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Risk On, Risk Off, US-NOKO Tensions Subside; CEOs Stance Vs. Ugly Heads of Racism
August 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner Debt Market Comment- 08.14.17 – Risk On, Risk Off, US-NOKO Tensions Subside; Ugly Heads of Racism Take Top Headline as Fortune CEOs “Pivot”

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Monday, Aug 14 2017  weekend 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  provides objective debt capital market and investment corporate debt commentary and geo-political analysis, it is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group.The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our investment grade 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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Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

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 August 9th               

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates  Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Investment Grade Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – A View About Charlottesville and the Aftermath

Risk was clearly back on in the financial markets today, as U.S./NOKO tensions fell to the wayside.  Unfortunately prejudice and racism reared their ugly heads in the Charlottesville, Virginia riot over the weekend.  On Monday, Fortune 500 thought leaders Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck & C0., Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour each took a stand by protesting the ‘equivocal’ comments made by President Trump in his first response to the domestic terrorism acts in Charlottesville, which were advanced by self-proclaimed alt-right and white supremacist neo-Nazis.  Mischler Financial Group  stands with every corporate executive (and every duly-elected or duly-appointed government official) who stays true to genuinely right-minded beliefs and applauds their respective organization’s dedication to doing right by doing good. In case you missed the memo, many of America’s Fortune corporations adhere to this same notion and advance their commitment via proactive Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. For those corporate executives who may have spent all of their undergrad time in finance and accounting classes, and for those who are perhaps not as familiar as they could be i.e. American History (let’s not forget to mention world history, too!), racism and bigotry are diseases that spew hatefulness and cannot be allowed in a free and democratic society. The incendiary and incite-full actions for which the various white supremacist and KKK groups are notorious for are NOT protected  “First Amendment rights.* They are cancers that cannot be discounted or condoned via equivocal platitudes; simple right-mindedness demands they be eradicated.

(*Think Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr i.e. Schenck v United States and also re-visit Brandenburg v. Ohio)

To the above point, one only need to re-read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to appreciate that D&I is part and parcel to our country’s DNA. It is also part of the cultural foundation of many Fortune 500 corporations, including Intel, including Merck, including Under Armour and including many others! D&I means respect for and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion. But it’s more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures and we presumably all share a disdain for anyone and any group that attempts to dismantle, disrupt and or destroy. Kudos to Mssrs. Frazier, Krzanich and Plank for putting themselves in harm’s way and risk of “injury by Twitter” for being true leaders and staying true to their convictions and their constituents.

Kudos also to the many Fortune executives who have raised their own voices to advocate on behalf of right mindedness, and to those corporate executives such as Jamie Dimon, CEO of Citigroup, who have opted not to resign their volunteer roles serving on “Presidential Councils” in protest to seemingly wrong-headed rhetoric.  One can hope they have chosen to remain in their roles so that they can be that much more proactive in their WH-appointed “l” roles and/or similar presidential councils in which they serve as volunteers. These are jobs these business leaders have [presumably] accepted to better the country, not to help advance any political platform or political agenda. How the US Secretary of the Treasury or the Director of the National Economic Council decide how to square the so-called ‘equivocal’ views expressed by the CEO-In-Chief vs. their own cultural beliefs will likely be subject to ongoing self-reflection, external speculation and spirited debate. These are smart folks and optimism demands these administration officials be given the benefit of the doubt, just as it is incumbent on any/every corporate leader to serve as role models for employees, customers and clients; just as right-minded parents do for their own children.

Today’s VIX closed 3 bps tighter versus Friday’s close. Also a reminder that tomorrow is August 15th – “mid-August” – that’s when North Korea’s illustrious “bad boy” proclaimed that he’d have his master plan ready to bomb Guam developed by.  One week from today on Monday, August 21st begin joint U.S-South Korean military exercises referred to as Ulchi-Freedom Guardian. The exercise began in our Bicentennial year of 1976. North Korea has annually perceived the joint exercise as “preparation for war.” It is the world’s largest computerized command control implementation. Up to 80,000 American and South Korean troops have participated in this exercise in the recent past.  The game will go on for two weeks before concluding on Thursday August 31st.  Enjoy the show Mr. Jong-Un. You’ll have front row seats though I recommend binoculars. Here’s lookin’ at you kid!

If you ask me, this is the perfect time for corporations to issue bonds. Not a bad thing will really happen, risk is back on and summer vacations are quickly approaching. My prediction – expect Amazon to the hit the tapes first thing tomorrow morning.  Free market enterprise at work. Ya gotta love it!

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 5 issuers that priced 7 tranches between them totaling $4.10b.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 15.24% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $4.10b vs. $26.90b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 86.82% of the syndicate forecast for July or $68.675b vs. $79.10b.
  • There are now 6 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Arch Capital Group Ltd. upsized today’s 8mm share $25 par non-cumulative PerpNC5 Preferred, Series “F” to $200mm from $150mm.
  • Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. dropped the 3-year FRN tranche from today’s announced 3-part electing 3- and 10-year fixed rate tranches at the launch and with both coming at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 6 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <14.58> bps.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate new issues, including the Arch Capital Group Ltd. $25 par Preferred was <13.21> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +116 vs. +114.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.12 vs. 1.10.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 3 bps to +161 vs. +158.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $11.4b on Friday versus $13.2b on Thursday and $14.2b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.1b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
·        CIA Director Mike Pompeo cites U.S./NOKO tensions have subsided saying “We’re not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer than we were a decade ago.” Rhetoric reached height on Friday 8/11 w/ Trump saying “U.S. military solutions are in place, locked and loaded” matching his earlier bluster this week that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States or they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov says his country “does not want to see North Korea with nuclear weapons.” On Th. 8/10 NOKO announced its plan to “pre-emptively strike on Guam in mid-August.” Trump’s reaction, “Maybe my ‘fire and fury threats weren’t strong enough!” N. Korea launched an ICBM on 7/28. NOKO’s Hwasong-14 missile can reach any location on the U.S. continent. UN projects worst famine in NOKO in 17 yrs; last one killed 2mm (8% of population).  NOKO may use nuclear intel/systems as barter for food w/”suspect” nations. U.S. has already sanctioned certain Chinese banks to pressure the PRC to use more influence over NOKO which has failed. China insiders say PRC does not have the influence with NOKO that the U.S. thinks it does. U.S.’s NOKO strategy quickly changing from containment on the Korean peninsula to defending the Hawaii, Alaska and the continental United States and more offensive in nature. NOKO adding miniature nuclear warheads to its ICBMs. Asian allies now justified to build up militaries. China in precarious position given South China Sea Islands.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted for his role in a corruption scandal. He selected his brother Shahbaz to take over. Many geopolitical strategists point to the India/Pakistani border conflict as one of if not the most volatile. Both are nuclear capable.

·U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. France pressing for $115b equivalent. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth.      

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
·        Trump financial, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation in doubt after repeal and replace defeat. Dems revamping & revising their message.Mueller expanding FBI probe into Trump. Congress and Senate back in session on Tuesday, September 5th following August recess. Increasingly tense political environment.

·        On June 15th U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Iran launches missile into space in response on 7/28.  U.S. levies additional sanctions on Iran in response to launch.

·        June 9th: GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base,severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

·        Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe.

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

·        Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility; low rates persist; slow inflation pick-up.

·        Venezuela – civil unrest continues against Maduro dictatorship. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Trump, who campaigned on non-intervention platform now says he is considering more than mere sanctions and “won’t rule out military option.” Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3).

MODERATE ·        China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns.
MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·        Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession; “maybe” one more rate hike in 2017; lack of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns. Market expecting unwind announcement by Fed in September.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
8/14-8/18
vs. Current
WTD – $4.10b
August 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $68.675b
Low-End Avg. $26.17b 15.67% $78.37b 87.63%
Midpoint Avg. $26.90b 15.24% $79.10b 86.82%
High-End Avg. $27.62b 14.84% $79.83b 86.03%
The Low $15b 27.33% $60b 114.46%
The High $40b 10.25% $100b 68.67%

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

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Grexit, Brexit and Frexit-Mischler Debt Capital Markets Comment
February 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.08.17- First Grexit, Then Brexit and Now..Frexit? Mischler Debt Market Comment

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – A Citigroup tap

Global Market Recap

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

The Critically Important French Elections

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

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 January 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

 

2 IG Corporate issuers priced 5 tranches between them totaling $3.45b.  Additionally, 1 SSA issuer, BNG, priced a $2.25b 2-year for an all-in IG day total of $5.7b.

The WTD IG Corporate total is now $14.40b or 58% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average calling for $24.72b.

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Serves as “passive” Jr. Co-Manager on Citigroup tap.

 

  • BP Capital Markets PLC added a fourth tranche, a $TBD 18-month FRN, to today’s earlier announced three-part 3-year tap, new 7s and 10s. 
  • The average spread from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +127 vs. +128.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.21.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215.  +120 is the new tight.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +166 vs. +165.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.7b on Friday versus $22.5b on Thursday and $18.9b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $20.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – rallied into supply for the second day. Curve flatter for second day.
  • Overseas Bonds – Big rally in Europe led by the long end despite heavy supply.
  • Stocks – mixed & little changed heading into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Europe mixed with slightly more green. Asia closed higher.
  • Economic – Non-event in U.S. & Europe. Weaker data in Japan.
  • Currencies – USD had small losses vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil had a small gain despite very bearish inventory data.
  • CDX IG: +1.11 to 66.65
  • CDX HY: +3.07 to 331.64
  • CDX EM: -0.18 to 226.81

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/06-2/10
vs. Current
WTD – $14.40b
February 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $26.975b
Low-End Avg. $23.74b 60.66% $90.65b 29.76%
Midpoint Avg. $24.72b 58.25% $91.96b 29.33%
High-End Avg. $25.70b 56.03% $93.26b 28.92%
The Low $15b 96.00% $85b 31.74%
The High $35b 41.14% $120b 22.48%

 

The Critically Important French Elections

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Okay so, we all understand that the first round of the French Presidential Elections are held on Sunday, April 23rd.  The most recent election polls show National Front leader Marine Le Pen ahead 26% versus 20.5% for Emmanuel Macron and 18.5% for a fast-sinking Francois Fillon whose fizzling campaign is embroiled in corruption charges. But then there is the run-off Presidential election that is held two weeks later on Sunday on May 7th.  Now, many of you may be very familiar with the concept of the run-off or second election but many are not. In the first April election it is clear that no Presidential candidate will win with the required number of votes or an absolute majority 40-45% with a winning margin of 5-15%.  As a result a run-off election is held between the two candidates with the most votes.  It’s that simple.

There is a history in France of moderate and even conservative parties capturing the liberal votes in an effort to thwart what was once a notoriously nationalistic leaning National Front founded and headed by Marine Le  Pen’s father Jean-Marie.  That is no more.  Marine re-shaped and re-branded the National Front party catapulting it into modern times making it more appealing for contemporary sensibilities while capturing its widest support in its history – thanks to an unlikely strategist named Florian Phillipot.  The first task on the docket toward reinvention of the NF was for Marine to oust her father as the party’s leader.  That was no small task for anyone let alone the daughter of the man at the top of the National Front.  He simply could not remain at the helm with his dated and nationalistic and often times offensive views on certain subjects.  Marine took over and has changed the perception of the NF in France and around the world to make it more palatable and at a critical juncture in history for France. 

 

What has emerged since 2009 when Marine took charge and Phillipot became the NF’s chief strategist, was to tap into France’s silent majority of working class people fed up with the bureaucracy of the European Union.  Having lived in France for five formative years from the ages of 11 thru 16 I know a bit more about French culture and society than the next person.  Make no mistake about it – the French invented the word B-U-R-E-A-U-C-R-A-C-Y.  I saw it at play during my tenure as head of syndicate at BNP Paribas before, during and after that painful merger.  I had seven reporting lines between New York, London and Paris.  It took 6 months to have ideas even considered.  “Bureaucracy” is my point.  French bureaucracy however, is the worst kind.

When I visited with my wife’s Uncle Jean who had been the long-time Police Commissioner of Lyon, France’s second largest city, and de factor gastronomic capital of the world, I sensed his frustration. Here was a man who was an active member of La Resistance during World War II and who saw society at the street level thru his long and respected career in law enforcement.  He was comparable to George Simenon’s Inspector Maigret.  He was very dedicated and hard-working guy.  He always carries an Opinel knife, eats fresh-baked baguette with cheese accompanied by the obligatory glass of Bordeaux.  The French culture wore him well and vice versa but he epitomizes today’s disgruntled, frustrated and concerned Frenchman.  He takes nothing for granted unlike the stigma associated with France that has been enjoying a quality of life for over a decade thanks to neighboring Germany.  He is distraught at the current direction and future of his country and relayed that his former “brothers in arms” the French gendarme are all equally disappointed and concerned. Does this sound familiar?


In 2002 when Le Pen senior made it to the second round of French elections, virtually all of France pooled together to oust him by showing support for Jacques Chirac.  It was more of a vote against Jean-Marie than a vote for Chirac. But today’s National Front, though conservative, is much more inclusive than people think. It would serve at this critical juncture to learn more about its reinvention since Le Pen and Phillipot took the reins. As Phillipot himself has said, “ I didn’t come into this party saying I’m going to go to war against Jean-Marie Le Pen……but he was increasingly out to provoke and his behavior became untenable.  Subsequent to Le Pen’s ouster he in turn said in a nationally broadcast interview “that he wished his daughter no longer bore his name.”

Le Pen and Phillipot took care of business. That business started in the home. They ousted Jean-Marie from his throne of leadership and created a veritable powerhouse National Front party that has been leading in all the polls in France. She is currently projected to win the April election. Meanwhile the conservative party’s candidate M. Fillon had become embroiled in a mess surrounding his having paid his wife hundreds of thousands of dollar (equivalent) over years in a position she never showed up to work for.  Once his public relations handlers attempted to manage that fiasco, it was then revealed that he did the same for his two sons.  The result? He is now running in third place.


The NF has appealed to a similar type of populist movement in France analogous to what we saw here in the U.S. It’s somewhat of a silent majority that feels it needs to restrain open support of Le Pen for fear of being ostracized, criticized and labeled.  But once again, come election day, people will cast their ballot in private. It will be between themselves and the man upstairs.  That’s when voices will once again be heard and reverberate throughout the world.

Should Le Pen becomes France’s next president it will be thanks to our rapidly changing world.  What happened here in the United States is playing out across Europe as well. We saw BREXIT first.  Be prepared for FREXIT next.  It can very likely happen and the EU, which according to many, was destined for failure from the beginning, will be focused on putting all its energies into as orderly an unwind as can be orchestrated.  There have and always will be too many borders, too many cultures, too many histories, too many languages and for that matter too many cuisines in Europe for it to function as a quasi-United States of Europe.  It’s coming so, be prepared as the world reconfigures its alliances, it defense strategies and its economies.  Change is something that NEVER comes easy to any one person let alone countries, continents and hemispheres.  Get ready. If you don’t have the financial stomach for it well, continue buying into the full trust and faith of the United States of America – it’s called BUY TREASURIES.  Yields will tumble despite the Fed’s hawkish tone that will continue when Chair Yellen speaks on February 14th.  If you are a corporate treasury/funding team operative get ready to take full advantage.  As I pointed out yesterday after a relatively long silence for me and being more focused on the Microsoft, AT&T and Apple deals that Mischler was involved in last week, black-outs are upon us and you and your companies will look brilliant when you issue debt in here.  The CT10 closed today 6 bps tighter versus yesterday’s closing yield.  That’s now 26 bps tighter in the last 8 weeks. It’s going lower…….Rates will continue to rally and rates will continue to go lower……..much lower.

 

As Charles de Gaulle once famously said, “Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution.  We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.”  That time is now.  The National Front would agree that if not at this juncture in time, well, France will likely continue along the same do nothing bureaucratic path more humorously captured by the late great General Norman Schwarzkopf who said “Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.”

 

The EU: It’s All Greek to Me

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To say “Greece is back” would be a gross misrepresentation.  Greece never went away.  The disaster was always there it’s just that so many other EU issues have stolen it’s spotlight……BREXIT, immigration, French elections, etc.  Well, Greece has returned to the proscenium.  Today the IMF effectively announced that Grexit concerns are back on the table. Okay, so what do I mean by “effectively?”  Well, a senior IMF staff member said “Greece cannot grow out of its debt problem.”  Let’s go straight to the numbers here shall we?  “Greek debt will reach 175% of GDP in 3 years…….275% of GDP by 2060.”  Shall I continue?  Sure, why not?  The IMF report just out today also says “our analysis suggests that Greece’s public debt is highly unsustainable…….Even with full implementation of policies agreed under the European Stability Mechanism or ESM program, public debt and financing needs will become EXPLOSIVE!” (caps are mine!)  The National Front, to use an example, isn’t taking a “jump ship” policy approach toward the EU because of this.  The National Front foresaw this year’s and years ago and never wanted to be part of the EU to begin with. That WILL resonate with French voters in April and May elections.  The problems are literally just beginning in Europe.  National Front knows it and wants to take the precautions necessary with their nation to take more control of the French Revolution’s motto of Liberté, égalité, fraternité ……… (translated – freedom, equality and fraternity)……while it still has the chance. Trouble + Concern = Flight-to-Quality folks. You’ll be seeing that clearly illustrated very shortly.  OOPAH!!!!

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

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/06
TUES.
2/07
WED.
2/08
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/26
New Issue Concessions <3.62> bps <7.5> bps 5.25 bps <0.87> bps 1.13b bps 3.42 bps 0.85 bps 2.25 bps N/A
Oversubscription Rates 4.25x 4.56x 2.18x 3.12x 3.29x 2.40x 2.85x 2.45x N/A
Tenors 12.83 yrs 16.65 yrs 6.40 yrs 11.60 yrs 6.67 yrs 12 yrs 7.83 yrs 6.52 yrs N/A
Tranche Sizes $744mm $850mm $690mm $1,311 yrs $845mm $1,123mm $927mm $859mm N/A
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.17> bps <25.40> bps <11.5> bps <19.77> bps <18.20> bps <14.69> bps <18.77> bps <15.27> bps N/A

 

New Issues Priced (more…)

Twas The Eve Before the US Presidential Election and the Debt Markets Indicated..
November 2016      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.04.16 “’ Twas the Eve Before the Election..and Debt Markets Indicated Volatility Risk … ”

“…Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution…” Head of Rates Trading,  Primary Dealer/Global Investment Bank

 “QC” Call to “Get Out and Vote” next Tuesday November 8th

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 

Global Market Recap

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

Investment Grade Corporate Credit Spreads (by Rating/Industry)

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Your humble fixed income servant already voted in my home state of Connecticut via absentee ballot two weeks ago, as I would not have made it in time to cast my ballot traveling back from Phoenix on Election Day.  Each of us understands what a contentious election this one is.  Whoever floats your boat please just get out and cast yours on Tuesday the 8th or hopefully you sent in your ballot in your home state. If you do not vote you do not have a right to complain.  It’s not the voting that is democracy rather it’s the counting.  SO, GET OUT AND VOTE – IT’S A CIVIC SACRAMENT! For those of us blessed enough to have been called to citizenship in a country in which we govern ourselves by choosing our own leaders, voting is one of the duties of our vocation. Enough said.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Thank Goodness!

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Bank of America was the sole visitor to today’s IG dollar DCM printing a $1bn 4NC3 Senior Notes new issue due 11/09/2020.  The “Green Bond” is callable after 3 years on 11/09/2019 at par.  BAML was the sole book runner.  Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fund renewable energy projects including the financings of or investments in equipment and systems that facilitate the use of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Please continue through the below right into the “Best & Brightest’s” IG Corporate new issue supply forecasts for next week from the street’s top syndicate gurus.  I have all their numbers and thoughts about next week’s Election Day/Veteran’s Day influenced and shortened week waiting for you. It’s all here folks and I make it easy – I write it, I talk to all of them and conveniently deliver it to your desktop or hand held device free of charge!  I’m told it’s good and so, naturally I think it’s good but why listen to me? Wall Street Letter has awarded the “QC” it Best Broker Dealer research for three years in a row – 2014, 2015 and 2016.  What’s not to like about that? I mean really! So, relax, be informed and have yourselves a great weekend!

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – The 30yr lead the UST rally despite the solid Employment Report.
  • Overseas Bonds – Gilts led the core EU bond rally while Peripheral sold off.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks with small losses at 3:45pm. Bad day for Nikkei & Europe.
  • Economic – The U.S. Employment Report was solid. The trade balance improved.
  • Currencies – USD lost vs. Euro & Pound but had a small gain vs. the Yen, CAD & AUD.
  • Commodities – The crude oil sell off continued. Gold was unchanged.
  • CDX IG: +0.15 to 80.85
  • CDX HY: -2.52 to 433.56
  • CDX EM: -2.76 to 250.86

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

-Tony Farren

 

IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).
  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only new issue was 10.00 bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +141 vs. +140.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +135.  The “LUACOAS” wide since 2012 is +215. The tight is +135.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +186 vs. +185.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.9b on Thursday versus $17.5b Wednesday and $20.3b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.8b.

 

Note About Potential Election Day Trade Volatility

I thank my Corporate Secondary trader, Annie Bonner for the following prescient note that she sent around today and that definitely has a place in the “QC”.
It is self-explanatory:

As we saw with Brexit, dealers are sending out notices to prep for Election Day markets.

 

For example, from one Primary Dealer wrote:

“……….Please be mindful that this event could give rise to volatile market conditions; consequently, there is a risk of FX and Rates markets trading in wide ranges during the period.  Voice and electronic trading desks will endeavor to operate at as close to normal levels of service as conditions allow.  With respect to electronic trading specifically, you should bear in mind that low levels of liquidity or high volatility during the period could impact bid-offer spreads, or result in potential delays in order execution.”

 

As Annie concluded, “We’ll probably be seeing more of these today & Monday.”

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/31-11/04
vs. Current
WTD – $11.791b
November 2016 vs. Current
MTD – $7.466b
Low-End Avg. $24.26b 48.60% $90.70b 8.23%
Midpoint Avg. $25.13b 46.92% $92.11b 8.11%
High-End Avg. $26.00b 45.35% $93.52b 7.98%
The Low $15b 78.61% $71b 10.52%
The High $35b 33.69% $110b 6.79%

 

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

I am happy to announce that, once again, the “QC” received unanimous responses from the 23 syndicate desks surveyed in today’s Best & Brightest poll.  22 of those participants are among 2016’s top 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  In fact, all of today’s 23 participants finished in the top 25 of last year’s final IG Corporate Bloomberg league table.  The 2016 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select #201 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 80.93% 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 the third consecutive year! 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

The question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced with the following:

If anyone says the U.S. Presidential election is not important in our inextricably linked new world order just point to our IG dollar DCM this week in which we managed to price a mere 42% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $10.79b vs. $25.13b.

Here are some impactful events coming up next week that should keep a damper on issuance……among other things:

  • Mon thru Wed. 11/7-11/09 – EEI’s 51st Annual Financial Conference in Phoenix taking Utility issuers off the radar.
  • Tuesday, 11/08 – U.S. Presidential Election
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day (Federal Holiday, many leave work a bit earlier the day before – Thursday 11/10).


Here are this week’s five IG Corporate-only key primary market driver averages:

 

  • NICS:  <0.92> bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.33x
  • Tenors:  11.33 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $469mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <178.26> bps

Versus last Friday’s key primary market driver averages, NICs widened a mere 0.06 bps to <0.92> vs. <0.98> bps while over subscription or bid-to-cover rates grew 0.72x to 3.33x vs. 2.61x last week.  Average tenors moved way out 3.62 years to 11.33 yrs vs. 7.71yrs while tranche sizes decreased by a lot – by $357mm to $469mm vs. $826mm.  

Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 5 bps to +186 versus last Friday’s +181.

For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).

Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +141 vs. last Friday’s +137 close.  Spreads across the four IG asset classes also widened 3.75 bps to 32 vs. 28.25 as measured against their post-Crisis lows.  Looking at the 19 major industry sectors, spreads widened 4.58 bps to 37.42 vs. 32.84 also against their post-Crisis lows.
Please let me know your number and most importantly your thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  

……and here are their formidable responses:

(this section available exclusively to Quigley’s Corner distribution list recipients)

 

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

 

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

Please note: The below table averages for this week includes today’s BAML 4NC3 new issue. As a result, the numbers differ ever so slightly from the averages in my question to the “Best & Brightest” which was written and sent at the open this morning.  Thanks! -RQ

Here is this week’s day-by-day re-cap of the five key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates followed by this week’s and the prior three week’s averages:

 

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/31
TUES.
11/01
WED.
11/02
TH.
11/03
FRI.
11/04
THIS WEEK’S
AVERAGES
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/10
New Issue Concessions 0.50 bps <2.29> bps 3 bps <3.75> bps flat or 0 bps <0.87> bps <0.51> bps 3.31 bps 1.87 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.99x 2.90x 2.73x 4.80x 3.25x 3.32x 2.61x 3.05x 3.28x
Tenors 8.39 yrs 11.93 yrs 11.30 yrs 15.50 yrs 4 yrs 11.33 yrs 7.77 yrs 9.16 yrs 11.51 yrs
Tranche Sizes $721mm $379mm $393mm $370mm $1,000mm $491mm $818mm $1,137mm $640mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.21> bps <17.71> bps <22.50> bps <22.20> bps <10> bps <17.87> yrs <17.42> bps    

 

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 23 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 48.00% improvement rate while only 8 widened (35.00%) 4 were trading flat (17.00%).

Issues are listed from the most recent pricings at the top working back to Monday at the bottom.  Thanks! –RQ

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Johns Hopkins University Aa3/AA- 3.837% 5/15/2046 500 +135a N/A +123 +123 127/125
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 3.10% 11/15/2026 350 +160a +130-135 +130 +130 129/127
Principal Finc’l. Group Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 4.30% 11/15/2046 300 +200a +170-175 +170 +170 165/162
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 1.60% 11/15/2019 400 +85-90 +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 66/64
PSE&G Baa2/BBB 2.00% 11/15/2021 300 +95-100 +80a (+/-2) +78 +78 76/74
Bank of Nova Scotia Aa3/A+ FRN 11/01/2018 166 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+45 3mL+47/45
Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. Aa2/AA 2.853% 11/15/2026 100 N/A N/A N/A +105 106/104
Danske Bank A/S A2/A FRN 11/10/2020 200 N/A N/A N/A 3mL+73 3mL+73/70
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 3.00% 2/15/2027 750 +145a +130a (+/-5) +125 +125 122/120
Occidental Petroleum A3/A 4.10% 2/15/2047 750 +180a +160a (+/-5) +155 +155 152/150
EQT Midstream Partners LP BBB-/BBB- 4.125% 12/01/2026 500 +262.5a +245a (+/-5) +240 +240 240/238
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 2.70% 3/01/2024 400 +130-135 +120a (+/-3) +117 +117 118/116
Kimco Realty Baa1/BBB+ 4.125% 12/01/2046 350 +180-185 +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 159/157
Lazard Group LLC A-/BBB+ 3.625% 3/01/2027 300 +200a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 189/187
Rogers Communications Inc. Baa1/BBB+ 2.90% 11/15/2026 500 +125a N/A +125 +125 130/128
Ryder System Inc. Baa1/A- 2.25% 9/01/2021 300 +120-125 +100a (+/-3) +97 +97 97/95
Southwest Airlines Co. Baa1/BBB+ 3.00% 11/15/2026 300 +mid-100s/+150a +130a (+/-3) +127 +127 128/126
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. Baa3/BBB 5.50% PerpNC5 550 N/A N/A5.50-5.625%a
+5.5625%a
5.50% $25 Pfd $25.75/.80
CMS Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 2.95% 2/15/2027 275 +135a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 115/113
Illinois Tool Works A2/A+ 2.65% 11/15/2026 1,000 +95a +85 the # +85 +85 80/78
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 1.70% 11/03/2021 875 +55a +45a (+/-2) +43 +43 42/40
Proctor & Gamble Co. Aa3/AA- 2.45% 11/03/2026 875 +75a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/60
Wabtec Baa3/BBB 3.45% 11/15/2026 750 +187.5a +165a (+/-2.5) +162.5 +162.5 158/155

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Please note that Index levels are as of 4:15pm ET

Index Open Current Change  
LUACOAS 1.35 1.35 0  
IG27 80.702 80.967 0.265
HV27 179.245 180.23 0.985
VIX 22.08 22.91 0.83  
S&P 2,088 2,085 <3>
DOW 17,930 17,888 <42>  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total IG (+SSA)

DAY: $1.00 bn DAY: $1.00 bn
WTD: $11.791 bn WTD: $11.791 bn
MTD: $7.466 bn MTD: $7.466 bn
YTD: $1,176.247 bn YTD: $1,506.131 bn

 

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending November 2nd  

     

  • For the week ended November 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an outflow of $2.495b from Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $40.292b) and a net outflow of $4.116b from High Yield Funds (2016 YTD net inflow of $6.954b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $146.468m into Loan Participation Funds (2016 YTD net outflow of $1.518b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $345.7m (2016 YTD inflow of $7.337b).

 

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:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are an average 32.00 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

 

ASSET CLASS 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 141 140 139 138 137 136 136 135 135 135 +1 +6 106
“AAA” 83 83 82 82 80 80 80 78 78 77 0 +6 50
“AA” 87 87 86 86 85 85 84 83 83 83 0 +4 63
“A” 112 112 111 111 110 109 109 108 108 108 0 +4 81
“BBB” 182 181 180 178 176 175 176 175 174 175 +1 +7 142
IG vs. HY 374 375 366 353 339 333 330 325 325 327 <1> +47 228

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

…….and a snapshot of the major investment grade sector credit spreads for the past ten sessions:

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 37.42 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!

                                    

INDUSTRY 11/03 11/02 11/01 10/31 10/28 10/27 10/26 10/25 10/24 10/21 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 120 122 121 120 119 119 119 117 117 117 <2> +3 67
Banking 130 130 129 129 128 127 128 127 127 127 0 +3 98
Basic Industry 181 181 180 179 179 178 179 177 177 179 0 +2 143
Cap Goods 106 106 105 105 103 102 102 101 101 101 0 +5 84
Cons. Prod. 112 112 111 110 109 108 108 107 105 105 0 +7 85
Energy 183 183 180 179 177 176 176 175 174 175 0 +8 133
Financials 166 165 164 162 160 159 160 160 160 160 +1 +6 97
Healthcare 124 123 122 120 118 117 117 115 114 114 +1 +10 83
Industrials 143 143 141 140 139 138 138 137 136 136 0 +7 109
Insurance 154 153 153 153 153 153 153 154 154 155 +1 <1> 120
Leisure 138 138 138 138 138 137 138 137 136 135 0 +3 115
Media 166 165 164 162 160 160 159 157 157 157 +1 +9 113
Real Estate 146 146 146 146 146 146 146 147 147 147 0 <1> 112
Retail 123 122 121 120 118 117 117 116 115 114 +1 +9 92
Services 130 130 129 129 129 128 128 128 128 128 0 +2 120
Technology 120 120 119 117 115 114 115 113 112 112 0 +8 76
Telecom 172 172 170 168 167 165 165 163 162 161 0 +11 122
Transportation 140 139 138 137 137 136 136 136 136 136 +1 +4 109
Utility 139 138 138 138 137 136 136 136 136 137 +1 +2 104

 

Economic Data Releases

 

TODAY’S ECONOMIC DATA PERIOD SURVEYED ESTIMATES ACTUAL NUMBER PRIOR NUMBER PRIOR REVISED
Trade Balance September <$38.0b> <$36.4b> <$40.7b> <$40.5b>
Change in Nonfarm Payrolls October 173k 161k 156k 191k
Two-Month Payroll Net Revisions October —- 44k <7k> —-
Change in Private Payrolls October 170k 142k 167k 188k
Change in Manufacturing Payrolls October <4k> <9k> <13k> —-
Unemployment Rate October 4.9% 4.9% 5.0% —-
Average Hourly Earnings MoM October 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.3%
Average Hourly Earnings YoY October 2.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.7%
Average Weekly Hours All Employees October 34.4 34.4 34.4 —-
Change in Household Employment October —- <43.0> 354.0 —-
Labor Force Participation Rate October —- 62.8% 62.9% —-
Underemployment Rate October —- 9.5% 9.7% —-

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