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IG Debt Market Weekend Update: Citi in Sync With Synchrony
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 05.18.18 Investment Grade Debt Market Commentary:Spotlight On Synchrony Bank

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Synchrony Bank Owns the Friday Leaderboard

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

Global Market Recap

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 16th

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

Today Synchrony Bank (wholly-owned subsidiary of Synchrony Financial NYSE:SYF) owned the IG dollar primary market leaderboard with its $750mm 3(a)5 exempt 3-year senior bank notes transaction. What’s more, Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran-owned and operated broker dealer was honored to be named as an active 1.00% Co-Manager. Thank you to stalwart Chris Coffey who is no stranger to diversity and inclusion mandates in our DCM. Chris was there from the get-go back in his days at MBNA when during his time he helped steer that issuer to become a founding father of inclusion transactions along with some other large FIGs. That pre-dates Chris’ GECC days! We appreciate SYF’s patronage and our active role today. Thank you as well to both Citigroup and MUFG Syndicate and of course, to the best darn middle markets distribution network on the street for your loyalty and continued belief in and support of the “value-added” proposition. Congrats also to Chris for his first Friday print at SYF and for his efforts in continuing to implement and guide a stellar diversity mandate that saw 7 diversity firms on today’s new 3-year that included a Service Disabled Veteran-owned broker-dealer three African-American-owned BDs a Hispanic-American owned firm, and a Woman-owned firm.

Today’s final Synchrony order book finished at just over $1.8b making the deal 2.40-times oversubscribed.  Concession on today’s deal was negative 2 bps given new 5-year SYF bank paper is +135. Adjusting <35> bps for the 3s/5s curve gets you to +100 against today’s final T+98 pricing pegs NIC as <2> bps.  A nice day for SYF, the leads and congratulations to Chris on a successful first Friday print at Synchrony! Net, net – a VERY GOOD RESULT for all!

Overseas in the EU two new issues were postponed including the first in 2018 for an investment grade rated issuer pointing to investor fatigue following one of the busier weeks of the year. Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 96.86% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $32.855b vs. $33.92b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 68.69% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $92.625b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 17 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was <14.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +114. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.09 vs. at 1.08.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +147. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.7b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $19.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 43 IG new issues comprised of 38 IG Corporates and 5 SSAs new issues 25 tightened versus NIP for a 58.25% improvement rate, 13 widened  (30.25%) and 5 were flat (11.50%).
  • For the week ended May 16th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $3.069b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $40.444b) and a net outflow of $541.871m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.381b).

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/14-5/18
vs. Current
WTD – $32.855b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $92.625b
Low-End Avg. $32.52b 101.03% $133.64b 69.31%
Midpoint Avg. $33.92b 96.86% $134.84b 68.69%
High-End Avg. $35.32b 93.02% $136.04b 68.09%
The High $20b 164.28% $110b 84.20%
The Low $40b 82.14% $150b 61.75%

 

Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – ended a poor week with a solid rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged. Bunds/Gilts rallied. Peripheral bonds were hit.
  • SOFR – 1.74% FROM 1.75%.
  • 3mth Libor – 2.32938% from 2.33125%.
  • Stocks – Mixed as of 3pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed higher. Europe lost ground.
  • Economic – Nothing on the calendar today.
  • Overseas Economic- – Japan CPI was very tame. Europe inflation data MoM was higher.
  • Currencies – DXY Index traded at a YTD high, Euro YTD low and ADXY Index at a YTD low.
  • Commodities – Crude small loss. Gold up and copper down. Wheat saw a big rally.
  • CDX IG: +0.82 to 61.73
  • CDX HY: +1.60 to 340.22
  • CDX EM: +5.30 to 170.73
  • VIX: -0.09 to 13.34

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

-Tony Farren, Managing Director, Rates Trading

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 43 IG new issues comprised of 38 IG Corporates and 5 SSAs new issues 25 tightened versus NIP for a 58.25% improvement rate, 13 widened  (30.25%) and 5 were flat (11.50%).

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Synchrony Bank BBB/BBB- 3.65% 5/24/2021 750 +112.5a +100a (+/-2) +98 +98 97/96
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A FRN 5/21/2021 600 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+32 3mL+32 3mL+33/30
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A 3.25% 5/21/2021 600 +65a +50 the # +50 +50 50/47
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A 3.85% 5/21/2025 750 +95a +80 the # +80 +80 80/77
Svenska Handelsbanken Aa2/AA FRN 5/24/2021 1,250 3mL+equiv 3mL+47 the # 3mL+47 3mL+47 3mL+44/41
Svenska Handelsbanken Aa2/AA 3.35% 5/24/2021 1,250 +80a +65 the # +65 +65 65/62
Valero Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 4.35% 6/01/2028 750 +137.5a N/A +125 +125 124/121
Province of New Brunswick Aa2/A+ 3.625% 2/24/2028 500 MS +50a MS +50a MS +50 +53.3 53/52
Harley-Davidson Finc’l Svcs. A3/A FRN 5/1/2020 450 3mL+65a 3mL+53 (+/-3) 3mL+50 3mL+50 3mL+43/41
Harley-Davidson Finc’l Svcs. A3/A 3.55% 5/21/2021 350 +95a +83 (+/-3) +80 +80 79/76
Kommuninvest Aaa/AAA 2.875% 3/01/2021 1,000 MS +8a MS +8 MS +6 +20.7 21/19
Avista Corp. A2/A- 4.35% 6/01/2048 375 +125a +115 the # +115 +115 114/111
Citigroup Inc. Baa1/A FRN 6NC5
6/01/2024
1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+102.3 3mL+102.3 3mL+98/94
Citigroup Inc. Baa1/A 4.044% 6NC5
6/01/2024
1,250 +115-120/+117.5a +112.5 the # +112.5 +112.5
Back-end:
3mL+102.3
109/106
Citigroup Inc.
(tap) New Total: $3.85b
Baa3/A- 4.45% 9/29/2027 350
WNG
+high 160a
+167.50a
+163 the # +163 +163 163/161
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- FRN 5/18/2020 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+24 3mL+24 3mL+21/18
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.00% 5/18/2020 500 +60-65/+62.5a +47a (+/-2) +45 +45 40/37
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.50% 9/18/2023 500 +75-80/+77.5a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/59
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.875% 5/18/2028 500 +95-100/+97.5a +87a (+/-2) +85 +85 82/79
Perusahaan Listrik Negara
PT Persero
Baa2/BBB 5.45% 5/21/2028 1,000 5.80%a 5.50% the # 5.50% +241.4 236/232
Perusahaan Listrik Negara
PT Persero
Baa2/BBB 6.15% 5/21/2048 1,000 6.50%a 6.20% the # 6.20% +299.6 292/288
Royal Bank of Scotland Baa3/BBB+ 4.892% 11NC10 F-t-F
5/18/2029
1,750 +200a +185a (+/-3) +182 +182
Back-end:
3mL+175.4
185/181
Republic of South Africa Baa3/BB+ 5.875% 6/22/2030 1,400 6.00%a 5.875% the # 5.875% +280.5 285/280
Republic of South Africa Baa3/BB+ 6.30% 6/22/2048 600 6.375%a 6.30% the # 6.30% +310.1 315/312
Swedish Export Credit Corp. Aa1/AA+ 2.875% 5/22/2021 1,000 MS +12a MS +10a (+/-1) MS +9 +24.8 25/24
AEP Texas Inc. Baa1/A- 3.95% 6/01/2028 500 +110a +100-105 +100 +100 96/93
Ameren Illinois Co. A1/A 3.80% 5/15/2028 430 +95a +85a (+/-3) +82 +82 78/75
American Express Co. A3/A FRN 5/17/2021 800 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+52.5 3mL+52.5 3mL+46/
American Express Co. A3/A 3.375% 5/17/2021 1,200 +low 80s/+82.5a +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 68/63
Bank of America Corp. A3/A 3.499% 5/17/2022 2,250 +100a N/A N/A +80
Back-end:
3mL+63
81/78
Canadian Pacific Railroad Baa1/BBB+ 4.00% 6/01/2028 500 +120a +105a (+/-3) +102 +102 99/96
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 3.551% 5/25/2021 1,750

 

+105a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85 83/80
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.057% 5/25/2023 2,000 +135a +125a (+/-5) +120 +120 116/114
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.417% 5/25/2025 1,000 +160a +150a (+/-5) +145 +145 141/137
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.597% 5/25/2028 2,000 +175a +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 162/158
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.985% 5/25/2038 500 +205a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 190/185
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 5.085% 5/25/2048 750 +215a +200a (+/-5) +195 +195 202/197
Fidelity Nat’l. Info. Systems Baa2/BBB 4.25% 5/15/2028 400 +145 +135a (+/ (+/-5)-5) +130 +130 131/127
Fidelity Nat’l. Info. Systems Baa2/BBB 4.75% 5/15/2048 600 +190 +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 178/174
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A FRN 8NC7
5/15/2026
1,500 3mL+125a 3mL+120a (+/-3) 3mL+117 3mL+117 3mL+121/118
Great-West Lifeco Finance A+/A 4.047% 5/17/2028 300 +130a +110a (+/-5) +105 +105 103/99
Great-West Lifeco Finance A+/A 4.581% 5/17/2048 500 +160a +145 the # +145 +145 143/141
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. Aa2/AA- 4.15% 5/15/2048 400 +110a +105 the # +105 +105 102/100

 

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

Thanks as always for tuning in to the daily “QC”, enjoy your read in preparation for the week ahead along with my impassioned plea to enjoy a fabulous weekend with you and yours!

Okay, the fixed income syndicate sound test is complete.  I have over 3,500 readers in the audience. Fade out the overture. Lights, camera, action!:

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of today’s respondents are in the top 22 syndicate desks including 21 of the top 24 according to today’s Bloomberg U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (U.S. Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.00% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are 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 are 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 – 2014, 2015 and 2016 !  Syndicate Desks: Please Note that we had a Friday print today from “SYF” so I updated the below survey question data to reflect Synchrony Bank’s 3-year new issue. If you notice any differences that’s why. Thanks! -RQ

As always, before we get to the technical data let’s first review this week’s top geopolitical risk factors:

  • 5/17 – Kim Jong-un warned that the de-nuclearization summit could be compromised due to John Bolton’s paralleling a NOKO-U.S. de-nuke deal with the Libyan “model of nuclear abandonment.” Bolton is highly qualified but needs to tone down and save the rhetoric for if and when needed – not prior to the historic summit.
  • 5/14 – Although Pres. Trump reversed sanctions on China’s ZTE telecom it was done in exchange for China agreeing not to impose tariffs on U.S. agricultural products that had been levied in response to Trump’s earlier steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • 5/14 – Tensions mounted in the Middle East as Israeli troops fired on protesting Palestinians along the fenced Gaza strip killing 55 and wounding over 1,700. More violent and armed men were intermingled with the mostly peaceful Palestinian demonstrators including families with children. Once they burst through fencing Israeli snipers began to shoot into the onrushing crowd. The protest happened to coincide with the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem leaving friction at its highest level in years in the historic conflict.  
  • 5/16 – U.S. interest rates: The strong U.S. economy is supporting rising UST yields. T2s & 5s reached highs since 2008; CT10 since 2011 and the LB peaked at 3.10% (2015) a higher yield trading band is established. The sensitivity of EM currencies to higher rates is chronic. Combined with their own additional political risks, EM risks falling out of favor as currencies fall out of bed. 
  • 5/17 – Pressure on UK PM Theresa May mounts as Britain’s House of Lords dealt BREXIT its 15th defeat, this time over environmental protections issues by a 54%-46% margin. In addition, friction intensified between supporters of a post-BREXIT customs partnership with the EU vs. resistance by those who support technology to monitor the critical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • May 2018 Terror Event MTD Casualty Total: 79 terrorist attacks; 618 dead; 781 wounded.
  • 5/17 – Italy’s two ant-establishment parties 5-Star and League plan tough immigration reform, lifting all sanctions against Russia, creating 2 tax brackets of 15 and 20%, dropping a previously increased retirement age and a citizen’s income for the poor. Wishful thinking!

Now let’s take a look at the critical week-on-week primary market stats: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $32.855b. We priced $1.065b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $33.92b or <3.14%>.
  • MTD we priced 68.69% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $92.625b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $557.296b vs. the $574.314b YoY which is <$17.018b> or <2.96%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $705.361b vs. $717.956b YoY making it  <$12.595b> or <1.75%> less than vs. 2017.

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 57 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week: 

  • NICS:  4.59 bps  
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.96x
  • Tenors: 10.18 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $842mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <15.12> bps

Here’s how this week’s critical primary market data compares against last week’s numbers: 

  • Week on week, average NICs widened 0.49 bps to an average 4.59 bps vs. 4.10 bps across this week’s 43 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased by 0.26x to an average 2.96x vs. 2.70x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 3.14 years to an average 10.18 years vs. 7.04 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $37mm to $842mm vs. $805mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 43 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by 2.21 bps to <15.12> bps vs. <12.91> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bps to +147  bps vs. +148 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 2 bps to 1.09 vs. 1.11 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.7b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $19.1b the previous Thursday.  
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.
  • The VIX widened 0.78 or 6.16% to 13.43 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 12.65 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2.00 bps to +114 vs. +116 week-on-week.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 2.00 bps week-on-week to 18.75 vs. 20.75 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors tightened 1.89 bps to an average 25.11 vs. 27.00 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended May 16th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $3.069b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $40.444b) and a net outflow of $541.871m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.381b).

Entering today’s Friday session here’s a look at this week’s IG issuance volume totals:

  • IG Corps: $32.855b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $37.355b

And now it’s time for today’s question posed to the senior members of the Industry’s top 24  fixed income syndicate desks: “What are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”
 

Please know that on each and every new issue, the guy-in-the-corner is ALWAYS in YOUR corner on deal day! If an issuer asks you who are some of the best diversity firms are, my hope is that you’ll mention Mischler Financial and the guy-in-the-corner.  Our distribution is high quality, prolific and consistent. On deal day, we perform enough to influence your bid-to-cover rates with REAL high quality and unpadded “sticky” investor orders. The “QC” won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years….2014, 2015 and 2016! But most of all we have a great certification-the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran owned and operated broker dealer.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Wall Street Rating Interest Rates: Trading at the Corner of Hollywood and Wall
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.16.18 – Financial Markets Rating Impact of Higher Interest Rates: Trading at the Corner of Wall Street & Hollywood Blvd.

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Wall Street & Hollywood; Reality & Illusion

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 9th       

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

Today the suddenly subdued IG dollar DCM hosted one $800mm two-part deal from Harley-Davidson Financial Services in the form of a 2-year FRN and a 3-year fixed rate senior unsecured transaction. In fact, the SSA space outperformed on the volume front thanks to Kommuninvest’s $1b 3-year bringing the all-in IG day total to 2 issuers, 3 tranches and a mere $1.8b…………What gives?  Well, look at the CT10-year that closed out yesterday’s session yielding 3.07% and 3.10% today. U.S. interest rates are going up, though they’ve been tame thus far as they begin their trajectory.

In speaking with Mischler’s resident Treasury guru Tony Farren about the subject of rising rates today, the very first week of 2018 (Jan. 2-5) saw the 2yr (1.891%), 5yr (2.213%), 10yr (2.416%) and the 30yr (2.749%) all trading at their 2018 YTD low yields. Fast forward to today – both the 2yr (2.589%) and 5yr (2.941%) are at the highest yields since 2008; the 10yr (3.10%) is at its highest yield dating back to 2011 while the CT30yr (3.22%) came to within 1 bp of its YTD high which was the highest yield since 2015. The market IS and always has been ahead of the curve, while the Fed has ALWAYS and will forever be a market laggard. It’s the nature of the beast we call “the market.”  Rates are finding a new level and that level is HIGHER folks!

Things could certainly be changing especially after S.F. Fed Chief Williams’ comments yesterday in which he said he’s “very positive” on the domestic economic outlook and shared his view that we can sustain 3 to 4 rate hikes in 2018!  The statement has more impact than it typically would, especially considering that Mr Williams will soon upgrade to a much more powerful role as the NY Fed Chief. There is a large contingent of people and market participants who would like to see Fed-speak banned (other than post-FOMC Press Conferences and Q&A). Still, rates are going up folks. Just have a look at the emboldened U.S. dollar for evidence. Look at Emerging Markets, especially Argentina and Turkey. They are signals not only of their own domestic issue,s but also the rising rate environment.  Sprinkle on some powerful geopolitical risk factors like the bubbling Middle East, Iran vs. the unlikely Dynamic Duo that is quickly becoming Saudi Arabia and Israel, and Kim Jong-un’s recent comments threatening to un-schedule the June 12th denuclearization talks.  China, Italy, Washington dysfunction – they are all among the starring players in an endlessly rewritten historical epic scenario that beckons a script doctor’s skills to fill in the holes, add some character arcs and tie all the plots and subplots together to achieve a nice, neat denouement.  Guess what? That happy ending is not coming; after all, this is the reality, not illusion and we, readers are realists.  This is Wall Street, not Hollywood. At least I think and hope so.

So, the 3.095% CT10yr yield was the wake-up call that gave pause for today.  We are also running $7b shy of this week’s syndicate estimate, but tomorrow’s another day!

Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 79.32% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $26.905b vs. $33.92b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 64.28% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $86.675b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 15 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was <15.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +114. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.09 vs. at 1.08.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +145 vs. +146. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.9b on Tuesday versus $16b on Monday and $17.4b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b.

 Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/14-5/18
vs. Current
WTD – $26.905b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $86.675b
Low-End Avg. $32.52b 82.73% $133.64b 64.86%
Midpoint Avg. $33.92b 79.32% $134.84b 64.28%
High-End Avg. $35.32b 76.17% $136.04b 63.71%
The High $20b 134.53% $110b 78.80%
The Low $40b 67.26% $150b 57.78%

 Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – Small losses. 2yr reached its highest yield since 2008.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Bunds/Gilts better. Italy/Greece hit very hard.
  • SOFR – 1.79% from 1.70%.
  • 3mth Libor – 2.32563% from 2.32063%.
  • Stocks – Solid gains at 3pm with the NASDAQ leading the way.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed down. Europe more green than red. Italy hit hard.
  • Economic – Mixed U.S. data with more good than bad.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan GDP was negative. EU, Germany and Italy CPI’s were tame.
  • Currencies – DXY Index traded at its YTD high and the Euro its YTD low.
  • Commodities – Small gains. Gold hit its YTD low. Gasoline reached its high since 2014.
  • CDX IG: -0.59 to 60.68
  • CDX HY: -2.45 to 338.22
  • CDX EM: -2.13 to 158.88
  • VIX: -1.19 to 13.44

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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Muni Bond Offerings Set To Take Off Week of May 14-San Fran Airport Commission
May 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond New Issue Calendar Week of May 14:  Nearly $10bil in New Issues Scheduled…Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on the muni bond offerings for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $6.6 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $9.9 billion. The negotiated market is led by $914.0 million tax-exempt, AMT and taxable bonds for the Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, California. The competitive market is led by $1.2 billion general obligation bonds for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (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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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 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 the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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IG Debt Market Recap: Iran Deal Scuttled; Dynamite Day for General Dynamics
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.08.18: Iran Deal Scuttled; IG Debt Market Recap: Dynamite Deal Day for General Dynamics  

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Big Time Volume But Stuck at
“The Number Again. NYSE:GD, NYSE:VZ

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

Vaya Con Dios to Bloomberg Bob, a Great Man and a Dear Friend

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 2nd      

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

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Big Time Volume But Stuck at“The Number Again. NYSE:GD, NYSE:VZ
Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 7 issuers across 18 tranches totalling $15.539b. 48.3% of that total came in the form of the General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) 7-part transaction –which totalled $7.5b, and runner-up award to Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), which brought $1.788b to the corporate treasury. The SSA space was inactive again. Although the deals are clearing for issuers 10 of today’s 17 IG Corporate tranches were guided “at the number!”  Something to keep an eye on. Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 74.35% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $23.389b vs. $31.46b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 27.64% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $37.264b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 9 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 17 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.09> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +117. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +1.12.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +149. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.1b on Monday versus $13.9b on Friday and $20.9b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.1b. 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/07-5/11
vs. Current
WTD – $23.389b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $37.264b
Low-End Avg. $30.83b 75.86% $133.64b 27.88%
Midpoint Avg. $31.46b 74.35% $134.84b 27.64%
High-End Avg. $32.08b 72.91% $136.04b 27.39%
The High $20b 116.945% $110b 33.88%
The Low $40b 58.47% $150b 24.84%

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Vaya Con Dios to Bloomberg Bob, a Great Man and a Dear Friend

You have all read in the QC about how I frequently turn the lights off and lock the door behind me here at our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran owned & operated broker-dealer. We always leave it on the floor, driven by a desire to be the best we can be and to always be allegiant to our value-added reputation as providing best in class debt capital market coverage and distribution.  It’s all about delivering high-quality work for our issuers and joint leads while building a sustainable and lasting company. We take great pride in that for we know that one day all we ever really take with us is our reputation.  It’s also what people will most remember us by.  Well, this evening, I got your attention with Bloomberg’s logo above but it’s about the manifestation of a mandate at a world-class company that has a culture unique to itself.  If one were to do a case study of corporate cultures, the names, IBM, GE, Apple, Disney and Bloomberg come to mind.  Each company has its family of employees while others are legendary for their work environments and commitment to make “lifers” out of their personnel. Tonight’s story is about Bloomberg’s commitment to veterans and a tribute/send-off to one veteran, in particular, Bob Elson who many of my 3,501 readers have also come to know.

This is not a deal drill-down day, during which I typically help promote an issuer’s diversity mandate and often more specifically, our veteran and service-disabled veteran certification. So, instead of going granular re General Dynamics’ massive debt issuance, tonight I’ve decided to do something different. Tonight I want to pay tribute to a business news industry legend.

I remember working at Merrill when I sat next to Mac Barnes on our trading floor. Mac was a legendary original Bloomberg programmer and techno-wizard who started with Michael Bloomberg way back when. He was also a super good guy.  Michael had been offered a nascent technology position by Merrill well before tech was remotely considered en vogue. In fact, it was anything but. It meant “the writing was on the wall.”  What emerged from that experiment is the Bloomberg we know today.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going, as they say.  Michael Bloomberg never looked back. His net worth is, as of today $51.2b………... Quite an achievement!

Mike Bloomberg may be a multi-billionaire, but he also knows that mandates at any company start from the top down.  Which brings me to veterans at Bloomberg.

In Mike’s own words, “Veterans have just the kind of leadership, discipline, and work ethic you need to launch a successful business and create jobs and we’re determined to help more veterans succeed.” The businessman, engineer, author, politician and philanthropist knows that both the military and Bloomberg embody a common spirit: the mission comes first. Teamwork. Communication. Adaptability. Integrity. Those are just some of the skills and characteristics that transfer well from military service to a career at Bloomberg.  Mike upped his game by recruiting veterans in software development, sales, data analysis, customer service and network support as well as in the newsroom to showcase the places at his company where veterans should look to work. He knew early on those employees who have served or currently serve in the military, military families and supporters who promote and maintain Bloomberg as a military-friendly work environment stay connected through the Bloomberg Military & Veterans Community. We here at Mischler embrace and endorse that kind of thinking.

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Bob Elson, US Army Spec 5; Bloomberg LP

However, I’d like to go one further by highlighting one of those veterans whose last day is coming at Bloomberg next Tuesday, May 15th – Robert “Bob” Elson formerly the Bob from the now defunct but legendary Ed and Bob Show that was Bloomberg’s First Word new issue team.  I’ve known Bob since he joined Bloomberg and enjoyed our daily rapport.  He is the consummate professional, all about journalistic integrity, checking data sources multiple times before going out with anything on the tapes and a legend on Wall Street. Along with having logged 47 years working in our financial services industry comes a Yoda-like wisdom about and sense of our global financial markets. For all those millennials out there who have logged their first 10 years and are only now starting to see what an interest rate hike looks like, it’s critical to latch onto the knowledge that market professionals such as Bob Elson possess.  It’s invaluable. Bob certainly deserves his reputation as “Bond Salesman to the Stars Since 1971.”

When my Dad passed away last December, while the family gathered at his wake, Bob was the first person to sign in to pay his respects to our family.  That is the kind of person he is and friend he has become.

As I mentioned Bob’s last day will be next Tuesday, May 15th.  I wanted to scribe something in Bob’s honour BEFORE his last day. This way, you can reach out to Bob prior to his departure. Bob has left an indelible mark in the Bloomberg newsroom. I will personally miss his professional expertise, his unmatched experience although I look forward to more frequent lunches as they’ll be easier to come by given our proximity here in Stamford, Connecticut to his home in Westport. The Bloomberg chat room that both Ed and Bob years ago named “Quigmeister” will be a less active one. When in the throes of covering over 120 accounts, running order books and writing relative value and D&I stories I could always rely on Bob’s comic relief that would get me through the realization that I’d once again be sending my “QC” with an obscenely late time stamp. People come and go in this business and the ones you keep around long after are more than just good minds, great journalists, and experienced market professionals. They become friends.

For those who may not have known, Bob also proudly served his nation in Vietnam joining the U.S. Army in 1968. Following basic training at the Fort Eustis installation near Newport News, Virginia, Bob served in the First Infantry Division (The Big Red One) seeing action in Lai Khe, Vietnam. For those who may not know, Lai Khe was probably the most rocketed base camp in Vietnam except for Khe Sanh during the siege. Bob humbly recalls the sign that hung prominently at the camp’s entry that read, “Welcome to Rocket City.” Bob may well have cultivated his keen sense of humour and comic relief from the legendary Bob Hope who visited the base for his Christmas show. Hope greeted the crowd saying “Here we are in Lai Khe. I’ve been here five minutes and I don’t Like Kaye!  Bob was then off to 1st Field Force Headquarters in Nha Trang returning home in 1970 as a Spec 5 having earned a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for service.

It is comforting to know that there’s a place like Bloomberg that gave our veteran a home in his later years. I must say, however, I wish it was longer stay though.

To my good friend, journalist and veteran, it is NEVER fun to see someone ride off into the sunset but as they say, old soldiers never die they simply…………and I choose not to finish that quote, folks!

Thank you for your friendship, professionalism, foresight, advice and market wisdom all these years. Having served on no deals today you Bob Elson are the reason why I’m, turning off the lights and locking the front door here at Mischler Financial this evening.  I’d like you and all 3,501 “QC” readers to know that this edition has been my privilege and honour to write.

Vaya Con Dios my friend! Please reach out to Bob Elson on your Bloomberg terminals to give our military veteran and financial services veteran the send-off he truly deserves.

Thank you all and as always, have a great evening!

Below please find a complete synopsis of the day’s debt capital market activity as seen from the perch of the nation’s oldest investment bank / institutional brokerage owned & operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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Municipal Bond New Issue Calendar Week of May 7 : Energy Northwest
May 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond New Issue Calendar Week of May 7:  Tax Exempt and Taxable Bonds from Energy Northwest…Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on the municipal debt new issue calendar for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $4.7billion. This week volume is expected to be about $6.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $634.0 million tax-exempt and taxable bonds for Energy Northwest, Washington. The competitive market is led by $382.0 million tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds for the City and County of San Francisco, California in 3 bids (Tuesday).

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 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

Those not familiar with the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans should know that our capital market desk(s) works with more than 135 Fortune corporation treasury teams, each of Wall Street’s lead underwriter investment banks, dozens of municipal debt issuers and a discrete spectrum of the industry’s most demanding investment managers and public plan sponsors. Of equal importance, our ethos is driven by giving back and paying forward to those members of the US military service-disabled veteran community and their families who simply do not have the depth of resources and access to advanced education programs and private sector job opportunities that so many of us take for granted.

Throughout the year, Mischler Financial Group advocates on behalf of the SDV community through sponsorship of mentoring programs and direct financial assistance to veteran-centric philanthropic organizations. During the months of May and November, we dedicate a percentage of the firm’s profits to honor Memorial Day and Veterans Day respectively. In our recognition of Memorial Day 2018, we have made our annual Memorial Day Month pledge to the Semper Fi Fund, one of the highest rated non-profit organizations. A full release of this announcement was made May 1 and we thank our clients and partners in advance for working with our primary DCM and ECM teams and our secondary market trading desks to make this Memorial Day month memorable for the veterans and their family members who have sacrificed so much to make our lives safer.

During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 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 the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc. (more…)

Debt Market Comment Week in Review and Looking Ahead -Mischler Viewpoint
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.04.18 Debt Market Comment Week in Review and Looking Ahead

Mischler 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points : Reprieve

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

The Best & Brightest Fixed Income Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites

QC Geopolitical Monitor

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 2nd      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Mischler 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

Those not familiar with the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans should know that our capital market desk(s) work with more than 135 Fortune corporation treasury teams, each of Wall Street’s lead underwriter investment banks, dozens of municipal debt issuers and a discrete spectrum of the industry’s most demanding investment managers and public plan sponsors. Of equal importance, our ethos is driven by giving back and paying forward to those members of the US military service-disabled veteran community and their families who simply do not have the depth of resources and access to advanced education programs and private sector job opportunities that so many of us take for granted.

Throughout the year, Mischler Financial Group advocates on behalf of the SDV community through sponsorship of mentoring programs and direct financial assistance to veteran-centric philanthropic organizations. During the months of May and November, we dedicate a percentage of the firm’s profits to honor Memorial Day and Veterans Day respectively. In our recognition of Memorial Day 2018, we have made our annual Memorial Day Month pledge to the Semper Fi Fund, one of the highest rated non-profit organizations. A full release of this announcement was made May 1 and we thank our clients and partners in advance for working with our primary DCM and ECM teams and our secondary market trading desks to make this Memorial Day month memorable for the veterans and their family members who have sacrificed so much to make our lives safer.


Debt Market Comment |Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 


It was a great day for a goose egg with nothing having priced in our IG dollar DCM heading into the weekend and given the recent soft primary market tone in anticipation of a potentially much busier week ahead.  That’s right, I’ve spoken with the top 24 syndicate desks with some interesting sound bites. Most prominently, volume ahead can be heavily influenced by any one or a combination of anticipated M&A related financings among which are United Technologies Corp., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Bayer AG and General Dynamics Corp. Also, “if” HSBC decides to print a massive transaction, it too can upward skew the numbers. The big assumption, as one person in the know expressed, is, “it’s going to be busy if the market doesn’t completely melt down!”

 But why listen to me when you can read it direct from the 24 syndicate desks who price over 80% of the IG debt deals in Corporate America? That’s what the Friday “QC” brings you every week and that’s why this edition is called the “Best and the Brightest!” They are all waiting patiently below with their numbers and meaningful comments but as always let’s first run through this week’s recaps before I set the table for you for next week.

Get informed and enjoy the read but most of all…

Have a great weekend!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 85.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.05b vs. $25.94b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 10.29% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $13.875b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 12 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +116 vs. +115. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +111 vs. 1.10.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +150 vs. +149. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Thursday versus $19.3b on Wednesday and $22b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.8b.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 35 IG Corporate and 1 SSA new issues, of the 36 IG deals that priced, 22 tightened versus NIP for a 61.00% improvement rate, 7 widened  (19.50%) and 7 were flat (19.50%).
  • For the week ended May 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $996.495m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $36.571b) and a net inflow of $526.111m into High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $14.084b) which was the largest HY inflow since December 2016.

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
4/30-5/04
vs. Current
WTD – $22.05b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $13.875b
Low-End Avg. $25.24b 87.36% $133.64b 10.38%
Midpoint Avg. $25.94b 85.00% $134.84b 10.29%
High-End Avg. $26.64b 82.77% $136.04b 10.20%
The High $20b 110.25% $110b 12.61%
The Low $35b 63.00% $150b 9.25%

 

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 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of today’s respondents are in the top 21 including 21 of the top 24 according to today’s Bloomberg U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (U.S. Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 80.25% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are 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 are 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 Wall Street’s most widely read debt market commentaries. 

Before we get to the technical data, let’s first review this week’s top geopolitical risk factors:

Kim Jong-Un offered to readjust North Korea’s “Pyongyang” time zone that runs 30 minutes behind South Korea to match its southern neighbor as a symbol of his commitment to peace. The heads of North and South Korea met on 4/27 in the demilitarized zone to begin negotiations and mutual commitments to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula. The meeting was historic and made for great photo ops, but was devoid of details. Still, some are holding on to hope this meeting could be the start of one of the great foreign affairs coups of the past century. Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is “cautiously optimistic” about negotiations with China over trade tariffs and regulations in the aftermath of Trump’s $50b tariffs in retaliation for China’s stealing of corporate America’s intellectual property. Markets are fearful of a full blown trade war. Talks could reduce tensions, and perhaps even the playing field. China will NOT change its economic policies and was vocal when saying it won’t be “bullied” by the U.S. If talks do bear fruit, it could result in Trump backing off tariff threats. Members of the U.S. delegation include Peter Navarro, Larry Kudlow, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer and Ambassador Terry Branstad.   

In the Middle East, Israeli PM Netanyahu held a televised address last Monday, revealing 50k+ documents and 180+ CDs of data proving Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program is underway in violation of the 2015 deal that Trump wants to renegotiate or abandon. Netanyahu said the docs were moved to a secret Tehran locale post deal. The IAEA, however, sees no “credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.”    

Italian President Sergio Mattarella prefers to resolve the coalition deadlock by ruling with a short-term gov’t. rather than new national elections. On 4/30, Italy’s leftist 5-Star Movement head, Luigi Di Maio acknowledged his failure to form a coalition gov’t, calling for new elections. 5SM approached the center-left Democratic Party (“PD”) to enter into exploratory talks after it refused to negotiate with the right alliance lest ties with Berlusconi are severed. The nation has had no government for 58 days, or 24 days less than the record 82 set in 1992. Italy had 70 post WWII gov’ts in 72 post-WWII years – one every 1.02 years! – and it is the EU’s 3rd largest economy, the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5% and a $2.8 trillion (equiv.) national debt. It’s the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans. 

Soft market tone prevails in our IG dollar DCM. In terms of primary markets, of the last 69 IG Corporate deals that priced, 32 saw guidance stagnate “at the number” while 3 of those deals launched at the widest side of guidance. That’s 46.4% of all deals priced in the past 9 sessions!  What’s more, many have traded in the gray wider to much wider and with 4 bps average NIC across that period, that’s going in the wrong direction.  This week should have been a table setter for what’s expected to be a much bigger week next week in a month that is historically robust.  

Now let’s take a look at the critical week-on-week primary market stats: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $22.05b. We priced $3.89b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $25.94b or <15.00%>.
  • MTD we priced 10.29% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $13.875b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $478.546b vs. the $515.420b YoY which is <$36.874b> or <7.15%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $622.111b vs. $647.736b YoY making it  <$25.625b> or <3.96%> less than vs. 2017.

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 35 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.   

o   NICS:  5.92 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.16x

o   Tenors: 13.17 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $630mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <12.54> bps 

Here’s how this week’s critical primary market data compares against last week’s numbers: 

  • Week on week, average NICs widened 2.29 bps to an average 5.92 bps vs.  3.63 bps across this week’s 35 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.37x to an average 2.16x vs. 2.53x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 3.98 years to an average 13. 17 years vs. 9.19 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $156mm to $630mm vs. $786mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 35 IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 1.31 bps to <12.54> bps vs. <13.85> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 4 bps to +150 vs. +146 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened 3 bps to 1.11 vs. 1.08 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Thursday versus $19.3b on Wednesday and $22b the previous Thursday.  
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.8b.
  • The VIX widened 0.49 or 3.18% to 15.90 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 15.41 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +116 vs. +112.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 3.50 bps week-on-week to 22.00 vs. 18.50 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors widened 4.84 bps to an average 27.05 vs. 22.21 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended May 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $996.495m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $36.571b) and a net inflow of $526.111m into High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $14.084b) which was the largest HY inflow since December 2016.

Entering today’s Friday session, here’s a look at this week’s IG issuance volume totals:

  • IG Corps: $22.05b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $22.60b

And now it’s time for today’s question posed  to the industry’s leading investment grade debt syndicate desks:  “What are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”
Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!
Ron

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Mischler Financial Group 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge
May 2018      Company News, Giving Back   

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May 01 2018

Re: 2018 Mischler Memorial Day Month Pledge

Since our inception in 1995, Mischler Financial Group (“MFG”) has been devoted to meeting the capital market needs of the nation’s leading corporations, municipal issuers and a broad spectrum of the industry’s most demanding investment managers and public plan sponsors.

Of equal importance, throughout our history we’ve committed resources and year-round financial support to veteran-centric legislative initiatives, career building and mentoring veterans. This includes our support of carefully-evaluated philanthropic programs focused on improving the quality of SDVs and their families’ lives and charitable programs that concentrate on supporting the families of military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of serving our country.

In connection with our year-round philanthropic mission, the months of May and November are specifically dedicated to honoring Memorial Day and Veterans Day. During these two months, we contribute a percentage of the firm’s profit to carefully-selected organization(s) that we believe provide a unique and positive impact on the lives of vets, SDVs and Gold Star family members who simply do not have the depth of resources that so many of us take for granted.

With that, in honor of “Memorial Day Month 2018,” MFG is proud to make our pledge to the Semper Fi Fund, one of the country’s highest-rated charities. Formed in 2004, “SFF” is committed to providing immediate financial assistance, education scholarships, career transition programs and life-time support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.  Since its inception, Semper Fi Fund has distributed over $167 million to more than 20,000 service members and their families and MFG is therefore privileged to continue our support of SFF.

On behalf of the entire Mischler Financial Group family, we are grateful and honored that clients of our firm will be supporting our Memorial Day Month 2018 pledge via our trading and capital markets desks and/or direct contribution to SFF.

Dean Chamberlain (SDV) | Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Doyle Holmes | President & Chief Operating Officer

Walter Mischler (SDV) | Founder & Chairman

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Investment Grade Debt: Widening Warning
April 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.30.18- Widening Warning Investment Grade Debt

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – “Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson! Haggard IG Primary Markets!”

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points : Daimler Finance Guidance: “at the number”

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

Global Market Recap

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

QC Geopolitical Risk Monitor

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 25th     

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

Well, despite the primary market respite given last Thursday’s light calendar (2 issues across 5 tranches) followed by a no-print Friday, the IG dollar DCM’s primary marketplace continued to struggle along.  Although today’s IG dollar DCM hosted 6 issuers across 13 tranches totalling $8.175b – with a quiet SSA space – all 7 of Daimler’s tranches were guided “at the number.” Somewhat more disconcerting was the fact that two issues – Indiana Michigan Power Co. (power) and Kansas City Southern (rail) – both launched at the widest side of guidance. That’s not a sector-specific event either! That’s atypical spread compression. It is concerning given the duration of syndicate price evolution mechanics across the past week. Additionally, most of today’s new issues broke an average of 2-3 bps wider………what’s more – the average concession across today’s 13 new issues was 4 bps.  That’s what I call trending in the wrong direction folks! Not encouraging as syndicate desks expect a much busier calendar beginning next week and a focused $135b month of May.

On a geopolitical note, just when Korean peninsula denuclearization negotiations are about to begin, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu revealed physical evidence today in the form of over 55,000 documents and 183 CDs taken from Iranian nuclear archives proving that Iran has been pursuing its nuclear ambitions in violation of the horrible treaty signed in 2015.  As Gilda Radner’s SNL character Rosanna Danna would say, “There’s always something…..if it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

Having said that I will also point out that we crushed the syndicate midpoint estimate for April IG Corporate new issuance by $26.212b having closed out the month today with a total of $117.612b versus $91.40b estimates or 128.68%.

Here’s a look at the WTD and MTD IG Corporate new issue volume as measured against syndicate desk estimates:

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 31.52% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $8.175b vs. $25.94b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 128.68% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $117.612b vs. $91.40b.
  • There are now 9 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Kansas City Southern upsized today’s 30-year Senior Notes new issue $500mm from $450mm at the launch although at the widest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issues was <14.54> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +112. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +1.08.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +146. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.2b on Friday versus $22b on Thursday and $16.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.6b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
4/30-5/04
vs. Current
WTD – $8.175b
April 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $117.612b
May 2018
Low-End Avg. $25.24b 32.39% $90.60b 129.81% $133.64b
Midpoint Avg. $25.94b 31.52% $91.40b 128.68% $134.84b
High-End Avg. $26.64b 30.69% $92.20b 127.56% $136.04b
The High $20b 40.88% $80b 147.02% $110b
The Low $35b 23.36% $110b 106.92% $150b

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Better bid except 2yr. Supported by month end buying and Iran nuke news.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s closed. Bunds and Gilts better bid. Peripheral’s mostly red.
  • SOFR – Unchanged at 1.72%.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 2.36294% from 2.35805%.
  • Stocks – Started with gains but rolled over and traded poorly into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – HS strong rally. China/Japan closed. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – PCE Deflator and PCE Core tame MoM but jumped higher YoY.
  • Overseas Economic – German CPI was tame and Retail Sales were weak.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude was under pressure and then rallied on the Iran/Israel news.
  • CDX IG: +0.73 to 60.89
  • CDX HY: +1.98 to 339.77
  • CDX EM: +2.40 to 142.59
  • VIX: +0.38 to 15.79

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

-Tony Farren

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

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Muni Bond New Issues Week 04-30-2018 : Edu 201: DASNY
April 2018      Muni Market   

Muni Bond New Issues Scheduled Week of 04-30-18: Taxable Bonds for NYU and Columbia University….Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on municipal debt new issue calendar for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $8.0 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $4.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $606.1 million tax-exempt and taxable bonds for New York University issued by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The competitive market is led by $416.8 million general obligation bonds for Prince George’s County, Maryland (Tuesday)

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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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 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 the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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Muni Market Deals on the Tarmac-NYTDC’s Delta Airlines LGA
April 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt New Issue Outlook Week of 04-23-18: Muni Market Deals on the Tarmac- New York Transportation Development Corp. (Delta Air facilities at LGA), GO Bonds from Mass and IL….Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on municipal debt new issuance scheduled for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $6.9 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $7.8 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.4 billion bonds for Delta Airlines LaGuardia Facilities issued by New York Transportation Development Corporation. The competitive market is led by a pair of $500.0 million general obligation financings for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Tuesday) and the State of Illinois (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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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 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 the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks 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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