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FIG Funding 5.0- Mother Merrill Launches a MOAB (Mother of All Bonds)
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.19.17 – Mother Merrill Launches A Mother of All Bonds aka MOAB




Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – BAML Launches a $6.75b MOAB (“A “Mother-Of-All-Bonds”)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates April

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 12th

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

Both Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley issued today, wasting no time to capitalize on their recent strong earnings.  BAML launched and priced a proverbial MOAB of a deal – a $6.75b 4-tranche Global Senior Notes transaction comprised of a 6nc5 FRN, 6nc5 fixed-to-float, an 11nc10 f-t-f and a 21nc20 f-t-f.  Morgan Stanley printed a $1.75b 7nc6 FRN.  That represents the fourth and fifth of the U.S. six-pack banks leaving Goldman Sachs as the one that hasn’t yet issued.  Yesterday, Goldman missed analysts estimates as a result of its currency and commodity businesses.  However, it should be noted that GS doubled its YoY profits which points to the impact lofty estimates can have.  Goldman’s investment banking business revenues rose 16% thanks to its debt underwriting strength.


4 Corporate issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM today pricing 8 tranches between them totaling $12b.  The SSA space was inactive.


  • MTD we have now priced over 63% of the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for April or $58.192b vs. $91.50b.


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points


  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative upsized today’s 144a/REGS 30-year FMBs to $500mm from $300mm 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 8 IG Corporate-only (ex-Preferred) new issues was <13.72> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +125 vs. +124.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.19 vs. 1.18.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.5b on Tuesday versus $9.6b on Monday and $16.0b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.0b.


Global Market Recap


  • U.S. Treasuries – closed down. Pressured by Japan selling and weak Bunds & Gilts.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s were mixed & flatter. Bunds & Gilts were hit hard.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks started the day bid but rolled over. Mixed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei tiny gain. China red. Europe improved except the U.K.
  • Economic – Fed’s Beige Book: Modest or moderate is all you need to know.
  • Overseas Economic –  EU CPI YoY was unchanged (overall & core).
  • Currencies – Good day for the USD outperforming all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Very poor performance by crude oil & gold was also a loser today.
  • CDX IG: -0.03 to 68.77
  • CDX HY: +0.28 to 349.61
  • CDX EM: -0.88 to 211.87

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

-Tony Farren


Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates April


IG Corporate New Issuance April 2017
vs. Current
MTD – $58.192b
Low-End Avg. $90.25b 64.48%
Midpoint Avg. $91.50b 63.60%
High-End Avg. $92.75b 62.74%
The Low $65b 89.53%
The High $111b 52.43%



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.  (more…)