Week’s IG Corporate Bond Issuance: Cooling Off Period; April Showers Bring May Flowers
April 22, 2017   //   by Mischler MarCom   //   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.


Above is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Friday April 21 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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Week’s IG Corporate Bond Issuance: Cooling Off Period; April Showers Bring May Flowers