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Investment Grade Bond Issuance: Market Reboots: Mischler Comment
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.30.18 : Investment Grade Bond Issuance: Market Reboots

Investment Grade Bond New Issue Re-Cap – Market Reboots

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Global Market Recap            

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 23rd        

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

In a dramatic reversal, financial markets recouped much of yesterday’s losses by kicking Italy’s political drama off today’s stage with its own powerful steel-tipped boot in a memorable display of market resiliency. Issuers were actively checking the market this morning with two utilities accounting for three of the session’s six tranches. Dominion Energy and Southern California Edison (NYSEAMERICAN: SCE-E) printed along with a MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) $25 par non-cumulative PerpNC5 preferred stock transaction that was upsized to $700mm from an initially announced $200mm deal size on the back of strong demand. Morgan Stanley had physical books. Congrats to Team MS’s Captain Morgan, Mike Borut for leading that charge.  It was a nice shot in the arm after yesterday’s market woes. There remain myriad geopolitical event risk factors treading on thin ice that could make this summer a bumpy ride.  But it’s responses like today’s session that remind us all how irrepressible the market is.

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 4 issuers across 6 tranches totaling $3.45b.  The SSA space was inactive.

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 17.23% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $3.45b vs. $20.02b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 87.49% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $117.975b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 14 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • MetLife Inc. upsized today’s 28mm share $25 par non-cumulative PerpNC5 Preferred stock transaction to $700mm from $200mm
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 5 IG Corporate-only new issues was <8.70> bps.
  • Including today’s MetLife Inc. $25 par perpNC5 Preferred stock transaction, spread compression among the 6 IG Corporate and Preferred was <8.29> bps.
  • BAML’s Investment Grade Bond Master Index widened 4 bps to +120 vs. +116. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 3 bps to +114 vs. 1.11.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 5 bps to +156 vs. +151. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.9b on Tuesday versus $6.9b on Friday and $18.5b the previous Tuesday. Monday was a holiday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.8b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/29-6/01
vs. Current
WTD – $3.45b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $117.975b
Low-End Avg. $19.32b 17.86% $133.64b 88.28%
Midpoint Avg. $20.02b 17.23% $134.84b 87.49%
High-End Avg. $20.72b 16.65% $136.04b 86.72%
The High $15b 23.00% $110b 107.25%
The Low $26b 13.27% $150b 78.65%


The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are in BOLD print!

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH ·        N/A
ELEVATED
North Korea
& Italy
·        5/29 – President Trump continues pressing demands for complete denuclearization of North Korea. The on again, off again June 12th summit may still happen. Trump cancelled the planned summit last week sighting Kim Jong-un’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” but asked his top aides to continue carrying out high level talks in preparation for it.

·        5/29 – Italy’s en route to derail the Euro Zone as its two ant-establishment parties 5-Star and League could not form a coalition. President Mattarella put the kabosh on the first populist gov’t. by nixing their candidate for finance minister given their euro skepticism. As a result Mattarella vetoed all cabinet ministers, installed a EU friendly neutral gov’t. headed by an interim PM and former IMF economist as Italy looks to be headed for new elections. Italy has now gone without a gov’t. for 86 days shattering the old record of 82 set in 1996. Yields on Italian debt soared, the EU is getting hammered. The two  populist parties have over 50% support and promote tough immigration reform, increased spending, lifting all sanctions against Russia, creating 2 tax brackets of 15 and 20%, dropping a previously boosted retirement age and a citizen’s income for the poor. This makes Greece’s problems looks like child’s play. With Italy, Europe should have an emergency plan in place for a derailment of the Union. Italy had 70 post WWII gov’ts in 72 post-WWII years – one every 1.02 years. It is the EU’s 3rd largest economy, has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5% and a $2.8 trillion (equiv.) national debt. Italy is clearly the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans.

CAUTION
U.S-China
Tariffs, Iran, Israel,
U.S. Interest Rates,
BREXIT & Terror
·        5/29 – Motivated by intellectual property rights violations, the Trump Administration will impose 50% tariffs on Chinese imports along with new controls and restrictions. Although tensions reduced since U.S. Tsy. Sec. Steve Mnuchin said Pres. Trump would “put the trade war on hold” last Monday 5/21, negotiations have failed to produce any sweeping resolution. Trump indicated a list of tariffed imports will be available on 6/15.

·        5/29 – Iran’s Ayatollah is concerned the EU will not be able to salvage their end of the Iran nuclear deal as EU nations that link their security to U.S. security will cave to U.S. demands. Iran doubts the EU can prevent major companies from withdrawing due to new U.S. sanctions. 5/08 – President Trump pulled the U.S. from JCPOA while imposing mort stringent sanctions against Iran. He also warned heavy sanctions against nation that assists in Iran’s nuclear pursuits. On 4/30 Israeli PM Netanyahu revealed evidence proving Iran’s nuclear ambitions continued in violation of the 2015 agreement.

·        5/29 – Gaza Strip based Hamas and rebels launched over two dozen rockets into southern Israel in the largest barrage of Palestinian fire since 2014. Israel answered with targeted bombings.

·        5/29 – U.S. interest rates: Amidst a rising rate environment, Italy and EU concerns counter by pushing investor cash into the safe haven of USTs thereby compressing yields. June is historically the second lowest volume month for issuance besides December. Repatriation and tax reform deepened cash reserves for many U.S. corps especially tech cos.  The absence of AAPL, MSFT, etc has impacted YTD issuance.

·        5/17 – Pressure on U.K. 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: 124 terrorist attacks; 850 dead; 1,116 wounded.

MODERATE

Spain
& CyberCime
·        5/29 – Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s minority administration will face a second vote of confidence on Friday 6/01 amidst increasing pressure and resistance with calls for new elections that could unseat him thanks to a multi-million-euro graft conspiracy that saw dozens of his party’s officials convicted of various crimes. Corruption runs rampant under Rajoy’s watch. He survived a similar vote in June but may not make it through this round. The IBEX is down 8.6% YTD.

·        Cyber Crime: Crypto-jacking, PowerShell-based attacks, cybercriminal underground, ransomware, viruses, hacking, worms and malware estimated to cost the world $6 trillion by 2021. Watch Russia’s involvement.

MARGINAL ·        N/A

 

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

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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Trump Tries Trade War Saber Rattling; March IG DCM New Issue Madness
March 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 03.02.18 – Weekend Edition: Trump Tries Trade War Saber Rattling; March IG Issuance Madness

  

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

The Best and the Brightest” Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week; CVS Getting Set?

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of March IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates 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

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 28th  

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

What with poor market tone, widening spreads, “chatter” of trade wars from Trump Twitter account, a major Northeast storm on the way and CVS heard rumbling into position for next week’s M&A related financing, it was indeed VERY WISE for the IG dollar DCM to stand down today.  I am once again honoured to have received 100% participation for my Friday “QC” edition, from Wall Street’s Best and Brightest Investment Grade Fixed Income Syndicate sophisticates  I surveyed all of them for next week’s forecast and for March IG Corporate volume.  Strap yourselves in for a humdinger of a week next week and what looks like March IG Issuance Madness. Their thoughtful comments, which add color to their forecast numbers are in-depth and formidable, especially in today’s edition.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 136.89% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $36.85b vs. $26.92b.
  • There are now 11 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 3 bps to +104 vs. +101. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 3 bps to 0.99 vs. 0.96.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 3 bps to +138 vs. +135. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17b on Thursday versus $23b on Wednesday and $20.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/26-3/02
vs. Current
WTD – $36.85b
Low-End Avg. $25.72b 143.27%
Midpoint Avg. $26.92b 136.89%
High-End Avg. $28.12b 131.05%
The Low $15b 245.67%
The High $40b 92.13%

 

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 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 17 of today’s respondents are in the top 18 of the new 2018 League table including 19 of the top 21 according to today’s Bloomberg’s 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 (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 82.87% 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!

“Happy Friday. You can almost hear the rumble of CVS getting into position! I am looking for forecasts for BOTH MARCH and NEXT WEEK today!

All the data you need to know is here. There’s lots to talk about so let’s run through this week’s key geopolitical risk recapas a segue to the big question: What does Wall Street’s Biggest Syndicate Desks Expect re: Next Week’s IG DCM?

 

NORTH KOREA
The U.S. imposed new sanctions against 28 NOKO ships registered under changing names and under different national flags including China. The ships funnel banned exports into NOKO. The action is another step the U.S. has taken toward a full NOKO blockade. With diplomacy the strongly favored path to resolution, the Trump Administration will agree to a diplomatic resolution to tensions only if NOKO agrees to put denuclearization on the table which it refuses to do. In the interim, the U.S. DoD conducted classified military exercises in Hawaii last weekend and the U.S. is pre-staging equipment and supplies in the Pacific. I reiterate that sources continue to tell me to “watch” mid-March thru April as NOKO will be back to its old tricks and the game will ratchet up with newly announced war games along with a much larger allied force participating together.

 

TRUMP TO LAUNCH A TRADE WAR?
Sighting unfair trade practices and bad policy on the U.S. steel and aluminium industries, Pres. Trump invited sector CEOs to the White House on Thursday and when they departed, the current president declared he will impose trade tariffs/quotas on imports amounting to 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium. The announcement, which apparently did not include his sending any advance memos to key White House advisors such as Gary Cohn or TreasSec Mnuchin, was made in the name of “national security,” setting off the fear and tenor of new “trade wars.” The move, coupled with unrelated comments from newly-appointed Fed Chair Powell, weighed heavily on the DOW, which lost 550 points on Thursday and extended declines into Friday’s early trading.

THE FED
New Fed Chief Jay Powell delivered his testimony before the Senate Thursday. Powell sent jitters across markets on Tuesday following his House testimony and Q&A when he said, “my outlook for the economy has strengthened since December” albeit in the midst of the recent historic though transparent, healthy market correction. The market always likes to be ahead of the curve and is concerned over a tighter monetary policy stance with participants repricing in higher inflation and interests rates. Yesterday Powell said 4 hikes “would be gradual” and sighted that aggressive tightening is challenged with inflation so low.

GERMANY
A poll released today showed that 56% of Germans favor the SPD joining Merkel’s grand coalition or “marriage of convenience” to avoid another vote and further turmoil in the EU’s keystone nation. The SPD Party formally votes therein tomorrow March 2nd. The caveat is the poll surveyed a much wider group of voters whereas the Friday vote includes the actual hardcore Socialist members.

U.K. & BREXIT
Theresa May delivers a speech on Friday, March 2nd outlining her vision for the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU. Key points were hammered out at the PM’s country manor Chequers with her cabinet ministers on Feb. 22nd. After having drawn so many red lines pre-negotiations with the EU, May & Co. have backed themselves into a corner. Now Ireland and Wales are pushing back on May regarding her hard stance on the customs union. N. Ireland wants to remain under EU customs rules with a UK/EU border demarcation zone in the Irish Sea. Wales subsequently fears reduced trade as a result of EU and Irish ships avoiding British ports. Wales voted to leave the EU but favors some EU alignment.

ITALY

Italy’s Sunday March 4th election shows the combined right-wing alliance parties running around 37% likely enough for victory. Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia has a narrow lead. The centre-right coalition is projecting sufficient votes to govern without a second ballot.

CHINA

China’s ruling Communist Party proposed lifting limits on presidential terms, a first step to assuring President Xi remains in power interminably. A vote on the proposal is slated for next month and is expected to pass marking a major departure from rules in place for decades. Power has never been as centralized since the days of Mao. Maybe Xi should contemplate a little red book a la Mao and call it “Xi’s Little Red Book Volume II.”

SPAIN

With no compromise in sight, Spain’s PM Rajoy is challenged by efforts to impose order on the Catalan region. It is highly improbable that self-exiled leader Carles Puigdemont governs de facto from Brussels. Meanwhile, PM Rajoy cannot pass a national budget having lost the support of the Basque party that backs Catalonian independence. This could force new elections. Nationalist parties are subsequently securing more support foretelling new tensions in a nation that was ravaged by civil war from 1936-1939.

Let’s now take a deep dive into the technical data.  Entering this morning’s Friday session – 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $36.85b. We priced $9.93b more than the week’s average midpoint estimate of $26.92b or +36.89%.
  • February finished the month having priced 105.77% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporates new issuance or $94.117b vs. $88.98b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $229.452b vs. the $272.358b YoY or <$42.906b> / <18.70%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $311.067b vs. $354.608b YoY <$43.541b> or <14.00%> less than vs. 2017. 

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 29 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.   

o   NICS:  5.36 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.52x

o   Tenors: 13.49 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $768mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <14.42> bps 

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

  • Week on week, average NICs widened considerably by 3.41 bps to an average 5.36 bps vs. 1.95 bps across this week’s IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.77x to an average 2.52x vs. 3.29x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 1.52 years to an average 13.49 years vs. 11.97 years.
  • Tranche sizes grew by $142mm to $768mm vs. $626mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 48 IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 2.04 bps to <14.42> bps vs. <16.46> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 5 bps to +138 vs. +133 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened 6 bps to 0.99 vs 0.93 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17b on Thursday versus $23b on Wednesday and $20.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.9b.
  • The VIX widened 5.98 or 36.26% to 22.47 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 16.49.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 5 bps to +104 vs. +99.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 4.75 bp week-on-week to 12.75 bps vs. 8.00 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors gapped out 4.73 bps to an average 13.68 bps vs. 8.95 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended February 28th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $1.372b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $20.632b) and a net outflow of $702.879m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $13.202b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 48 IG Corporate and 5 SSA new issues, of the 53 deals that printed, 11 tightened versus NIP for a 20.75% improvement rate, 33 widened  (62.25%), 9 were flat (17.00%).  

 

Entering today’s Friday session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $36.85b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $43.10b

And now it’s time for today’s question “what are your thoughts and numbers for MARCH and next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”
Thank you in advance for your time and contribution!


Please know that on each and every new issue, the guy-in-the-corner is ALWAYS be in YOUR corner on deal day! If an issuer asks you who 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” account orders.    

Have a great weekend!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance Cools
December 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.08.17 : IG Corporate Debt Issuers Standing Pat

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

The Best and the Brightest” Investment Grade Corporate Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week & November

“Knowing the Past for the Future” – A Look at a Decade’s Worth of December IG Corporate and SSA Issuance

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

Rates Trading Lab

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending Dec 6th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM produced zero…….zilch……….nada. It was a December Friday goose egg as they say! The geopolitical risk monitor featured quite a bit of fluid news this week so be sure to review the QC monitor by scrolling below.  Also, the “Best and the Brightest” are back this week albeit there is not much activity lining up to get done. Next week looks like a light front-loaded week of between $5-10b. The average estimate of the 25 top syndicate desks for next week’s IG Corporate only issuance is $7.58b. The FOMC holds its final meeting of 2017 next Tuesday and Wednesday the 12th and 13th with overwhelming expectations for a rate hike that has long been baked into the market………..and despite the absence of inflation.  It looks like December issuance will come to an end a few days earlier than is the historical average with a chance of posting the lowest December IG Corporate issuance volume since $21.10b printed the same week back in 2008.  Team B&B are all waiting below for you to take in their forecasts and comments.  Enjoy the read.

 

Here’s how the session’s IG Corporate new issue volume impacted the WTD and MTD syndicate desk estimates:

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 98.31% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $18.434b vs. $18.75b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 55.86% of the syndicate forecast for December IG Corporate new issuance or $18.434b vs. $33b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +102.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.97.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +143.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16b on Thursday versus $17.9b on Wednesday and $23.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16b.

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

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
12/04-12/08
vs. Current
WTD – $18.434b
December 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $18.434b
Low-End Avg. $17.50b 105.34% $31.33b 58.84%
Midpoint Avg. $18.75b 98.31% $33b 55.86%
High-End Avg. $20.00b 92.17% $34.67b 53.17%
The Low $15b 122.89% $25b 73.74%
The High $25b 73.736% $28b 65.84%

 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Closed mixed with no move greater than 0.7 bps.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged to better. Bunds & Gilts small red. Peripherals more green.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at highest yield (daily occurrence) since December 2008 (1.54878%).
  • U.S. Stocks – Higher heading into the last hour.
  • Overseas Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • U.S. Economic – Very good U.S. Employment Report with tame average hourly earnings.
  • Overseas Economic – China (trade) & Japan (GDP) were strong. Europe data was mixed.
  • Currencies – USD was better bid vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – Crude oil ended the week with 2 good days. Gold struggled all week.
  • CDX IG: -0.67 to 50.93
  • CDX HY: -4.47 to 316.39
  • CDX EM: -1.37 to 177.35

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are in BOLD print!

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
·        12/05 – U.S. reveals CHAMPs or powerful microwave pulses emitted from missiles launched from B-52s that can disable NOKO’s electronic missile and launching systems. 12/02 – WH Nat’l. Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says “possibility of war with NOKO increases every day.” 11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 thru Sunday 2/25. 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO as a state sponsor of terrorism. Warns NOKO that “nuclearization puts its regime in grave danger & increases the peril it faces.”
ELEVATED
“MENA and
Trumponomics and Beltway Dysfunction”
·        12/06 – Pres. Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Plans to move U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Could take three years. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah warn Trump of dangerous consequences for stability and security in the Middle East. Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel calling the move a “red line for all Muslims” and decision puts “world and region in a ring of fire.” 12/04 – Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated in Sanaa by former allied and Iranian-backed Houthis.  Yemen, like Lebanon are sights of proxy wars fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 11/28 – Israeli Mossad working with Saudi’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) over mounting tensions with Iran. Shared interests against Iran are bringing both nation’s closer. Lebanon’s PM al-Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia 11/05 blaming Iranian aggression. Abandons support of Iran’s Hezbollah terror group.  Beirut, is proving ground for Saudi-Iranian proxy wars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans sweeping with “Vision 2030” to wean KSA off oil. Saudi inner players arrested in anti-corruption probe involving multi-billion dollar “settlements.” Both Trump and KAS share strong views of an anti-nuclear Iran. KSA needs oil above $81 to break even. Mideast tension expected to boost the price of oil.

·        12/01 – U.S. Senate GOP passes the most sweeping tax overhaul in over 30 years in a 51-49 vote. This is the biggest tax bill and tax cuts in U.S. history. As promised, President Trump wants to sign the bill into law before Christmas.

·        12/01 – Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador in 12/2016. This places a senior Trump insider in a cooperative position for the investigators.  Then again, how much credibility does a liar have?

·        U.S. trade protectionism contrarian to the world coming together on trade. Long term impact.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe,
Uranium 1 & Terror”
·        12/06 – Enjoying an 82%+ Russian approval rating, Vladimir Putin announced he will seek a 4th term as President. Serving out a 4th 6-year term would mean 24 years at the top  including P.M. posts. Only Stalin ruled longer at 29 years. Putin moves 2018 election date to 3/18 – the 4th anniversary of annexation of Crimea….in response to Olympic Committee ruling?

·        12/05 – Russian team barred from 2018 Seoul Winter Olympics. Olympic Committee will allow Russian athletes to compete who meet stringent drug testing but they will be referred to as “athletes from Russia” in which no Russian flag can fly, no Russian anthem played and no Russian gov’t. officials can attend.

·        12/03 – Germany’s Social Democrats (Socialist Party) urged by French President Macron to from ruling coalition with Merkel’s conservative bloc.  Following the 11/20 collapse of the “Jamaica coalition” negotiations in the worst crisis of Merkel’s 12yr chancellorship.  New elections as early as next spring may still be the only solution. Sources of tension are immigration, taxation & the environment. Right wing has seat in German decision-making and wants new elections.

·        12/08 – Britain and Ireland agree on Irish border regulations mainly acknowledging there will be no border controls on the Irish Sea. It clears the way for a second a phase of talks with the EU. Negotiators reached agreement in principle on the BREXIT “divorce bill” earlier in the week in the €45b to €55b range down from €60bn that the EU initially demanded. Agreement promotes further December & January negotiations. U.K. withdrawal from EU takes place in 3/2019.

·        Atty. Gen. Sessions raised the possibility of a special counsel appointment to investigate the Uranium One Deal involving the Clinton Foundation in which a Russian company took control of 20% of entire supply of U.S. uranium supply used to make nuclear weapons in exchange for Clinton Foundation donations. In a decree on March 20, 2008 Russia’s Vladimir Putin, abolished the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power. The public corporation Rosatom (he owns) was vested with the authority to implement on behalf of the Russian Federation the rights of shareholders in the joint-stock companies in the nuclear energy industry. In 2013 Rosatom retained full ownership. Matter of U.S. national security.

·        December MTD Terror Stats a/o 12/08: 21 terrorist attacks; 114 dead; 187 wounded.

MODERATE
“China”
·        China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. Debt is 250% of GDP. National Congress of the Chinese Communists Party confirms Xi Jinping as its most powerful leader since Mao. Xi loyalists make up inner sanctum of Chinese politics into the next decade. 6% GDP in 2018 will be difficult.

·        Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking are winning cyber wars. Recent attacks have hit four continents, law firms, food companies, power grids, pharma and governments.

·        Spain’s Rajoy announces snap elections on Dec. 21st to help defray the Catalonian independence crisis. Could result in breakaway = could spread thru EU. Former Catalan Pres. Puigdemont to appear in court 11/17. On 11/02: 8 Catalan gov’t. members jailed in Spain for role in independence rebellion & sedition.

·        Italian elections in March 2018.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?”
·        12/05 – Senate committee approved Jay Powell nomination to replace Janet Yellen in a 22-1 vote.

·        12/08 – FOMC Meeting Tues/Wed Dec. 12th/13th. Rate hike baked in despite absence of inflation. Bearish flattening signals danger for the U.S. economy. Recent bullish flattening has completely disregarded the absence of inflation. The balance sheet or “b/s” normalization program is proceeding and will remain highly incremental. Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017 (December12/13 FOMC); 3 in 2018. Dot plots are unchanged for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Shifts/adjustments in monetary policy outweigh chance of a 2018 recession.

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of today’s respondents are in the top 21 while 23 are among 2017’s YTD top 27 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.38% 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.  Below is opening to this week’s survey. 

 “Welcome to Friday. In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of QC Air welcome aboard. I expect sunshine and good intel today for our trip. Enjoy the ride and thanks for flying QC Air.

This week’s geopolitical recap: 

The FOMC meets next Tuesday and Wednesday the 13th and 14th.  Over 94% believe the Fed will hike rates which is already baked in. The nation’s largest Tax Reform bill in over 30 years may in fact get signed by President Trump by Christmas. The situation in North Korea remains the lone high risk event on the global risk monitor despite the U.S. claim to possess powerful CHAMPS microwave pulse technology that can disable NOKO’s missile launch systems. The situation in MENA has been upgraded to elevated with Trump’s announcement that the U.S. formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital following warnings from Jordanian, Palestinian and Turkish leadership among others that it will destabilize the region. Yemeni President Ali Saleh was assassinated and Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” resulted in multi-billion dollar anti-corruption settlements with members of the house of Saud and major KAS players. MBS, as the Saudi Prince is commonly known, also purged rivals in order to anchor his leadership and future plans. Germany’s Social Democrats agreed to pursue preliminary talks to form a coalition government with Merkel’s conservative CDU party and will include a third CSU party. German political stability is needed to cement the EU’s keystone economy. Ireland and Britain are near an accord on future Irish border regulations that would help promote an agreement in principle on the BREXIT “divorce bill.”  Leveraging his 85% approval rating at home, Vlad Putin announced he will seek a 4th 6-year term as President of Russia that would make it the second longest tenure to Stalin’s 29 year reign. Putin also moved the Russian election to coincide with the 4th year anniversary of its annexation of Crimea, possibly in reaction to the prior day’s Olympic Committee ruling that bars Russian officials, flags and anthem at the 2018 Seoul Olympics in which Russian athletes must also agree to stringent drug testing.       

Entering this morning’s Friday session –  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $18.434b. We priced $316mm less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $18.75b or 98.31%.
  • MTD we priced 55.86% of the syndicate projection for November IG Corporates or $18.434b vs. $33b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $1,325.402b vs. $1,281.017b on December 8th, 2016 or $44.385b (3.46%) more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $1,640.543b vs. $1,620.951b on December 8th, 2016 or $19.592b (1.21%) more than the year ago total. 

Entering this morning’s session, here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 33 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week. 

o   NICS:  1.62 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.18x

o   Tenors: 10.69 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $576mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <16.34> bps 

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

  • Week on week, average NICs widened by 1.11 bps to an average 1.62 bps vs.0.51 bps across this week’s 33 IG Corporate-only new issues displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.13x to an average 3.18x vs. 3.31x. 
  • Average tenors narrowed by 0.74 years to an average 10.69 years vs. 11.43 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $72mm to $576mm vs. $648mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 1.26 bps to <16.34> bps vs. <17.60> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads was unchanged at +143.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightned 1 bp to 0.97 vs. 0.98 week-on-week. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +102 vs. +103. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 0.25 bps to 3.00 bps vs. 3.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors tightened 0.68 bps to 6.32 bps from 7.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended December 6th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $622.386b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $116.331b) and a net inflow of $217.412m into High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $12.633b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 33 IG Corporate and 6 SSA new issues, of the 39 deals that printed, 23 tightened versus NIP for a 59.00% improvement rate, 11 widened  (28.25%) and 5 were flat 12.75%).

 

Entering today’s Friday session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $18.434b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $24.684b 

And now it’s time for today’s question “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” Thank you in advance for your time and contribution! 

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their responses:

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