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BAML Q3 Debt Market Issuance View-Expectation Management 101
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.13.17– Day’s IG DCM Activity + Dialed In to BAML Q3  Debt Market Issuance Outlook 


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call- A View Courtesy of Mother Merrill Top Guns

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 5th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Today’s IG Corporate dollar primary market featured only one domestic issuer – Marathon Oil – among two other Yankee issuers.  3 issuers priced 4 tranches between them totaling $2.30b.  The SSA space contributed 1 deal, the well-telegraphed $5.00b 4-part for JBIC that boosted the session’s all-in IG Corporate and SSA day total to 4 issuers, 8 tranches and $7.30b.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 146.79% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.79b vs. $18.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 38.55% of the syndicate forecast for June or $32.54b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 5 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

So, tomorrow we finally kick off six-pack U.S. bank earnings with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo reporting.  Next Tuesday is BAML and Goldman Sachs followed by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday.  Hopefully these market leaders break open the issuance drought in short order and subsequently lead the way for all the issuance universe who they bank up to the traditional mid-August thru Labor Day slow-down.

The BAML Q3 Outlook Call
*Please note that this sub section is discerned from my own note taking. I own any/all discrepancies or inaccuracies vs. the call although I represent there should be none.  Thanks! -RQ

Today was also BAML’s always meaningful Quarterly Outlook Call. Here’s a brief run-down:


High Yield Issuance

High Yield issuance is up 20% YoY but all related to Q1 volume. Looking at Q2 business, issuance is down $10b YoY.  From a sector perspective HY saw big pick-ups in the Industrial, Healthcare and Energy sectors.  There was a notable fall-off in the TMT sector. The remaining sectors have been fairly consistent YTD.  Two-thirds of high yield issuance has been motivated by re-financings. M&A volumes continue to represent about 20% of HY issuance volume. Pick-ups were seen in triple-“CCC” rated issuance to $17b from $4b.  Euro issuance represented about €32b and a hefty £10b. Euro and Sterling issuance continues to illustrate overall growth for HY issuance.

BAML holds strong convictions for re-financing trades as issuers can lock in highly favorable long-term rates in here and looking forward. $50b is committed to M&A financings for the remainder of the year predominantly focused on longer tenors with $10b of that in new HY issuance.

……and now for the High Grade Issuance Outlook

BAML Syndicate’s Kevin Barthelmes did a great job pinch hitting for Dan Mead today in reviewing YTD new issuance as well as the 2H 2017 Outlook.

Here is all the stuff you WANT and NEED to know:

YTD IG ex-SSA supply volume for the first half of 2017 is up 1.8% YoY.  (The “QC” IG Corporate-only count is $754b YTD). BAML had called for a 5-7% decline in IG issuance for 2017 at the end of last year.  The YTD split is as follows: $430b (Corporates) down <3.5%> YoY and $300b (Financials) up 10% versus 2016.  Issuance pressure was seen mostly from the M&A space that was markedly down year-over-year.  YTD M&A driven issuance is expected to be $140b-145b or 10% of IG overall supply. In 2016 we saw $290b which represented 20% of issuance in 2016.

In terms of the back half of 2017, the themes are similar to Q2 2017. Expectations are for corporate supply to be down on the year given the decline in M&A. This July, we expect issuance to be down about 12% versus last year. We also experienced a robust August and September in 2016 which is not expected this year. Keep in mind that Q1 2017 was a record breaking quarter in terms of new issuance. Additionally, Q4 2016 saw companies motivated to price deals ahead of last November’s Presidential election that boosted volumes. BAML does not expect a repeat of July through September again this year.

FRNS and Callable Structures En Vogue

2-, 3- and 5-year FRN issuance is up 40% to 45% YTD with lots of that volume originating from Asia. Notably, we are also expecting more callable structures, for example, 2NC1 and 3NC2 issuance. Expect to see a continuance of that in the second half of the year. It does not feel as though issuers are getting worried about rates at all. Dialogue outside of M&A has been primarily on liability management issuance of which we’ve had roughly $40b YTD.  Expect another $40b in LM issuance in the second half as well which would represent a 10-15% increase versus 2016.

So, to recap, here are the issuance outlook themes for the second half of 2017:

  • Lack of supply
  • Continued FRN demand and callable structures
  • Liability Management issuance
  • Strong Capital/Low Growth

Thank you to all those a who contributed on today’s BAML Outlook Call and in particular I’d like to send shout-outs to the always differentiating intel and commentaries from those who spoke from the sectors I cover here at Mischler – namely Hima Inguva (Banks) and Peter Quinn (Electric Utilities & Power). Listening is always the most informative form of communication.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • For the week ended July 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.299b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $71.493b) and a net outflow of $1.144b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $8.865b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues, excluding HIS, was <25.625> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +112.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.06.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +155.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.7b on Wednesday versus $17.5b on Tuesday and $13.7b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.7b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Draghi, Yellen & supply hurt USTs today.
  • Overseas Bonds – 30yr JGB rallied 2.6 bps. EU lost ground with Peripherals leading the way.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks closed with gains.
  • Overseas Stocks –  Another rally for Hang Seng. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – PPI was tame. Yellen sounded more hawkish today vs. yesterday.
  • Overseas Economic – China data was very good. There is no inflation in Europe
  • Currencies: USD closed mixed vs the Big 5. DXY Index hit low since Sept
  • Commodities: Good day for cruder oil. Metal closed red & wheat was hammered
  • CDX IG: -1.08 to 58.83
  • CDX HY: -4.06 to 328.42
  • CDX EM: -1.21 to 196.92

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
· N. Korea launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S. sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
· U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
· Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections despite media bias.

· U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

· GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism; Land, air and sea blockade.

· Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

· Closing in on ISIS is very problematic as it is scattering across a wider MENA region and Europe.

· Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

· Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE · Trump/Putin meet at G-20 Summit in Hamburg last week. Move toward mutual cease fire in Syria  to identify de-escalation zones; discussed hacking controversy and agreed to improved relations.

· China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

Venezuela – tumbling oil prices/Maduro resistance impacting ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak; sights  on one more rate hike in 2017; concerns over lack of inflation and unwinding $4.5 trillion b/c.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/10-7/14
vs. Current
WTD – $26.79b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $32.54b
Low-End Avg. $17.83b 150.25% $83.87b 38.80%
Midpoint Avg. $18.25b 146.79% $84.40b 38.55%
High-End Avg. $18.67b 143.49% $84.92b 38.32%
The Low $15b 178.60% $70b 46.49%
The High $28b 95.68% $111b 29.32%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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Mischler Debt Market Comment Independence Day 2017 Special Edition
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner Independence Day 2017 Special Edition-Investment Grade Debt Market Insight 

 

Fourth of July Special Edition- Mischler Debt Market Commentary

Americans Don’t Understand What It Means to Serve–by Nick Palmisciano

A Salute to Mischler’s Debt Capital Markets/Investment Banking Team | Military Veterans (SDV)

Independence Day Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending June 28th              

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Independence Day Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

mischler-independence-day-dcm-comment 

 

 

 

I have written here over and over that the United States is the best story out of a lot of otherwise bad stories throughout our inextricably global-linked world economy.  Make no mistake about it, however, we are the best and the greatest nation on the face of the earth.  We should all take pause to recall that tomorrow as we take in the scents of our barbecues, the tastes of our beers and the fun in the sun of Independence Day.  The United States IS the engine that the world looks to when there are wildfires all around as there are now.  At the foot of Mt. Rushmore are bronze plaques featuring prominent quotes from each of the four Presidents whose faces are carved into granite.  My favorite is that of Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

“We, here in America, hold in our hands the hopes of the worlds, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.”

We have an early close today ahead of the Fourth of July.  We celebrate it once annually but we should all appreciate it 365 days a year.  As we labor in freedom, and breath freedom – the oxygen for our souls – let’s all remember the words of Elmer Davis who said, “the United States of America will forever remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” The following very prescient letter came to me on July 3rd of 2013, It is a moving tribute to those who serve our great nation, past, present and future.  Please take a moment to read it.

 

Americans Don’t Understand What It Means to Serve by Nick Palmisciano

 

Nic Palmisciano spent six years as an infantry officer in the United States Army.  He will tell you that he’ll never hold a more important job in his lifetime than platoon leader.  He wrote this letter:

I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn’t crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I’d worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity.

That same day, two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: Nick, you’re a smart guy. You don’t have to join the military. You should go to college, instead.

I could easily write a tome defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won’t.  What I will say is that when a 16-year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America , and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

-In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in its four years.

-In Vietnam, 4.3% served in its 12 years.

-Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror.

These are unbelievable statistics.

Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse.

Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war.  War bonds were not sold.   Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless he has chosen to out of the goodness of his heart.  The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation.

You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You’ve lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you’ll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don’t understand.

Then you come home to a nation that doesn’t understand.

They don’t understand suffering.

They don’t understand sacrifice.

They don’t understand why we fight for them.

They don’t understand that bad people exist.

They look at you like you’re a machine – like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one — not them. When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers who discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can’t understand the macro issues they gathered from books because of your bias. You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more. But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you’ve given up. You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them. Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought of as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway.   You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775 – YOU SERVED!  Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.

As Winston Churchill said of World War II veterans: “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.”

I’d like to thank the veterans who served our nation and who are an integral part of the family here at Mischler Financial Group, Inc.  Thanks in particular go out to Walt Mischler, our Founder and Chairman as well as Dean Chamberlain, CEO, who blessed this small efficient special operations fighting unit known as Mischler Financial with their Service Disabled Veteran certifications that I can safely say is the most formidable in our space.  Never have I met two more honorable, trustworthy and loyal men in this business.

A Salute to Mischler’s Debt Capital Markets Team ; Military Veterans | Wall Street Veterans

66% of our fixed income investment banking team are Service Disabled Veterans or Veterans. 

 

  • Walter Mischler, Founder and Chairman, SDV
  • Dean Chamberlain, CEO, Partner, SDV
  • Richard Tilghman, Managing Director, Public Finance
  • Jason Klinghoffer, CFA
  • Jonathan Herrick, DCM Analyst

mischler independence day 2017 debt market comment

Wishing you and your families a fabulous and safe Fourth of July!

God Bless America!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

As expected, more than 50% of market participants took off SIFMA’s early close Monday ahead of tomorrow’s Independence Day holiday and to no one’s surprise nothing priced in our IG dollar DCM and as a result, volume is 0.00% across the boards for the WTD and MTD totals.

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 0.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $0.00b vs. $6.44b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 0.00% of the syndicate forecast for June or $0.00b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 9 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +115.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.09.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +157.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.6b on Friday versus $17.6b on Thursday and $11.8b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.0b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – Strong ISM manufacturing sent USTs reeling on the heels of hawkish Central Banks.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mostly red. EU core & semi core mixed. Peripherals bid.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at highest yield (1.30072%) since March 2009.
  • Stocks – DOW rallied (all-time high) & NASDAQ sold off.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia had small gains while Europe had a very good day.
  • Economic – ISM manufacturing printed at high since Aug 2014.
  • Overseas Economic – China, Japan & Europe (not U.K.) with positive data.
  • Currencies – USD bounced back from a bad week last week in style.
  • Commodities – The CRB, crude oil & wheat rallies continued. Metals were hit.
  • CDX IG: -0.10 to 60.42
  • CDX HY: -2.69 to 336.19
  • CDX EM: -0.60 to 201.84

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·    N. Korea continues ballistic missile development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of  G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S. sanctions certain  Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·    U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian  domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
·    Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support  to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections

·    U.S. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces; Russia warns that it suspended cooperation & will track down and shoot coalition planes west of Euphrates. Potential for escalation between the U.S. & Russia is real. Turkey, Iran, Israel loom large in this scenario.

·    U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote; Russia in expansion mode; meddling in international elections.

·    GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/ Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·    Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·    Closing in on ISIS has also scattered it across wider MENA region and Europe.

·    Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. The latest attack hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma & gov’ts (Ukraine & Russia).

·    Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE ·    China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

·    Venezuela – tumbling oil prices could impact ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·    Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak and sights

on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/03-7/07
vs. Current
WTD – $0.00b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $0.00b
Low-End Avg. $5.71b 0.00% $83.87b 0.00%
Midpoint Avg. $6.44b 0.00% $84.40b 0.00%
High-End Avg. $7.17b 0.00% $84.92b 0.00%
The Low $0b 0.00% $70b 0.00%
The High $15b 0.00% $111b 0.00%

 

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Economic Data Misses Mark; CBS Corp. Upsizes Debt Offering-Mischler Comment
June 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 06.26.17 – Economic Data Misses Mark; America’s Most Watched Network Upsizes Debt Offering

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report / Fund Flows

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

Economic Data Releases

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Durable Goods, Cap Goods and Manufacturing economic data all missed estimates this morning and the Supreme Court reinstated a large part of President Trump’s travel bans from six Muslim countries for a period of 90 days and 120 days for all refugees.  The six countries in question are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In international news, Italy bailed out two failed banks to the tune of €17b. In light of Macron’s victory in France and subsequent Parliamentary majority, it has been thought that a German-French alliance to motivate deeper EU integration would anchor the continental experiment.  Instead, Italy’s state bail out opened it to EU criticism.  In the end, each nation will watch over its own despite EU rules and regulations highlighting each member’s disparate individual histories, languages, borders and cultures. Germans are working to help support the quality of life in France.  Such exceptions to EU laws as Italy applied today, call into question just how integrated the EU can ever be.

Today the IG Corporate dollar DCM hosted 7 issuers that priced 9 tranches between them totaling $3.65b.  The SSA space was dormant today.

Let’s now take a look at how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers stack up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total finished having priced only 22.76% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $3.65b vs. $16.04b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced 84.00% of the syndicate forecast for June or $76.42b vs. $90.98b.
  • There are now 8 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS) upsized today’s two-part 5s/10s Senior Notes new issue to $900mm from $700mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 9 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.12.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +160.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.8b on Friday versus $16.4b on Thursday and $13.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – 30yr continues to dominate in price & on the curve. Strong 2yr auction.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Europe had mostly green. Supply tonight/tomorrow.
  • Stocks – S&P and Dow higher and NASDAQ lower heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Stocks improved in Asia & Europe.
  • Economic – More disappointing/weaker data in the U.S.
  • Overseas Economic – German IFO (3) data was stronger. Weaker data in Japan.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. the Euro, Pound & Yen but weaker vs. CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB & crude oil with small gains. Gold & wheat headed south.
  • CDX IG: -0.78 to 59.57
  • CDX HY: -2.40 to 333.04
  • CDX EM: -1.98 to 196.30

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·           N. Korea continues missile tests with improving accuracy in defiance of protests in G-Zero world.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·           U.K. PM May is on the hot seat but softer BREXIT talks are expected as a result. Macron-Merkel

coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian bank bail-out outside EU rule of law, concern

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Fed Balance Sheet
Escalating war in Syria
·           U.S. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces as war escalates. Russia warns

it suspended cooperation & will track and shoot down coalition planes west of Euphrates.

·           FBI Chief Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Pence & others secures lawyer.

·           GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/

Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·           Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·           U.S. partisan politics/gridlock/media bias.

·           Shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet/higher volatility 2H17.

·           Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·           ISIS becoming scattered across wider MENA region and more difficult to contain as a result.

·           U.K. terror alert remains on “Severe” vs. “Critical.” Attack “highly likely” vs. “imminent.”

MODERATE ·           Venezuelan civil unrest

·           U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions

against Russia in 98-2 vote.

·           Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode.

·           China hard landing?

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and June

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/26-6/30
vs. Current
WTD – $3.65b
June 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $76.42b
Low-End Avg. $15.46b 23.61% $90.04b 84.87%
Midpoint Avg. $16.04b 22.76% $90.98b 84.00%
High-End Avg. $16.62b 21.96% $91.92b 83.14%
The Low $10b 36.50% $75b 101.89%
The High $21b 17.38% $110b 69.47%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, 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 six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
6/19
TUES.
6/20
WED.
6/21
TH.
6/22
FRI.
6/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/19
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/15
New Issue Concessions 3.20 bps 0.60 bps <11.67> bps 0.00 bps/flat N/A <4.3> bps <2.14> bps <0.13> bps <0.15> bps <5.45> bps 1.24 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.61x 2.27x 2.55x 2.40x N/A 2.85x 3.76x 3.10x 2.87x 3.74x 3.20x
Tenors 9.37 yrs 10.30 yrs 8.78 yrs 10 yrs N/A 9.37 yrs 13.02 yrs 10.07 yrs 7.03 yrs 11.37 yrs 8.69 yrs
Tranche Sizes $692mm $300mm $1,272mm $500mm N/A $820mm $646mm $543mm $798mm $817mm $931mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<21.44> bps <12.50> bps <19.28> bps <15.00> bps N/A <18.76> bps <19.74> bps <15.95> bps <17.51> bps <20.05> bps <17.81> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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

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Equities Market Forecast: Partial Clouds, Mostly Blue Skies; A Summer-Long Groundhog Day?
June 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch June 23, 2017–We are finishing up a mixed bag week, with a Russell rebalance on Friday that is adding some trading volume and keeping us within striking distance of fresh all-time highs. Dow and S&P 500 index hit record closes on Monday before pulling back on Tuesday and trading mostly sideways the balance of the week.  The equities market forecast would seem to indicate ‘partial clouds, but mostly blue skies.” In turn, the continued lack of equities market volatility in the US and most other major markets is contributing to rising concerns voiced by contrarians,  “we remain in a state of continued complasence.” For those manning equities trading desks (and without the luxury of summer homes to escape to), this summer portends to be a scene from the Bill Murray film, Groundog Day.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

Economic data was light, with decent May existing home sales numbers on Wednesday, mostly in line PMI on Friday, as well as better May new home sales.  The mid-month spike in the VIX index is also subsiding as we close out the week at the 10 level, down 13% over the last two weeks. So, after some political drama, Fed rate hikes and lower oil prices, the markets continued their pace of a flat yield curve, slowly rising equities and low inflationary pressures. Some investors, such as Fundstrat Global’s Thomas Lee are starting to question the market rally duration as he cut his 2017 and 2018 S&P 500 earnings outlook.

Oil remained weak, with WTI crude down about 7% the last 2 weeks. Oil’s decline in the past would have pressured markets, but weighting adjustments are allowing us to look past it. Currently the Energy sector weighting in the S&P 500 is down to 5.86%, so oil price weakness is somewhat insulated.

Some [latecomers?] have started to question the Trump agenda, as well as current valuations and earnings expectations. But, in spite of this we continue to see new money slowly enter the market.

Retail investors seem to be fearful of missing out on the rally. We will continue to watch the option markets to see if this sentiment changes.  The MSCI created some noise on Wednesday, when it approved a small weighting of Chinese A shares into the emerging market index, but it did not upgrade Argentina from frontier status to emerging status. The unexpected news in Argentina caused the Buenos Aires exchange to lose 4.8% on Wednesday, but by week’s end it had recouped 1.6% of that loss.

As we enter the final week of Q2, we expect to see some modest sector rotation and cash level adjustments. Next week we have a handful of Fed speakers out and about; Yellen, Williams, Harker and Kashkarei on Tuesday and Bullard on Thursday.

Economic highlights for the coming week are:

  • Monday              Durable goods and Dallas Fed
  • Tuesday              S&P Case Shiller home prices and  consumer confidence
  • Wednesday        Trade balance, pending home sales and wholesale inventories
  • Thursday            Q1 GDP and jobless claims
  • Friday                 Personal income and spending,  Michigan sentiment and Chicago Purchasing managers

It is increasingly feeling as though this market is dealing with 2 fears; (i) valuations are stretched beyond the earnings justifications and (ii) the lack of inflationary pressures will keep real rates low for the foreseeable future. Digging a little deeper, it looks like the latter is winning. Fed Funds are pricing in a 0% chance of a rate hike in late July and only a 16% probability of a hike in September. This could be setting us up for a Ground Hogs Day movie type of summer, same thing day after day. Rinse, Repeat, Rinse Repeat.

We do see some market reactions, such as sector rotation with Energy and Retail lagging and techs, financials and health care gaining. We have also seen some increased equity risk tolerance as money flows enter the more politically stable emerging markets.

So, as investors head to the beach they will keep one eye on the sky for approaching storms and one eye on the markets for the same, but the current picture seems to be blue skies for both.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch June 23 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Equity Markets Blink, But Remain Resilient-What’s Next? Peruzzi’s Perch Memorial Day Edition
May 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch-May 26 2017-Memorial Day Edition: Equity Markets Blink But Remain Resilient In Wake of More Presidential Drama

Just when the markets looked ready to crack, along came President Trump’s first overseas trip. The trip to the Middle East and Europe came at the perfect time as it took market focus off of the administration’s follies and back on the economic fundamentals.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The FOMC minutes from the May 2-3 meeting on Wednesday showed that the FED seems to be on pace for a June 14 rate hike. The FED dismissed 1Q slower growth and felt that higher broader growth is on the horizon. While the probability a June hike slightly diminished after the release, by week’s end markets had priced in a 92% chance of a 25 bps hike.

The week also saw some retailing firms release earning, and on a whole, traditional retailers continue to lose market share but investors were encouraged by pockets of strength in a few names such as Best Buy (NYSE:BBY),  Home Depot (NYSE:HD), and of course, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Crude oil’s 2 week rally rolled over as OPEC’s production cuts were seen as being insufficient. Last Saturday’s news that The United States sealed a multibillion arms deal with Saudi Arabia helped lift defense stocks such as Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) to all-time highs’. On the negative side, ISIS seemed to hit new lows in Manchester England and President Trump gave us some awkward moments at the NATO meeting on Thursday; neither was enough to keep the S&P 500 and NASDAQ from hitting new all-time highs. We continue to see institutional money flow into the market, but we also saw an uptick in retail flows entering the market. Overseas the U.K pond hit monthly low versus the Euro and U.S dollar on uncertain election polling numbers and Brazil’s bribery/ Presidential drama continues to amaze us.

Looking ahead to next week, a fair amount of data will be compressed into 4 days due to Monday’s Memorial Day holiday. April Personal Income and Spending, as well as May Conference Board consumer confidence on Tuesday gives us some insight onto the consumer sentiment and strength, while Dallas Fed manufacturing on Tuesday, Chicago Purchasing on Wednesday and May ISM manufacturing data on Thursday  will shed some light on manufacturing activity and health.

The highlight of the week will be on Friday with the release of May’s employment report. The FED has repeatedly stated that the largest factor in determining future rate hikes is the Payrolls numbers. With the long weekend and the Jobs report on Friday (providing we do not see any major news out of Washington),  trading volume will be skewed to the end of the week.

This week we looked at total U.S exchange volume versus the VIX index. It confirmed our belief that spikes in the VIX (May 15 to May 18) provided more trading opportunities as limits and Stops got triggered, and thus trading volumes spiked. This week however, the VIX has dropped back below 10 and trading volumes dropped by approximately 15%. Fed governors William, Brainard, Kaplin , Powel and Harker speak during the week, but investors seem to be locked in on a June 14th hike so we expect little new data from the Fed until then.

With the mid-month sell off followed by the late moth recovery investors have had to digest a lot of data points in trying to determine if we are under or overvalued. The long weekend will be welcomed, but we should not lose sight as to the meaning of the day as we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Ph:   1-617-420-8472 | Cell: 1-617-997-6318

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group

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Mischler Muni Market Update-Pending Municipal Debt Offerings Week of 05-01-17
May 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 05.01.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $7.9 billion. This week volume is expected to be $7.0 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.1 billion taxable and tax exempt bonds for The Regents of the University of California. The competitive market is led by $150.4 million general obligation bonds for Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Mischler Muni Market Outlook: Municipal Bond Offerings Scheduled Week of April 24
April 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 04.24.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $5.9billion. This week volume is expected to be $8.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $3.9 billion taxable and tax exempt bonds for Kaiser Permanente. The competitive market is led by the Department of Transportation of Maryland selling $285.0 million bonds on Wednesday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise includes Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets. Our value-add is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans. a team that makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

 

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

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

 

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

Indexes and New Issue Volume

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 19th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

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

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

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table. 22 are in the top 25 in that same table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 82.36% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

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

“Good morning and Happy Friday!

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Below please find the replies to this week’s QC canvass of fixed income syndicate bookrunners and my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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

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

 

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 29th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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

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

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

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

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Municipal Debt Deals Week of April 03- Mischler Muni Market Update
April 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 04.03.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal debt deals scheduled. As always, the Mischler Muni Market snapshot provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $5.1 billion.  This week volume is expected to be $7.3 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $778.0 million general obligation bonds for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including $100 million new money green bonds.  The competitive market does not have any deals over $100 million.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

 

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To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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