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Debt Market Driver: Ford Goes Further; EU is Fractured-Mischler Global Macro Lens
December 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.05.16 – Ford Goes Further; Italexit, Global Macro Comment


Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) : 2-part $2.8b 10s/30s Deal Dashboard

Diversity & Inclusion Going Further with Ford; A Veteran’s Vehicle Company

Global Macro Commentary: Italexit, Austria and The Fractured European Union

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 November 30th    

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating & Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar     

 

 

7 IG Corporate issuers tapped our IG dollar DCM pricing a total of 11 tranches between them totaling $6.325b.  SSA was shut out today.  Our December MTD total now stands at $21.255b or over 51% of the syndicate midpoint average forecast of $41.52b.

The Deal-of-the-Day always belongs to those that Mischler is involved in and today’s highlighted new issue belongs to Ford Motor Company.  First let’s check in with Tony for our Global Market Recap, Primary and Secondary market talking points, the WTD and MTD volume tables and then we’ll all “Go Further” reading about today’s $2.8bn two-part 10s/30s new issue that was……… “Built Ford Tough!”

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed & little changed (JGB’s also). EU bonds hit hard.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since May 2009 (0.94806%).
  • Stocks – NASDAQ leads U.S. stocks higher & the Dow traded at its all-time high.
  • Overseas Stocks – Rally in Europe. Sell off in Europe.
  • Economic – ISM non-manufacturing was the strongest since October 2015.
  • Overseas Economic – Full calendars in Japan & Europe with more good than bad.
  • Currencies – USD beaten up by Euro, basically unchanged vs. Pound & better vs. Yen.
  • Commodities – Crude oil red, CRB higher & big gains for natural gas & copper.
  • CDX IG: -0.79 to 72.14
  • CDX HY: -5.62 to 383.38
  • CDX EM: -5.48 to 264.82

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • KeyCorp upsized today’s $25 par PerpNC10, Series “E” FXD/FRN to $500mm from $250mm.
  • National Retail Properties Inc. increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Southern Company boosted its 40NC5 $1000 par FXD/FRN Junior Subordinated Notes new issue today to $550mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 11 IG Corporate-only new issues, including today’s KeyCorp Pfd., was <19.43> bps.
    Not counting the preferred, spread compression across the 10 IG Corporate new issues was <21.125> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +135.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +129 vs. +128.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +176 vs. +175.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $25.0b on Friday versus $23.3b on Thursday and $1.6b the previous Friday.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/05-12/09
vs. Current
WTD – $6.325b
December 2016
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $21.255b
Low-End Avg. $16.78b 37.69% $40.87b 52.01%
Midpoint Avg. $17.87b 35.39% $41.52b 51.19%
High-End Avg. $18.96b 33.36% $42.17b 50.40%
The Low $10b 63.25% $30b 70.85%
The High $25b 25.3% $60b 35.42%

Ford Motor Company two-part $2.8b 10s/30s Deal Dashboard

 

The Ford comps used for today’s 10-year relative value study was the outstanding Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC 4.389% due 1/08/2026 that was G+190 pre-announcement pegging NIC on the new 10-year that priced at T+195 as 5 bps.

 

For 30-year fair value, I looked to the Ford Motor Company 4.75% due 1/15/2043 that was T+213 nailing concession on today’s new 30-year tranche that final priced at T+220 as 7 bps.

 

Ford Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
10yr FXD +215a +200a (+/-5) +195 +195 <20> bps +5 192/190 <3>
30yr FXD +240a +225a (+/-5) +220 +220 <20> bps +7 220/218 0/flat

 

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

 

Ford  Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
10yr FXD $1.5bn $5.2bn 3.47x
30yr FXD $1.3bn $3.7bn 2.85x

 

Final Pricing – Ford Motor Company
F $1,500mm 4.346% due 12/08/2026 @ $100.00 to yield 4.346% or T+195

F $1,300mm 5.291% due 12/08/2046 @ $100.00 to yield 5.291% or T+220

 

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Diversity & Inclusion Going Further with Ford Motor Company

 

William Clay Ford put it best when he said, “Change is upon us. We are reinventing this company in ways that will make it incredibly relevant for the next 50 years.”  Ford’s leadership from William Clay Ford and Mark Fields permeates the entire organization from the inner chambers of its leadership structure directly into the offices of  Treasury/Funding and Global Capital Markets team.
Not only is Ford Motor Company committed to strategic shifts to expand into an auto and mobility company, it has always been all-in when it comes to diversity and inclusion.  Mischler Financial’s certification as the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer, is proud to highlight Ford’s myriad achievements as the only automaker named to the World’s Most Ethical Company list by Ethisphere Institute.  That’s a recognition that Ford has been honored with for seven consecutive years!  Ford embraces diversity and inclusion which is central to its Company and its over 199,000 global employees.  Ford understands that backgrounds, opinions, experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce make it a much stronger business while fostering a collaborative work environment.  Those very people drive Ford’s innovations. In terms of full year 2015, Ford’s work force included 26% women in middle management jobs or above in which 18% were managers.  29% of Ford’s U.S. hourly and salaried workforce were members of minority groups and 22% were female.  2 of Ford’s 15-member Board of Directors are women and 2 are minorities.  Of its 44 Corporate Officers, 6 are women and 8 are minorities.

 

Ford and Veteran Causes

In terms of its commitment to our nation’s veterans, Ford expanded mobility options for disabled Military veterans with vehicle donations across the U.S. They’ve added 8 more vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network, making a total of 207 vehicles contributed to the DAV fleet over the past 20 years. Ford continues to invest in DAV scholarships and Winter Sports Clinic helping veterans and their families transition to new careers and Ford and the DAV have enjoyed a 94-year relationship that dates back to the time Henry Ford provided Model T Fords as transportation to our DAV members making it one of, if not, the longest running D&I mandate in our nation.  Ford vehicles assisted 716,000 military veterans reach their medical appointments in 2015.  Ford also awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to young men and women who generously volunteer their time to help disabled veterans in their communities.   Ford’s corporate cultural and internal D&I mandate was long ago embraced by Henry Ford himself so, it’s in their corporate DNA. Beginning in 1919 the Founder and Chairman himself mandated the hiring of disabled veterans returning home from World War I.  Today Ford employs more than 6,000 veterans and hundreds of active military personnel, reservists and guardsmen.

Ford has the hardware to back up the great things that management oversees internally for D&I:

  • Best Companies for Diversity – Black Enterprise
  • Best of the Best: Top Diversity Employer –Hispanic Network
  • Employer of the Year – CAREERS & the disAbled Magazine
  • Top Diversity Employer – Professional Woman’s Magazine
  • Top 50 Employers  – Minority Engineer
  • America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities – DiversityBusiness Magazine.

Global Macro: Italexit; Austria and Sweeping Populism

The dollar initially rose to a 20-month high against the Euro before reversing back to close at 1.076 as Italian’s voted “NO” in the eagerly anticipated referendum vote that would have changed Italy’s constitution making it easier for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to institute change in a country now on its 65th government in 71 years post-World War II.  You heard that call voiced aggressively here in the “QC” a while ago! More importantly it speaks to the surge of populism sweeping both the EU and the U.S. following BREXIT and Donald Trump’s Presidential victory. The “NO” vote and Renzi’s promise to resign as a result, means likely early elections next year in Italy that could very well see the emergence of the 5-Star Movement ascending to power. That party headed by Italian comedian, actor, blogger and political activist Beppe Grippo, was extremely vocal in support of a “NO” vote.  The people listened and populism is spreading.  The 5-Star Movement is equally as powerful as Renzi’s Democratic Party but the former is vehemently opposed to EU membership. Renzi attempted to speed up the slow bureaucracy that is known as “Italian politics.” The current complex governing system was installed to prevent another Mussolini from rising through the ranks. The problem is it prevents deep divides in Italian government which there always are, and as a result, they’ve had 65 post WWII governments.  5-Star’s leader Beppe Grillo wants a referendum vote just like the BREXIT vote.  So the forces are now in motion to make that possibility becoming a reality.  The 60% vs. 40% crushing outcome tells us all we need to know about how serious to take the news.

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As for Italian banks, retail customers hold a quarter of a trillion Euro in Italian bank debt – listen up – that’s the highest share of household wealth invested in the developed world according to Consob, the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian financial markets.  With 17% of total bank debt deemed “bad” in a nation pressured by debt equal to 133% of GDP,  well, the picture is pretty frightening folks.  All this in our inextricably-linked global economy.

In a geopolitical call that was also a close – but one that I got wrong in projecting, as well as being equally important news, Austria’s Nationalist candidate Norbert Hofer conceded defeat to rival and center-left candidate Alexander Van der Bellen by a 53.34% to 46.7% margin in a re-run of the contested May election in which Van der Bellen won by just over 0.5%.  Hofer’s party contested those results that were rescheduled for yesterday.  Hofer would have been the first Nationalist head of state in Europe post World War II. More telling is that Austria’s Nationalist Freedom party was founded in 1956 by Anton Reinthaller – a name that probably means nothing to you, but you should know that he was a Nazi and an SS officer during WWII.  It’s amazing what re-branding can do for a political party over decades, but a fact is a fact and so it’s included here. Europe’s political, cultural and economic situation is analogous to  a highly active volcano.  It is fluid, it is changing and re-shaping itself before our very eyes.

Austria is also a nation virtually divided between political sympathies.  Despite Hofer’s relatively narrow defeat, what is much more telling and not much different in outcome is that for the first time in its 40 years in existence a Green Party candidate has won a presidential election in Europe.  It’s also the first time a new Party will run Austria outside of its two reigning political monopolies the Social Democrats and People’s Party. According to the World Economic forum’s European 2020 Competitiveness Report, Austria is Europe’s 6th ranked most competitive economy. The top five are Finland, Sweden, Holland, Denmark and Germany.  There is no coincidence that five of those Nordic nations included on the list have swung far right with a strong trend toward nationalist party growth. Remember my call for an eventual Northern and Southern Euro currency split between north and south?  Those 6 economies would all be part of the northern Euro. It’s one future way that the EU and its single currency can dismantle with some modicum of order.

Rural Austrian voters appear to have voted more against Hofer’s far right Nationalist Freedom Party than for Van der Bellen’s Green Party.  Europe knows best about that but it’s not a vote of confidence for the center left government.

What this all amounts to is that Europe is continuing toward dismantle mode.  Italy now has a series of events coming up simultaneous with its banking crisis to resolve or unwind.  The latter is likely with no logical outcome other than portending B-A-D things for it and Europe.  Sorry to be so jolly this holiday time of year but I’m not going to sit back and tell you anything other than how it is.  Italy’s GDP has not grown at all in a decade while its youth unemployment rate hovers at just above 40%.  Yes that’s correct F-O-R-T-Y percent.

40% unemployment is unfathomable for the world’s third largest debtor nation.  Digest that for a moment.  Here’s another shocking statistic – Italians own more second homes per capita than any other nation on the planet.  Didn’t know that eh?  No worries you’re not supposed to.  The reason – family.  That’s historically foundational to Italian culture.  No one can sell a home in Italy today.  When the financial crisis plays out in Italy, real estate will get lambasted much more painfully than it did here in the throes of our financial crisis.  Infrastructure is also a problem.  What Italian youth is doing is taking full advantage of the Schengen agreement in the EU by finding work in other neighboring European countries.  When that happens, nationals resent it during tough times.  Are you following this?  it is not the Unites States of Europe.  It is Europe – a continent with way too many histories, cultures, languages and cuisines.  The fact that Hofer came so close to a Nationalist government that is gaining huge momentum in France and Holland is telling.  Pay attention to this because it’s not going away. Hofer wanted to develop strong ties to Trump’s incoming Administration and grow closer to its historically strong ties with Eastern Europe and Russia. The EU Presidency is handed over to Austria in 2018 which will carry significance on a wider scale.

One thing is for sure, nations will be watching out for themselves more than ever before.  It doesn’t take a leap of faith for European investors fly like heck into the safety of U.S. IG Corporate credits even after factoring in exchange rates. So we’ll have a rate hike in December after which it will be lower-for-longer again. Rates will come down as the world’s money comes flying in.

Political instability is alive and well in the EU.  Italy is in turmoil and the Euro Zone is headed toward the next chapter in its ever deepening crisis.  The U.S. is weathering the storm just fine thank you very much.  Good things are coming to our economy and nation.  The bigger question is how long will all this last?

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

 

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior four week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
11/28
TUES.
11/29
WED.
11/30
TH.
12/01
FRI.
12/02
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/07
New Issue Concessions 0.20 bps 1.11 bps 12.50 bps 3.75 bps N/A 3.53 bps 4.5 bps 3.62 bps <3.60> bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.12x 3.43x 7.45x 2.49x 7.80x 3.38x 2.99x 2.78x 4.26x
Tenors 10. 99 yrs 13.50 yrs 10.50 yrs 8.78 yrs 8.5 yrs 10.84 yrs 12.14 yrs 11.28 yrs 13.31 yrs
Tranche Sizes $538mm $512mm $525mm $1,064mm $500mm $711mm $929mm $1,039mm $692mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.71> yrs <14.79> yrs <33.125> bps <14.83> bps <37.50> bps <17.60> bps <16.07> bps <17.69> bps <22.96> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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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

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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>  
 

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IG Corporates

 

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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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Mischler IG Corporate Debt Comment Weekend Edition-Best & Brightest
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.07.16 IG Corporate Debt Comment-QC Weekend Edition-Best & Brightest

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 5th  

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab 

It was a very well telegraphed and welcome no-print Friday today, at least as of this writing.  Next week hosts two holidays – Columbus Day Monday and Yom Kippur Wednesday. They’ll combine with earnings blackouts to keep a damper on IG issuance that is expected to be similar to this week.  However, beginning next Friday the FIGs release Q3 earnings with reports from Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo on Friday the 14th followed by BAML on Monday the 17th, Goldman Sachs on Tuesday the 18th and Morgan Stanley on Wednesday the 19th.  The hope and the “chatter” suggests they will post positive earnings.  With a trend toward hawkish Fed-speak and decent numbers today despite a 0.1% rise in the Unemployment Rate from 5% from 4.9%, the expectation is that IG issuance will pick up considerably the week after next – so, beginning Monday, October 17th.

But, why rely on little old me when I am here to bring you 23 of syndicate’s “cream of the crop” when it comes to all things new issues?  Read what the “Best and the Brightest” have to say just below.  All the comments, all the numbers, all the data!  You too can become a syndicate guru!  Sit back, relax and enjoy the read and then have a great weekend!

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Strong Market Tone Judging by Secondary Trading Levels of This Week’s New Issues – 80% Tighter!

 

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 30 deals that printed, 24 tightened versus NIP for a 80.00% improvement rate while only 6 widened (20.00%).

  • For the week ended October 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.396b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $39.321b) and a net inflow of $1.908b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.352b).
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +139 vs. +140.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +135 vs. +136.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research tightened 1 bp to +185 vs. +186.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.3b on Thursday versus $18.7b Wednesday and $15.8b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.1b.

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/03-10/07
vs. Current
WTD – $13.60b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $13.60b
Low-End Avg. $17.35b 78.39% $87.83b 15.48%
Midpoint Avg. $18.54b 73.35% $88.59b 15.35%
High-End Avg. $19.74b 68.90% $89.35b 15.22%
The Low $15b 90.67% $75b 18.13%
The High $26b 52.31% $125b 10.88%

 

“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.  21 of those participants are among 2016’s top 22 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).  Today’s cumulative underwriting percentage of the participating desks was 80.88% 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:

“Good morning all, TGIF and how much are you looking forward to the long 3-day Columbus Day weekend?  We missed this week’s IG Corporate syndicate midpoint average forecast by nearly 27% or $13.60b vs. $18.54b.  Although only 30 tranches this week including SSA, investors remain starving for IG credit witness yesterday’s 8.75x bid-to-cover rate on Western Gas’s $200mm tap and Harvard achieving the lowest yield for a 30yr and the 3rd lowest 30yr coupon while tying for the 4th lowest 30yr spread at T+70 and then topping that achievement with the lowest 40yr coupon in history at 3.30% vs. Home Depot’s 2nd place 3.50% a resounding 20 bps away!  There’s lots of money waiting to fly into IG credit product and with 13 IG deals in the pipeline and FIGs a week away from beginning Q3 earnings releases one has to think there is supply coming in the next couple of weeks.  


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

 

o   NICS:  4.36 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 4.20x

o   Tenors:  12.16 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $523mm

Versus last Friday’s four key primary market driver averages, NICs widened 1.65 bps to 4.36 bps vs. 2.71 bps while oversubscription rates pointed to increasing demand for IG credit gaining 0.68x to 4.20x vs. last week’s 3.52x bid-to-cover rate.  Average tenors again extended by 1.65 years to 12.16 years vs. 10.51 years and tranche sizes also reduced again by $123mm to $523mm vs. $646mm.  

 For the week ended October 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.396b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $39.321b) and a net inflow of $1.908b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.352b).

 Week-on-week, BAML IG Master Index tightened 4 bps to +139 vs. last Friday’s +143 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also tightened 3.75 bps to 29.75 vs. 33.50 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads tightened 3.74 bps to an average 35.42 vs. 39.16 also against their post-Crisis lows.

Lastly, now that you have all the intel and data done for you, allow me to exercise the Quig Pro Quo by asking, ”what is your forecast for IG Corporate new issuance next week?  Numbers are GREAT but thoughtful responses are really quite compelling to the 3,500 readers of the “QC” and are most appreciated by the guy-in-the-corner!”  

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy and happy Columbus Day weekend! –Ron

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

 

This section available exclusively to Quigley’s Corner DL subscribers

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

 

IG Corporate New Issuance Next Week
10/10-10/14
Low-End Avg. $14.15b
Midpoint Avg. $15.02b
High-End Avg. $15.89b
The Low $10b
The High $20b

 

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

Next Week
10/10-10/14
1: 10b
1: 12b
1: 12.5b
4: 10-15b
9: 15b
1: 16b
4: 15-20b
2: 20b

 

Wishing you and yours a fabulous long Columbus Day weekend!
Ron

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

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

Here’s 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:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/03
TUES.
10/04
WED.
10/05
TH.
10/06
FRI.
10/07
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/12
New Issue Concessions 2.44 bps 3.5 bps 15 bps <3.33> bps N/A 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps 4.66 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.80x 3.32x 4.61x 5.58x N/A 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x 3.47x
Tenors 10.18 yrs 7.06 yrs 10.48 yrs 25.62 yrs N/A 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs 11.28 yrs
Tranche Sizes $650mm $475mm $428mm $387mm N/A $523mm $646mm $964mm $710mm

 

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 30 deals that printed, 24 tightened versus NIP for a 80.00% improvement rate while only 6 widened (20.00%).

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
Pres. & Fellows of Harvard
College
Aaa/AAA 3.15% 7/15/2046 500 +80a +70 the # +70 +70 65/63
Pres. & Fellows of Harvard
College
Aaa/AAA 3.30% 7/15/2056 500 +100a +90a (+/-2.5) +87.5 +87.5 83/81
Public Storage A3/BBB+ 4.90% PerpNC5 350 4.90%a 4.90% the # 4.90% $25 Pfd $24.72/.76
Western Gas Partners LP
(tap) New total: $600mm
BBB-/BBB- 5.45 4/01/2044 200 +312.5-325
mid = +318.75a
+280a +280 +280 274/270
AFDB Aaa/AAA FRN 6/15/2020 600 3mL+19a 3mL+19a 3mL+19 3mL+19 3mL+20/18
MassMutual Glbl. Funding Aa2/AA+ 1.55% 10/11/2019 600 +low 70s/+72.5a +62a (+/-2) +60 +60 58/56
MTN (Mauritius) Investments Limited Baa3/BB+ 5.373% 2/13/2022 500 5.375-5.50% 5.375% the # 5.375% $100.00 410/405
MTN (Mauritius) Investments Limited Baa3/BB+ 6.50% 10/13/2026 500 6.50%a 6.50% the # 6.50% $100.00 460/455
Spectra Energy Partners LP Baa2/BBB 3.375% 10/15/2026 600 +200a +170a (+/-3) +167 +167 164/162
Spectra Energy Partners LP
(tap) New total: $700mm
Baa2/BBB 4.50% 3/14/2045 200 +237.5a +205a (+/-3) +202 +202 200/202
Tanger Properties Ltd. Part.
(tap) New total: $350mm
Baa1/BBB+ 3.125% 9/01/2026 100 +165a +155a (+/-2) +153 +153 152/148
UPL Corporation Limited Baa3/BBB- 3.25% 10/13/2021 500 +220a +200 the # +200 +200 195/192
Kommunivest Aaa/AAA 1.00% 11/13/2018 500 MS+5a MS+5 N/A +26.9 27/25
World Bank “IBRD” Aaa/AAA FRN 10/13/2020 500 3mL+10a 3mL+10a 3mL+10 3mL+10 3mL+11/9
ERP Operating LP A-/A- 2.85% 11/01/2026 500 +140a N/A +125 +125 119/117
National Retail Properties Baa2/BBB- 5.20% PerpNC5 300 N/A 5.25%a 5.20% $25 Pfd $24.88/92
Realty Income Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 3.00% 1/15/2027 600 +170a +150a (+/-5) +147 +147 138/136
Sempra Energy Baa1/BBB+ 1.625% 10/07/2019 500 +85-90 +75a (+/-3) +72 +72 69/67
Korea Housing Fin. Corp.
(covered)
Aa1/NR 2.00% 10/11/2021 500 +100a +85-90 +85 +85 80/78
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- FRN 10/04/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+127 3mL+127 3mL+121/119
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- 2.35% 10/04/2019 750 +155a +145 the # +145 +145 140/138
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- 4.00% 10/06/2026 750 +260a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 222/219
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A FRN 10/04/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+27 3mL+27 3mL+26/24
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 1.35% 10/04/2019 750 +55-60 +50a (+/-5) +45 +45 42/40
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A FRN 10/06/2021 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+53 3mL+53 3mL+52/49
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 1.70% 10/06/2021 750 +65-70 +60a (+/-5) +55 +55 50/48
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 2.375% 10/06/2026 1,000 +90-95 +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 70/68
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 3.45% 10/06/2046 1,500 +130-135 +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 113/110
Xylem Inc. Baa2/BBB 3.25% 11/01/2026 500 +200a +170a (+/-5) +165 +165 148/145
Xylem Inc. Baa2/BBB 4.375% 11/01/2046 400 +250a +215a (+/-5) +210 +210 179/176

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 5th  

     

  • For the week ended October 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.396b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $39.321b) and a net inflow of $1.908b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $11.352b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $432m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $2.887b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $116.9m (2016 YTD inflow of $6.666b).

 

New Issue Pipeline (more…)

IG Corporate Debt: PepsiCo-Good AND Better For You; Mischler Comment
October 2016      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 10.03.16- PepsiCo: Good and Better For You

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – New Records, Negative Rates and a Blockbuster from Pepsi

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The PepsiCo Inc. $4.5b 6-part Deal Dashboard

A Look at Socially-Responsible PepsiCo Inc.: Good and Better For You.

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 28th

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating & Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

In the limited time I had today to thumb through a very interesting Q3 report from friends and financial news reporters John Balassi and Michael Gambale of Thomson Reuters fame, the multi-billion dollar multinational mass media and information firm, I was taken by a couple talking points about Global New Issuance that you should find noteworthy:

o   Global Debt Capital Markets activity is up 27% to $5.5 trillion through Q3.

o   Q3 U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Debt is 9%

o   Global High Yield is down 21%

o   Government and Agency offerings rose 76%

o   Emerging Markets Debt is down 23%

o   Overall Debt Underwriting fees declined 9%

However, what’s more incredible is that we are witnessing an unprecedented surge in bonds the world over that are guaranteed to lose investors’ money if held to maturity given their negative yields.  In an article written by Bloomberg Editorial’s Phil Kuntz, the total face value of negative yielding corporate and sovereign debt in the “Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index of investment grade bonds jumped to $11.6 trillion as of September 30th, up 6.1% from the prior month……….less than one seventh of the world’s negative yielding debt is owed by businesses. Finance companies issued……almost 80% ….totaling $1.3 trillion!” The number includes debt one year and out.  Corporations account for 15% of the world’s negative debt while 85% is derived from governments.  That’s not good news folks.

This pie chart displays the drama in those numbers:

mischler corporate debt comment

 

So, what’s this got to with new issuance?  Everything because the place investors go to fill their portfolios is the safe haven of better rated IG corporate debt right here is our U.S. dollar-denominated primary markets.  In what continues to be a historically low rate environment, corporations have a wonderful window of opportunity before them to secure favorable funding for M&A, expansions, lower refi levels, you name.  What’s more, investors are attracted to the relative safe haven of these credits that do, in fact offer the best balance in our world in better managing risk exposure while securing a decent return, comparatively speaking.

 

That’s our segue into this evening’s IG DCM that owned the new issues leaderboards as 3 corporate issuers priced 11 tranches between them totaling $7.15b.  But the biggest deal of the day belonged to PepsiCo’s (NYSE:PEP) $4.5b 6-part Senior Notes transaction comprised of 3- and 5-year FXD/FRNs, 10s and 30s.  It also happens to be the Deal-of-the-Day as Mischler Financial, our nation’s oldest Service Disabled veteran broker dealer was more than honored to be named an active 1.00% Co-Manager and was showcased as one of two diversity co’s on today’s deal.  So, I invite you to join me in the relative value story of this deal and PepsiCo’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

But first, here’s the global re-cap and a look at all today’s primary market talking points and issuance!

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – Better than expected ISM manufacturing hits the front end.

o   Stocks – U.S. stocks red (3:30pm). FTSE, Nikkei & HS rallied. Europe mostly red.

o   Economic – ISM manufacturing moved back over 50. Good news for hawks on the FOMC.

o   Currencies – USD outperformed the Euro, Pound & Yen. Pound had a very bad day.

o   Commodities – Crude oil closed higher while gold, copper, silver & wheat lost.

o   CDX IG: +0.50 to 75.63

o   CDX HY: +2.30 to 403.45

o   CDX EM: -0.65 to 233.06

*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 11 IG Corporate-only new issues was 18.18 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +143.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +138.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +189.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.3b on Friday versus $15.8b Thursday and $13.3b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.2b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/03-10/07
vs. Current
WTD – $7.15b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $7.15b
Low-End Avg. $17.35b 41.21% $87.83b 8.14%
Midpoint Avg. $18.54b 38.57% $88.59b 8.07%
High-End Avg. $19.74b 36.22% $89.35b 8.00%
The Low $15b 47.67% $75b 9.53%
The High $26b 27.50% $125b 5.72%

 

The PepsiCo Inc. $4.5b 6-part Deal Dashboard

 

PEPSI Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
Comparable Bid
Pre-Announcement
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
3yr FXD +55-60 +50a (+/-5) +45 +45 <12.5> PEP 1.50% ’19 T+35 (G+42)
Curve adjusted = flat
0 44/43 <1>
3yr FRN 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+27 3mL+27 <12.5> PEP 1.50% ’19 T+35 (G+42)
Curve adjusted = flat
0 3mL+26/24 <1>
5yr FXD +65-70 +60a (+/-5) +55 +55 <12.5> PEP 3.00% ’21 T+54 (G+55) 0 54/53 <1>
5yr FRN 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+53 3mL+53 <12.5> PEP 3.00% ’21 T+54 (G+55) 0 3mL+52/51 <1>
10yr +90-95 +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 <17.5> PEP 2.85% ’26 (T+67/G+71) +4 74/73 <1>
30yr +130-135 +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 <17.5> PEP 4.45% ’46 (T+112) +3 114/ <1>

 

………and here’s a look at final book sizes and over-subscription rates:

 

ETR Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
3yr FXD 250mm 450m 1.8x
3yr FRN 750mm 1,950m 2.6x
5yr FXD 250mm 600mm 2.4x
5yr FRN 750mm 2,200m 2.93x
10yr 1,000m 3,250m 3.25x
30yr 1,500m 4mm 2.67x

 

Thank You’s Galore

 

Let’s see if you’ve been reading the “QC” with a simple test question – “Where does D&I start in corporate America?”  Correct good job!  The answer is it starts from the top down.  At PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food and beverage business that means India-born and naturalized American Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi.  It is from her office that Pepsi’s D&I initiative is carried, embraced and filtered through what is among the best-in-class Diversity and Inclusion mandates that we saw in action today, as evidenced by Mischler’s opportunity to demonstrate our capital markets capabilities and to work with PepsiCo’s Treasury/Funding Department.

Mischler sends off its five-star salute this evening to all of you with thanks not only for the privilege to be involved in your transaction, but for the active roll you enabled and supported us to participate with.  As a 1.00% active Co-Manager we were able to introduce nearly one quarter of a billion dollars in volume and 80 individual orders to Pepsi’s six-part order books.  By allocating Team Mischler we then see return business from our middle markets distribution network that executes Corporate, Agency, ABS/MBS, Rates and Municipal business among others.  The sustainable growth trajectory we are on, in turn, helps fund our “giving back and pay forward set asides”  so that we can apply our shared ethos to give back to our Veteran community.  This is a circular process, and it’s how we grow our business while giving back to veteran and service disabled veteran organizations – the root of our diversity certification.  So, thank you all at Team Pepsi from all of us here at Team Mischler for being great stewards for D&I and Veteran causes.

PepsiCo Inc debtA Look at Socially Responsible PepsiCo Inc.: Good and Better For You

But let me tell you a bit more about Pepsi D&I leadership roles. Pepsi’s Supplier Diversity mandate began over 30 years ago at the company and its annual spend is approximately $1.3 billion!  Also, internally, PepsiCo recognizes individuals within the company who are active supporters of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Two such honors are the Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award to honor employees for their outstanding achievements in diversity and inclusion.  Most recently, 76 associates from Pepsi’s Global business were awarded.  Additionally, Pepsi offers the Global Steve Reinemund Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award recognizing senior Pepsi staff members who model exemplary leadership and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Which brings me to PepsiCo’s incredible commitment to hire U.S. military veterans, an initiative that earned it a top 25 ranking for the second consecutive year in the G.I. Jobs ranking of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2013.  Pepsi is the lone food and beverage company in the top 50 companies in that category.  Also in 2013, Pepsi’s online jobs clearinghouse named, Bright.com, secured the top ranking for Pepsi among Fortune 50 companies in “most veterans hired” as a percentage of its workforce.  How awesome is that folks?  For four consecutive years Pepsi’s recycling program provided $1.5million to support Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans or “EBV” that helps veterans build their own businesses to pursue their dreams. Those are just some of the ways Pepsi is giving back.

They gave the nation’s oldest SDVBE a chance again today to prove our muster and so, it’s our job and expectation to deliver the goods and in addition to extol the virtues and tell the stories of what Pepsi does to make this world a better, more socially responsible place; Pepsi is Good and Better For You!

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

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

 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

 

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior four week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/26
TUES.
9/27
WED.
9/28
TH.
9/29
FRI.
9.30
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/26
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
New Issue Concessions 2.50 bps N/A 5.69 bps 0 bps/flat N/A 2.71 bps 0.69 bps 4.66 bps 1.30 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.71x N/.A 2.66x 4.12x N/A 3.52x 3.23x 3.47x 3.23x
Tenors 13.12 yrs 30 yrs 7.71 yrs 7.29 yrs N/A 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs 11.28 yrs 9.42 yrs
Tranche Sizes $509mm $150mm $862mm $681mm N/A $646mm $964mm $710mm $719mm

 

New Issues Priced

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

For ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- FRN 10/04/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+127 3mL+127 BAML/BNPP/CITI/LLOY/MIZ
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- 2.35% 10/04/2019 750 +155a +145 the # +145 +145 BAML/BNPP/CITI/LLOY/MIZ
General Motors Finc’l. Co. BBB-/BBB- 4.00% 10/06/2026 750 +260a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 BAML/BNPP/CITI/LLOY/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A FRN 10/04/2019 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+27 3mL+27 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 1.35% 10/04/2019 750 +55-60 +50a (+/-5) +45 +45 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A FRN 10/06/2021 250 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+53 3mL+53 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 1.70% 10/06/2021 750 +65-70 +60a (+/-5) +55 +55 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 2.375% 10/06/2026 1,000 +90-95 +80a (+/-5) +75 +75 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
PepsiCo. Inc. A1/A 3.45% 10/06/2046 1,500 +130-135 +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 BAML/CITI/GS/MIZ
Xylem Inc. Baa2/BBB 3.25% 11/01/2026 500 +200a +170a (+/-5) +165 +165 CITI/WFS(a) JPM (p)
Xylem Inc. Baa2/BBB 4.375% 11/01/2046 400 +250a +215a (+/-5) +210 +210 CITI/WFS(a) JPM (p)

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

 

Index Open Current Change
LUACOAS 1.38 1.38 0
IG27 75.132 75.232 0.10
HV27 176.145 175.005 <1.14>
VIX 13.29 13.57 0.28
S&P 2,168 2,161 <7>
DOW 18,308 18,253 <55>
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+ SSA)

DAY: $7.15 bn DAY: $7.15 bn
WTD: $7.15 bn WTD: $7.15 bn
MTD: $7.15 bn MTD: $7.15 bn
YTD: $1,081.886 bn YTD: $1,366.37 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 28th

     

  • For the week ended September 28th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.334b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $37.925b) and a net inflow of $2.011b into High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $9.444b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $480.7m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $3.319b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $209.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $6.549b).

 

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 33.25 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 9/30 9/29 9/28 9/27 9/26 9/23 9/22 9/21 9/20 9/19 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 143 143 143 143 142 141 141 142 142 142 0 +1 106
“AAA” 84 84 84 84 83 82 82 83 83 83 0 +1 50
“AA” 87 87 87 86 86 85 85 86 85 85 0 +2 63
“A” 113 114 114 114 113 112 112 113 113 113 <1> 0 81
“BBB” 185 185 185 185 184 183 183 185 184 185 0 0 142
IG vs. HY 354 366 371 375 374 369 368 380 382 383 <12> <29> 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 38.95 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 9/30 9/29 9/28 9/27 9/26 9/23 9/22 9/21 9/20 9/19 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 122 121 121 121 119 119 119 121 120 120 +1 +2 67
Banking 133 136 134 134 131 131 131 133 132 133 <3> 0 98
Basic Industry 186 187 187 187 187 186 186 188 189 189 <1> <3> 143
Cap Goods 106 107 105 106 105 104 104 104 104 104 <1> +2 84
Cons. Prod. 111 111 111 112 110 110 110 111 111 111 0 0 85
Energy 191 191 192 193 193 191 191 192 192 192 0 <1> 133
Financials 169 167 167 167 166 165 165 167 167 167 +2 +2 97
Healthcare 120 119 119 119 118 118 118 119 118 118 +1 +2 83
Industrials 144 144 144 145 143 143 143 144 144 144 0 0 109
Insurance 162 163 163 163 163 162 162 163 162 163 <1> <1> 120
Leisure 140 141 140 141 141 141 142 142 142 142 <1> <2> 115
Media 165 164 165 165 164 164 164 166 165 165 +1 0 113
Real Estate 153 151 151 151 151 151 151 151 151 150 +2 +3 112
Retail 119 119 119 119 118 118 119 120 119 120 0 <1> 92
Services 133 136 135 135 134 134 135 135 135 135 <3> <2> 120
Technology 121 124 124 124 123 123 123 124 124 124 <3> <3> 76
Telecom 163 165 165 165 162 162 162 164 164 164 <2> <1> 122
Transportation 141 138 138 139 139 138 139 139 139 139 +3 +2 109
Utility 141 142 141 141 140 140 140 141 140 141 <1> 0 104

  (more…)

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…)

In Advance of Fed and BoJ Comments, Corporate Debt Issuers Sidelined
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.21.16 No Prints and No Rate Increases; Corporate Debt Issuers Sit it Out

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to Policy

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

In Janet’s Words

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

Investment Grade Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

It was a no print day today as corporate debt issuers respected both the impact of the BoJ and FOMC.

dewey moment mischler debt market Not so fast my friends…..not so fast!  It’s not exactly a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Still, let’s call it like it is folks – I did say “the next best thing to having tomorrow’s newspaper today is the ‘QC’”.  Then on Monday, September 19th and alluding to today’s BoJ and FOMC rate decisions, I wrote, “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some.” Well, I guess it’s not “tomorrow’s newspaper today” but I still think it’s the “next best thing to it.” The Fed Held, the BoJ introduced new fringy though convoluted easing details (“and then some”) but the BoJ kept rates unchanged.  Two out of three isn’t bad, but that’s why it’s “the next best thing.” If I played baseball, I’d be in the Hall of Fame with a .666 average.  Joking aside, a Fed that infers raising rates by December should have hiked rates today, but they didn’t. This is more of the same readers.  Look for Fed members – both voting and non-voting – to continue giving speeches and appearing on television to opine about the rate flux that has restricted so many from doing so much.  The street is the leader; the Fed is the ultimate laggard.  It’s how it is.  Today was more of the same. No surprise at all.  The government should consider issuing a gag order on any and all Fed-speak in between meetings for all members, both voting and non-voting.  They only confuse the situation and shock markets.

First up, let’s look at what the BoJ did while we were in REM sleep this morning:

A Big Red Zero – Land of the Rising “None” as BoJ Keeps Rates at <0.1%> & Introduces More Shifts to PolicyBoJ Mischler Debt Market Comment

Central Banks from the FOMC to the BOE and from the ECB to the BoJ all seem to be pointing to the downside risks to continued rate cuts while at the same time highlighting that monetary policy needs to be substantially accommodative while calling on governments to share more of the economic burdens. Here’s what’s clear: growth is anemic to non-existent, inflation unchanged to nowhere, accommodative policies are manifesting themselves in new policy twists and turns and big government needs to get more involved.  Hmmm…..sounds like things aren’t quite working out, eh?

 

Here are the talking points from this morning’s BoJ announcement:

 

o   The BoJ left interest rates at its still record low <0.1%>.

o   Committed to intervene until inflation reaches 2% and remains stable above that level.

o   Will cap 10-year yields at 0.00% by continuing to buy 10yr JGBs implying that the BoJ must continue intervening to prevent borrowing costs from rising and to ensure that it can borrow for a decade for free.

o   Changed its policy from a focus on a base money target to controlling the yield curve.

o   Pledged to maintain its government bond-buying in line with ¥80 trillion annually while buying fewer long-dated maturities hoping to pump up long-term interest rates thereby helping banks boost profits. There was no expansion of its current quantitative easing program.

 

Will this new approach be effective?  Only time will tell.  It certainly is a shift in monetary policy to control the yield curve. It is NOT a bazooka by any stretch and more like “fiddling around the edges.”  As for the 2.00% target? Folks, we all know that’s a loooong way off. Market participants have a lot of questions with many sharing that the “BoJ should’ve just cut rates again.” Equity markets loved the news. The DOW closed up 163, the S&P was in the black 23, the VIX compressed over 2.5 and CDX27 tightened 3.2 bps.

“Fed” Up with Rates, FOMC Holds; November Increase Has No Chance Pre- Election and Santa Claus is Coming to Town…with Coal?

The Fed held rates albeit the subsequent press conference was more optimistic, if one can call it that, saying the economy appeared “slightly balanced” and “the case for an increase in the fed funds rate strengthened but decided, for the time being to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives.”  You all know about the myriad global event risk factors out there.  There are so many that on any given day in our inextricably global-linked world economy, should one or several of them get worse, which is entirely plausible-to-likely, the Fed can skirt around a hike by once again pointing to global events, as they have in the past, to justify standing down.  In fact, in its statement Chair Yellen said, “we will closely monitor inflation and global developments.” What’s more, the next FOMC meeting will be held on November 1srt and 2nd and is not associated with a Summary of Economic Projections or a press conference by Yellen. It is highly unlikely that the Fed raises rates in November given that the meeting will take places 6 days before one our nation’s most tumultuous and raucous elections.  Last year saw one rate hike to close out 2015 at its December meeting.  Santa Claus will be coming to town early at the year’s last meeting of 2016 held December 13th-14th …………..but don’t be surprised to find coal in the stocking.

Folks, Q3 is about over.  You hear that sound?   That’s the sound of trucks?  They’re backing up to print between now and Election Day – BIG TIME. 12 IG issuers are in the pipeline with a whole lot of M&A deals getting closer.

Here’s All You Want and Need to Know About Today’s Fed Decision

o   The FOMC kept rates unchanged as three officials dissent for a hike.

o   George, Mester, Rosengren dissented in favor of a hike.

o   Case for rate hike strengthened as forecast shows a 2016 increase.

o   Fed “decided to wait for the time being for additional evidence.”

o   Reiterates they expect the economy to “warrant only gradual hikes.”

o   FOMC repeats it will closely monitor inflation and global developments.

o   Job market continued to strengthen and economy picked up.

o   Says “job gains are solid and household spending is growing strongly.”

o   Market-based measures of inflation remain low.

o   Sees inflation rising to 2% over the medium term.

o   Business fixed investments has remained soft.

o   Near-term risks to its outlook “appear roughly balanced.”

o   Maintains its reinvestment policy.

 

In Janet’s Words

o   “FOMC policy should help economy move toward goals.”

o   “Economic growth appears to have picked up.”

o   “Economy to expand at moderate pace in next few years.”

o   “Pace of job gains above rate needed for new entrants.”

o   “Unemployment measures show more people seeking jobs.”

o   “PCE inflation still short of 2% objective.”

o   “Can’t take inflation expectations stability for granted.”

o   “Don’t want to overshoot inflation goal significantly.”

o   “We chose to wait for more evidence of progress.”

o   “On current course, some gradual hikes will be warranted.”

o   “There appears little risk of falling behind curve.”

o   “We’re generally pleased with how U.S. economy is doing.”

o   “Seeing evidence economy is expanding more strongly.”

o   “We’re not seeing pressures suggesting overheating.”

o   “Economy has a little more room to run than thought.”

o   “Zero lower bound is a concern.”

o   “My colleagues and I discussed timing of next rate hike.”

o   “Most of us judged it sensible to wait for more evidence.”

o   “Monetary policy is somewhat accommodative.”

o   “Should be concerned about risks from reach for yield.”

o   “Most of my colleagues agree with my Jackson Hole remark.”

o   “Of course we’re worried bubbles could form.”

o   “Soundness of banking system has improved substantially.”

o   “Less disagreement on FOMC than you might think.”

o   “Important to have a range of views expressed on the FOMC.”

o   “We don’t discuss politics at our meetings.”

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   FOMC – Unchanged as expected but there were 3 dissenters. Dots were dovish (again).

o   BOJ – Main policy target is the yield curve from the monetary base (rates unchanged).

o   U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed & flatter. USTs traded better after the FOMC/Yellen.

o   Overseas Bonds – Europe was unchanged to red & steeper. JGB’s was all red & flatter.

o   Stocks – Strong session for U.S.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe closed higher. Nikkei rallied & China small gains.

o   Economic – Nothing of note in the U.S. Data in Japan was weak.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5. The Yen was very strong.

o   Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold & silver were all well bid.

o   CDX IG: -3.25 to 78.44

o   CDX HY: -18.52 to 391.26

o   CDX EM: -12.30 to 230.74

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to +139 versus +140.  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 $19.1b on Tuesday versus $12b Monday and $15.8b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/19-9/23
vs. Current
WTD – $20.963b
September 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $113.168b
Low-End Avg. $29.09b 72.06% $115.45b 98.02%
Midpoint Avg. $30.28b 69.23% $116.02b 97.54%
High-End Avg. $31.48b 66.59% $116.59b 97.06%
The Low $20b 104.81% $80b 141.46%
The High $40b 52.41% $150b 75.45%

 

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/Head of Fixed Income Syndicate (more…)

Shire Bumps; Fed Holds: Lord of the Things-Mischler Debt Market
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.19.16 Shire Bumps; Fed Holds: Lord of the Things

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap  IG DCM Welcomes “Preciousssssss”

“Shire” Bumps Up the Totals with Lots of Green!

New IG DCM Sets New Record – Fastest Ever to $1.3 Trillion

Lord of the “Things” – “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some”

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

New Issues Priced

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending September 14th

IG Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $204.05 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

You’ve all been reading here these past many days that Shire Acquisitions Investments Ireland DAC and guaranteed by Shire Plc (Baa3/BBB-) mandated Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Morgan Stanley to arrange fixed income investor meetings in the U.S. and London scheduled that began on Monday, September 12th in preparation for a dollar-denominated Senior Notes transaction. BAML coordinated the meetings that took place from the 12th thru the 15th in Boston, New York, Chicago and wrapped up last Thursday in London.  Many, me included, thought Shire could potentially come last Thursday given the time difference between London’s meetings wrapped and the New York tradign session kicked off.  However, there other investor calls to be made. Shire PLC announced in January 2016 that it would acquire Baxalta Inc. (Baa2/BBB) for approximately $32.2 billion in cash and stock.  Shire closed that acquisition on June 3rd securing an $18b bank facility to finance the cash portion and said it would refinance it in debt.  Shire filed to offer the 5-part Senior notes transaction guaranteed by Shire Plc. Today’s transaction will use proceeds to repay loans under a $12.39b 2016 bridge facility to fund the takeover. The deal creates the single largest maker of rare disease drugs in the world.  Fighting the dark side is what this merger is all about hopefully leaving the world in a better place than it currently is.

New IG DCM Sets New Record – Fastest Ever to $1.3 Trillion…by 32 Days!

Today’s tally including Shire’s $12.1b 4-part 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year transaction came to 6 issuers, 12 tranches and $17.113b.  One SSA deal from IFC totaling $500mm brought the all-in IG day totals to 7 issuers, 13 tranches and $17.613b.  In the process we set yet another new IG DCM record by reaching the $13 trillion mark at the quickest pace in history breaking last year’s record that was set on Thursday, October 22ndWe are a full 32 days ahead of that pace!

Lord of the “Things” – “Fed Holds; BoJ Cuts Rate and Then Some”

Wouldn’t it be great to have tomorrow’s newspaper today?  Well the aforementioned heading is just that.  It’s what’s going to happen by this Wednesday at 2:00pm.  We’ll know the BoJ determination while in REM sleep on Tuesday morning and the FOMC Rate Decision releases on Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET.

I wrote last Monday, September 12th  – just to remind you again – about the state of global affairs adding of course the lone wolf terror atttacks that took place in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota over the weekend.

Here’s the re-print:

Presidential election debates; the election itself is Tuesday, November 8th; world unrest beginning with the aggressive nature and positioning of Vlad the-Terrible Putin; a diminished image of the United States throughout the world makes it a more dangerous place; the South China Sea Islands in which China continues to fearlessly antagonize the region; war in MENA; Terrorism; immigration issues in Europe and specifically Germany; Russia’s dominant role in Syria and intent to build bases in North Africa; as the Islamic State crumbles terrorists will flee throughout the world giving rise to widespread global terror; Nationalism continues to rise throughout the crumbling EU; Brexit is not looking so bad after all for the U.K but what’s it mean for the EU?; North Korea continues its nuclear proliferation ambitions having exploded a 10 kiloton bomb (just over a week ago) with ICBMs capable of hitting California within 5 years; the EU’s inability to spur inflation; negative rates in Japan and hovering negative in Germany.  Japan, in fact, may run out of bonds to buy within 18 months and the EU could soon follow.

Now, adding to what I wrote last week is that Germany’s Angela Merkel suffered what amounted to the single worst (the FT described it as “humiliating”) election defeat yesterday in German regional elections as voters turned out en masse to voice their disapproval of her liberal immigration policies.  More revealing, however, is the massive support for the AfD or Alternative German Party – the anti-immigration party – that ushered in heightened drama to the German political stage. German voters are pummeling Angela Merkel for her very liberal immigration stance that opened the door to millions of immigrants.

 

Here is Germany:

o   A mob of a thousand men of “Arab or North African” origin sexually assaulted more than 500 German women in downtown Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Similar attacks also occurred in Hamburg and Stuttgart. Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker, said that “under no circumstances” should the crimes be attributed to asylum seekers. Instead, she blamed the victims for the assaults.

o   “There is nothing wrong with being proud German patriots. There is nothing wrong with wanting Germany to remain free and democratic. There is nothing wrong with preserving our own Judeo-Christian civilization. That is our duty.” — Geert Wilders, Dutch politician, addressing a rally in Dresden.

o   “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law. German security agencies are unable to deal with these imported security problems, and the resulting reactions from the German population.” — From a leaked government document, published by Die Welt.

o   Germany will spend at least €17 billion ($18.3 billion) on asylum seekers in 2016 — Die Welt.

o   Saudi Arabia is preparing to finance the construction of 200 new mosques in Germany to accommodate asylum seekers. — Frankfurter Allgemeine.

o   Nearly half of Muslim immigrants in Germany consider following Islamic teaching MORE important than abiding by the law.  One in five German-Turks (the most dominant Muslim immigrants in Germany) said they would justify violence if provoked by the West. One third of them said they yearn to live in a society of the times of the prophet Mohammed. 

o   Over 1.1 million migrants entered Germany in 2015 mostly from the North African and the Middle East for which Angela Merkel has consistently berated other European countries for re-introducing border controls to Europe putting a virtual freeze on the critically important Schengen Agreement which along with the single currency itself are the two legs on which the Euro stands.

o   Social Democratic Party MP, Heinz Buchkowsky estimated that the total number of refugees and migrants coming into Germany by 2020 could reach up to 10 million while the german Interior ministry expects at least another 1 million to enter Germany this year.  

These are sound bites, bullet points, if you will,  to express what’s going on in the keystone of Europe.  It is a massive problem both economically and politically.  It also only begins to drill down into the issues and problems of Germany and in a broader discussion of the EU which has a host of other colossal issues to deal with such as the ramifications of Brxit on the EU; the weak banking system in Italy supporting the world’s third largest debtor nation; terror alerts throughout France; swelling support throughout the EU of rising Nationalism; elections in France, Germany and Italy; failure to stoke inflation after trillions of dollars and the ECB essentially asking EU member to do more to help the economic crisis there.

Each one of the earlier mentioned global event risk factors is front page news on their own merits.  This is merely scratching the surface on one of them.  There are so many of them that on any given day they are not being written about at all until the fester and attract attention again.  Collectively they are like Sauron in the Lord of the Rings – personifying the darkness in everyone’s souls.

FOMC?  BoJ?  You have to be kidding me right? The world’s in a whole lot of hurt.  There’s no place like home to this Hobbit and the peace and tranquility of the Shire can be found in the world of investment grade rated corporate bonds.  Remember that there’s no one out there banging that message home louder than the guy-in-the-corner.

 

Global Market Recap

 

o   U.S. Treasuries – The most exciting part today was the front end of the bill market.

o   Stocks – Roller coaster session for U.S. stocks that ended with small losses.

o   Overseas Stocks – Europe & China rallied. The Nikkei was closed.

o   Economic – Positive housing data in the U.S. & China.

o   Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.

o   Commodities – Up session for crude oil, gold & silver.

o   CDX IG: -0.96 to 75.0

o   CDX HY: -3.96 to 406.18

o   CDX EM: -7.20 to 253.19

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Please note that I added the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index OAS spread to the below daily indexes.  Many market participants use both that and BAML’s and S&P’s levels. Thanks to Anne Daley at Barclays Syndicate and my  Bob Elson at Bloomberg.

  • Providence of St. Joseph Health upsized today’s two-part 10s/long 30s taxable bond new issue notional amount to $700mm from $600mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Sabine Pass Liquifaction LLC. increased today’s 144a/REGS Senior Secured 10.5NCL Notes new issue to $1.5b from $1b.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was 18.75 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +143.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS at 140 vs 140. “LUACOAS” (ticker) as it’s known 2016 wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research tightened 1 bp to +191 versus +192.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12b on Friday versus $15.9b Thursday and $15.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.9b.

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Fed NOT Raising Rates-Mischler Debt Market Comment
September 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.15.16 Fed Not Raising Rates

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – IG Lotto:Corporate Volume Tops Weekly Syndicate Estimates

 Global Market Recap

All You Need to Know About Today’s Bank of England Meeting

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Fixed Income Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for September

New Issues Priced

Lipper Report/Fund Flows

IG Corporate Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Today’s winning lotto numbers are 11-16-945 as in 11 IG Corporate issuers, priced 16 tranches totaling $9.45b.  With that amount we have officially broken through this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecasts by over 7% or $39.745b vs. $36.91b. Notable today was that 4 issuers upsized their transactions from initial morning announcement sizes.

Remember what I wrote this past Monday folks (Check your “QC” dated 9/12/2016.  – “Look folks, the Fed is not raising rates this year.  Many sight December as the next hike but it’s not happening.” The world can barely stand on two feet let alone get economic engines back to growth mode.  Today’s numbers confirm that. With that, read my lips, or read my commentary, but the take-away is the same: Fed NOT Raising Rates (at least not anytime soon, nor with any degree of significance that would upend the current global financial market environment).

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – USTs closed mixed with steeper curve. 5/30’s has steepened 10 days in a row.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield (0.85656%) since May 2009.
  • Stocks – US stocks with a strong rally. FTSE leads Europe higher. Nikkei had a bad day.
  • Economic – Very disappointing day on the U.S. economic front.
  • Currencies – USD mixed & little changed vs. Euro & PND but lost ground vs. Yen/CAD/AUD.
  • Commodities – Crude eked out a gain, heating oil higher & gold lost ground.
  • CDX IG: -3.0 to 74.31
  • CDX HY: -11.76 to 405.92
  • CDX EM: -5.58 to 255.94

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

-Tony Farren

 

All You Need to Know About Today’s Bank of England Meeting

 

  • BOE Sees chance of another rate cut this year but holds today at 0.25%; Vote 9-0.
  • BOE keeps gilt purchase plan at £435b; Vote 9-0.
  • Holds corporate bond plan at £10b; Vote 9-0.
  • Monetary Policy Committee Majority expect rate cut “if” August outlook is confirmed.
  • Initial impact of August stimulus is “encouraging.”
  • Some near-term indicators are “better than expected.”
  • Inflation reaching 2% target in first half of 2017.
  • Lower bound is close to but a bit above, zero.
  • Second half slowdown may be less severe than previously forecast.
  • Cannot infer from near-term about 2017 or 2018 projections.
  • MPC view of “contours of economic outlook” are unchanged.
  • Hawkish BOE members Forbes, McCafferty say extra gilt purchases still not warranted.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Kite Realty Group LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $300mm from $250mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • CCL Industries Inc. increased today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $500mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Dairy Farmers of America Inc. bumped up its new $1,000 par PerpNC10 cumulative preferred securities, Series “C” new issue to $150mm from $100mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Pitney Bowes Inc. boosted its 5-year Senior Notes new issue to $600mm from $400mm at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues was 23.34 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +143 versus +142.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +191.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17b on Wednesday versus $15.8b Tuesday and $16.5b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14b.

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