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

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

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

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 17th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

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

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

 

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

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

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

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

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

·           Disruption of political landscape in the Pacific Rim.

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

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

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

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

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

·          FBI Controversy over firing of Comey/Russia scandal?

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

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

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

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

·          Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode

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

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

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

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

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Last Scene From The Spy Who Loved Me

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

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

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Investment Grade Debt Commentary–Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.12.17 – Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

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

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 10th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

 

What to do on a no-print Friday in the IG dollar DCM?  Well, how about speaking with the top 24 syndicate desks who underwrite over 80% of all debt issued in our market for starters?  I did just that as is done here in the “QC” each and every Friday.  Next week looks like a very robust one with sizeable upside potential. One syndicate guru noted we could see $40b next week and $150b for the month.  What your corner seer can tell you is that I wrote the following here in the “QC” on Friday April 28th, 2017:

“It’s a weary world folks! However, the good news is that U.S. Corporations are an anomaly. They’re doing just fine and foreign investment into the safe haven of” yieldier” investment grade rated products is immense and growing.  I expect a very robust May of $150-ish of all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA issuance).  Credit is grinding tighter and ……investor appetite is voracious……especially coming off such a noticeably slow April that ended on a high note. So, issuers line up!  Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our world is Corporate America.”

The IG Corporate-only total for May is currently $72.638b and the all-in Corporate plus SSA total is $80.083b.  We have two solid weeks to go in May and if we repeat what we’ve done thus far – along with next week’s upside potential – I do think we hit $150b.  Now wouldn’t that be something…..AGAIN! But why listen to little ‘ole me when all those prestigious professionals manning their respective syndicate desks at the world’s biggest investment banks are patiently waiting for you to run through my recaps and move on to their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG corporate issuance? They’re all there.  Hurry up and get to it because it’s Friday and people have places to go and people to see.

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.

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 vs. +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.12 versus 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.9b on Thursday versus $19.8b on Wednesday and $17b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.9b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/08-5/12
vs. Current
WTD – $33.67b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $72.638b
Low-End Avg. $30.54b 110.25% $122.27b 59.41%
Midpoint Avg. $31.37b 107.33% $123.42b 58.85%
High-End Avg. $32.21b 104.53% $124.56b 58.32%
The Low $25b 134.68% $100b 72.63%
The High $41b 82.12% $150b 48.43%

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 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 25 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 81.91% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was framed as follows:

 
Here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now over 10% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.67b vs. $31.37b.
  • MTD we’ve priced more than 58% of the syndicate projection for May or $72.63b vs. $123.42b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) currently stands at $80.038b.
  • This week we breached the half trillion dollar mark for YTD IG Corporate-only issuance.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $515.42b which is 7.22% more than a year ago to date.
  • YTD we priced $687.656b of all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance which is 2.84% more than last year’s total at this point.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 42 IG Corporate-only deals that priced: 

o   NICS:  <0.20> bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.72x

o   Tenors:  8.66 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $802mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.51> bps


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

  • Average NICs widened 0.20 bps this week to <0.2). vs. <0.40>.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased 1.07x to 2.72x vs. 3.79x. 
  • Average tenors dramatically contracted by 3.28 years to 8.66 years vs. 11.94 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $16mm to $802mm vs. $818mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 42 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened <1.87> bps to <19.51> bps vs. <17.64> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to +161 vs. +162.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 3 bps to 1.12 vs. 1.15. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened by 3 bps to +118 vs. +121. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 3.00 bps to 12.25 vs. 15.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened by 2.53 bps to 16.79 bps vs. 19.32 bps against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended May 10th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $51.877b) and a net outflow of $1.725m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $6.091b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 46 deals that printed, 34 tightened versus NIP for a 74.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (17.50%) and 4 were flat (8.50%).

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

  • IG Corps: $33.67b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $39.42b

 

We’re in the midst of a Trump Slump. Former-FBI Chief Comey was fired by Trump despite the ongoing “From Russia With Love” investigation.  Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is then invited into the Oval Office the next day while U.S. press is barred from the room. (Who will be sweeping the office for bugs and other devices?) You can’t make this stuff up folks.  There is a 100% chance of a June rate hike. North Korea continues to threaten its sixth nuclear test.  The French election is now behind us, but the new young President of Gaul has his hands full while Le Pen rebuilds, renames and rebrands her National Front Party with an eye on 2022.  The best story going, however, continues to be very strong U.S. corporate earnings as IG credit spreads grind tighter and tighter offering issuers great opportunities to print NOW!
 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

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

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Equities Market Commentary-A Goldilocks Market or a Teflon Market?; Peruzzi’s Perch
May 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch Equities Market Commentary May 05 2017- VIX Messaging Goldilocks Market, Or a Teflon Market?

U.S markets close out a low volatility week with an important April jobs report on Friday. We seem to be in a Teflon market where both good and bad news alike just slide off the market. This either a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The VIX index (good indication of volatility) hit a 10 year low on Monday at 10.11. In fact many have noted that the VIX trading curve looks very similar to 2007. In another indication of the low volatility the S&P 500 has not had a move of more than 20 bps over the last 7 sessions. Not that there has been a lack of new, quite the contrary between French elections, possible affordable health care plan overturned, North Korea, Apple hitting an all-time high, the Fed’s non actions and earnings investors have had plenty to digest. Q1 earning season is nearing an end with 78% of earnings reports beating forecast and 63% beating sales forecast. Wednesday the Fed decided not to raise rates and the statement was slightly more hawkish than we were expecting with the Fed suggesting it could still raise interest rates at its next meeting on June 14th.  Market expectations for a rate hike next month jumped to 75% from 60%, but much of this is contingent on a rebound in employment growth in April and May. Thursday was a great example of sector movements canceling each other out as financial stocks gained offsetting losses in telecom and energy shares as the price of crude oil fell below $45 a barrel. The question we all have is how long can this keep going?

Looking ahead to next week fist on the docket will be follow through to Friday’s job report and reaction both in Europe and the U.S to France’s presidential elections on Sunday. Polls indicate Emmanuel Macron has a 20 point lead on Marie LePen, but U.S and U.K voters are both well aware of how inaccurate polls can be lately. A Le Pen victory certainly would create some volatility, while Macron would be viewed as more of a status quo.

Cheap oil is coming back, with WTI crude at its lowest level in 13 months. We could see some continued pressure in the energy sector next week.  Keep an eye on Venezuela, a country that is nearly 100% dependent on oil revenue. Crude’s 2-year slide, as well as disastrous political decisions, has the country on the verge of collapse. This week’s EIA number added further importance. Japan will also return to work after three days of holidays.

Economic data is back loaded next week, with April PPI reading and jobless claims on Thursday and April CPI, April retail sales, Business inventories and Michigan sentiment closing out the week on Friday. Fed wise governors Bullard, Mester, Kashkari, Rosengren, Dudley, Evans, and Harker, all give speeches, but make no mistake about it; The Fed is looking at just 2 things: Jobs and inflation. Recently, both of those have not shown to be either hawkish or dovish. Washington will not be lacking any drama as the Senate GOP looks ready to overlook the House Obamacare repeal bill and write its own. If they find sometime a budget is needed to avoid another government shutdown later this year.  So call it a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market but until volatility returns brokers will continue to see low trading volumes. This will certainly result in lower earnings for the brokers in Q2.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

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 March 09 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 (more…)

IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche-Mischler Debt Market Commentary
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.02.17- IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche; $16.6b Floated by 8 Issuers

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – An Avalanche of Issuance

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes Deal Dashboard

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 26th         

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

 

I wrote this last Friday to close out my Best and Brightest commentary:

“Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our wounded world is Corporate America. Next week, however, will feature a couple very congested days given that the U.K., EU, China and Australia are closed on Monday in observance of EU Labor Day; there’s FOMC Wednesday and an NFP Friday ahead.  So, not much on those days but it should make for a crowded Tuesday and Thursday.”

Today, Tuesday lived up to the billing.  The IG Corporate DCM hosted 8 issuers across 21 tranches totaling $16.675b in volume.  No help came the SSA space as it wisely stood down.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now 73.5% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $21.025b vs. $28.58b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced nearly 17% of the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for April or $21.025b vs. $123.42b.
  • Meanwhile the IG pipeline is building with 8 IG Yankee and SSA new issues lining up and either ready to go, road showing or conducting investor calls.
    (Please scroll way below for the New Issue Pipeline).

Of all those transactions the one nearest and dearest to our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer was Barclays PLC’s first subordinated callable issue.  That is my featured Deal-of-the-Day and you know what that means – Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on the transaction.  First let’s get to the re-caps – both primary and global – and then it’s onto BACR!

Thanks for tuning in and remember, Corporate America IS the defacto best story going in our inextricably linked global economy and new world order.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Mid-America Apartments LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Unsecured Notes new issue to $600mm from $450mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 21 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.31> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.16.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12b on Monday versus $16.2b on Friday and $16.1b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.6b.

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs traded with a bid today on Trump, crude oil & vehicle sales.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s lost ground. Europe closed mixed with more red than green.
  • 3mth Libor – set at 1.17372% the highest since 4/1/09.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the last 15 minutes of trading.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with gains except China. Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Vehicle sales were weak. ADP & FOMC Statement tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – PMI’s in China & Japan were weaker. Europe PMI’s were strong.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. Yen & CAD, weaker vs. the Euro & Pound and unchanged vs. the AUD.
  • Commodities – Terrible day for crude oil.
  • CDX IG: -0.17 to 63.21
  • CDX HY: +0.50 to 324.17
  • CDX EM: -4.41 to 190.71

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

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/01-5/05
vs. Current
WTD – $21.025b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $21.025b
Low-End Avg. $27.96b 75.20% $122.27b 17.20%
Midpoint Avg. $28.58b 73.57% $123.42b 17.04%
High-End Avg. $29.21b 71.98% $124.56b 16.88%
The Low $20b 105.12% $100b 21.02%
The High $36b 58.40% $150b 14.02%

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

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes Deal Dashboard

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Week’s IG Corporate Bond Issuance: Cooling Off Period; April Showers Bring May Flowers
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.21.17; This Week: A Cooling-Off for New IG Corporate Bond Issuance; April Showers Bring May Flowers!

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Back-to-Back Blanks for the IG Dollar DCM

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

Indexes and New Issue Volume

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 19th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

What with the French Election this Sunday combined with today being a Friday session there was no new issuance to speak of in the IG dollar DCM. That’s now two consecutive days without IG issuance.  I was out for two Fridays so, today is the first “Best & Brightest” edition since March 31st.  Next week looks to be a relatively subdued one given continued blackouts and the fact that most all the big FIGs have already issued.  As corporates exit and Treasuries rally with yields set to pull down further, all this leads up to what should be a VERY ROBUST May.  The average for next week across the top 24 syndicate desks surveyed is $19.46b.  The high was one desk that thinks we’ll see $30b and the low came from two desks that both said $10-15b or an average of $12.5b. But why let me tell you?  I’m here for them. Please allow me to introduce you to the people who price YOUR deals.  They’re all waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  So, without further ado folks…..let’s get to it!

Please remember to read the bold italicized question I posed to the Best & the Brightest as it contains this week’s complete data download that should be helpful to you.

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 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 25 in 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 82.36% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced as follows:

“Good morning and Happy Friday!

First, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

  • The U.S. six-pack banks posted overall positive earnings. This week five of those for banks – ex-GS who did not yet print – represented 59% of this week’s IG Corporate issuance or $14.75b vs. $25.04b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 63.6% of the syndicate IG Corporate mid-range projection for April or $58.192b vs. $91.50b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $69.092b.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $451.277b.
  • YTD we have officially priced $575.243b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 21 IG Corporate-only deals that priced:

  • NICS:  3.57 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.00x
  • Tenors:  6.10 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $1,138mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <14.73> bps


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

  • Average NICs widened 3.11 bps this week to 3.57 bps vs. 0.46 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, reduced by1.48x to 2.00x vs. 3.48x. 
  • Average tenors shortened by a meaningful 4.04 years to 6.10 years vs. 10.14 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $347mm to $1,138mm vs. $791mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 22 IG Corporate-only new issues widened 4.58 bps to <14.73> bps vs. <19.31> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 2 bps to +165 vs. +163.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.19 vs. 1.17. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened by 3 bps to +125 vs. +122. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 2bps to 18.00 bps vs. 16.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows.. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also widened by 3.53 bps to 23.16 vs. 19.63 also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended April 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.446b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $43.426b) and a net outflow of $362.223m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $4.271b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 22 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 63.75% improvement rate while 6 widened (27.25%) and 2 were flat (9.00%).

 

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

  • IG Corps: $25.04b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $25.54b

This Sunday is the first round of the French presidential election.  Congress returns to work on Monday in the continuing saga of Dysfunction Junction to address the debt ceiling, another rumored stab at repealing and replacing Obama Care, and any signs of tax reform. According to a very high end military official, the Korean peninsula has now reached  its most intense point since the Korean War.  Syria, Turkey, Russia loom large and a terror event that took place last evening in Paris, resulting in the death of a police officer in the heart of the city, are some of the major global event risk factors playing out in our inextricably global-linked world economy. 

Please let me know your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.  Thank you in advance for your time. 

Have a great weekend!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Below please find the replies to this week’s QC canvass of fixed income syndicate bookrunners and 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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Risk Appetites Sour as News Cycle Confounds, But US Equity Markets Remain Stable; Mischler Commentary
April 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch 04.07.17 Risk Appetites Sour, But US Equity Markets Remain Stable

 

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Larry Peruzzi

As we head into Friday, U.S equity markets find themselves little changed from last Friday.

It’s peculiar given the pace of news coming out of Washington and the Fed. What is becoming apparent is that risk appetite is souring, but there is apparently enough optimism to keep the markets in a status quo pattern.

It’s interesting that the VIX index trading range has been between 10.58 and 13.22 the entire year to date.  Friday will look to change that as three big events continue to take shape. First, Senate Republicans enacted the “Nuclear Option” to get Neil Gorsuch on the threshold of the Supreme Court. Second, on Thursday night the U.S. launched a missile strike into a Syria Government controlled military facility located in Idlib Provence in response to the earlier in the week chemical weapon sarin gas attack that brutally killed dozens of innocent civilians. Thursday night’s missile strikes immediately rallied crude oil pricing by as much as 2% and investors moved into the safety of bonds With that, Trump’s vision of improved Russian relations became increasingly foggy.

Finally, as this note is being published in advance of market open, Friday morning financial markets and investors will focus on March payrolls, which will likely be buffeted by the economic numbers over the week, which showed some modest improvement in ISM Employment, ADP employment change and Durable goods orders. A decline in March Auto sales is worth keeping an eye on. The decline may be rate-related, as higher interest rates take away a major sales incentive. Before Thursday’s night’s missile attack and Friday’s employment report the largest event was Wednesday’s release of the March 15th FOMC meeting minutes. Coming on the heels of Jeffrey Lacker’s surprise resignation, the Fed signaled it is planning on unwinding some balance sheet positions and they are looking at a 2H rate increase. The result was the S&P 500 and Dow posting their biggest one-day reversal since February 2016 on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to the Easter shorten week, the economic and earnings calendar are light. Highlights economically on Thursday are March PPI numbers and April’s Michigan sentiment readings. 1Q earnings season begins the following week. Just a handful of earnings are due for Thursday, which include PNC financial, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and will take questions from the audience on Monday in a quite week for Fed watchers.

With the exception of the constant flow of news out of Washington, the markets will be digging for actionable news and direction. The importance of 1Q earnings cannot be overlooked. With Affordable Care Act version 2.0 dead and comments from Washington that “a new tax plan is quite some time away”,  investors will need to see earnings growth to justify current valuations. Lack of earnings growth could certainly trigger the “Sell in May and go away” strategy, but would an executive order here, and a nuclear option there be enough to keep investors hanging in the market?

Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. “Always think positive.” Don Rickles May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

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Ph:   1-617-420-8472

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

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

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

 

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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

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

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

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Best Quarter EVER- Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance; Mischler DCM Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.30.17 – Top Ranked Quarter Ever for US IG Corp Issuance

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Q1 2017 Finishes as the #1 Ranked Quarter for IG Corporate-only and All-In IG Issuance.

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

Point Counter-Point

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd

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

 

6 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 12 tranches between them totaling $6.00b.  There was no activity from the SSA space.

 

  • “CHTR” (Ba1/BBB-/BBB-) rated 144a/REGS 30-year Senior Secured Notes new issue due 5/01/2047.  The deal was upsized to $1.25b from $750mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • CCO Holdings LLC/Capital Corp. (Charter Communications) High Yield-rated (B1/BB+/BB+) 144a/REGS tap of its 5.125% 10-year Senior Notes due 5/01/2027.  We thank the issuer for our inclusion. (Mischler served as passive co-manager)
  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now over 83% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.15b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, we are now more than 13% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $129.998b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $166.158b. March, 2017 has officially broken into 8th place as the highest volume month for all-in issuance (IG Corporates plus SSA).
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $393.085b. It is the highest quarterly volume total in history.
  • YTD we have officially priced $506.151b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance also ranking it #1 as the highest quarterly volume total ever.

 

On This Week’s Hawkish Fed-Speak

 

Today, crude oil hit a 3-week high, gold slipped, equity markets were all in the black and U.S. Treasury yields compressed while the dollar strengthened.  Most all of that reflects the fluctuations of our fluid daily market gyrations.  Net, net, though it was a good day.  However, what garnered all the attention today – as it did all week – was the sudden overwhelmingly hawkish Fed-speak from just about every Fed member.  Yesterday, Boston FRB President Eric Rosengren said a rate increase at every other FOMC meeting this year “could and should be the committee’s default unless data change.” There are eight meetings left this year implying four additional rate hikes. He also said, four hikes in 2017 would be gradual but “more regular.” The market, however, is expecting 2.5 at the most!  The Fed is a laggard; the market is always accelerated.  Europe, meanwhile is worrying that its recent tiny monetary adjustments have investors concerned of a rate rise for still suffering laggard peripheral EU member economy’s.  They are clearly not home free by any stretch of the imagination. ……..and we do live in an inextricably global-linked world economy.

So, now let’s link all that to today’s major talking points from statements made by the Fed’s William Dudley –

 

  • Dudley says, “growth and inflation risks may be shifting to the upside.”
  • He is more confident that inflation is settling near its goal, medium-term.
  • “Forward-looking data points to further job-market gains.”
  • Calls job gains “sturdy” and labor market slack “diminishing.”
  • Says the Federal Reserve is not “removing the punch bowl, yet.”
  • Comments that the “economic outlook abroad also appears brighter.”
  • The Fed shouldn’t overreact to every “wiggle” in markets.
  • Fed cares about financial condition effects on the economy.
  • Fiscal policy is likely to shift in time to more stimulus.
  • Favors tapering reinvestments instead of an abrupt end to them

 

Point Counter-Point

The takeaway is that Fed-speak is clearly very hawkish.  That pervasive sentiment among FOMC members gives reason to pause.  Here is the point counterpoint of all this –

Several times I re-printed the following comment from a six-pack bulge bracket U.S. bank Chairman.  I also pointed out the banker is either from BAML, CITI, GS, JPM, MS or WFS.  I will always preserve anonymity folks. To clarify, no one person has tomorrow’s news today, BUT this person has a firm grip on what IS going on in the world and a track record that’s perhaps second to none. Here’s a re-print of what the Chairman said in the “QC” dated Friday, March 3rd, 12 days in advance of the most recent FOMC Rate Decision,

“Everyone is thinking a rate hike is coming in March but, the FED needs to be somewhat worried about the yield curve.  When they raised rates in December 2015 the 10yr Treasury rallied 70 bps in yield, thus crushing banks’ net interest margin or “NIM” and, having the effect of dampening growth.  When they raised rates this past December 2016, that did not happen…..instead all rates moved up a bit.  But when Yellen talked about March being a “live meeting’’, the UST 10 year went from 2.56% to 2.31%……The Fed needs to talk a good game to dampen the “animal spirits” that have elevated equity markets but, I really don’t think the Fed wants to raise rates and see the 10 year Treasury move to 2.25%. As a result, it’s a very close call…..I err on the side of thinking that the rate hike comes in June.  But, it’s  close.  If the Fed is committed to 2 to 3 hikes this year and they feel the markets are fully prepared for a March hike…they may just take advantage of that window.”

It seems that this week the historically lagging Fed is clearly attempting to talk up U.S. Treasury yields because they KNOW the CT10-year yield is going to go down…..down…..down much like it did in 2015, though perhaps not as dramatically.  Therefore, take what you are hearing with a massive grain of salt.  The market is priming itself for issuance.  As yields fall, and deals are well-priced, investor appetite remains voracious for better rated IG corporate credits.  There should be a robust amount of issuance ahead of black-outs as we head toward the Easter break.  The opportunities are creating themselves in here and the Fed doesn’t like what it sees from their prior December 2015 experience.  That’s why they ARE talking up yields.  It’s also why yields WILL contract.  The inference is clear – the Fed talks the talk but they will not walk the walk. And that’s how it is folks.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.67> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +122.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.17.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.7b on Wednesday versus $18.4b on Tuesday and $19.2b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Down day for USTs led by the 30yr for a host of reasons.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed down. Mixed session in Europe.
  • Stocks – Solid gains heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Weak session in Asia. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – Personal consumption moved higher. Inflation data inched higher.
  • Overseas Economic – German CPI lower than expected/last. Big global calendar tomorrow.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5 but a solid rally for the DXY Index.
  • Commodities – Good day for crude oil (back over 50) & bad day for gold.
  • CDX IG: -0.92 to 66.86
  • CDX HY: -4.28 to 337.98
  • CDX EM: -2.73 to 209.24

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $22.15b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $129.998b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 87.72% $113.79b 114.24%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 83.58% $114.31b 113.72%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 79.82% $114.83b 113.21%
The Low $15b 147.67% $80b 162.50%
The High $31b 71.45% $140b 92.86

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

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
3/27
TUES.
3/28
WED.
3/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 3/06
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/20
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/13
New Issue Concessions 0.00 bps/flat 2.60 bps 1.39 bps 1.75 bps 0.00 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.00x 3.76x 3.53x 2.90x 3.08x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x
Tenors 3.00 yrs 11.65 yrs 8.10 yrs 11.55 yrs 10.05 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs
Tranche Sizes $500mm $727mm $475mm $692mm $859mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.50> bps <20.87> bps <19.12> bps <15.44> bps <17.99> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps

 

New Issues Priced

 

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

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.
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US Corporate Debt Issuers Return From Sidelines; USD 10b Floated
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.28.17   They’re Back! US Corporate Debt Issuers Return After Multi-Day No-Go Signal

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – What a Difference a Day Makes

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 22nd       

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

 

7 IG Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 15 tranches between them totaling $10.90b.  1 SSA issuer, the Export Development of Canada, added a $500mm 2-year to the mix for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 16 tranches and $11.40b.

  • The IG Corporate only WTD total is now 43% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.40b vs. $26.50b.
  • MTD, today we officially surpassed the high-, mid-point and low-end averages for March.  We are more than 4% above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for all of March or $119.248b vs. $114.31b. (scroll to the table below).
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $152.158b.
  • Both CDX IG and HV tightened, the VIX also pulled 1 point and the S&P and DOW gained ending an 8 day losing streak – the most since 20011.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Ford Motor Credit Corp. today dropped the 2yr FRN tranche from its 2- and 5-year FXD/FRN having found sufficient 2yr interest in the fixed rate tranche. The other 3 tranches all launched at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues was <20.87> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.18.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +165 vs. +164.  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 $13.8b on Friday and $13.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Poor day for USTs because of stocks, supply, economic data, USD & Trump.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down except 30yr. Bunds little changed, Gilts red & peripherals bid.
  • Stocks –  Rally in U.S. stocks. The Dow snapped its 8-session losing streak.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan rallied, China closed down & Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Positive U.S. data with consumer confidence off the charts strong.
  • Overseas Economic – Light calendar overseas today.
  • Currencies – U.S. came roaring back today. The DXY Index improved 1/2 handle.
  • Commodities – Crude oil, copper & silver improved while gold sold off.
  • CDX IG: -0.63 to 67.17
  • CDX HY: -7.0 to 347.24
  • CDX EM: -0.23 to 213.16

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/27-3/31
vs. Current
WTD – $11.40b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $119.248b
Low-End Avg. $25.25b 45.15% $113.79b 104.80%
Midpoint Avg. $26.50b 43.02% $114.31b 104.32%
High-End Avg. $27.75b 41.08% $114.83b 103.85%
The Low $15b 76.00% $80b 149.06%
The High $31b 36.77% $140b 85.18%

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

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

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

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Equity Market Drivers: Sentiment, Spending and Politics; Peruzzi’s Perch
March 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

What’s Next for Stocks? Equity Market Drivers-It’s all about Sentiment, Spending and Politics…

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Larry Peruzzi

U.S and global markets experienced a classic risk reversal trade on Tuesday as investors re-priced the probability of a reduction in taxes. Investors took profits and reduced their risk exposure by knocking the Dow down 1.14% and the S&P 500 by 1.24% on Tuesday.  The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials ended their historic streak of 110 sessions without a 1% decline. Crude oil continued its decline with WTI crude down 3.1% over the first 4 days of the week. Energy, the worst-performing sector this year, has fallen by about 8% year to date. The economic front was largely void of any market moving numbers.

The housing sector did release some contradictory numbers as Wednesday’s existing home sales in February registered a 3.7% decline, but Thursday new home sales surged 6.1%. Who wants used when you can have new?  As the week came to an end, more uncertainty was created as the House GOP leaders looked to vote on Friday on their health-care bill, while not knowing for sure they have enough votes to pass it. As we have learned time and time again, markets greatly despise uncertainty.

Further evidence of the risk reversal trade can be seen in Gold’s trading action, as the precious metal is up 3.25% over the last 2 weeks. The week will also be remembered for what might have been the beginning stages of an end to an era when Sears Holdings had its worst decline in 2 years. Sears said there was “substantial doubt” about its future. Sears was once the world’s largest retailer over its 131 year history. With the Fed’s rate hike behind us and the next meeting not until May 3rd and 1Q earnings still a few weeks’ away, investors will continue to ponder their risk tolerance in these highly partisan political times.  Friday was an active day for Fed governors with Bullard, Dudley, Williams and Evans speaking.

Next week will be equally active for the Fed, with 12 speeches by governors, culminating with Chair Yellen speaking on Tuesday.  With the market drivers changing over the last couple of weeks, I think what the market and investors will be concentrating on is sentiment, spending and politics. Tuesday’s March Conference Board consumer confidence and Friday’s March Michigan sentiment readings should give us a good idea how the public views the economy, while Wednesday’s February pending home sales and Thursday 4Q personal consumption, followed by Friday’s February Personal Spending will be a good indication of how much the recent market rally has buoyed the consumption and spending.

The political front remains divided by party lines and reforms in taxes, healthcare, immigration and a Supreme Court nominee are at risk. As we watch a few key economic numbers and Fed speeches, we will be closely monitoring the shenanigans out of Washington. Quarter-end on Friday is normally “meet with portfolio managers” who will be making some last minute adjustments to portfolio holding and cash levels. I would expect trading volumes to increase as the week progresses.

There is a lot to digest for a market that looks like it is being stymied by a fork in the road.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

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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 March 09 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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