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March 14, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   Debt Market Commentary  

Quigley’s Corner 03.13.17  Stella Won’t Stop The Show!; Saluting Women on Wall Street


Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap

Shout Out to Team Citigroup for Honoring IWD (International Women’s Day!)

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points –Penske Widens; Everett Spinco Saves the Day

Global Market Recap

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar


So what happens on a Monday ahead of the FOMC Rate Decision, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, Trump’s 2018 budget, the expiration of the U.S. debt ceiling suspension, BREXIT’s triggering via Article 50 and the eagerly watched Dutch elections and the chance of up to as much as two feet of snow in the Tri-State area tomorrow? Well I suppose one could call that a lot of things but I choose to call it a “front-loaded” week as a result………

…….and today’s IG dollar DCM agreed as 8 Corporate issuers priced 17 tranches between them totaling $18.30b with a major boost from The State of Kuwait’s $8b two-part 5s/10s that brought today’s impressive all-in IG day totals to 9 issuers, 19 tranches and $26.30b.

Here are some interesting volume talking points from today’s session:

  • The WTD total is now 73% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $18.30b $24.83b.
  • MTD, we’ve now priced 67% of the IG Corporate mid-range projection for all of March or $77.425b $114.31b.
  • Today’s all-in IG day total (IG Corporates plus SSA) of $26.30b represents the 11th highest day of all-time.
  • The session’s $26.30b is the second highest volume day of 2017 – and we have had a lot of biggies YTD!
  • After only one day, this week’s $26.30b already ranks as the 9th busiest week of 2017.
  • Today’s $11b 5-part Verizon Communications transaction is the 4th largest issue of the year.

Shout Out to Team Citigroup for Honoring IWD


Today, our good friends at Citibank N.A. issued a 2yr FXD/FRN in honor of International Women’s Day (“IWD”), which was last Wednesday, March 8th. IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women among others. So, today it was a privilege and an honor to step aside and watch as Team Citi once again showed why they have been and continue to be a leading force for diversity in our IG dollar DCM.  Congratulations to the continued collective team efforts of everyone at Team Citi! The nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer sends its five-star salute to each of you and as well as to all the women in our world and lives. The seven featured Women-Owned diversity broker dealer/investment banks on today’s Citibank N.A. “IWD” deal were:

  • L. King & Associates
  • CAPIS Institutional Services, Inc.
  • Lebenthal & Company LLC.
  • MFR Securities, Inc.
  • Siebert, Cisneros Shank & Cop., L.L.C.
  • Telsey Advisory Group
  • Tigress Financial Partners

Why would the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned/operated by Service-Disabled Veterans  tout competing minority broker-dealers?  Well, I’d ask “why wouldn’t we?!”  Firstly, its the right thing to do! Second, it provides us the opportunity to showcase one of the global capital market’s leading and cutting edge D&I initiatives, while tipping our hat to the leading women in our diversity space.  So, congratulations for the glass ceilings raised and doors that Citigroup has helped open at their own financial institution through their own incredible procurement initiatives, as well as externally for all these leading women-owned firms. We extend a hardy congratulations to the respective women of D&I in our financial services industry. All for one, and one for all!

So, where do all these ideas originate?  A good place to start looking is from the top down at Citigroup.  Today I would suggest looking first in the office of one Suni Harford….

Who is Suni Harford?


Suni Harford, Citigroup

Suni Harford is a Managing Director and Citigroup’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. In this capacity, Suni oversees the North American sales, trading and origination businesses of Citi’s securities and banking franchise. Citi maintains a premier position across all of its fixed income, currency, equity and commodities offerings. In addition to her current responsibilities, Suni is a member of Citi’s Pension Plan Investment Committee, and a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada. Suni is also the co-head of Citigroup’s global women’s initiative, Citi Women.

Prior to her current assignment, Suni was Citi’s Global Head of Fixed Income research, where she was responsible for Citigroup’s credit analytics, research strategy and fixed income quantitative analytics efforts globally. Suni also had oversight of Citi’s premier fixed-income analytics platform, The Yield Book. From 1995-2004, Suni served as the co-head of Citi’s Fixed Income Capital Markets origination business, where she managed relationships with financial institutions.

Not that she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Suni also serves on the Board of Directors of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, the Board of Directors of The Forte Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women leaders in business, the Board of the Friends of Hudson River Park, and the Board of Taproot Foundation, a national organization engaged in skills-based volunteerism and pro-bono philanthropy. Suni is also passionate about awareness and support for our veteran community, and she is involved in many organizations in this regard. In addition to serving on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veteran’s Employment Advisory Council, Suni has worked with First Lady Michele Obama’s Joining Forces initiative. Suni also represents Citi as a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a coalition of major financial services firms established in 2010 to engage the broader industry in efforts to support our transitioning veterans. Having helped formalize Citi’s very successful Veterans Initiative, CitiSalutes, in 2009, Suni remains the senior business sponsor for the initiative.

For those not already aware of her pedigree, Suni joined Salomon Brothers in January 1993, after five years with Merrill Lynch & Co. where she was a Vice President in Investment Banking. Suni joined Merrill upon graduation from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she received her M.B.A. Suni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, where she majored in physics and math.

Pretty impressive stuff right there folks. Now you know why Suni was named one of  2016’s Top 20 Most Powerful Women on Wall Street!

So, in light of International Women’s Day and today’s honorable $2b Citibank N.A. “IWD” two-part new issue a “thank you”– not only to Suni, but to all the women in our investment grade debt capital markets and in our lives in addition to those who help perpetuate a more inclusive financial services industry.

Before I conclude, a bit of Women-on-Wall Street trivia for you from the guy-in-the-corner’s personal treasure trove – 

Did you know the first ever Euro-denominated transaction ever priced in history was for the European Investment Bank?  Did you know who priced it?  It was a woman. Her name was Natalie Armentero of Banque Paribas Syndicate. You may not have heard her name in a while because, back in 1998 – over 19 years ago – she became the wife of the guy-in-the-corner and she now goes by the name of Natalie Quigley!  Yet another smart and talented lady right there who graced our investment grade GCM opening doors and setting the bar high for many other women to follow.  She also makes me one very proud and lucky guy!  Her sister Marie-Therese Armentero represented Switzerland in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics while currently holding numerous world swimming records for women over 40 years of age. Good stuff right there folks. Here’s to supporting strong women the world over.

Thank you also to Morgan Forester at team Citigroup for making herself accessible for me today on this.


IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Uh oh! What Gives? Penske Widens!……But Then Everett Spinco Saves the Day?!


  • Today’s Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. and PTL Finance Corporation’s 10-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes new issue opened some eyes today when it launched at +160 or 5 bps wider than +155 “area” guidance despite the fact that “area” was defined as +/-5 bps.
  • However, where there is bad there is good.  Today’s Everett Spinco Inc. 3-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes tranche was guided in the  +140 “area” with the latter defined as
    +/-5 bps but launched at +130 or a nickel tighter than the tightest side of guidance!
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 17 IG Corporate-only new issues was <17.36> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +121.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.16 vs. 1.15.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +163.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.6b on Friday versus $20.8b on Thursday and $21.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.2b.

Global Market Recap


  • Massive blizzard headed towards the Northeast tonight/tomorrow.
  • S. Treasuries – lost ground due to heavy corporate supply.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s had small losses. Europe was all over the place.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.13122%) since April 2009.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks were mixed and little changed.
  • Overseas stocks – Europe more green than red. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – Not a real factor today in the U.S. or across the globe but will be this week.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. the Euro, weaker vs. the Pound, CAD and AUD and little changed vs. Yen.
  • Commodities – Crude oil small loss, gold up, copper good day and wheat had a bad day.
  • CDX IG: +0.53 to 65.08
  • CDX HY: +3.85 to 336.70
  • CDX EM: -0.28 to 216.74

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

-Tony Farren


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


IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
vs. Current
WTD – $18.30b
March 2017
vs. Current
MTD – $77.425b
Low-End Avg. $24.00b 76.25% $113.79b 68.04%
Midpoint Avg. $24.83b 73.70% $114.31b 67.73%
High-End Avg. $25.67b 71.29% $114.83b 67.43%
The Low $15b 122.00% $80b 96.78%
The High $35b 52.29% $140b 55.30%


In Honor of Tropical Storm “Stella”

My bet is that Tropical Storm Stella renders Tuesday an inactive day which, in turn, means Thursday now becomes a massive day for issuance.   







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 six week’s averages:

WEEK 2/27
WEEK 2/20
WEEK 2/13
WEEK 2/06
WEEK 1/30
New Issue Concessions <0.56> bps <0.47> bps 5.5 bps 3.94 bps 3.33 bps 1.17 bps <3.15> bps <0.16> bps <0.86> bps <3.44> bps <0.87> bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.19x 2.54x 2.22x 2.37x 1.92x 2.73x 3.39x 3.26x 3.76x 3.92x 3.12x
Tenors 9.93 yrs 8.68 yrs 17.99 yrs 6.58 yrs 5.21 yrs 9.65 yrs 8.04 yrs 8.37 yrs 8.03 yrs 12.04 yrs 11.60 yrs
Tranche Sizes $843mm $638mm $443mm $583mm $275mm $671mm $738mm $695mm $744mm $735mm $1,311 yrs
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<21.31> bps <18.56> yrs <17> bps <25.06> bps <13.50> bps <20.00> bps <16.79> bps <18.47> bps <18.45> bps <19.60> bps <19.77> bps


New Issues Priced

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

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.



Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
Citibank N.A. A1/A+ FRN 3/20/2019 1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+34 the # 3mL+34 3mL+34 CITI-sole
Citibank N.A. A1/A+ 2.00% 3/20/2019 1,500 +low 70s/+72.5a +67 the # +67 +67 CITI-sole
DCT Industrial Oper. Part.
(tap) New Total: $325mm
Baa2/BBB 4.50% 10/15/2023 50 +185a +175a (+/-5) +170 +170 CITI/JPM/WFS
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 2.875% 3/27/2020 500 +175a +140a (+/-5) +130 +130 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 4.25% 4/15/2024 500 +225a +195a (+/-5) +190 +190 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Everett Spinco Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 4.75% 4/15/2027 500 +237.5-250
+220a (+/-5) +215 +215 BAML/MUFG/RBC
Humana Inc. Baa3/BBB+ 3.95% 3/15/2027 600 +150-155 +140a (+/-5) +135 +135 BAML/JPM/MS/USB
Humana Inc. Baa3/BBB+ 4.80% 3/15/2047 400 +180a +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/JPM/MS/USB
Ontario Teachers A1/AA 3.125% 3/20/2022 500 +112.5a +100-105 +100 +100 GS/TD
Ontario Teachers A1/AA 3.875% 3/20/2027 500 +137.5a +130-135 +130 +130 GS/TD
Penske Truck Leasing Baa2/BBB+ 4.20% 4/01/2027 500 +160a +155a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/JPM/PNC/WFS (a)  +1 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- FRN 3/16/2022 1,400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+100 3mL+100 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 3.125% 3/16/2022 1,850 +125-130 +115a (+/-5) +110 +110 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 4.124% 3/16/2027 3,250 +175-180 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 5.25% 3/16/2036 3,000 +230-235 +215a (+/-5) +210 +210 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Verizon Communications Inc. Baa1/A- 5.50% 3/16/2046 1,500 +245-250 +235a (+/-5) +230 +230 BAML/BARC/MS/RBC (a) +5 (p)
Virginia Electric & Power Co. A2/A 3.50% 3/15/2027 750 +105a +90-95 +90 +90 DB/JPM/WFS



Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
State of Kuwait AA/AA 2.75% 3/20/2022 3,500 +100a +85a +75 +75 CITI/DB/HSBC/JPM/NBK/SCB
State of Kuwait AA/AA 3.50% 3/20/2027 4,500 +120a +110a +100 +100 CITI/DB/HSBC/JPM/NBK/SCB


Indexes and New Issue Volume


Index Open Current Change
IG27 64.547 64.853 0.306
HV27 131.025 131.490 0.465
VIX 11.66 11.35 <0.31>
S&P 2,372 2,373 1
DOW 20,902 20,881 <21>



IG Corporates




Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $18.30 bn DAY: $26.30 bn
WTD: $18.30 bn WTD: $26.30 bn
MTD: $77.425 bn MTD: $100.475 bn
YTD: $340.508 bn YTD: $440.458 bn


Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending March 8th      


  • For the week ended March 8th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $3.482b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $29.433b) and a net outflow of $2.119b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $743m).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $1.208b into Loan Participation Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $9.308b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $154.368m (2017 YTD inflow of $1.387b).


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:

Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Monday Mar 13, 2017 edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest 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.

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