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FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points “Unchanged!”
November 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.01.17  FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points “Unchanged!”

 Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

FOMC Rate Decision Talking Points: Unchanged (as Expected)

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

Rates Trading Lab

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 25th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

As you all know, Mischler Financial Group, Inc. is our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer and as such our veteran give-back initiatives are prolific and lay at the core of our shared ethos here at Team Mischler.  I would appreciate it if you could all take a moment to read about our 2017 Veteran’s Day Month Pledge from my CEO Dean Chamberlain just before my evening sign-off below.  It is with great appreciation that Mischler Financial is able to “give-back” the fruits of our labor throughout the year and it is all thanks to you the issuers and accounts who elect to do business with us to address the need for best-in-class capital market services and your own internal diversity/veteran procurement initiatives. It means everything to each of us here at Mischler and the non-profit organizations we support.  Thank you all very much! –RQ 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $2.50b.  The SSA space was inactive today.

Here’s how the session’s IG Corporate new issue volume impacted the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 83.16% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $21.323b vs. $25.64b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 2.59% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $2.50b vs. $96.38b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed price evolution was <27.33> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +101 vs. +100.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index saw  the “AA” tied its post Crisis low of +58 for the third session in a row while the “A” class held its post Crisis low of +78 for the sixth consecutive session.
  • The Transportation industry sector set a new post Crisis low of +104.
  • 2 of the 19 major IG sectors tied their post Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+84)  and Energy (+132).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 0.95 vs. 0.94.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +142 vs. +143.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $21.1b on Tuesday versus $16.3b on Monday and $23.4b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.7b.

Global Market Recap 

  • Treasury November Refunding: More supply in the front end coming in 2018 (February).
  • FOMC Statement – Upgraded growth (solid from moderate) & no change on inflation.
  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed with the curve flattening the story.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to better. Bunds little changed & Gilts weaker.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.38483% the highest since January 2009.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the close. Gave up big morning gains (reached ATH’s).
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei 21 year high. EM 6 year high. Europe 2 year high.
  • Economic – More positive economic data.
  • Overseas Economic – China unchanged, Japan mixed & U.K. data solid.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. Euro, PND & Yen but weaker vs. CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – Crude oil traded at high since January before rolling over. Metals bid.
  • CDX IG: +0.45 to 52.60
  • CDX HY: +0.24 to 310.32
  • CDX EM: +0.55 to 174.91

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/30-11/03
vs. Current
WTD – $21.323b
November 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $2.50b
Low-End Avg. $24.74b 86.19% $95.28b 2.62%
Midpoint Avg. $25.64b 83.16% $96.38b 2.59%
High-End Avg. $27.65b 77.12% $97.48b 2.56%
The Low $15b 142.15% $75b 3.33%
The High $35b 60.92% $130b 1.92%

 

fomc-rate-decisionFOMC Rate Decision Talking Points: Unchanged (as Expected) 

Once again rates were left unchanged by the Fed, however there is more color on the $4.5 trillion balance sheet (b/s) unwind. Here’s all you need to know:

Policy:

  • The Fed left rates unchanged in the 1%-1.25% range, voting unanimously to so.
  • The Board left the discount rate unchanged at 1.75%.
  • Expects the economy to evolve in a way warranting gradual rate hikes.

Economy:

  • Economic activity is rising at solid rate despite recent storms.
  • Fed says storms are unlikely to alter the economy’s medium-term course.
  • Repeats risks are roughly balanced, while watching inflation closely.

Employment:

  • The labor market continued to strengthen while unemployment declined.
  • Repeats that market-based inflation compensation gauges are still low.

Inflation:

  • Inflation for items other than food and energy remained soft.
  • Repeats that it sees inflation stabilizing at around 2% in the medium-term

 

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee November 1st Statement in its Entirety 

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate despite hurricane-related disruptions. Although the hurricanes caused a drop in payroll employment in September, the unemployment rate declined further. Household spending has been expanding at a moderate rate, and growth in business fixed investment has picked up in recent quarters. Gasoline prices rose in the aftermath of the hurricanes, boosting overall inflation in September; however, inflation for items other than food and energy remained soft. On a 12-month basis, both inflation measures have declined this year and are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Hurricane-related disruptions and rebuilding will continue to affect economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, but past experience suggests that the storms are unlikely to materially alter the course of the national economy over the medium term. Consequently, the Committee continues to expect that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, and labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further. Inflation on a 12-month basis is expected to remain somewhat below 2 percent in the near term but to stabilize around the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the medium term. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced, but the Committee is monitoring inflation developments closely.

In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1 to 1-1/4 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected inflation developments relative to its symmetric inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

The balance sheet normalization program initiated in October 2017 is proceeding.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Charles L. Evans; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; Jerome H. Powell; and Randal K. Quarles.

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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Investment Grade Corporate Bond-New Issue Re-Cap
October 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.17.17 – Debt Market Commentary; Investment Grade Corporate Bond-New Issue Re-Cap

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

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 October 11th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 5 tranches totaling $3.65b.  The SSA space featured 3 issuers and 3 tranches for $4.50b bringing the all-in IG day totals to 6 issuers, 8 tranches and $8.15b.

Here’s how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers measure up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 22.38% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.65b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 57.60% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $52.804b vs. $91.68b.
  • There are now 8 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Hospitality Properties Trust increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Pacific Life Insurance Co. upsized its 50nc30 fixed-to-floating subordinated surplus notes new issue today to $750mm from $500mm at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1bp to +103 vs. +104 tying its post-Crisis low set on 10/06.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.98.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2bps to +146 vs. +148.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.3b on Thursday versus $13.8b on Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.9b.

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. Yields & curve at levels not seen in many years.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to down. Gilts rallied 4-6 bps despite higher CPI.
  • Stocks – Unchanged (NASDAQ) to higher. S&P’s and Dow traded at all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei 21 year high. China closed mixed. Europe had a down day.
  • Economic – Import prices index higher. IP, Cap U & MP nothing special but NAHB was strong.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. CPI YoY reached 3.0% – the highest since 2012.
  • Currencies – The USD outperformed 4 of the Big 5 & the 5th was unchanged (¥en).
  • Commodities – Energy small gains. Gold, copper & silver traded poorly.
  • CDX IG: -0.09 to 54.15
  • CDX HY: -1.70 316.16
  • CDX EM: -1.30 to 176.21

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
10/16 – EU imposes total ban on oil & petroleum to NOKO. 10/6 – Russian news announces NOKO is preparing to test fire a missile capable of reaching the U.S. Coast. Recall Trump’s “calm before the storm” comment.  NOKO rumored to reach out to GOP to help “figure out Trump.” On 9/24 Trump warns NOKO leadership that if rhetorical threats continue its leaders “won’t be around much longer.” NOKO claims comment is an “Act of War” and that it now has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers “even outside of NOKO air space.” Beijing calls situation “grave.” On 9/19 Trump spoke before UN referring to Kim as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” Says if Kim continues to threaten the U.S., allies and the world “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
ELEVATED
“The EU”
Germany’s Angela Merkel re-elected to her 4th term but nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party & other right wing parties gain to force a 6-party coalition government.  Worst performance for Merkel’s CDU and Christian Social Union party since 1949.  Immigration a source of tension. Right wing has a seat in German decision-making.

EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for messy BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. EU wants UK to pay exit bill before any negotiations. UK withdrawal from EU takes place in 3/2019. Moody’s downgraded the UK on 9/22 to Aa2 from Aa1.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
31 year old conservative Sebastian Kurz becomes the world’s youngest leader winning Austria’s Presidential election. He is expected to form a coalition with the resurgent far right anti-immigration party or Freedom Party. (See the “QC” dated 11-18-2015 and 11-30-2016).

10/16 – Catalonian Pres. Puigdemont defended right to claim to independence. Spain’s Pres. Rajoy can use Article 155 to suspend the Catalan gov’t. and take over in days. If not, Puigdemont’s diverse coalition may fall apart. Results of Catalonia’s Oct. 1st independence referendum vote posted 90% support for secession from Spain. National riot police cracked down at the voting booths injuring ~900 voters in the EU nation’s worst crisis in 40+ years since turning to democracy.

Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP’s “imperialist” political class targets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell among others to unite Republicans behind Trump to get things done in Washington.

GOP tax overhaul plan would double deduction and create 3 tax brackets vs. 7. Bringing Corporate rate to 20% might return trillions of dollars to the U.S. that corps are keeping overseas.  Consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt. Partisan politics.

Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility; low rates persist; slow inflation pick-up. On 9/26 Yellen admitted Fed inflation model may have been “mispecified” & “misguided.”

October MTD Terror Stats: Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. October MTD thru 10/16 – there were 43 terrorist attacks. Killing 541 people and wounding 638.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. Recent attacks have hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma and governments.

Venezuela – civil unrest continues against Maduro dictatorship. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). Economy sliding into abyss. Regional immigration issue w/many fleeing elsewhere.

MODERATE
“China”
China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. National Congress of the Chinese Communists Party held on Oct. 18th. Most decisions are made prior to it but it’s historically pivotal regarding leadership changes & reshuffling as elders retire.

Venezuela – Maduro dictatorship firmly in control. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default. Isolated by int’l community. 4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). Economy sliding into abyss. Regional immigration issue w/many continuing to flee abroad. Increased domestic crime.

MARGINAL
“More about monetary policy than recession”
Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017; 3 in 2018. Dot plots unchanged for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria appearing in economic data; “could” push hike to 2018. $4.5 trln b/s unwind begins at Oct. 31st mtg & absence of inflation are concerns. Bullish corp. cdt. forecast for 20yr maturities and out; widening front end spreads ahead; optimism re: tax reform could mean return to US of $1trln currently offshore.  Issuers not so worried about rates. . Shifts/adjustments in monetary policy are more of a concern than chance of a 2018 recession.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/16-10/20
vs. Current
WTD – $5.65b
October 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $52.804b
Low-End Avg. $24.21b 23.34% $90.96b 58.05%
Midpoint Avg. $25.25b 22.38% $91.68b 57.60%
High-End Avg. $26.29b 21.49% $92.42b 57.13%
The Low $15b 37.67% $110b 48.00%
The High $36b 15.69% $75b 70.41%

 

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:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
New Issue Concessions 0.00 bps <0.38> bps 1.18 bps 1.38 bps 0.62 bps 1.40 bps 2.12 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.05x 3.03x 3.50x 3.31x 3.18x 3.27x 2.70x
Tenors 20.00 yrs 9.77 yrs 12.00 yrs 8.50 yrs 8.21 yrs 9.84 yrs 11.10 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,000mm $906mm $608mm $645mm $483mm $674mm $731mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<15.00> bps <19.81> bps <18.40> bps <20.19> yrs <18.40> bps <18.91> bps <16.80> yrs

 

New Issues Priced

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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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Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable-Mischler Debt Market Comment
March 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.09.17 –Draghi Says Euro is Irrevocable

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Buy-Side Feedback—“Its Amazing!”

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

ECB Forecasts

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 8th      

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 dollar DCM today pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $5.25b.  The SSA space featured 2 issuers and 2 tranches totaling $1.30b for an all-in IG day total of 8 issuers, 11 tranches and $6.55b.
The WTD total is now 34% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $44.50b vs. $33.15b. MTD, we’ve now priced 50% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $58.025b vs. $114.31b.

Note: In last Friday’s “QC” Best and Brightest edition I wrote at the top, “Personally one should err to the upside in markets like this wherein new issue volume forecasts are concerned.  I’ll start by saying I have a strong feeling we see another $50b week of all-in IG Corporate and SSA new issuance next week.  IG Corporates alone could easily eclipse the $40b mark.  However, that’s my take on things. Across the 24 syndicate desks that I surveyed today, next week’s IG Corporate-only midpoint average estimate calls for $33.15b to price characterized by MANY new issuers.”

The WTD tally for IG Corporate new issuance thru today is $44.50b and all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance is $52.80b ……not too shabby eh?

Buy-Side Feedback

Late this afternoon a buy-side account pointed out the following, “It’s amazing Ron! I was looking at your “QC” from last Friday and recall how staggered I was that almost 90% of last weeks’ new issues tightened versus pricing spread levels especially considering the negative concession environment.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.  But this week is an entirely different story. In fact, it’s completely the opposite.  I’ll bet that a new record number of this week’s new issues widened out vs. their pricing levels given yields.  I haven’t seen more apathy in the market than this week in a VERY long time.”

We’ll see tomorrow folks when I check  the secondary trading levels of this week’s


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Host Hotels & Resorts LP bumped up its 7yr Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $350m at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Neuberger and Berman upped today’s 144a/REGS 10yr Senior Notes new issue to $300mm from $250mm at the launch. The deal skipped guidance.
  • The Asian Development Bank increased today’s 4yr FRN new issue to $1b from $750mm at the launch.
  • Swedish Export Credit Corp. upsized today’s tap of its FRNs due 10/04/2018 to $300mm from $250mm at the launch.
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 8 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution, was <25.06> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.14 vs. 1.12.
  • 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 $20.2b on Wednesday versus $20.9b on Tuesday and $21.6b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Terrible price action. Supply, Draghi and healthcare the main culprits.
  • Overseas Bonds – Europe sold off on Draghi’s political correctness.. JGB’s red except 30yr.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.11956% the highest since April 2009.
  • Stocks – Basically unchanged with 40 minutes left in the session.
  • Overseas Stocks – Japan up, China & Hang Seng down & Europe more green than red.
  • Economic – Claims higher from low since 1973. Import prices YoY high since 2012.
  • Overseas Economic – China inflation data mixed & credit down. Ireland GDP was strong.
  • Currencies – U.S. weaker vs. Euro & Pound but stronger vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold, copper, silver, etc., all got hit.
  • CDX IG: +0.85 to 64.75
  • CDX HY: +4.14 to 333.37 (wider by 26.15 bps this week)
  • CDX EM: +4.48 to 221.56

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

-Tony Farren

 

ECB President Mario Draghi’s Declares “The Euro is here to stay!” and “The Euro is irrevocable!” 

mischler-draghi-euro-irrevocable 

 

Today the ECB left the Euro Zone’s  main refinancing rate unchanged at 0%, the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25% and the deposit facility rate also unchanged at <0.4%>.  Asset purchases remained €80b a month until the end of March after which they will be reduced by 25% to €60b per month from April thru December. Currency traders, however, reacted to the hawkish news that the ECB dropped its pledge to use “all available instruments” to achieve its mandate, and is now less worried about deflation. On the one hand, ECB President Mario Draghi talked up the prospects for the Euro Zone economy while saying there is no longer a deflation risk however, he also warned that there are “downside risks” that could derail the recovery. Clearly the ECB monetary chief has a firm eye on upcoming elections, particularly in France. Draghi sighted domestic risks are now more contained but subsequently took several minutes explaining how elections actually make everything uncertain. Among notable moments in his speech, he ducked the question: Could the ECB raise interest rates before it has ended its QE program?“  That was interesting, as he previously insisted that the rate would not rise until the asset-purchase program concludes.  The takeaway is that risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook have become less pronounced, but remain tilted to the downside and relate predominantly to global factors.

Draghi’s ECB Key Talking Points

 

  • ECB leaves the main refinancing rate unchanged at 0.00%.
  • Leaves the marginal lending facility unchanged at 0.25%.
  • Leaves the deposit facility rate unchanged at -0.4%.
  • Keeps asset purchases at €80b a month until the end of March.
  • Says asset purchases will be €60b a month from April to December – a 25% reduction.
  • Reiterates that rates will stay at present or lower levels for an extended period of time.
  • Net purchases will be made alongside reinvestments.
  • QE can be increased in size and/or duration if the outlook worsens.
  • Draghi sees rates at present or a lower level well past the end of QE.
  • QE will run until the ECB sees a sustained inflation pick-up.
  • Sees no convincing upward trend in underlying inflation.
  • Inflation is likely to remain close to 2% in the coming months.
  • Core inflation set to rise gradually over the medium-term.
  • ECB measures preserve favorable conditions needed.
  • Sentiment indicators point to a pick-up in momentum.
  • Inflation increased due to energy effects.
  • Underlying inflation pressures remain subdued.
  • The ECB will look through transient inflation changes.
  • A very substantial degree of accommodation is needed.
  • Draghi omits pledge to use “all instruments” within the mandate.
  • Says economic risks are less pronounced, yet still to the downside.
  • Risks relate predominantly to global factors.
  • Survey results increase confidence in the recovery
  • Survey results suggest the recovery may broaden.
  • Rising employment bolsters private consumption.
  • Signs of a somewhat stronger global recovery.
  • Euro-area growth was damped by a sluggish reform pace.

 

ECB Forecasts

  • 2017 GDP growth at 1.8% vs 1.7%
  • 2018 GDP growth at 1.7% vs 1.6%
  • 2019 GDP growth at 1.6% vs 1.6%
  • 2017 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.3%
  • 2018 inflation at 1.6% vs 1.5%
  • 2019 inflation at 1.7% vs 1.7%

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
3/06-3/10
vs. Current
WTD – $44.50b
March 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $58.025b
Low-End Avg. $31.79b 139.98% $113.79b 50.99%
Midpoint Avg. $33.15b 134.24% $114.31b 50.76%
High-End Avg. $34.50b 128.99% $114.83b 50.53%
The Low $25b 178.00% $80b 72.53%
The High $45b 98.89% $140b 41.45%

 

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 (more…)

US Corporate Debt New Issuance Market-What’s Next?
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.24.17 – Weekend Edition: Corporate Debt New Issuance- What’s Next?

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 22nd    

Investment Grade Credit Spreads by Rating

Investment Grade Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

We missed the midpoint syndicate forecast for IG Corporate volume this week by a lot. In fact, the very low estimate calling for only $19.4b was off by 42% with only $11.125b in new supply.  Next week, however, desks seemed focused on around $25b.

Yellen speaks next Friday, March 3rd and the Employment Report is the following Friday, March 10th. Those are really the only two bits of data that could move the market. Of course that’s notwithstanding any one of myriad global event risk factors playing out i.e. the Dutch election on Wed. 3/15 followed by round one of the French election on Sunday, April 23rd and round 2 on Sunday, May 7th. As we get closer and closer to each, polling will gyrate thru the markets.

Next week has been a huge one in each of the past three years for IG Corporate volume and overall IG issuance including SSA product.

Take a look:

2016 – IG Corps: $50.72b Corps + SSA: $61.22b

2015 – IG Corps: $59.03b Corps + SSA: $65.03b

2014 – IG Corps: $50.29b Corps + SSA: $55.18b

 

Unfortunately no estimate for next week comes close to the $50m mark. The highest estimate is an out layer at $43b. The most dense groupings are focused on around $25b with the midpoint estimate being $25.46b. I am more optimistic for 30b+ in new IG Corporate issuance only because we’ve disappointed on recent weekly issuance projections in 3 of the past 4 weeks, the time is right, tone is formidable, concessions are skimpy, issuers cannot sit around forever, demand is very strong and so, I err to the upside. Overall issuance including SSA could top $40b.

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 20 deals that printed, 17 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 2 widened (10.00%) and 1 were flat (5.00%).
  • For the week ended February 22nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.566b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $20.906b) and a net inflow of $726.282m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $1.616b).
  • 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 tightened 1 bp to 1.17 vs. 118 setting a new tight since November 3rd, 2014.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +164 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $21.2b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $24b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/20-2/14
vs. Current
WTD – $11.125b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $61.15b
Low-End Avg. $18.25b 60.96% $90.65b 67.46%
Midpoint Avg. $19.40b 57.35% $91.96b 66.50%
High-End Avg. $20.54b 54.16% $93.26b 65.57%
The Low $15b 74.17% $85b 71.94%
The High $26b 42.79% $120b 50.96%

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that I had 96% response to today’s “Best & Brightest” survey! That means 23 out of 24 desks.  21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 25 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, 22 of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s 2016 final IG Corporate Bloomberg league 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 84.38% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments.  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

Getting right to it today, here are this week’s numbers entering today’s morning session:

  • We priced an anemic 57% of this week’s already low syndicate midpoint average forecast or $11.125b vs. $19.40b.
  • Thus far in February we priced 66.50% of the monthly syndicate projection or $61.15b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $303.183b! 
  • Wednesday was the fastest pace ever to reach the $300mm mark for all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance.

 Here are this week’s five key IG Corporate-only primary market driver averages:

  • NICS:  <0.16> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.26x
  • Tenors:  8.37 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $695mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <18.47> bps


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

  • NICs widened 0.70 bps to<0.16> bps vs.  <0.86> bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, reduced by 0.50x to 3.26x vs. 3.76x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 0.34 years to 8.37 years vs. 8.03 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $49mm to $695mm vs. $744mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened fractionally by <0.02> bps to <18.47> bps vs. <18.45> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to+164 vs. +165.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +123 vs. +124. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.25 bps to16.50 bps vs. 16.75 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.79 bps to 20.37 vs. 21.16 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 20 deals that printed, 17 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 2 widened (10.00%) and 1 were flat (5.00%).
  • For the week ended February 22nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.566b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $20.906b) and a net inflow of $726.282m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $1.616b).

It seems as if syndicate desks have said issuance would increase “the week after next” in each of the last two Friday’s.  Now, however, with Corporate America having posted earnings and with most issuers having exited blackouts, expectations are for a much more robust calendar next week. The two bits of potentially market moving data are: Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Executive’s Club of Chicago on Friday, March 3rd and the Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (EST). After that there’s the FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday March 14th and 15th, which is associated with a Summary of Economic Projections and a press conference by Chair Yellen.  Blackouts then begin shortly thereafter. The point being – this time, next week really should see very strong issuance across all sectors. But why listen to me let’s go back to the same week in time over the past three years. The results are eye-opening:

  • 2016 – IG Corps: $50.72b Corps + SSA: $61.22b
  • 2015 – IG Corps: $59.03b Corps + SSA: $65.03b
  • 2014 – IG Corps: $50.29b Corps + SSA: $55.18b

 We all understand that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” but those are pretty telling statistics right there folks!

The Big Question:  Next Wednesday begins the month of March, so today I ask a two-part question “what are your thoughts and numbers for BOTH next week AND March?

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

……..……and here are their formidable responses: (more…)

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner – 02.10.17 Weekend Edition | Outlook from Best & Brightest

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

The Best and the Brightest” –  Fixed Income 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 February 8th    

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

It was another no-print Friday today and a welcome one at that.  I am happy to announce that one additional syndicate desk earned its way into the “Best and the Brightest” so, my survey now includes 24 desks. They are the ones you want and need to hear from. They are very patiently lined up and waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG dollar DCM supply. So, kick back, relax, have a cup of coffee, knock back a beer or enjoy glass of wine or perhaps just sit by the fireplace and read what you need to know.  Let’s recap things first and on with the show!

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +121 vs. 1.22.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +167.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.4b on Thursday versus $22.1b on Wednesday and $22.5b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.3b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $14.70b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $27.275b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 61.92% $90.65b 30.09%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 59.47% $91.96b 29.66%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 57.20% $93.26b 29.25%
The Low $15b 98.00% $85b 32.09%
The High $35b 42.00% $120b 22.73%

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that I’ve added a new top syndicate desk to the “QC’s” “Best & Brightest” survey!  As they are in the top 25 they are a most welcome addition.  Once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 24 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 25 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, 21 of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s 2016 final IG Corporate Bloomberg league 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 86.61% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

 

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

 

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

 

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning framed with the following:
Here are this week’s numbers:

  • WTD, we missed this week’s IG Corporate syndicate midpoint average forecast by over 40% having priced only $14.70b vs. $24.72b.
  • Thus far in February we priced 30% of the monthly syndicate projection or $27.275b vs. $91.96b.
  • All-in YTD IG Corporate and SSA issuance stands at $268.558b! 

Here are this week’s five key IG Corporate-only primary market driver averages:

  • NICS:  <3.44> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.92x
  • Tenors:  12.04 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $735mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.60> bps


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

 

  • NICs tightened 2.57 bps to <3.44> bps vs. <0.87> bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased by 0.80x to 3.92x vs. 3.12x.. 
  • Average tenors extended by 0.44 years to 12.04 years vs. 11.60 years.
  • Tranche sizes declined dramatically by $576mm to $735mm vs. $1,311mm, the result of last week’s hefty jumbo deal tranche sizes from MSFT, AT&T and AAPL.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 20 IG Corporate-only new issues widened ever so slightly by <0.17> bps to <19.60> vs. <19.77> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 1 bp to +167 vs. +166.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +128 vs. +127. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.50 bps to 20.50 vs. 21.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.46 bps to 24.74 vs. 25.20 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).

 

Corporate America has posted earnings.  Most issuers have exited blackouts.  Thursday’s storm may have hampered a bit of issuance this week and next week is expected to be sizeable. Chair Yellen testifies before the U.S. Senate Banking Panel on Tuesday the 14th. This represents Yellen’s first appearance since raising rates last month. All eyes and ears will be tuned into that especially since the January FOMC meeting was not followed by a Press Conference. Meanwhile Japan’s Prime Minister Abe arrives today for his first official summit with President Trump through the weekend.    

My approach to the “Quig” Pro Quo is to give something first and then ask.  So, it’s now time for the question, – “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” 

Thank you very much and a have a great weekend! -Ron”

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words*

 

*Responses the QC Best & Brightest are available exclusively to QC email subscribers

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
2/13-2/17
Low-End Avg. $20.71b
Midpoint Avg. $21.33b
High-End Avg. $21.96b
The Low $15b
The High $26b

A Look at How the Voting Brackets Broke-Out for Next Week

 

Next Week
2/13-2/17
1: 15b
2: 15-20b
10: 20b
1: 21b
4: 20-25b
5: 25b
1: 26b

 

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 weekend!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

Here is this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporatesonly followed by this week’s and the prior five week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
TH.
2/09
FRI.
2/10
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <7.5> bps 5.25 bps N/A N/A <3.44> bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 7.33 N/A 3.92x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 10 yrs N/A 12.04 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $300mm N/A $735mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <35> bps N/A <19.60> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps

 

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

 

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 26 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 54.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (30.75%) and 4 were flat (15.25%).

Issues are listed from the most recent pricings at the top working back to Monday at the bottom.  Thanks! –RQ

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
H.B. Fuller Co. Baa3/BBB 4.00% 2/15/2027 300 +200a +170a (+/-5) +165 +165 156/153
ADB Aaa/AAA 2.00% 2/16/2022 3,750 MS +19a MS +19a MS +18 +26.95 25/24
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- FRN 8/14/2018 500 N/A 3mL+40a (+/-5) 3mL+35 3mL+35 3mL+29.5/26.5
BP Capital Markets PLC
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
A2/A- 2.315% 2/13/2020 500 +85a +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 63/60
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.224% 4/14/2024 1,000 +120a +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 108/105
BP Capital Markets PLC A2/A- 3.588% 4/14/2027 850 +130a +125 the # +125 +125 121/118
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.45% 8/15/2027 350 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 111/109
BNG Aaa/AAA 1.50% 2/15/2019 2,250 MS +13a MS +13a MS +13 +44.25 44/42
Citigroup Inc.
(tap) New Total: $1.75b
Baa3/A- 4.75% 5/18/2046 750 +185a +175a (+/-2) +173 +173 176/173
Fondo Mivivienda S.A.
(tap) New Total: $650mm
BBB+/BBB+ 3.50% 1/31/2023 150 +180a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 170/167
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 4.125% 3/01/2027 1,250 very high 100s +193.75a +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 175/171
MPLX LP Baa3/BBB- 5.20% 3/01/2047 1,000 +50 bps curve
243.75
+225a (+/-5) +220 +220 215/212
Symantec Corp. Baa3/BB+ 5.00% 8NC3 1,100 +mid to hi 5.00%
or 5.625%a
5.25-5.30%
or 5.375%a
5.00% +271 277/272
Dexia Capital Local Aa3/AA- FRN 2/15/2019 500 3mL+50 N/A N/A 3mL+50 3mL+50/47
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.75% 5/15/2020 3,000 MS +14a MS +14a MS +12 +42.5 41/40
KfW Aaa/AAA 1.25% 9/13/2018 1,000 MS <4>a MS <4>a MS <4> +17.45 17.6/17.4
TVA Aaa/AAA 2.875% 2/01/2027 1,000 +low 50s / +52.5a +50a (+/-2) +48 +48 48/46
Discover Financial Services BBB-/BBB+` 4.10% 2/09/2027 1,000 +190a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 171/167
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 1.80% 2/07/2020 500 +55-60 +45a (+/-5) +40 +40 38/36
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 3.15% 3/15/2027 500 +90-95 +80 (+/-5) +75 +75 77/74
Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. A2/A+ 4.15% 3/15/2047 500 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 113/111
First Republic Bank Baa1/BBB+ 4.625% 2/13/2047 400 +high 100s
+187.5a
RG: +170a (+/-5)
+175a (+/-5)
+165 +165 164/160
GATX Corp. Baa2/BBB 3.85% 3/30/2027 300 +170a +150a (+/-3) +147 +147 149/146
IHS Markit Ltd. BB+/BBB 4.75% 2/15/2025 500 5.00% 4.75%a 4.75% +244 219/217
Vale Overseas Ltd.
(tap) New Total: $2bn
BBB-/BBB 6.25% 8/10/2026 1,000 5.45%a 5.20-5.25% 5.20% +278.3 269/265
Wells Fargo & Co. A2/AA- FRN 2/11/2022 2,000 3mL+95-100 3mL+93 the # 3mL+93 3mL+93 3mL+89/86

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Index levels are as of 12:00 noon ET.
*Denotes new record high

Index Open Current Change  
IG27 64.712 65.024 0.312
HV27 138.575 137.87 <0.705>
VIX 10.88 10.72 <0.16>  
S&P 2,307 *2,313 6
DOW 20,172 *20,242 70  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $0.00 bn DAY: $0.00 bn
WTD: $14.40 bn WTD: $22.15 bn
MTD: $26.975 bn MTD: $37.225 bn
YTD: $199.358 bn YTD: $264.508 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 8th    

     

  • For the week ended February 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.932b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $17.286b) and a net inflow of $441.718m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $732.780m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $854.782m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.614b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $358.189m (2016 YTD inflow of $502.693m).

 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

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

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 20.50 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 128 128 128 127 127 128 128 128 126 126 0 +2 106
“AAA” 75 76 75 75 74 75 76 77 75 71 <1> +4 50
“AA” 79 80 79 79 79 80 80 79 78 78 <1> +1 63
“A” 103 104 103 103 103 104 104 104 103 103 <1> 0 81
“BBB” 161 162 161 161 160 161 161 161 159 160 <1> +1 142
IG vs. HY 265 270 265 264 259 265 267 272 270 267 <5> <2> 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 24.74 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

INDUSTRY 2/09 2/08 2/07 2/06 2/03 2/02 2/01 1/31 1/30 1/27 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 112 112 112 112 113 115 116 117 116 117 0 <5> 67
Banking 119 120 119 119 118 120 121 121 119 120 <1> <1> 98
Basic Industry 155 157 156 156 155 156 156 157 156 156 <2> <1> 143
Cap Goods 94 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 <1> <1> 84
Cons. Prod. 106 106 106 105 105 105 106 106 105 105 0 +1 85
Energy 157 159 157 157 156 157 157 157 154 154 <2> +3 133
Financials 139 141 141 142 141 143 144 144 142 143 <2> <4> 97
Healthcare 115 115 114 114 113 114 114 114 112 112 0 +3 83
Industrials 130 130 129 129 129 129 130 129 128 128 0 +2 109
Insurance 138 139 139 139 138 139 139 139 138 139 <1> <1> 120
Leisure 127 128 127 128 128 129 129 128 129 129 <1> <2> 115
Media 156 157 156 156 155 156 156 155 154 153 <1> +3 113
Real Estate 140 141 141 141 140 141 141 141 139 140 <1> 0 112
Retail 115 115 115 114 114 115 115 114 112 112 0 +3 92
Services 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 122 121 121 0 +2 120
Technology 104 105 104 104 103 105 105 105 103 101 <1> +3 76
Telecom 168 168 166 166 165 165 166 164 161 161 0 +7 122
Transportation 127 128 128 128 127 128 129 128 126 126 <1> +1 109
Utility 127 128 128 128 127 127 127 127 126 127 <1> 0 104

                                  

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Import Price Index MoM January 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Import Price Index ex Petroleum MoM January —- 0.0% <0.2%> <0.1%>
Import Price Index YoY January 3.4% 3.7% 1.8% 2.0%
U. of Michigan Sentiment February 98.0 95.7 98.5 —-
U. of Michigan Current Conditions February —- 111.2 111.3 —-
U. of Michigan Expectations February —- 85.7 90.3 —-
U. of Michigan 1 Year Inflation February —- 2.8% 2.6% —-
U. of Michigan 5-10 Year Inflation February —- 2.5% 2.6% —-
Monthly Budget Statement (2:00pm ET) January $45.0b —- <$27.5b> —-

 

*Sources: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Bond Radar, Dow Jones

 

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Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Next Week and “DONE” for the Year!

Global Market Recap

IG Corporate Bond Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Citigroup, Inc. Deal Dashboard – Thursday’s FRN Prints Flat and 5yr Fixed Prices with Nickel NIC

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

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

On James “Mad Dog” Mattis as SecDef, Veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick’s Scope

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

New Issues Priced

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 30th    

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:

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $301.04 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value!

Economic Data Releases

Rates  Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

I have a lot for you this evening beginning with the Primary and Global Market Re-caps followed by IG Primary/Secondary Market Talking Points and a review of the WTD and MTD new issue volume performance against respective syndicate estimates.  Then of course, like every Friday, the “Best and the Brightest” that IG syndicate has to offer have all unanimously chimed in once more to let you know what to expect for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  I think most all of us in the world of new issues feel next week is the last “GO” week of the year.  We have history to back that up, an FOMC Rate Decision meeting on Tuesday the 13th and well, a nice and well-deserved slow down for us all.  It’s also time to re-energize for January when we’re all “back-to-zero” to start it all over again.

I also bring to you this evening a nice piece written by our own Marine Veteran Jonathan Herrick – in his own words – on last evening’s President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense.  Please do take the time to read that piece.

Without further ado, let’s get to it…………


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Next Week and “DONE” for the Year!

Timing is everything as they say.  2 issuers braved the market today as NFP met expectations while the Unemployment Rate beat big time delivering a 4.60% vs. 4.90% though wages surprised to the downside.  Rates rallied, yields compressed and 2 deals got done totaling $1.1b.  We’ve now priced 15% more than this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.40b vs. $22.89b.  Already, one third of the entire December IG Corporate new issue estimate has been achieved ($14.93b vs. $41.52b).

Please note that yesterday’s $3b Citigroup, Inc. 5-year FXD/FRN priced with a 5 bp concession.  As I wrote, “The comparable used for relative value is the outstanding Citigroup 2.35% Senior Unsecured 5-year due 8/02/2021 that opened in the morning pre-announcement T+93 (G+100) pegging NIC on the new 5-year two-part FXD/FRN transaction at 5 bps.”  However, I had a typo in my “Deal Dashboard” that showed 8 bps.  So, to be clear, both the FXD/FRN printed with a nickel or 5 bps NIC.  Thanks! –RQ.

Revised Citigroup, Inc. Deal Dashboard – Thursday’s FRN Prints Flat and 5yr Fixed Prices with Nickel NIC

 

Citi Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
5yr FRN 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+107 3mL+107 <15> bps 5 bps 3mL+105/103 <2>
5yr FXD +120a +105 the # +105 +105 <15> bps 5 bps 105/103 0/flat

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – had a strong rally on the mixed U.S. Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Bonds in Europe had a big time rally into the Italy referendum.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield since May 2009 (0.94639%).
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks were little changed 3:30pm. Stocks overseas closed in the red.
  • Economic – U.S. Employment Report was a mixed bag. Higher EU PPI than expected/last.
  • Currencies – USD underperformed 4 of the Big 5 & was unchanged vs. the Euro.
  • Commodities – Crude oil was higher again. Gold up and big gains for silver/wheat.
  • CDX IG: -0.74 to 72.77
  • CDX HY: -4.23 to 388.23
  • CDX EM: -2.77 to 270.30

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Nabors Industries Inc. upsized today’s new 6yr NCL Senior Notes transaction to $600mm from $500m .
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 44 deals that printed, 28 tightened versus NIP for a 50% improvement rate while 8 widened (18.25%) and 6 were flat (13.75%) and 2 was not available or “N/A” (4.50%).
  • For the week ended November 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $1.302b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $41.464b) and a net inflow of $341.7m into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $4.939b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was <37.5> 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 +128 vs. +129.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2 bp2 to +175 vs. +177.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $23.3b on Thursday versus $25.2b on Wednesday.

The last two trading sessions represent the #1 and #2 ranked high volume sessions since record keeping began in December 2005.

  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.5b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/28-12/02
vs. Current
WTD – $26.40b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $14.93b
Low-End Avg. $21.91b 120.49% $40.87b 36.53%
Midpoint Avg. $22.89b 115.33% $41.52b 35.96%
High-End Avg. $23.87b 110.60% $42.17b 35.40%
The Low $15b 176.00% $30b 49.77%
The High $30b 88.00% $60b 24.88%

 

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

 

Once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 24 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.55% 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.

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was framed as follows:

Entering today, we’ve produced $25.30b in new IG Corporate volume or over 10% more than the $22.89b syndicate midpoint average estimate. We have the big FIGs to thank for yesterday’s incredible volume.  For the most part we have next week and the following Monday before the FOMC meeting closes the door on any meaningful 2016 issuance. Given today’s payroll pickup and dramatic unemployment rate decline to 4.6% from 4.9% it’s now more than ever a foregone conclusion that a rate hike will take place on Tuesday December13th.
Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages entering this morning’s session:

  • NICS:  3.53 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.56x
  • Tenors:  10.97 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $723mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <16.46> bps
  • Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened 0.97 bps to 3.53 bps vs. 4.50 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates increased 0.57x to 3.56x vs. 2.99x vs. 2.78x vs. last week. 
  • Average tenors narrowed out by 1.17 years to 10.97 years vs. 12.14 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $206mm to $723mm vs. $929mm.  
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s IG Corporate new issues compressed +0.39 bps to <16.46> bps vs. <16.07> bps last week.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 4 bps to +175 vs. +179.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. last Friday’s +136 close. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened by 2 bps to 25.75 vs. 27.75 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened 1.63 bps to 32.05 vs. 33.68 bps also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Of interesting note Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $23.3b on Thursday versus $25.2b on Wednesday.

Those two trading sessions represent the #1 and #2 ranked IG Corporate high volume sessions since record keeping began in December 2005! Please let me know your thoughts and numbers for next week.

Thanks as always for your time and enjoy a wonderful weekend!  -Ron”

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

This section available exclusively to QC distribution list recipients

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Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
12/05-12/09
Low-End Avg. $16.78b
Midpoint Avg. $17.87b
High-End Avg. $18.96b
The Low $10b
The High $25b

A Look at How the Voting Brackets Broke-Out for Next Week

 

Next Week
12/05-12/09
2: 10-15b
4: 15b
1: 16b
1: 17b
5: 15-20b
1: 18b
6: 20b
3:20-25b

 

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SecDef designate James Mattis

On the Nomination of James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense, in the Words of Mischler’s very own Veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick

 

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No better friend – No worse enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

-General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

 

Last evening I watched on the overhead office flat screen television, President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that “We are going to appoint “Mad Dog” Mattis as our Secretary of Defense.  But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody.”  That was a great nomination and also a lighthearted and very funny Trump-ism that I personally thought was a great moment.  Trump continued with, “They say he’s the closest thing to General George Patton that we have and it’s about time.”  That definitely makes me feel good about America.  But since Mischler is our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer, why not hear about who he is from our very own veteran Marine, Jonathan Herrick, who signed on as fixed income desk analyst six months ago.  Jonathan is an 8-year veteran Marine who served multiple tours of duty in the mid-East and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Division.  His is a great story and he’s made an immediate impact supporting our capital markets team.  For a photo of Jonathan, please see the “QC” dated July 5th, 2016 when I featured a piece on a VOWS event or” Veterans on Wall Street” in which Jonathan and a team of other veterans rang the bell to close the Nasdaq exchange. 

Given Donald Trump’s SecDef nomination of James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Jonathan took the time to write his thoughts on the Secretary of Defense nominee from his perspective as a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. Take it away, Jon!

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Veteran US Marine Jon Herrick (l) Khaki Bridge” Afghanistan in 2012.

I am proud and honored to have it featured in the “QC” for your reading pleasure: Take it away, Jon!

Our current nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, is a legend amongst Marines of the Global War on Terror era.  One of the most respected generals of our time, Mattis is known for his aggressive “can-do” attitude, emphasis on the mental and intellectual aspects of war, and his leadership and care for the Marines he commanded.  He led the 1st Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq on the march to Baghdad and worked with General Petraeus to develop the counterinsurgency tactics that helped pacify the Anbar Province to the point that when I arrived there in 2009, our battalion took fire on only a small handful occasions over a seven month deployment.

 

A life-long bachelor, he is known in military circles as the Warrior Monk due to his focus on the military arts and emphasis on the value of education.  He would often encourage his subordinate commanders to further their own education, and that of their Marines, as he believed that lessons learned from the past can “light what is often a dark path ahead.”  Famously, he stated that “the most important six inches on the battlefield are between your ears.”  Known as an aggressive leader, he earned the nickname “Mad Dog” and went by the call sign “Chaos” during the war.  As a testament to his ability to understand the complexities of a counterinsurgency environment, he coined the term “First, do no harm” as a guideline for Marines deployed in the war zone.

Another story that is shared widely in military circles, that I first heard when I spent Christmas in Boot Camp on Parris Island in 2007, is when General Mattis took over the duty of a young married Marine on Christmas Day.  On every Marine facility, from Baghdad to Washington, there is a Marine on duty at all times.  While reading at the duty roster, he noticed that the officer scheduled to have duty on that day was married.  General Mattis, being a bachelor, sent the married Marine home to spend Christmas with his family while General Mattis himself took over the duty.  He displayed that same kind of caring leadership for his Marines both during combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and back home in the United States.

Mattis is also known to speak his mind when he disagrees with decisions that are being made and is perhaps better known for his rather blunt quotes.  One of the mantras we learned as we were moving into theater was “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet” which on the surface may seem uncivilized, but was key to overcoming threats and working with the population in an environment where the enemy was hiding amongst civilians and using suicide bomber tactics.  Mattis’ tactics, I am convinced, prevented immeasurable loss of life on all sides of the conflict.

I believe I speak for all veterans when I say that I am incredibly excited to see what he can do for the Department of Defense.  A free thinker with a winning mindset he is just what our military needs in these uncertain times.  I will leave you with a copy of his letter to the 1st Marine Division on the eve of the invasion in 2003, and this Mattis quote; “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

Gen. Mattis requires a supermajority to garner Senate confirmation. Thus far he is the only Trump nominee who the Democratic Party can unilaterally block. The reason is that there is a mandated seven year “seasoning period” for military personnel post-retirement before being able to serve in a cabinet post.  Five-star General Omar Bradley is the lone exception to this rule following World War II.  As a result, Congress needs to pass legislation that would waive the 7-year requirement in order for Mattis to be confirmed.  So, perhaps we’re a bit ahead of ourselves although I personally would love to see “Mad Dog” as our “Doctor of Defense.”  Professional pundits typically frame their opinions with “most likely” and/or approaches such as “despite the prevailing view from this perch leads me to believe that the outcome will be…….” Rather than presenting future outcomes with unabashed certainty. So, now that that’s crystal clear for everyone please allow me to say “Mattis will be confirmed as our next Secretary of Defense!” There, that felt good!   I’ve never been one to leave room to invent excuses on the spot or simply switch my narrative to a different topic altogether and squirm out of something.  The record shows that and what’s more the ”QC” is still waiting to be wrong on the big calls.  I will, one day, and when I am I’ll say “ I was wrong!”  Italy will vote “NO” on the referendum this weekend and I do believe Austria’s Norbert Hofer will become the first Nationalist head of state in Europe since WWII.  It speaks volumes as to the volatility coming to Europe and a continued dismantling of the EU as we know.

 

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 weekend!
Ron Quigley

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Twas The Eve Before the US Presidential Election and the Debt Markets Indicated..
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.04.16 “’ Twas the Eve Before the Election..and Debt Markets Indicated Volatility Risk … ”

“…Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution…” Head of Rates Trading,  Primary Dealer/Global Investment Bank

 “QC” Call to “Get Out and Vote” next Tuesday November 8th

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

Investment Grade Corporate Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Your humble fixed income servant already voted in my home state of Connecticut via absentee ballot two weeks ago, as I would not have made it in time to cast my ballot traveling back from Phoenix on Election Day.  Each of us understands what a contentious election this one is.  Whoever floats your boat please just get out and cast yours on Tuesday the 8th or hopefully you sent in your ballot in your home state. If you do not vote you do not have a right to complain.  It’s not the voting that is democracy rather it’s the counting.  SO, GET OUT AND VOTE – IT’S A CIVIC SACRAMENT! For those of us blessed enough to have been called to citizenship in a country in which we govern ourselves by choosing our own leaders, voting is one of the duties of our vocation. Enough said.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Thank Goodness!

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Bank of America was the sole visitor to today’s IG dollar DCM printing a $1bn 4NC3 Senior Notes new issue due 11/09/2020.  The “Green Bond” is callable after 3 years on 11/09/2019 at par.  BAML was the sole book runner.  Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund renewable energy projects including the financings of or investments in equipment and systems that facilitate the use of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Please continue through the below right into the “Best & Brightest’s” IG Corporate new issue supply forecasts for next week from the street’s top syndicate gurus.  I have all their numbers and thoughts about next week’s Election Day/Veteran’s Day influenced and shortened week waiting for you. It’s all here folks and I make it easy – I write it, I talk to all of them and conveniently deliver it to your desktop or hand held device free of charge!  I’m told it’s good and so, naturally I think it’s good but why listen to me? Wall Street Letter has awarded the “QC” it Best Broker Dealer research for three years in a row – 2014, 2015 and 2016.  What’s not to like about that? I mean really! So, relax, be informed and have yourselves a great weekend!

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – The 30yr lead the UST rally despite the solid Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Gilts led the core EU bond rally while Peripheral sold off.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks with small losses at 3:45pm. Bad day for Nikkei & Europe.
  • Economic – The U.S. Employment Report was solid. The trade balance improved.
  • Currencies – USD lost vs. Euro & Pound but had a small gain vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – The crude oil sell off continued. Gold was unchanged.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 80.85
  • CDX HY: -2.52 to 433.56
  • CDX EM: -2.76 to 250.86

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).
  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +141 vs. +140.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +135.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +186 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 $15.9b on Thursday versus $17.5b Wednesday and $20.3b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.8b.

 

Note About Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

I thank my Corporate Secondary trader, Annie Bonner for the following prescient note that she sent around today and that definitely has a place in the “QC”.
It is self-explanatory:

As we saw with Brexit, dealers are sending out notices to prep for Election Day markets.

 

For example, from one Primary Dealer wrote:

“……….Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution.”

 

As Annie concluded, “We’ll probably be seeing more of these today & Monday.”

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/31-11/04
vs. Current
WTD – $11.791b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $7.466b
Low-End Avg. $24.26b 48.60% $90.70b 8.23%
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b 46.92% $92.11b 8.11%
High-End Avg. $26.00b 45.35% $93.52b 7.98%
The Low $15b 78.61% $71b 10.52%
The High $35b 33.69% $110b 6.79%

 

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

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 80.93% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced with the following:

If anyone says the U.S. Presidential election is not important in our inextricably linked new world order just point to our IG dollar DCM this week in which we managed to price a mere 42% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $10.79b vs. $25.13b.

Here are some impactful events coming up next week that should keep a damper on issuance……among other things:

  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).


Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

  • NICS:  <0.92> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.33x
  • Tenors:  11.33 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $469mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <178.26> bps

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened a mere 0.06 bps to <0.92> vs. <0.98> bps while over subscription or bid-to-cover rates grew 0.72x to 3.33x vs. 2.61x last week.  Average tenors moved way out 3.62 years to 11.33 yrs vs. 7.71yrs while tranche sizes decreased by a lot – by $357mm to $469mm vs. $826mm.  

Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 5 bps to +186 versus last Friday’s +181.

For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +137 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 3.75 bps to 32 vs. 28.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 4.58 bps to 37.42 vs. 32.84 also against their post-Crisis lows.
Please let me know your number and most importantly your thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  

……and here are their formidable responses:

(this section available exclusively to Quigley’s Corner distribution list recipients)

 

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

 

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

Please note: The below table averages for this week includes today’s BAML 4NC3 new issue. As a result, the numbers differ ever so slightly from the averages in my question to the “Best & Brightest” which was written and sent at the open this morning.  Thanks! -RQ

Here is this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/31
TUES.
11/01
WED.
11/02
TH.
11/03
FRI.
11/04
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
New Issue Concessions 0.50 bps <2.29> bps 3 bps <3.75> bps flat or 0 bps <0.87> bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.99x 2.90x 2.73x 4.80x 3.25x 3.32x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x
Tenors 8.39 yrs 11.93 yrs 11.30 yrs 15.50 yrs 4 yrs 11.33 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $721mm $379mm $393mm $370mm $1,000mm $491mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.21> bps <17.71> bps <22.50> bps <22.20> bps <10> bps <17.87> yrs <17.42> bps    

 

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 48.00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).

Issues are listed from the most recent pricings at the top working back to Monday at the bottom.  Thanks! –RQ

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Johns Hopkins University Aa3/AA- 3.837% 5/15/2046 500 +135a N/A +123 +123 127/125
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 3.10% 11/15/2026 350 +160a +130-135 +130 +130 129/127
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 4.30% 11/15/2046 300 +200a +170-175 +170 +170 165/162
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 1.60% 11/15/2019 400 +85-90 +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 66/64
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 2.00% 11/15/2021 300 +95-100 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 76/74
Bank of Nova Scotia Aa3/A+ FRN 11/01/2018 166 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+45 3mL+47/45
Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. Aa2/AA 2.853% 11/15/2026 100 N/A N/A N/A +105 106/104
Danske Bank A/S A2/A FRN 11/10/2020 200 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+73 3mL+73/70
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 3.00% 2/15/2027 750 +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 122/120
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 4.10% 2/15/2047 750 +180a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 152/150
EQT Midstream Partners LP BBB-/BBB- 4.125% 12/01/2026 500 +262.5a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 240/238
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 2.70% 3/01/2024 400 +130-135 +120a (+/-3) +117 +117 118/116
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 4.125% 12/01/2046 350 +180-185 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 159/157
Lazard Group LLC A-/BBB+ 3.625% 3/01/2027 300 +200a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 189/187
Rogers Communications Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 2.90% 11/15/2026 500 +125a N/A +125 +125 130/128
Ryder System Inc. Baa1/A- 2.25% 9/01/2021 300 +120-125 +100a (+/-3) +97 +97 97/95
Southwest Airlines Co. Baa1/BBB+ 3.00% 11/15/2026 300 +mid-100s/+150a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 128/126
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. Baa3/BBB 5.50% PerpNC5 550 N/A N/A5.50-5.625%a
+5.5625%a
5.50% $25 Pfd $25.75/.80
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 2.95% 2/15/2027 275 +135a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 115/113
Illinois Tool Works A2/A+ 2.65% 11/15/2026 1,000 +95a +85 the # +85 +85 80/78
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 1.70% 11/03/2021 875 +55a +45a (+/-2) +43 +43 42/40
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 2.45% 11/03/2026 875 +75a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/60
Wabtec Baa3/BBB 3.45% 11/15/2026 750 +187.5a +165a (+/-2.5) +162.5 +162.5 158/155

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that Index levels are as of 4:15pm ET

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.35 1.35 0  
IG27 80.702 80.967 0.265
HV27 179.245 180.23 0.985
VIX 22.08 22.91 0.83  
S&P 2,088 2,085 <3>
DOW 17,930 17,888 <42>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $1.00 bn DAY: $1.00 bn
WTD: $11.791 bn WTD: $11.791 bn
MTD: $7.466 bn MTD: $7.466 bn
YTD: $1,176.247 bn YTD: $1,506.131 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

     

  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $146.468m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.518b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $345.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.337b).

 

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 32.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 141 140 139 138 137 136 136 135 135 135 +1 +6 106
“AAA” 83 83 82 82 80 80 80 78 78 77 0 +6 50
“AA” 87 87 86 86 85 85 84 83 83 83 0 +4 63
“A” 112 112 111 111 110 109 109 108 108 108 0 +4 81
“BBB” 182 181 180 178 176 175 176 175 174 175 +1 +7 142
IG vs. HY 374 375 366 353 339 333 330 325 325 327 <1> +47 228

 

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 37.42 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 120 122 121 120 119 119 119 117 117 117 <2> +3 67
Banking 130 130 129 129 128 127 128 127 127 127 0 +3 98
Basic Industry 181 181 180 179 179 178 179 177 177 179 0 +2 143
Cap Goods 106 106 105 105 103 102 102 101 101 101 0 +5 84
Cons. Prod. 112 112 111 110 109 108 108 107 105 105 0 +7 85
Energy 183 183 180 179 177 176 176 175 174 175 0 +8 133
Financials 166 165 164 162 160 159 160 160 160 160 +1 +6 97
Healthcare 124 123 122 120 118 117 117 115 114 114 +1 +10 83
Industrials 143 143 141 140 139 138 138 137 136 136 0 +7 109
Insurance 154 153 153 153 153 153 153 154 154 155 +1 <1> 120
Leisure 138 138 138 138 138 137 138 137 136 135 0 +3 115
Media 166 165 164 162 160 160 159 157 157 157 +1 +9 113
Real Estate 146 146 146 146 146 146 146 147 147 147 0 <1> 112
Retail 123 122 121 120 118 117 117 116 115 114 +1 +9 92
Services 130 130 129 129 129 128 128 128 128 128 0 +2 120
Technology 120 120 119 117 115 114 115 113 112 112 0 +8 76
Telecom 172 172 170 168 167 165 165 163 162 161 0 +11 122
Transportation 140 139 138 137 137 136 136 136 136 136 +1 +4 109
Utility 139 138 138 138 137 136 136 136 136 137 +1 +2 104

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance September <$38.0b> <$36.4b> <$40.7b> <$40.5b>
Change in Nonfarm Payrolls October 173k 161k 156k 191k
Two-Month Payroll Net Revisions October —- 44k <7k> —-
Change in Private Payrolls October 170k 142k 167k 188k
Change in Manufacturing Payrolls October <4k> <9k> <13k> —-
Unemployment Rate October 4.9% 4.9% 5.0% —-
Average Hourly Earnings MoM October 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
Average Hourly Earnings YoY October 2.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.7%
Average Weekly Hours All Employees October 34.4 34.4 34.4 —-
Change in Household Employment October —- <43.0> 354.0 —-
Labor Force Participation Rate October —- 62.8% 62.9% —-
Underemployment Rate October —- 9.5% 9.7% —-

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Three’s A Crowd; Durable Goods and Debt Capital Markets-Mischler Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.27.16 Durable Goods and Debt Capital Market Issuance

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Three’s a Crowd

Tomorrow’s Durable Goods Number Should Result in Issuance and Here’s Why:

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Presidential Debate Ratings Set New Records

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 21th

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Lehigh University stood alone owning today’s IG Corporate calendar with its $150mm 30-year 3(a)4exempt taxable bond, Series 2016 new issue. The reason?  Big problems in Europe.  Three issuers stood down this morning across the pond and ECB President Mario Draghi spoke of a pervasive sense of urgency in the EU in which he urged governments to “act to stem rising public discontent” adding, “they must show that the Union brings tangible benefits to people’s lives.”  (Oh Really????)  He continued with “the ECB cannot sustain the European recovery alone.” (Duh!!!!)  This, after how many years of applying a kick-the-can mentality that segued to helicopter money and a gung ho “whatever it takes the ECB, we’ll do it” attitude.  This is a change of coarse and invites a serious discussion once again about the viability and sustainability of the European Union. Further compounding continental concerns, Deutsche Bank continued as a primary focus and lynchpin to the entire European banking system.  One FIG and one industrial also stood down in the U.S. IG primary markets as well – that I am aware of.

So, when markets are somewhat volatile, as September has been despite $137b IG Corporate and $158b all-in IG, I tend to turn to “go to” contacts for a more detailed discourse.  In other words, those I’ve known forever and who have withstood the test of time.  Believe it or not there aren’t many of THEM around.  They do likewise.  I gave a ring to my favorite Scotsman Mr. Paul Cohen who during his years as a banker at Banque Paribas, BNP Paribas and Dresdner essentially covered most all corporates including some fallen angels.  Besides being an all-around very good guy, he knows his stuff and is a great person for you to reach out to have him add you to his daily disty list.  Paul is a primary market strategist who writes for Bloomberg London covering IG Euro new issuance.  In our inextricably global-linked world economy that I always write about here, minding your dollars and euros makes sense (cents!) Ask him to put you on his loop and please do tell him that the guy-in-the-corner sent you. All free and all informative for each one of YOU! Remember folks, it’s all about timely, accurate information and how you apply it that keeps you on top of your game while better understanding our markets!  So, go ahead and reach out to him.

The Three Musketeers; The Three Little Pigs; The Three Billy Goats Gruff!  Does the power of three really makes things better?  Funnier? Paul and discussed the theory of “threes” this afternoon…….the three deals that stood down that is.  Paul said, “three deals were pulled within 24 hours across the pond as market conditions changed since last week with issuers perhaps needing to be a bit more flexible in terms of their cost of funding expectations.”  He continued………”a flight-to-quality could be in the cards over the next day or two as the market digests the implications of theses pulled transactions beginning with Lufthansa, followed by NordLB and finally Korean Air.” Now, here’s the good part that cuts through the headline –  Lufthansa is a split-rated credit and perceived by many market participants to fall into the lower ratings category due to investment guidelines that typically err on the side of caution while also satisfying the ECB’s CSPP criteria by maintaining one investment grade rating.  NordLB does harbor its own particular “situation” with its shipping business and acquisition of Bremer LB.  Lastly, the Korean Air Lines pull was the result of contagion from Lufthansa.

So, at first blush, market players came in this morning hearing “3 deals were pulled in Europe…..OMG!”  Knowing the smart minds out there and having access to them with a bit of Quig-Pro-Quo thrown in for good measure, reveals a bit more story, a bit more color and a bit more understanding that’s not nearly as frightful as the words Mario Draghi uttered today or that the market is conjecturing as surrounds Deutsche Bank.  Just a helpful tip for you! And a thank you to Paul “Pablo” Cohen.

Tomorrow’s Durable Goods Number Should Result in Issuance and Here’s Why:

 

durable goods reportOn the home front, IG corporates clearly took a breather today which is a good thing.  We have a Durable Goods Orders number out at 8:30am tomorrow morning which is relatively important given recent volatility so, I suspect that number hits first after which if it’s pretty much as expected or <1.5%> we’ll see issuance. The prior number was 4.4% so perhaps it surprises to the upside.  2 out of 3 is 66% so I’ll say I don’t expect it to miss.  Wrightson, for example is generally an outlier but they also happened to be pretty good. They conjecture that tomorrow’s August Durable Goods report will be 1.5% to the upside – a nice swing versus negative expectations.  The reason?  Boeing’s August orders will translate into a 24% increase in civilian aircraft orders in seasonally adjusted terms which will make up for softness elsewhere.  Just putting it out there folks.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries: 30yr leads UST rally. Bunds & Gilts improved. JGB curve much steeper.

o   Stocks – Bounce back day for U.S. stocks. Europe closed down & Asia rallied.

o   Economic – U.S. consumer confidence stole the show. The strongest since 2007.

o   Overseas economic – China’s industrial profits increased the most in 3 years.

o   Currencies – U.S. outperformed the Euro but lost ground vs. the PND, Yen, CAD & AUD.

o   Commodities – CRB, crude oil, heating oil, gold, copper & silver all down.

o   CDX IG: -1.06 to 78.05

o   CDX HY: +19.57 to 415.59

o   CDX EM: -0.03 to 238.58

*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 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +142 versus +141.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +138 versus +137.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research widened 1 bp to +190 versus +189.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.8b on Monday versus $13.3b Friday and $12b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.5b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/26-9/30
vs. Current
WTD – $5.75b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $136.518b
Low-End Avg. $22.13b 25.98% $115.45b 118.25%
Midpoint Avg. $23.30b 24.68% $116.02b 117.67%
High-End Avg. $24.48b 22.49% $116.59b 117.09%
The Low $15b 38.33% $80b 170.65%
The High $36b 15.97% $150b 91.01%

 

Presidential Debate Ratings Set New Records

Yesterday, I wrote the following about last evening’s first Presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, “You can watch it on virtually any major broadcast and/or cable news network as all of them will be televising this one.  It WILL break all Presidential debate records by a LOT.” Well, the results are in.  More than 46 million people watched the debate across six broadcast networks according to preliminary Nielsen data released by Univision.  CNN published its own data confirming, along with virtually all media outlets. That’s a new record and 7.7% more than the 42.7mm viewers who watched the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 on those same six channels.

Including cable news network ratings, the debate audience soared to 83 million viewers officially becoming the most-watched Presidential debate in history breaking the 80.6 million who watched Jimmy Carter debate Ronald Reagan back in 1980.

Yet another good reason for you to stay tuned into the daily “QC.”

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. (more…)

The Circus Comes To Town (Hempstead, NY) -Mischler Debt Market Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner Weekend Edition 09.23.16- The Circus Comes to Town; Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Presidential debates

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap – “The Ronald” Pre-Debate Comment

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Two IG Corporate issuers took advantage to price new prints this afternoon.  5-BBB First Midwest Bancorp issued a 10-year Subordinated Notes deal and Flowers Foods, Inc. brought an upsized $400mm 10-year Senior Notes deal. So, 2 IG Corporate deals, 2 tranches for a total of $550mm.  Additionally, the SSA space featured the Russian Federation that tapped its outstanding 4.75% due 5/27/2026 to the tune of $1.25b bringing its total amount outstanding to $3b and resulting in a Friday all-in IG day total of 3 issuers, 3 tranches and $1.7b.

As we look toward next week, our IG primary markets will slow down a bit from the rabid pace of these last couple of weeks with roughly $20-25b expected.  I am a big fan of the higher end of supply estimates given Central Bank dovishness, the approach of Q3 earnings and the quickly approaching the circus comes to town (of Hempstead, NY, home of Hofstra University where the first round of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Presidential debates will be held on Monday, September 26th.  I am personally looking forward to getting back to some good old fashioned comedy, which I’m sure it will be folks.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th so, issuers, bankers and syndicate managers have a window open from now through then after which we’ll enter a period of listening defining and second guessing new administration policies beginning in 2017 and cabinet appointments whoever winds up pulling this election off.  As of now it IS very much up in the air and I expect it to be VERY close as in down-to-the-wire and the dark horse could win this one so DO NOT BE SURPRISED.  Take it from…well, Tthe Ronald! Sorry but I couldn’t resist that one!

Anyway, another great week for the IG DCM.  As this is the “QC’s” Friday edition just scroll below to find out what the top syndicate desks have to say about next week’s forecasts.  I personally err to the upside as I said earlier.  I am calling for $30b+ but do the prudent thing and digest the numbers and more importantly read the thoughts of the Best and Brightest that syndicate has to offer in the section named for them just below a bit.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Flowers Foods Inc. upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 44 deals that printed, 25 tightened versus NIP for a 57.00% improvement rate while only 14 widened (32.00%) 4 were trading flat (9.00%) and 1 was not available or N/A (2.00%).
  • For the week ended September 21st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.122b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $35.591b) and a net outflow of $273.5m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $7.433b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue that posted price evolution was 17.5 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +141 versus +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +137 versus +138.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +190.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.5b on Thursday versus $16.3b Wednesday and $15.9b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.7b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/19-9/23
vs. Current
WTD – $38.563b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $130.768b
Low-End Avg. $29.09b 132.56% $115.45b 113.27%
Midpoint Avg. $30.28b 127.35% $116.02b 112.71%
High-End Avg. $31.48b 122.50% $116.59b 112.16%
The Low $20b 192.81% $80b 163.46%
The High $40b 96.41% $150b 87.18%

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

Here’s this week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:
Please note that this week’s average tenors and tranche sizes are slightly different than what I posted in the aforementioned question to the Best and Brightest as it reflects today’s two new issues for First Midwest Bancorp and Flowers Foods. Those two issues announced after I sent my survey question out. Thanks for understanding! RQ

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/19
TUES.
9/20
WED.
9/21
TH.
9/22
FRI.
9/23
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/29
New Issue Concessions <2.81> bps 4 bps N/A 1.92 bps N/A 0.69 bps 4.66 bps 1.30 bps 5.47 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.15x 2.40x N/A 3.32 bps N/A 3.23x 3.47x 3.23x 2.18x
Tenors 12.13 yrs 8 yrs N/A 8.05 yrs 10 yrs 9.36 yrs 11.28 yrs 9.42 yrs 4.47 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,426mm $642mm N/A $852mm $150mm $964mm $710mm $719mm $820mm

 

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

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was:

“Good morning and a Happy Friday to you!  One heck of a week eh?  We blew right past this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast by 26% or $38.16 vs. $30.28b. We also surpassed the syndicate estimates for September IG Corporates by 12% or $130.36b vs. $116.02b……with another week to go!  All-in IG supply including SSA issuance is now at $151.96b.  That represents the fourth busiest month of this prolific year. To put that into proper context, $4b more of all-in supply puts this month into 9th place all-time; $27b puts us third place ALL-TIME.

This week hosted more dovishness from the FOMC and BOJ that fueled yesterday’s $17+b corporate supply.    Here are this week’s IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

o   NICS:  0.69 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.23x

o   Tenors:  9.33 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $1,000mm

 

Versus last Friday’s four key primary market driver averages, NICs tightened 3.97 bps to 0.69 vs. 4.66 bps. while oversubscription rates remain strong at 3.23x losing 0.24x vs. last week’s 3.47x bid-to-cover rate.  Average tenors contracted 1.95 years to 9.33 years vs. 11.28 years but tranche sizes swelled significantly by $290mm to an even $1b vs. last week’s average $710mm.   

For the week ended September 21st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.122b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $35.591b) and a net outflow of $273.5m from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $7.433b). 

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +143 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 2 bps to 31.50 vs. 33.50. Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened by 1.74 bps to an average 38.00 vs. 39.74 off their post-Crisis lows..
And now I ask the question what are YOUR thoughts and number for next week’s IG new issue volume? 

 (canvass results of fixed income syndicate desks is available exclusively to recipients of the QC Distribution List)

Have a great weekend!
Ron (“The Ronald”) Quigley, Managing Director / Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

(Above canvass results of fixed income syndicate desks is available exclusively to recipients of the QC Distribution List) 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…)

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