs. +180 vs. +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.9b on Wednesday versus $19.5b Tuesday and $18.1b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $33.875b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $102.47b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 137.65% $87.83b 116.67%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 132.95% $88.59b 115.67%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 128.56% $89.35b 114.68%
The Low $15b 225.83% $75b 136.63%
The High $35b 96.79% $125b 81.98%

 

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 and Sizes

Please note: I always try to find ways to incrementally increase and improve the “QC” value-added proposition.  So, this evening I have added a fifth key primary market driver average to the below daily table.  The new category tracks the daily average spread compression from IPTs to the launch of each day’s IG Corporate and IG-rated preferreds when applicable. I always use that number on calls with issuers, follow-ups and in fact, on my market update calls wherein Mischler has been a joint lead.  Treasury/Funding finds it valuable as do syndicate desks and accounts.  So, there it is – yet another reason to keep reading the “QC.”

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/24
TUES.
10/25
WED.
10/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
New Issue Concessions 2.67 bps 1.75 bps <4.36> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.52x 2.77x 2.13x 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x
Tenors 6.75 yrs 5.71 yrs 5.64 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $985mm $700mm $964mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm $646mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.20> bps <15.79> bps <16.05> 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
Buckeye Partners LP Baa3/BBB- 3.95% 12/01/2026 600 +250a +220a (+/-5) +215 +215 BARC/JPM/STRH/WFS
Equate Petrochemical Co. Baa2/BBB+ 3.00% 3/03/2022 1,000 MS +low 200s
+212.5
MS +212.5a MS +195 +198.8 CITI/HSBC/IMI/JPM/MIZ/MUFG
NBK/SMBC
Equate Petrochemical Co. Baa2/BBB+ 4.25% 11/03/2026 1,250 MS +hi 200s-300
or +293.75
MS +287.5a MS +270 +255.2 CITI/HSBC/IMI/JPM/MIZ/MUFG
NBK/SMBC
PNC Financial Services Baa2/BBB- 5.00% PerpNC10 525 5.125%a 5.00%a (+/-5) 5.00% 3mL+330 CITI/JPM/MS/PNC
Sirius International Group BBB/BBB- 4.60% 11/01/2026 400 +300a +285 the # +285 +285 ABC/BOCOM/CITI/HSBC/HUARONG
HSBC/JPM/SHK/TD
Trinidad Generation BBB/BBB- 5.25% 11/04/2027 600 +400a +375a (+/-12.5) +362.5 +362.5 CS/SCOT
United Technologies A3/A- FRN 11/01/2019 350 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+35 3mL+35 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 1.50% 11/01/2019 650 +70a +55a (+/-5) +50 +50 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 1.95% 11/01/2021 750 +80a +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 2.65% 11/01/2026 1.150 +105a +85a (+/-2) +83 +83 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
United Technologies A3/A- 3.75% 11/01/2046 1.100 +145a +120a (+/-2) +118 +118 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ/MS + 5 (p)
Wake Forest Medical Ctr. A2/A 3.093% 6/01/2026 75 +135a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 GS/MS/WFS
Wake Forest Medical Ctr. A2/A 4.175% 6/01/2046 75 +165a +160a (+/-5) +157.5 +157.5 GS/MS/WFS

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
JBIC A1/A+ 2.00% 11/04/2021 1,000 MS +65a MS +64a MS +63 +65.4 BAML/JPM/MIZ/NOM
JBIC A1/A+ 2.25% 11/04/2026 1,800 MS +67a MS +65a MS +64 +49.6 BAML/JPM/MIZ/NOM
OKB Aa1/AA+ FRN 11/04/2019 600 3mL+17a 3mL +16a 3mL +16 3mL+16 GS/HSBC

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.30 1.31 0.01  
IG27 75.345 76.257 0.912
HV27 162.61 162.38 <0.23>
VIX 14.24 15.36 1.12  
S&P 2,139 2,133 <6>
DOW 18,199 18,169 <30>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $8.525 bn DAY: $11.925 bn
WTD: $33.875 bn WTD: $37.275 bn
MTD: $102.47 bn MTD: $149.22 bn
YTD: $1,166.606 bn YTD: $1,493.84 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

     

  • For the week ended October 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.431b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.086b) and a net outflow of $160m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.119b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $514.8m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.956b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $621.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.333b).

 

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 28.25 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 10/20 10/19 10/18 10/17 10/14 10/13 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 136 135 135 135 135 135 136 137 136 137 +1 <1> 106
“AAA” 80 78 78 77 76 76 76 78 78 79 +2 +1 50
“AA” 84 83 83 83 83 82 83 84 84 84 +1 0 63
“A” 109 108 108 108 108 108 109 109 109 110 +1 <1> 81
“BBB” 176 175 174 175 174 175 176 176 176 177 +1 <1> 142
IG vs. HY 330 325 325 327 327 331 336 339 336 345 +5 <15> 228

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Goldman Sachs Raises the D&I Barbell w 1bil Debt Issuance
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 10.25.16- Goldman Sachs Raises the D&I Barbell

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. $1b 11NC10 FRN Deal Dashboard

Goldman Sachs Diversity Dealer Game Changer

An Open Letter and Offer to Mr. Scott Stringer – New York City Comptroller
New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Issuer)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

6 IG Corporate issuers priced 7 tranches between them totaling $4.90b bringing the WTD total to $14.75b or 60% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate calling for $25.48b.  But today was all about one deal –  a TLAC deal for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.  The deal had much more to do about breaking and shattering new ground for diversity and inclusion.  And you know what?  THAT is the story I’m telling tonight.  Let’s check our various recaps first and then continue scrolling down to another great read from the House of Gold!

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs closed mixed & little changed with a flatter curve.
  • Overseas Bonds – Core Europe were little changed & JGB’s had small gains.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May 2009 (0.88567%).
  • Stocks – U.S. red at 3:30pm. Europe closed red except the FTSE. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – The U.S. data was solid except for consumer confidence (-4.9 points).
  • Overseas Economic – Strong IFO data in Germany but the data in France was weaker.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5. DXY Index reached highs since early February.
  • Commodities – Good day for gold, copper & silver but not for crude oil.
  • CDX IG: +0.75 to 74.52
  • CDX HY: +2.97 to 400.24
  • CDX EM: -1.13 to 231.09

*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 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.79 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +_130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14b on Monday versus $12b Friday and $13.9b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $14.75b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $83.345b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 59.93% $87.83b 94.89%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 57.89% $88.59b 94.08%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 55.98% $89.35b 93.28%
The Low $15b 98.33% $75b 111.13%
The High $35b 42.14% $125b 66.68%

 

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. $1b 11NC10 FRN Deal Dashboard

 

GS Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
11NC10 FRNs 3mL+180a 3mL+175 # 3mL+175 3mL+175 <5> +5 3mL+176/174 +1

Here’s a look at the relative value analysis to derive NIC on today’s GS 11NC10 FRNs.

  • The outstanding GS 10yr was G+144 pre-announcement this morning.
  • Add 5 bps for the 10s/11s curve = G+149
  • Add in 16 bps for 10yr mid swaps = G+165
  • Interpolating 10yr m/s to 11yr m/s = 5 bps or G+170 to get an 11yr bullet equivalent.
  • NIC = 5 bps.

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

 

GS  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
11NC10 FRNs $1b $2.7b 2.7x

 

Goldman Sachs Final Pricing
GS $1b 11NC10 FRNs due 10/28/2026 @ $100.00 or 3mL+175

goldman sachs-diversity-D&I

Goldman Sachs Diversity Dealer Game Changer: It’s All About Capability & Distribution
What Goldman Sachs did today was something they tried about 18 months ago.  They were experimenting then and carried thru today with the single most formidable ratcheting up of meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives that I have ever seen before in this space.  What they did, and as I wrote in this morning’s very early deal announcement at 7:47 am ET, was to encourage strong participation among today’s 12 diversity co-managers on their $1bil 11NC10 FRNs.  It was Goldman’s most inclusive transaction.  Everyone started from the same playing field upon today’s announcement. The built-in ‘incentive’ was where the pedal meets the metal so to speak by “rewarding unique orders in addition to each firm’s underwriting liability.” In Mischler’s case, that was 0.5%.  It was all completely about distribution. What that did was send a signal to diversity firms to ratchet up their game and prove their capabilities by delivering on each of their respective promises to provide meaningful incremental/tertiary tier II and III HIGH QUALITY distribution.  These are the true value add elements that separate the wheat from the chaff.

Let me explain the above: Irrespective of industry, and notwithstanding cultural and/or corporate guidelines designed to embrace and advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives with regard to internal hiring, strategic engagements and/or outsourcing, the fact is Goldman “gets the joke.” Based on my own lengthy tenure on Wall Street, it is clear to me, if not most that GS’s goal is not to simply “check the box” and  arbitrarily select from the myriad of “minority-owned brokerdealers” when they are the Issuer or the lead bookrunner of a particular underwriting. For those who didn’t get the memo, Goldman is a globally-recognized thought-leader i.e. best practices, and when it comes to D&I, they don’t simply ‘check the box’; their internal mandate is to enlist only truly capable firms, not merely those whose owners fall into one of the various minority classifications (e.g. Woman-owned aka WMBEs, African American-owned, Hispanic American owned, Service-Disabled Veteran owned, etc).

At Mischler, we agree with the GS philosophy wholeheartedly. It is imperative to embrace diversity, but the embrace should be driven by capability and excellence, not merely whether the firm is owned by a ‘certified minority’ . It is an approach that Mischler embraces when selecting the Veteran-centric philanthropic organizations that we support year round and during the months of May and November, when we pledge a portion of the entire month profits to honor Memorial Day and Veterans Day. NO enterprise, whether it be a Fortune Corporation/Issuer, a Public Plan Sponsor, a global investment bank, or an Investment Manager that has D&I goals and/or mandates should be ‘checking the box’ without first checking the actual capabilities of the respective service provider!

In the case of today’s $1bil placement, GS remained focused on reviewing their myriad diversity order books and to only select co-manager firms according to an internal and granular set of criteria.  Among other things, Goldman would have the right to scrutinize accounts and reflect their thoughts through their final allocations to each firm.

With our underwriting liability of 0.5% applied to today’s deal size of $1b that equates to $5mm allocation. Assuming we secured our full 5mm underwriting liability (given our typical high quality order books), it would be a tall order to allocate each of several dozen institutional accounts with a meaningful amount of paper.  The prospective allocations would simply not prove meaningful enough to those fund managers. But Goldman wanted to capture new, quality middle markets accounts that include a range of investor profiles, as well as geographically diverse placement opportunities across the globe. Goldman included a good firm today when they called Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer. We are grateful for the bulge bracket firms who look for the distribution value-add.  That said, one particular firm (shall I say notorious shop?) recently asked us to build a book, encouraged our orders and claimed they’d work together on securing us the best possible allocation, only to give us an otherwise deminimis allocation of bonds once the books were closed.

Before readers infer a sense of sour grapes on the part of this writer, that is not the case.  We’re big boys and girls here and we’ve been to more rodeos than many of our peers insofar as the new issue allocation process. But, as I shared that story with several bulge bracket firms during the past several days, the senior syndicate team members I spoke with genuinely found it “deplorable” that any desk would put a prospective co-manager or selling group member through the exercise of building a book of firm IOIs, only to leave that firm and their accounts with less than crumbs for the effort. In fact, one syndicate head said, “If we know allocations will be very difficult we will always tell you there’s no distribution this go ‘round, but we would NEVER be so egregious to encourage it and then disrespect you like that. It’s plain bad business that hurts what you guys are trying to do and you work so hard at doing it right!”  Indeed! And that story got around folks, but then there is Goldman Sachs–a firm that has historically proven to have honor and integrity whenever interacting with their underwriting group partners.

Conclusion, Goldman did something bold and daring today for diversity and inclusion and for their transaction.  It IS a game changer that incentivizes on a much grander scale.  The message sent is clear – Goldman will partner with you, but you need to work hard at it; you need to deliver and execute consistently and you need to show us quality accounts, solid order books and be able to place the paper when we give it to you.

Who and where are the Mischler investor accounts that participated in today’s GS transaction?  They represented a total of 13 different investor profile types. They exist throughout the United States. They are in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. They are in Asia, they are in the Caribbean and LATAM.  There were over 3 dozen MFG clients on today’s GS order book.  They are true quality accounts; good, solid, reliable investors who are often crowded out in our new world order by global money managers who pin down most of today’s new issues.  These middle market investors yield too. They want to buy the best, highest-rated IG credits.  They often add to positions in the secondary market.

And, they all showed up today.  I personally thank each and every one of them.  They get the “QC” and they read it.  They understand all the hard labor we expend in this space, and they understand we are led by an executive team that is honorable and financially committed to stick with it for the long haul.  We are called Mischler Financial Group. We’re about a proudly earned certification; we’re about the strongest distribution in the business; we’re about very strong capital, a fantastic operations team that is second to none, and we’re about stellar relationships across the DCM and Syndicate ecosystem. That’s what it takes in today’s competitive landscape and we greatly appreciate the wonderful partnership we share with Goldman Sachs. We’re also grateful for Goldman’s revolutionary transaction today; one that was focused on best-in-class financial industry partners who can help extend the GS brand with integrity and reliability!

Words Count, Most of All These Two Words: Thank You.

Before this “guy-in-the-corner” walks out of his bedroom each morning, I say “thank you”.  It’s important folks.  Sometimes the only prayer we ever have in life is “thank you” and it will be enough.  You know that I mean that.  It’s time for roll call again and it gives me great pleasure to shout out Team Goldman Sachs not only for being there for our firm today, but for Diversity & Inclusion in general.  Thank you to Team GS not for merely moving the needle forward today for inclusive initiatives, but for bulldozing it ahead with a new powerful distribution incentive.  Your trajectory in finding new ways to lend meaning to the mandate never surprises, rather it overwhelms because you are doing great things the right way.  Our firm, and others with proven capabilities grow as a result and all the accounts that participated today in yet another major bank’s TLAC issuance will come to us to execute across myriad other product lines.  So, from the desk of Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein to Jonny Fine; from Tony Shan to Matt Jackson; from Salina Lee and Elizabeth Plunkett to Jason Ghilarducci, you are all part of one team that came together again on deal day to raise the bar for D&I while fortifying your own self-funding with new global investors that cover a diversity of profiles and regions.

Simply said, “Thank you all!”

An Open Letter and Offer to Mr. Scott Stringer – New York City Comptroller

Mr. Scott Stringer seems like a nice enough fellow. His resume includes being the 44th and current New York City Comptroller and a New York Democratic politician who previously served as the 26th Borough President of Manhattan.  Regarding Mr. Stringer’s recent and LOUD October 16th press request for The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (among 14 other major companies) to disclose data on the diversity of their suppliers and to increase spending with firms owned by minorities and women and veterans.  The fact is, there is currently no mandate on the part of NYC Comptroller to include SDV-owned broker-dealers, although select managers do informally include such firms. I invite Mr. Stringer and/or his designates to read the “QC.” They’ll find what they’re looking for, which is nothing but a best-in-class procurement initiative in the IG dollar DCM; no, make that Global Debt Capital Markets.

Contrary to the less-than-subliminal context of the above noted press release, Goldman does understand and fully embraces the notion that supplier diversity is the next frontier for companies seeking to manage risk and create sustainable shareowner value. In fact, Goldman has ‘gotten it’ for many years. Starting from inside the office of Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein right on down to the DNA of his top lieutenants like Jonathan “Jonny” Fine, who heads syndicate at the House of Gold, Goldman knows that a broader pool of diverse financial suppliers provides tangible benefits to corporations in terms of price and quality.  In today’s case, their very own company!  As Mr. Stringer said, and I quote, “The Company talks the talk but absent disclosure, it’s impossible to measure the impact of their efforts.”

Mr. Stinger, I’m the guy-in the corner and I’m here to RESPECTFULLY suggest to you that Goldman has not only moved the needle forward for all of D&I in the financial services industry, they are at the cutting edge. Contrary to what you implied in the press statement, and despite the ubiquitous trend of bashing big banks in general, I’d humbly argue that for GS, it’s not all about the money, rather it’s about incentivizing us (minority firms) to grow so that we’re around in the future.  Goldman has created such a meaningful diversity mandate that it has literally helped my firm, Mischler Financial Group, Inc. to become one of the best in the country in the fixed income markets. We are a sustainable proposition. GS has raised the bar in a healthy spirit of competition in the entire diversity space across our industry in order to bring out the best in all of us and our respective platforms.

As opposed to ‘calling out’ GS and challenging their D&I process, we respectfully encourage the NYC Comptroller’s office to take a page from the GS playbook vis a vis the process by which NYC’s pension funds determine how and who they include within their own “minority broker” approvals and respective allocation of order schemes. The NYC Comptroller’s Office does not [yet] recognize Service-Disabled veteran brokerdealers; but does recognize other minority classifications within this industry. At such time as you expand the minority classifications to include SDV-owned/operated BDs,  you’ll discover that Mischler was one of the very first firms to be certified by State of New York in connection with the 2014 NYS legislation that established mandates for NYS agencies to procure from Service-Disabled Veteran owned enterprises. While the NYC Comptroller office has not yet embraced State of New York’s SDV legislation, we are hopeful that you will, and when you do, it will likely prove additive in many ways.

Mr. Stringer, if you’d like more perspective and/or insight about this topic, I’m happy to have a dinner with you. We’ll go “Dutch treat.”   I promise you it’ll be a fun and informative meeting, and I’ll happily share with you the history of outreaches made to your office specific to this subject that have seemingly fallen through the cracks. You’ll have one less thing to check off your “to do” list! Hopefully, our firm will not be penalized for creating ‘greater transparency’ via this “op-ed.”  My contact info is at the bottom of the page.

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 and Sizes

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
New Issue Concessions 2.67 bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.52x 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x
Tenors 6.75 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $985mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm $646mm

 

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
Comm. Bank of Australia Aa2/AA- FRN 11/07/2019 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+64 3mL+64 CBA/HSBC/JPM
Comm. Bank of Australia Aa2/AA- 1.75% 11/07/2019 1,000 +90-95 +80 the # +80 +80 CBA/HSBC/JPM
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A FRN 11NC10 1,000 3mL+180a 3mL+175 the # 3mL+175 3mL+175 GS-sole
Lennox International Inc. Baa3/BBB 3.00% 11/15/2023 350 +180a +155a (+/-5) +145 +145 JPM/WFS
M&T Bank Corp. Baa2/BBB- 5.125% 11/01/2026 500 5.25%a 5.125% the # 5.125% 3mL+352 CS/JPM/RBC/UBS
National Rural Utilities Coop Fin. Corp. A2/A 1.50% 11/01/2019 300 +65-70 +55a (+/-5) +50 +50 JPM/MIZ/PNC/STRH
Orange SA Baa1/BBB+ 1.625% 11/03/2019 1,250 +80-85 +70a (+/-3) +67 +67 BAML/JPM/MS/MUFG

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
LUACOAS 1.30 1.30 0
IG27 73.767 74.537 0.77
HV27 161.385 161.635 0.25
VIX 13.02 13.46 0.44
S&P 2,151 2,143 <8>
DOW 18,223 18,169 <54>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $4.90 bn DAY: $4.90 bn
WTD: $14.75 bn WTD: $14.75 bn
MTD: $83.345 bn MTD: $126.695 bn
YTD: $1,158.081 bn YTD: $1,481.915 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

     

  • For the week ended October 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.431b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.086b) and a net outflow of $160m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.119b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $514.8m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.956b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $621.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.333b).

 

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 26.75 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 10/24 10/21 10/20 10/19 10/18 10/17 10/14 10/13 10/12 10/11 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 135 135 135 135 136 137 136 137 137 137 0 <2> 106
“AAA” 78 77 76 76 76 78 78 79 79 79 +1 <1> 50
“AA” 83 83 83 82 83 84 84 84 84 84 0 <1> 63
“A” 108 108 108 108 109 109 109 110 110 110 0 <2> 81
“BBB” 174 175 174 175 176 176 176 177 177 177 <1> <3> 142
IG vs. HY 325 327 327 331 336 339 336 345 338 338 <2> <13> 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 32.21 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 10/24 10/21 10/20 10/19 10/18 10/17 10/14 10/13 10/12 10/11 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 117 117 117 117 117 118 118 119 119 119 0 <2> 67
Banking 127 127 128 128 129 130 129 130 129 130 0 <3> 98
Basic Industry 177 179 179 180 180 180 179 180 179 180 <2> <3> 143
Cap Goods 101 101 101 101 101 102 102 102 102 102 0 <1> 84
Cons. Prod. 105 105 105 104 105 106 106 106 106 107 0 <2> 85
Energy 174 175 175 177 179 179 178 180 180 181 <1> <7> 133
Financials 160 160 161 161 162 163 163 163 163 163 0 <3> 97
Healthcare 114 114 114 114 114 114 114 114 115 116 0 <2> 83
Industrials 136 136 135 136 136 137 137 137 137 138 0 <2> 109
Insurance 154 155 155 155 156 155 155 156 156 156 <1> <2> 120
Leisure 136 135 136 136 137 137 137 137 138 138 +1 <2> 115
Media 157 157 155 155 155 157 157 158 158 159 0 <2> 113
Real Estate 147 147 147 148 148 149 149 148 149 149 0 <2> 112
Retail 115 114 114 114 114 115 115 115 115 115 +1 0 92
Services 128 128 128 128 129 129 129 130 130 130 0 <2> 120
Technology 112 112 112 111 112 113 113 114 114 115 0 <3> 76
Telecom 162 161 156 155 156 157 158 158 158 158 +1 +4 122
Transportation 136 136 137 137 137 137 137 138 138 137 0 <1> 109
Utility 136 137 137 138 138 138 139 139 139 139 <1> <3> 104

 

New Issue Pipeline

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

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Deal Dashboard-Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.24.16 : Investment Grade Debt Deal of the Day.

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The BNY Mellon $1.25b 2-part Deal Dashboard

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

 5 IG Corporate issuers priced 10 tranches between them totaling $9.85b for a strong start to what could be a sizeable week.  We have already achieved 38% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast for this week which is $25.48b.  Last year was the highest volume October on record at $124.131b for all-in IG issuance. That’s including IG Corporates and SSA and according to my calculations.  That puts us a mere $2.337b away from a new October record.

 

Today’s Deal-of-the-day belongs to none other than Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BNY) in view of the $1.25b two-part consisting of $750mm 7NC6 Senior FRNs and $500mm 12yr Fixed Subordinated Notes.   But first let’s check the Global Re-cap, our IG Primary and Secondary Market Talking Points and take a look at where we stand in relation to this week’s and month’s IG volume.  Then we’ll get into the BNY Mellon deal drill-down, etcetera!

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – Down day for USTs led by the 5yr.

o   Overseas Bonds – Europe traded poorly during NY hours. JGB’s were little changed.

o   3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May, 2009 (0.88372%).

o   Stocks – U.S. stocks well bid at 3:15pm. Europe more green than red. Asia rallied.

o   Economic – Solid to stronger Markit PMI data in the U.S., EU & Germany.

o   Japan Economic – Exports/imports were better than expected/last but remained terrible.

o   Currencies – USD outperformed all of the Big 5. The Yen is back over 104.

o   Commodities – Losing day for commodities to start the week

o   CDX IG: +0.01 to 73.81

o   CDX HY: -0.14 to 397.91

o   CDX EM: -1.13 to 231.09

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Honeywell International Inc. dropped the 5yr FRN tranche from today’s $4.5b 4-part transaction finding sufficient 5yr demand in the fixed tranche.  All 4 tranches priced at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 11 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.14 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +130 vs. +129.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +181.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12b on Friday versus $16.5b Thursday and $11.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/24-10/28
vs. Current
WTD – $9.85b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $78.445b
Low-End Avg. $24.61b 40.02% $87.83b 89.31%
Midpoint Avg. $25.48b 38.66% $88.59b 88.55%
High-End Avg. $26.35b 37.38% $89.35b 87.80%
The Low $15b 65.67% $75b 104.59%
The High $35b 28.14% $125b 62.76%

 

The BNY Mellon $1.25b 2-part Deal Dashboard

 

BNY Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
Comparable Bid
Pre-Announcement
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
7NC6 FRN 3mL+115a 3mL+105 # 3mL+105 3mL+105 <10> JPM 7NC6 10/2023 3mL+120
20bps diff. BK & JPM = 3mL+100
+5 3mL+103/ <2>
12yr FXD +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 <20> BK 2.45% 8/2026 G+88
15 bps 10s/12s curve = +103
+25 Sr/Sub diff. = +128
<3> 120/118 <5>

 

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

 

BNY Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
7NC6 FRN $750mm $1.85b 2.47x
12yr FXD $500mm $2.85b 5.7x

 

BNY Mellon Final Pricing
BNY $750mm 7NC6 Senior FRNs due 10/30/2023 @$100.00 or 3mL+105
BNY $500mm 3.00% Sub Notes due 10/30/2028 @ $99.980 to yield 3.011% or T+125

 

Thank Yous

 

Thank you to BNY Mellon’s Frank Vasta, Ryan MacGregor and Karl Schultz for the opportunity to demonstrate Mischler’s capital markets capabilities.  We appreciate the Treasury/Funding team’s strong emphasis on developing relationships with a diverse financial supplier network that includes Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest SDVBE. BNY Mellon’s diversity and inclusion network is a successful one thanks to the active leadership of its Global Diversity & Inclusion Council comprised of 40 of the institution’s most senior executives and chaired by BNY Mellon’s President Karen Peetz.

 

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 and Sizes

 

…..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 four week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/17
TUES.
10/18
WED.
10/19
TH.
10/20
FRI.
10/21
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 3.17 bps 1.71 2 bps N/A 3.31 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 2.91x 2.86x 5.31x N/A 3.05x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 10.71 yrs 12 yrs 6.25 yrs 3 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $1,050mm $1,249mm $1,225mm 300mm $1,137mm $640mm $523mm $646mm

 

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
Bank of NY Mellon Corp. A1/AA- FRN 10/30/2023 750 3mL+115a 3mL+105 the # 3mL+105 3mL+105 BARC/BNY/DB/MS/UBS
Bank of NY Mellon Corp. A2/A+ 3.00% 10/30/2028 500 +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 BARC/BNY/DB/MS/UBS
Charles Schwab Corp. Baa2/BBB 4.625% PerpNC5 600 4.875%a 4.625% the # 4.625% 3mL+331.5

 

CITI/CS/GS/JPM/WFS
Honeywell International A2/A FRN 10/30/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+28 3mL+28 DB/JPM/MS/WFS
Honeywell International A2/A 1.40% 10/30/2019 1,250 +55-60 +45a (+/-2) +43 +43 DB/JPM/MS/WFS
Honeywell International A2/A 1.85% 11/01/2021 1,500 +70-75 +60a (+/-2) +58 +58 DB/JPM/MS/WFS
Honeywell International A2/A 2.50% 11/01/2026 1,500 +90-95 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 DB/JPM/MS/WFS
Roche Holdings Inc. AA/AA 1.75% 1/28/2022 650 +70a +57a (+/-2) +55 +55 BARC/CITI/SANT
Roche Holdings Inc. AA/AA 2.375% 1/28/2027 850 +90a +75a (+/-2) +73 +73 BARC/CITI/SANT
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- FRN 10/31/2023 2,000 3mL+130a 3mL+123 the # 3mL+123 3mL+123 WFS-sole

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.30 1.30 0  
IG27 73.799 73.767 <0.32>
HV27 161.195 161.385 +0.19
VIX 13.34 13.02 <0.32>  
S&P 2,141 2,151 10
DOW 18,145 18,223 78  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $9.85 bn DAY: $9.85 bn
WTD: $9.85 bn WTD: $9.85 bn
MTD: $78.445 bn MTD: $121.795 bn
YTD: $1,153.181 bn YTD: $1,477.015 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

     

  • For the week ended October 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.431b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.086b) and a net outflow of $160m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.119b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $514.8m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.956b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $621.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.333b).

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Draghi Talk; Mischler Debt Market Comment via Quigley’s Corner
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.20.16- Draghi Talk; The BIGGEST Oct in IG Bond History

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

La Dolce Vita – Draghi Talks About “The Good Life” in the EU (?!)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th  

Investment Grade Corporate Debt Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Believe it or not, we very quietly slid into 9th place among the top 10 highest all-in IG issuance weeks.  All-in IG issuance combines both IG Corporates and SSA deals.  Generally speaking,  SSA weekly issuance typically accounts for about 20%-25% of all-in weekly volume, give or take.  This week, however, thanks to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s $17.5b 3-part inaugural deal, EIB’s $4.5b 3yr and today’s $4.25b IBRD two-part 3s and 10s, SSA issuance has thus far eclipsed IG Corporates 50.36% vs. 49.64%.

On the day, 3 IG Corporates priced 3 deals totaling $1.4b bringing the WTD total to $28.34b vs. $23.17b or 22% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average estimate. SSA added IBRD $4.25b two-part 3s & 10s bringing the all-in IG day total to 4 issuers, 5 tranches and $5.65b.  The all-in MTD total is now $108.145b.  This month is on pace to finish as the most prolific October in IG history.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs closed mixed, little changed & flatter.
  • Overseas Bonds – Long end Bunds had a strong session. JGB’s were little changed.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May 2009 (0.88178%).
  • Stocks – U.S. small losses (3:15pm) Europe rallied after Draghi. Nikkei well bid.
  • Economic – U.S. data fine. Germany PPI remained negative. U.K. retail sales weaker.
  • Currencies – Strong day for the USD outperforming all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude hit hard after rallying to a 15-month high yesterday.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 73.87
  • CDX HY: +0.66 to 398.69
  • CDX EM: -2.93 to 234.07

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

-Tony Farren

 

La Dolce Vita – Draghi Talks About “The Good Life” in the EU…..N-O-T!  

ECB Head Mario Draghi announced that the ECB will not stop QE without first tapering it fortifying the opinion that it will extend well beyond March 2017. Draghi said, “an abrupt ending to bond purchases is unlikely” and “it is not present in anybody’s mind.”

Here are all the pertinent talking points from today’s short news conference with ECB President Mario Draghi:

  • The ECB left its benchmark rates unchanged as expected.
  • ECB’s Main Refinancing Rate was left unchanged at 0.0% as expected.
  • The ECB’s Deposit Facility Rate persisted at -.40% ……as expected.
  • ECB’s Marginal Lending Facility Rate continued at 0.25% also as expected.
  • ECB’s Asset Purchase Target also remained unchanged at €80 bln per month.
  • Draghi sees rates at present or lower level for extended period.
  • Sees rates at present, lower level well past QE horizon.
  • Says QE will run through March 2017 or beyond if needed.
  • QE will run until inflation path is consistent with goal.
  • ECB to preserve stimulus needed to raise inflation.
  • ECB policy ensures very favorable conditions.
  • ECB ready to act using all instruments within mandate.
  • December assessment will benefit from new forecasts.
  • Council will review committee work on QE in December.
  • Baseline remains subject to downside risks.
  • Sees moderate economic growth at steady pace.
  • No signs of convincing upward trend in core inflation.
  • Sees gradual rise in inflation.
  • Inflation rates rising further in 2017, 2018.
  • Economy resilient to global, political uncertainty.
  • Domestic demand supported by policy pass-through.
  • Investment supported by favorable financing conditions.
  • Low oil prices, job gains provide support for consumers.
  • Sluggish pace of reforms also a risk.
  • Loan dynamics follow path of gradual recovery.
  • ECB measures significantly helping credit.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues was 21.83 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +129 vs.  +130.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.1b on Wednesday versus $17.3b Tuesday and $16.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.8b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $28.34b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $64.795b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 127.09% $87.83b 73.77%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 122.31% $88.59b 73.14%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 117.89% $89.35b 72.52%
The Low $15b 188.93% $75b 86.39%
The High $30b 94.47% $125b 51.836%

 

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.

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/17
TUES.
10/18
WED.
10/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 3.17 bps 1.71 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 2.91x 2.86x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 10.71 yrs 12 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $1,050mm $1,249mm $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.30 1.29 <0.01>  
IG27 73.725 73.938 0.213
HV27 162.135 161.645 <0.49>
VIX 14.41 13.75 <0.66>  
S&P 2,144 2,141 <3>
DOW 18,202 18,162 <40>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $1.40 bn DAY: $5.65 bn
WTD: $28.34 bn WTD: $57.09 bn
MTD: $64.795 bn MTD: $108.145 bn
YTD: $1,139.531 bn YTD: $1,463.365 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 19th   (more…)

Corporate Bond Market: Noisy Silence from…
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.18.16 : Corporate Bond Market Noisy Silence from A Really Big Bank; Halloween Scare for European Banks?

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 12th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

noisy-silence-mischler-debt-market-commentAs James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in Andrew McLaglen’s Civil War 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!’

 

Yes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is printing a suspected $15b three-part 5-, 10- and 30-year inaugural debt transaction tomorrow, but that wasn’t the big subject of talk in today’s primary market session.  Nor, surprisingly, was it Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s $5b 3-part Senior Unsecured callable, the largest of its kind, 6NC5 FXD/FRN and 11NC10 notes issued to lower costs related to compliance with loss-absorbing debt requirements. Rather it was Wells Fargo & Co. that announced a 10-year Senior Notes new issue carrying IPTs in the +140-145 range that never went to guidance and had many/most suspecting it would go straight to the launch.  Lo and behold just after 3:30pm ET it was heard that the deal would not price until tomorrow, as apparently news would hit the tapes that would be relevant to bondholders that resulted in Wells deciding not to “rush everything.”  The order book was “heard” to have $10b in orders at 2:30pm ET.

On the day 4 IG Corporate issuers priced 7 tranches between them totaling $7.35b while the SSA space hosted 2 issuers, 2 tranches and $5.50b for an all-in IG day total of 6 issuers, 9 tranches and $12.85b.  WTD we’ve now issued 67% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast for IG Corporates or $15.70b vs. $23.17b. MTD we’ve issued 58% of the syndicate average or $52.155b vs. $88.59b.  The all-in IG MTD total (Corporates & SSA) is $72.255b.

 

Mischler Financial is proud to announce that it served as a Co-Manager on today’s new Bank of America $5b 3-part callable new issue.  Demand was strong for the structure with the 6yr FXD book heard to be $5b (2.5x); the 6yr FRN $2b (4x) and the 11yr $7b (2.5x) when the deal went subject.  In fact, Mischler served as a Co-Manager on both of JPM’s similar structures, and as a proud active Co-Manager on Goldman Sach’s two-part 5NC4 FXD/FRNs. Once again, Mischler is proud to have been involved on all the recently priced callable structures among the six-pack – two with JPM, a two-part with GS and today’s 3-part with BAML.  Therein, we thank all of those firms for including us.

 

As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?

mischler-debt-market-bloomberg-chart

Screen shot courtesy of Bloomberg LP

 

 

Capital flows suggest that some people aren’t waiting to find out if Italy will follow the U.K.’s example and leave the European Union, according to Bloomberg View’s Mark Whitehouse. Italy’s central bank liabilities to the Euro system stood at about 354 billion euros ($390 billion) at the end of September, up 118 billion euros from a year earlier and up 78 billion euros since the end of May, before the U.K. voted to leave the bloc. The outflow isn’t quite as large as during the sovereign-debt crisis of 2012, but it’s still significant and compares to the main beneficiary, Germany, which has seen its credits to the Euro system increase by 160 billion euros over the past year.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs, Gilts & Bunds all improved with the Gilts the catalyst.
  • Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • Economic – CPI y/y in the U.S. & U.K. both printed at the highest rate in 2 years.
  • Currencies: Big day for the Pound vs. the USD. Euro lost ground & Yen unchanged.
  • Commodities; Small gains for the CRB, crude oil & gold.
  • CDX IG: -1.20 to 74.88
  • CDX HY: -4.84 to 403.19
  • CDX EM: -3.19 to 244.31

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Tone Goes Out Strong; Nice Set Up For Next Week

 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was 13.93 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +137 vs. +136.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to a new tight of +130 vs. +131.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +183.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Monday versus $11.7b Friday and $11.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.1b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $15.70b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $52.155b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 70.40% $87.83b 59.38%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 67.76% $88.59b 58.87%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 65.31% $89.35b 58.37%
The Low $15b 104.67% $75b 69.54%
The High $30b 52.33% $125b 41.724%

 

Now let’s end tonight’s piece where I started it – as James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in the 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

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 and Sizes

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

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
Bank of America BBB+/A FRN 10/21/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+121a (+/-3) 3mL+118 3mL+118 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 2.503% 10/21/2022 2,000 +137.5a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 3.248% 10/21/2027 2,500 +162.5a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 BAML-sole
Export Credit Bank of Turkey Ba1/BBB- 5.375% 10/24/2023 500 MS+420a MS+410a MS+400 +386.8 CITI/HSBC/ING/MIZ/MUFG/STAN
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 2.10% 10/25/2021 350 +high 90s/+97.5 +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BAML/GS
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 2.375% 11/01/2026 1,000 +80-85 +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 BAML/CITI/DB
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 3.375% 11/01/2046 500 +110a +95a (+/-2) +93 +93 BAML/CITI/DB

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.25% 12/16/2019 4,500 MS+17a MS+17a MS+83 +31.2 CITI/GS/HSBC
JFM A1/A+ 2.125% 10/25/2023 1,000 MS+90a RG: MS+84a +/-1
MS+87a
MS+83 +70.18 BAML/CITI/DAIWA/MIZ

  (more…)

Corporate Bond Issuance: Tone Is Firm and Firmer; Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.17.16 Corporate Bond Issuance; Its About Price, Not Politics

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 12th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

 

6 IG Corporate issuers priced 8 tranches between them totaling $8.35b with no assist from the SSA space today and representing 37% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast for $23.17b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – USTs better despite more hawkish Fed Speak (Fischer & Rosengren).

o   Overseas Bonds – Gilts hammered overnight but rallied during NY hours.

o   Stocks – U.S. stocks red (3:30pm). Down day in Europe. Asia red except the Nikkei.

o   Economic – U.S. data on weaker side. EU CPI as expected (too low) & solid data in Japan.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of Big 5. DXY Index only had a small loss.

o   Commodities – Small down day for crude oil & small up day for gold.

o   CDX IG: +0.26 to 75.93

o   CDX HY: +1.77 to 407.45

o   CDX EM: +5.10 to 247.82

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Tone Goes Out Strong; Nice Set Up For Next Week

 

  • ICBC (NY Branch) dropped the 10yr tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 5s/10s Senior Unsecured Notes new issue.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.375 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +136 vs. +137.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to a new tight of +131 vs. +132.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +183.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.7b on Friday versus $17.8b Thursday and $11.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/17-10/21
vs. Current
WTD – $8.35b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $44.805b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 37.44% $87.83b 51.01%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 36.04% $88.59b 50.58%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 34.73% $89.35b 50.15%
The Low $15b 55.67% $75b 59.74%
The High $30b 27.83% $125b 35.84%

 

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 and Sizes

 

…..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 four week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/10
TUES.
10/11
WED.
10/12
TH.
10/13
FRI.
10/14
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions Holiday 3.19 bps 2.00 bps 0.54 bps N/A 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates Holiday 3.48x 2.80x 3.17x N/A 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors Holiday 11.33 yrs 3 yrs 13.04 yrs N/A 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes Holiday $663mm $500mm $635mm N/A $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm

 

New Issues Priced

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM: (more…)

Mischler Muni Market Outlook: $15bil Scheduled
October 2016      Muni Market   

Mischler Municipal Debt Market Update for the week commencing 10.17.16 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 pending issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $9.0 billion.  This week volume is expected to be $15.4 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $1.0 billion of tax-exempt and taxable bonds for New Jersey Healthcare Financing Authority for Robert Woods Johnson Barnabas Health.  The competitive market is led by $1.6 billion general obligation bonds for the State of California in 3 bids on Tuesday

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

For reading ease, please click on image below

mischler-muni-market

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 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.

Investment Grade Debt: Who Will Issue at Record Low Yield?
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 10.13.16  Who Will Issue at Record Low Yield?

 

Investment Grade Debt New Issue Re-Cap – Strong Day for IG Issuance

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. $2b 3-part Deal Dashboard

Toyota Finance Eyes Bond Issue with Record-Low 0.0003% yield

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Oversubscription Rates for IG New Issuance

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 5th  

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab
 

It was a nice day for IG primary markets as 5 IG Corporate issuers priced 13 tranches between them totaling $8.25b.  SSA chimed in as well with 2 issuers, 2 prints and a total of $3.5b bringing the all-in IG day total to 7 issuers, 15 tranches and $11.75b.  We broke right thru the low-, midpoint and high-end syndicate estimates for IG Corporate issuance this week.  Versus the midpoint forecast, we priced $19.855b against $15.02b so, weekly supply is 32% above that number.  We are now 41% of the syndicate IG Corporate outlook for the month of October or $36.455b vs. $88.59b.

It was also a great day for Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest SDVBE as we were privileged and honored to serve as a 1.00% active Co-Manager on Toyota Motor Credit Corp’s. $2b three-part 3yr FXD/FRN and 7yr FXD Senior Unsecured Notes new issue.

As you all recall from last week’s “QC” dated Wednesday, October 5, 2016 edition (time-stamped at 10:22PM ET I might add…..check your incomings!), “Toyota made Diversity & Inclusion history with a Mischler sponsored investor luncheon that gathered together 12 accounts in person in Manhattan and 46 dial-in investor participants.”  Needless to say we’re glad TMCC issued so close to that historic day last week.  Here’s an example of the type of investor feedback I received as orders were placed in to me today during the internal book build:

“We are very grateful and feeling up to speed and more well informed on TMCC than we have in some time thanks to your call last week.” 
toyota-motor-credit-corp-mischler
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. $2b 3-part Deal Dashboard

 

TMCC Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
Comparable Bid
Pre-Announcement
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
3yr FRN 3mnL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+44 3mL+44 <14.5> bps TMCC 1.40% due 5/2019 G+53
*2bps 3s/5s cdt. curve adj.
3 bps

 

3mL+43/45 <1>
3yr FXD +low 70s/+72.5 +60a (+/-2) +58 +58 <14.5> bps TMCC 1.40% due 5/2019
G+53
*2bps 3s/5s cdt. curve adj.
3 bps 57/56 <1>
7yr FXD +hi 80s/+87.5 +77a (+/-2) +75 +75 <12.5> bps TMCC 2.625% due 1/2023
G+70
5 bps 72/70 <3>

 

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

 

TMCC Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
3yr FRN 500mm $920mm 1.84x
3yr FXD 1,000mm $2.2b 2.20x
7yr FXD 500mm $1.15b 2.30x

 

 

And before I sign off, Mischler would like to congratulate Toyota Finance, a different issuer under the same Toyota umbrella, for setting a new yen record low yield.  That’s right!  I cannot say if it’s in “modern history” or “of all time” because I do not know of a John Murphy in Japan!  There’s only one JM.  However, suffice it to say, Nikkei Asian Review published the following as of this writing that was then also published as a Bloomberg news article as well:

 

October 14, 2016 3:15 am JST

 

Toyota Finance Eyes Bond Issue with Record-low 0.0003% yield

 

TOKYO — Toyota Finance is expected to issue new three-year bonds with an annual yield of about 0.0003%, the first Japanese corporate debt with an issue yield of less than 0.001%.

The Toyota Motor unit will iron out details as early as Friday, with plans to issue the debt by the end of the month. The company plans to raise about 25 billion yen ($241 million). At 0.0003%, the total annual borrowing cost for the debt comes to just 75,000 yen, or little more than $720.

 

The Bank of Japan decided to lead long-term interest rates to about 0% when it conducted a comprehensive review of its monetary easing policy in September. But yields on 10-year, five-year and two-year Japanese government bonds remain in negative territory, exerting downward pressure against yields on corporate debt. Amid a lack of options, mutual funds and institutional investors are turning even to corporate bonds with extremely low returns.

(Nikkei)

 

Toyota’s financial arm certainly lives up to the parent company’s slogan of “Let’s Go Places.”  Thanks for breaking new ground and for taking us onboard to one of those new “places.”

Global Market Recap

  • S. Treasuries – Strong session for USTs & long end in Europe. U.S. bill market was well bid.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks under heavy pressure early but are staging an afternoon rally.
  • Overseas Stocks – Poor day for Europe & HS. Nikkei small loss & China small gain.
  • Economic – The U.S. jobless claims data were off the charts good. Best in 43 years.
  • Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Copper down big & wheat up big. Crude small gain despite bearish inventories.
  • CDX IG: +0.18 to 75.70
  • CDX HY: +3.11 to 407.80
  • CDX EM: +0.50 to 237.34

*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 22.19 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +137.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +132 vs. +133.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research tightened 1 bp to +183 vs. +184.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.7b on Wednesday versus $15.4b Tuesday and $18.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/10-10/14
vs. Current
WTD – $19.855b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $36.455b
Low-End Avg. $14.15b 140.32% $87.83b 41.51%
Midpoint Avg. $15.02b 132.19% $88.59b 41.15%
High-End Avg. $15.89b 124.95% $89.35b 40.80%
The Low $10b 198.55% $75b 48.61%
The High $20b 99.275% $125b 29.16%

 

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 and Sizes

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/10
TUES.
10/11
WED.
10/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/12
New Issue Concessions Holiday 3.19 bps 2.00 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps 4.66 bps
Oversubscription Rates Holiday 3.48x 2.80x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x 3.47x
Tenors Holiday 11.33 yrs 3 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs 11.28 yrs
Tranche Sizes Holiday $663mm $500mm $523mm $646mm $964mm $710mm

 

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
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 2.60% 11/01/2026 700 +110a +95a (+/-5) +90 +90 CITI/CS/JPM/UBS
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 3.80% 11/01/2046 800 +155a +140a (+/-5) +135 +135 CITI/CS/JPM/UBS
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 4.25% 11/01/2056 700 +200a +180a (+/-2) +178 +178 CITI/CS/JPM/UBS
Ecolab Inc. Baa1/A- 2.70% 11/01/2026 750 +130a +105a (+/-5) +100 +100 CITI/CS
Ecolab Inc. Baa1/A- 3.70% 11/01/2046 250 +165a +135a (+/-5) +125 +125 CITI/CS
Global Bank Corp. BBB-/BBB- 4.50% 10/20/2021 550 +mid 300s/+350a +337.5a (+/-12.5) +325 +325 CITI/DB/JPM
KEXIM Aa2/AA FRN 10/21/2019 750 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+46 3mL+46 ANZ/BAML/CA/MS/MIZ
SG/ SAM/UBS
KEXIM Aa2/AA 1.50% 10/21/2019 750 +80a +65a (+/-5) +60 +60 ANZ/BAML/CA/MS/MIZ
SG/ SAM/UBS
KEXIM Aa2/AA 1.875% 10/21/2021 300 +90a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 ANZ/BAML/CA/MS/MIZ
SG/ SAM/UBS
KEXIM Aa2/AA 2.375% 4/21/2027 700 +100a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 ANZ/BAML/CA/MS/MIZ
SG/ SAM/UBS
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- FRN 10/18/2019 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+44 3mL+44 BAML/RBC/SMBC/SG
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- 1.55% 10/18/2019 1,000 +low 70s/+72.5 +60a (+/-2) +58 +58 BAML/RBC/SMBC/SG
Toyota Motor Credit Corp. Aa3/AA- 2.25% 10/18/2023 500 +hi 80s/+87.5 +77a (+/-2) +75 +75 BAML/RBC/SMBC/SG

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Japan Int’l. Cooperation Agency A+/AA+ 2.125% 10/20/2026 500 N/A RG: MS+60a
MS+62a
MS+59 +42.9 BAML/BARC/DAIW
Kingdom of Sweden Aaa/AAA 1.125% 10/21/2019 3,000 MS+8a MS+7a MS+6 +20.45 BARC/GS/HSBC/SEC

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume (more…)

20th Century Bond Yields-Knowing the Past for the Future-Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.12.16  Investment Grade Corporate Debt Comments: 20th Century Bond Yields

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

FOMC: Minutes: Headlines & Text

Knowing the Past for the Future – “20th Century Bond Yields”

Consumers Power Company Supplemental Indenture – 2.875% FMBs due 1977 Dated Sept 1, 1947

A Special Salute to Women’s Syndicate Association 2016 Holiday Charity Gala

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 5th  

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

It was a slow day today in our IG dollar DCM with one lone corporate issuer – Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank – pricing a $1b two-part 3-year FXD/FRN. I should add, however, that overall volume benefitted nicely from the SSA’s KfW $5b 3-year bringing the all-in IG day totals to 2 issuers, 3 tranches and $6b.

 

Let’s look at the global re-cap followed by the pertinent IG primary and secondary market talking points and a quick snapshot of WTD and MTD volumes in relation to syndicate forecasts and a look at today’s FOMC Minutes Headlines and Text.

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – Losing session for USTs but they did close above the session low prices.

o   Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed mixed with long end bid. Poor session in Europe.

o   3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May 2009 (0.88111%).

o   Stocks – U.S. mixed at 3:30pm. Europe more red than green. Asia closed down.

o   Economic – The FOMC Minutes were a mixed bag. We have a divided Fed.

o   Currencies – USD mixed. The DXY Index traded over 98 for the 1st time since March.

o   Commodities – Crude oil & gold had small losses. Wheat traded poorly.

o   CDX IG: +0.03 to 75.78

o   CDX HY: -0.31 to 406.40

o   CDX EM: -3.25 to 237.40

*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 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was 15.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +138 vs. +139.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +134 vs. +135.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research tightened 1 bp to +184 vs. +185.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.2b on Friday versus $17.3b Thursday and $15.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.8b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/10-10/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.605b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $28.205b
Low-End Avg. $14.15b 82.01% $87.83b 32.11%
Midpoint Avg. $15.02b 77.26% $88.59b 31.84%
High-End Avg. $15.89b 73.03% $89.35b 31.57%
The Low $10b 116.05% $75b 37.61%
The High $20b 58.025% $125b 22.56%

 

FOMC Minutes: Headlines & Text

 

o   Substantial majority of officials saw risks as roughly balanced.

o   A few officials still saw risks weighted to the downside.

o   Several FOMC members saw rate rise “relatively soon.”

o   The decision to wait was a ”close call.”

o   It was noted that a “reasonable argument” could be made to hike.

o   A number of officials saw policy firming over the next few years.

o   Many FOMC members saw few signs of inflation pressure.

o   Several officials saw multiple headwinds to inflation.

o   Many saw some labor market slack remaining.

o   Differing views were voiced on the extent of labor market slack.

o   Some saw more scope for growth without pressuring the labor market.

o   Cost/benefit of undershooting full employment was discussed.

 

Consumers Energy Company’s John Murphy Transcends The Records for the “QC!” 

When I write my “Best and Brightest” syndicate forecast poll as we enter each new month I include a section titled “Knowing the Past for the Future” that takes a look at a decade’s worth of that month’s IG Corporate and SSA issuance.  It helps put the current forecast into historical perspective.  I then include an average over the past decade, five years and three years showing a year-by-year issuance break-out across that decade.  Many find it very helpful, useful and informative so, I do it.  Well guess what?  History is relative and it seems current market participants continue to enjoy records and “top ten lists” as does most of our nation.  “What’s the largest week of all-time?”..……..”What’s the highest IG Corporate monthly volume of all-time?” or how about ………….”…the lowest yield or coupon of all-time?”  A very astute and super good guy by the name of John Murphy at Consumers Energy Company  (NYSE:CMS) located in Jackson, Michigan reached out to me this morning regarding last evening’s “QC.”

 

Here’s what he wrote:

Ron,

Hope you’re well.  I continue to enjoy your market commentary.  While catching up on the end of last week’s versions, I noted the following info from your Thursday edition:

“However, all issuers should know that if you blinked you might have missed some historic news.  In speaking with Andrea Johnson of Informa Globalmarkets (US) Inc. she discovered and revealed that “the President and Fellows of Harvard College priced the lowest ever 30-year yield and set a new all-time low for 40-year coupons.”

You’ll see from your attached commentary from 2012 in the third paragraph below, you addressed this same subject regarding perceived ‘lowest ever” 30-yr rates.  Certainly today’s low rates are remarkable, but as you indicated below, they are modern low rates, not lowest ever.  I’ve attached a scan from the supplemental indenture of one of Consumers Energy’s (formerly Consumers Power) early 30 year bonds from 1947 (2 7/8%).  Best wishes.

John Murphy

 

And here is a re-print of my closing commentary dated March 10, 2012 that John is referring to:

All time low investment grade rated corporate bond coupons: In addition, I’d like to mention that a respected elder statesman of the U.S. utility industry, who also happens to be an avid reader of this daily, delineated for me the difference between the “modern era” of bond yields with those of the 20th century specifically during the 1950s.  Many financial information and data services publish various top ten or top twenty low coupon rate grids and the like.  People enjoy placing facts and data in historical contexts and quite honestly, our society loves to know “the biggest this” and “the lowest that”, “who is number one” and “what are the top ten”.  It’s an extension of our culture.  The reader was very kind to express his enjoyment of my write ups however he observed that references to all-time low coupons should be modified to “modern history.”  From 1945 thru the early 1950s high grade corporate bond yields hovered at around 2.75% to 3%.  He particularly identified several 30-year FMBs that carried low 3% coupons noting that there are other utilities with similar histories.  So, we acknowledge the history lesson, we enjoy such exchanges and encourage any of our readers to chime in with opinions, suggestions or snippets of history that make for fun and informative exchanges which result in a better product.  As a result of this great “history lesson” going forward I will identify low coupon records in the context of “modern history,”  After all, available data bases are wonderful and helpful sources of information, but history didn’t start when those data bases began.  I’d also like to thank the reader for the friendly and informative exchange as well as for supplying me with a reference page that he stumbled upon in an old textbook. It graphs what interest rate “indices” illustrate from what he jokingly referred to as the “Pleistocene era.”  The sub 3% era on the graph for corporate 30-year bonds corresponds nicely with several U.S. utilities’ “golden age” of coupon rates.  Treasury/Funding teams as well as all market participants should get a kick out the below chart titled “20th Century Bond Yields” and followed by the “Indenture” cover.

Please enjoy!

 

Knowing the Past for the Future – “20th Century Bond Yields”

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Consumers Power Company Supplemental Indenture – 2.875% FMBs due 1977 Dated September 1, 1947

 

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Now THAT right there folks is pretty cool stuff! Definitely a wealth of knowledge whom we appreciate! John is highly respected and regarded in our domestic utility sector and he literally personifies the term “Know the Past for the Future” especially given his 40+ years at CMS.  Thank you John for the e-mail this morning pal.

 

For those of you wondering, Andrea Johnson’s data base dates back to 1993 hence, “of the modern era.”……….and “yes” AJ enjoyed the well-intended and collegial history lesson.

 

Next up………………………………………

 

Women’s Syndicate Association 2016 Holiday Charity Gala to Help Raise Funds for “Strong Women, Strong Girls” (SWSG)

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Speaking of women who are great at what they do, much like Andrea Johnson who is the best at what she does, I received an IPREO wire this morning from The Women’s Syndicate Association (WSA).  I would guess that anyone in syndicate received the same this morning as well.  It is a cordial invitation to attend WSA’s 2016 Holiday Charity Gala on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Here it is:

 

Join us for a festive evening with the entire syndicate community, in an effort to raise proceeds for an important charity (listed below). Note:  This is a street-wide event, in which all attendees are welcome (i.e., non-members/members, males/females).

Venue details are as follows:

Date:            Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time:            6:00pm – 10:00pm

Location:     Brasserie 8 ½

9 West 57th Street (Between 5th/6th Ave)

New York, NY 10017

Cost of the event is $150.00 per person, which includes Hors D’oeuvres, Buffet Dinner and Open Bar. Raffle tickets will be sold at the venue (cash only) to fund the selected charity.

Please use the following link to register and submit payment for all  guests, prior to November 23rd:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsa-holiday-charity-gala-tickets-28511792539

If you are interested in making a generous donation for this event, please contact Gina Kashinsky at gina.kashinsky@ipreo.com or 212.849.0363.  All donations are welcomed and appreciated!

We look forward to commencing the holiday season with you all in the most benevolent fashion!

 

A Word About the Women’s Syndicate Association     


With over 250 active members, including alumni, the Women’s Syndicate Association or “WSA” is valued for its success in helping women form lasting ties with colleagues across the financial services industry.  The WSA sponsors a wide variety of events throughout the year to create unique opportunities for its members to meet and share their experiences.  Through the Women’s Syndicate Association, members have been able to build mutually beneficial relationships that stretch from the workplace to their home life.  The “QC” is only too happy to promote the WSA for all they do to give back to wonderful causes 365 days of the year!  Chances are that most of my 3,500+ readership group, especially those in syndicate, have been attending the annual WSA shindig for years.  Let’s remember all the hard work the members of WSA do away from their meaningful annual reception as in the case of their latest fundraiser for Strong Women Strong Girls.

WSA’s 2016 Beneficiary: Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG)

Founded in 2004, this non-for-profit organization is dedicated to mentoring females in under-resourced communities to build strength and empowerment. Strong Women, Strong Girls strives to support positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities with the vision that every girl realizes her inner strengths to dream and do.

Some glaring FACTS about women and girls that you need to know:

o   Today, a girl’s self-esteem peaks in the 4th grade, when she is just 9 years old.

o   Today, women represent only 11% of the engineers in the work force.

o   Today women make up only 18% of the House of Representatives.

o   Today, working women are only paid 2/3 of what men make doing the same job.

o   Today, only 3% of women are CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies.

 

Those statistics need to be changed for the 52% of the world’s population – who are women.

And now the ask – please find it in yourselves to attend the upcoming WSA event and/or donate to this wonderful worthy cause that helps empower women to achieve their full potential.  Strong women make a difference in our world, our industry and in our personal lives.  As they say at SWSG: “Strong girls will dream farther; Strong women will help them get there.”  I’ll also add that dedicated and encouraging men will co-sign and support those dreams and achievements!  There’s everything right about this folks so get your check books out and write one to SWSG.  I donated today as well.

Please use the following link to register and submit payment for all  guests, prior to November 23rd:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsa-holiday-charity-gala-tickets-28511792539

If you are interested in making a generous donation for this event, please contact Gina Kashinsky at gina.kashinsky@ipreo.com or 212.849.0363.  All donations are welcomed and appreciated

As they say at Strong Women, Strong Girls:

Succeed like a girl.

There is no ceiling.

Thank you and 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.

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes (more…)

Mischler Municipal Debt Outlook Week of Oct 11
October 2016      Muni Market   

Mischler Municipal Debt Market Update for the holiday-shortened week commencing 10.11.16 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 pending issuance.

The negotiated market is led by $1.3 billion general obligation bonds for the State of Illinois.  The competitive market is led by $138.0 million revenue bonds for Campbell County Sanitation District, Arizona 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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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 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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