Corporate Bond Market: Noisy Silence from…
October 18, 2016   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 10.18.16 : Corporate Bond Market Noisy Silence from A Really Big Bank; Halloween Scare for European Banks?


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors and Sizes

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 12th  

Investment Grade Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

noisy-silence-mischler-debt-market-commentAs James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in Andrew McLaglen’s Civil War 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!’


Yes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is printing a suspected $15b three-part 5-, 10- and 30-year inaugural debt transaction tomorrow, but that wasn’t the big subject of talk in today’s primary market session.  Nor, surprisingly, was it Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s $5b 3-part Senior Unsecured callable, the largest of its kind, 6NC5 FXD/FRN and 11NC10 notes issued to lower costs related to compliance with loss-absorbing debt requirements. Rather it was Wells Fargo & Co. that announced a 10-year Senior Notes new issue carrying IPTs in the +140-145 range that never went to guidance and had many/most suspecting it would go straight to the launch.  Lo and behold just after 3:30pm ET it was heard that the deal would not price until tomorrow, as apparently news would hit the tapes that would be relevant to bondholders that resulted in Wells deciding not to “rush everything.”  The order book was “heard” to have $10b in orders at 2:30pm ET.

On the day 4 IG Corporate issuers priced 7 tranches between them totaling $7.35b while the SSA space hosted 2 issuers, 2 tranches and $5.50b for an all-in IG day total of 6 issuers, 9 tranches and $12.85b.  WTD we’ve now issued 67% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast for IG Corporates or $15.70b vs. $23.17b. MTD we’ve issued 58% of the syndicate average or $52.155b vs. $88.59b.  The all-in IG MTD total (Corporates & SSA) is $72.255b.


Mischler Financial is proud to announce that it served as a Co-Manager on today’s new Bank of America $5b 3-part callable new issue.  Demand was strong for the structure with the 6yr FXD book heard to be $5b (2.5x); the 6yr FRN $2b (4x) and the 11yr $7b (2.5x) when the deal went subject.  In fact, Mischler served as a Co-Manager on both of JPM’s similar structures, and as a proud active Co-Manager on Goldman Sach’s two-part 5NC4 FXD/FRNs. Once again, Mischler is proud to have been involved on all the recently priced callable structures among the six-pack – two with JPM, a two-part with GS and today’s 3-part with BAML.  Therein, we thank all of those firms for including us.


As Halloween Approaches, How “Scary” are European Banks?


Screen shot courtesy of Bloomberg LP



Capital flows suggest that some people aren’t waiting to find out if Italy will follow the U.K.’s example and leave the European Union, according to Bloomberg View’s Mark Whitehouse. Italy’s central bank liabilities to the Euro system stood at about 354 billion euros ($390 billion) at the end of September, up 118 billion euros from a year earlier and up 78 billion euros since the end of May, before the U.K. voted to leave the bloc. The outflow isn’t quite as large as during the sovereign-debt crisis of 2012, but it’s still significant and compares to the main beneficiary, Germany, which has seen its credits to the Euro system increase by 160 billion euros over the past year.


Global Market Recap


  • S. Treasuries – USTs, Gilts & Bunds all improved with the Gilts the catalyst.
  • Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • Economic – CPI y/y in the U.S. & U.K. both printed at the highest rate in 2 years.
  • Currencies: Big day for the Pound vs. the USD. Euro lost ground & Yen unchanged.
  • Commodities; Small gains for the CRB, crude oil & gold.
  • CDX IG: -1.20 to 74.88
  • CDX HY: -4.84 to 403.19
  • CDX EM: -3.19 to 244.31

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

-Tony Farren


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Tone Goes Out Strong; Nice Set Up For Next Week


  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was 13.93 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +137 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 a new tight of +130 vs. +131.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research was unchanged at +183.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.9b on Monday versus $11.7b Friday and $11.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.1b.


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


IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
vs. Current
WTD – $15.70b
October 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $52.155b
Low-End Avg. $22.30b 70.40% $87.83b 59.38%
Midpoint Avg. $23.17b 67.76% $88.59b 58.87%
High-End Avg. $24.04b 65.31% $89.35b 58.37%
The Low $15b 104.67% $75b 69.54%
The High $30b 52.33% $125b 41.724%


Now let’s end tonight’s piece where I started it – as James Stewart’s character Charlie Anderson quips at the family dinner table in the 1965 film Shenandoah, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s a lot of noisy silence!”

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 and Sizes

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

WEEK 10/10
WEEK 10/03
WEEK 9/26
WEEK 9/19
New Issue Concessions 6.62 bps 1.87 bps 4.36 bps 2.71 bps 0.69 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.11x 3.28x 4.20x 3.52x 3.23x
Tenors 6.06 yrs 11.51 yrs 12.16 yrs 10.51 yrs 9.36 yrs
Tranche Sizes $1,043mm $640mm $523mm $646mm $964mm


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.



Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Bank of America BBB+/A FRN 10/21/2022 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+121a (+/-3) 3mL+118 3mL+118 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 2.503% 10/21/2022 2,000 +137.5a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 BAML-sole
Bank of America BBB+/A 3.248% 10/21/2027 2,500 +162.5a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 BAML-sole
Export Credit Bank of Turkey Ba1/BBB- 5.375% 10/24/2023 500 MS+420a MS+410a MS+400 +386.8 CITI/HSBC/ING/MIZ/MUFG/STAN
Jackson Nat’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. AA/AA 2.10% 10/25/2021 350 +high 90s/+97.5 +90a (+/-2) +88 +88 BAML/GS
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 2.375% 11/01/2026 1,000 +80-85 +70a (+/-5) +65 +65 BAML/CITI/DB
Nike Inc. A1/AA- 3.375% 11/01/2046 500 +110a +95a (+/-2) +93 +93 BAML/CITI/DB



Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
EIB Aaa/AAA 1.25% 12/16/2019 4,500 MS+17a MS+17a MS+83 +31.2 CITI/GS/HSBC
JFM A1/A+ 2.125% 10/25/2023 1,000 MS+90a RG: MS+84a +/-1


Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Monday Oct 17 2016 distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest and largest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

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

To receive Quigley’s Corner, please contact Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate via email: or via phone.

*Sources: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Bond Radar, Dow Jones Newswire, IFR, Informa Global Markets, Internal Mischler, LCDNews, Market News International, Prospect News, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S, Thomson Reuters and of course, a career of sources, contacts, movers and shakers from syndicate desks to accounts; from issuers to originators; from academicians to heads of research, and a host of financial journalists, et al.

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