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

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

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

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob Elson, US Army Spec 5; Bloomberg LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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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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Bonds Slightly Bruised, But Who Cares? #BanBumpStocks!
February 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02-20-18 Corporate Bonds Slightly Bruised as 30yr Nears 3%. More Important: Ban The Bump Stock!

Before I begin the daily drill down, and according to a Bloomberg report written by Jennifer Epstein at 4:08pm ET today, President Donald Trump ordered a ban on gun accessories known as “bump stocks” that allow semiautomatic rifles to be fired more rapidly.”  Here’s something about me you might not know: I am a gun owner. I shoot skeet, trap and target. A number of my compatriots here at the sell-side’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans are equally-responsible gun owners and share a similar interest in skeet, trap and target shooting.  Having said that, the notion of enabling citizens of our free democracy in this day and age with easy access (or any access) to weapons of war is preposterous. We need to stop the gun violence in our schools, in places where we gather to celebrate and places we go to be entertained.  I am not sorry to say to my fellow gun owners that however justified the spirited debate with regard to the 2nd Amendment is and will likely continue to be, we certainly do not need or want bump stocks to make AR-15s automatic. I do not blame violence on gun ownership and [controlled] availability, but there is NO need for machine guns to be in the hands of citizens! It’s about the kids and it’s about our safety to live in a free democracy without fear of being gunned down.  #BanBumpStocks! Mic Drop.  

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap- Three’s Company!

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Two Deals Get Upsized

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

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Economic Data Releases           

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 14th

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Three’s Company!

With inflation picking up slightly in a more hawkish rate environment, the U.S. government kicked off its highest volume week of treasury auctions in history this week, an estimated $258bn in new paper. With Trump’s tax plan comes massive funding and as a result, there’s more risk in owning bills, notes and bonds backed by the full faith and guarantee of the U.S. of A.  CT10 is edging closer to a 3.00% yield and so, UST prices have slid while yields have risen making it more expensive for the government to fund itself. There were four to five issuers looking this morning but only Snap-On Inc. which hit the tapes first at 9:36a.m. followed by Vulcan Materials at 9:45 being the only two announced IG Corporate new issues. A third deal materialized from Daimler Finance North America that printed a $750mm tap of its outstanding FRNs due 2/22/2021 but that was not announced. In total 4 to 5 names were looking earlier in the morning with a couple deciding to stand down.

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 4 tranches totaling $2.00b.  The SSA space was inactive with one deal announced for BNG for tomorrow’s pricing.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 10.65% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $2.00b vs. $18.78b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 49.52% of the syndicate forecast for February IG Corporate new issuance or $44.067b vs. $88.98b.
  • There are now 10 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Two Deals Get Upsized!

  • Snap-On Inc. increased its 30-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $350mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Vulcan Materials Co., upsized today’s 3NCL FRN tranche to $500mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance brining the two-part deal size to $850mm from $650mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 3 IG Corporate-only new issues was <15.00> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +98. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.93.  (+85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +133. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.2b on Friday versus $19.2b on Thursday and $17.9b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19b. 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/19-2/23
vs. Current
WTD – $2.00b
February 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $44.067b
Low-End Avg. $17.74mm 11.27% $88.28b 49.92%
Midpoint Avg. $18.78mm 10.65% $88.98b 49.52%
High-End Avg. $19.82mm 10.09% $89.68b 49.14%
The Low $30mm 6.67% $70b 62.95%
The High $10mm 20.00% $110b 40.06%

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Another losing day as the UST market could not handle the massive supply.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s, Bunds and Gilts little changed. EU Peripherals unchanged to red.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.90394% the highest yield since December 2008.
  • Stocks – Mixed at 2:30pm: Dow and NASDAQ heading in opposite directions.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed red. China was closed. Europe closed with gains.
  • Economic – No economic data in the U.S. today.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data solid. Europe data weaker.
  • Currencies – Very good day for the USD and DXY Index.
  • Commodities – Poor day for gold, copper and silver. Small gain for crude oil.
  • CDX IG: +1.95 to 53.33
  • CDX HY: +5.39 to 324.97
  • CDX EM: +3.32 to 123.21
  • VIX: +0.35 to 19.81

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

-Tony Farren

Below is the complete story of today’s investment grade corporate debt market activity as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s Fixed Income Syndicate perch. Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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

 

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/12
TUES.
2/13
WED.
2/14
TH.
2/15
FRI.
2/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/12
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/15
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/08
New Issue Concessions 3.50 bps 2.10 bps N/A 2.50 bps N/A 2.62 bps 2.67 bps <0.13> bps 0.43 bps 1.73 bps <0.725> bps
Oversubscription Rates 1.70x 2.36x N/A 1.83x N/A 1.96x 4.09x 2.98x 2.02x 2.15x 3.75x
Tenors 11.50 yrs 22.57 yrs N/A 17.62 yrs N/A 18.16 yrs 14.85 yrs 13.80 yrs 5.74 yrs 7.43 yrs 8.12 yrs
Tranche Sizes $600mm $357mm N/A $572mm N/A $499mm $823mm $847mm $623mm $1,137mm $747mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.25> bps <14.10> bps N/A <11.31> bps N/A <12.82> bps <17.02> bps <17.42> bps <13.87> bps <14.11> bps <19.12> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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Bearish Flattening, Tax Reform: DCM Unscathed; Rinse Repeat
November 2017      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 11.28.17 Bearish Flattening; Tax Reform; US Corporate Debt Capital Markets Unscathed; Rinse Repeat

 

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt 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 For This Week

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

Rates Trading Lab

New Issues Priced: Synchrony Financial and Deutsche Bank AG New York 

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending Nov 22

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 8 issuers across 8 tranches totaling $4.25b.  The big story for our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer – Mischler Financial Group, Inc., is that we were named a Co-Manager on the day’s two largest issues – Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch’s $1bn 15NC10 fxd-to-fxd Reset Sub Tier 2 Notes and Synchrony Financial’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue.  Those two transactions also just happened to account for 47% of today’s IG Corporate issuance!  You know what that means? Both DB and SYF are today’s Deals-of-the-Day which I will get to in alphabetical order following a review of an incredible day for markets and geopolitical events risk factors that I strongly advise you stay tuned to.

The S&P 500, the DOW and Nasdaq all closed at new all-time highs.

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 47.81% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $13.875b vs. $29.02b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 109.03% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $105.079b vs. $96.38b.
  • There are now 11 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • IHS Markit Ltd. (Ba1/BBB) bumped up its 8.25-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes new issue this afternoon to $500mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Physicians Realty LP increased today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $350mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Life Storage LP upsized its 10-year Senior Notes new issue today to $450mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +104.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.99.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +145.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.9b on Monday versus $1.7b on Friday and $15.7b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/27-12/01
vs. Current
WTD – $13.875b
November 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $105.079b
Low-End Avg. $27.72b 50.05% $95.28b 110.28%
Midpoint Avg. $29.02b 47.81% $96.38b 109.03%
High-End Avg. $30.32b 45.76% $97.48b 107.80%
The Low $25b 55.50% $75b 140.11%
The High $38b 36.51% $130b 80.83%

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Unchanged (30yr) to small losses (balance of curve) in a choppy session.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. EU core & semi core little changed. Peripherals more green.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest level since December 2008 (1.47882%).
  • U.S. Stocks – Big rally to all-time highs.
  • Overseas Stocks – China rallied. Nikkei & HS tiny losses. Winning day in Europe.
  • U.S. Economic – Mixed data today but the strong data was very, very strong.
  • Overseas Economic – Not a factor today but will be tomorrow.
  • Currencies – USD outperformed 4 of the Big 5. Solid rally for the DXY Index.
  • Commodities – Down day from crude oil, gold, cooper, silver, etc. Strong session for natural gas.
  • CDX IG: -0.89 to 52.65
  • CDX HY: -4.71 to 317.68
  • CDX EM: -1.15 to 179.38

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
“North Korea”
11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. This comes 26 days after SOKO’s 11/02 NIS warning of activity at a NOKO nuke facility and expectations of a launch. Situation is “dire” Action needed = “Exclusive “QC” source. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 and end Sunday 2/25 = Dates to keep in mind! 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
“Beltway Dysfunction”
11/28 – U.S. Senate Budget Committee advanced the GOP tax reform bill to Senate for debate that could see a vote take place as early as Thursday 11/30. Congress passed the Tax Reform Bill on 11/16 in a 227-205. Strong push to unite all Republicans behind Trump to get tax reform done by year end.

Gaining traction in the Beltway: Atty. Gen. Sessions raised the possibility of 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, 2020 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.

 

CAUTION

MENA & EU

11/28Israeli 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. Consolidation of KSA power with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman breeds sweeping change in the Kingdom called “Vision 2030” to wean KSA off oil. bin Salman leadership saw more than 50 Saudi inner players arrested in anti-corruption probe including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saleh Kamel & Khalid al-Tuwaijri to show he is clearly in charge.  Trump and House of Saud are close.  Both share strong views on an anti-nuclear Iran. KSA needs oil above $81 to break even. “Tensions” will surely boost the price of a barrel of “black gold.”

Negotiators reached agreement in principle on EU settlement demand or BREXIT “divorce bill.” Amount is heard to be in a €45b to €55b range down from the €60bn that the EU initially demanded. This breaks the deadlock and should promote further Dec. & Jan. negotiations. U.K. withdrawal from EU takes place in 3/2019. Moody’s downgraded the UK on 9/22 to Aa2 from Aa1. Critical that PM Theresa May has shown an ability to effectively.

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.

The Caliphate is destroyed but ISIS is now scattered across a wider region including Europe. November MTD Terror Stats a/o 11/27: 39 terrorist attacks; 766+ dead; 705+ 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. 

Italian elections in March 2018.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?
Bearish flattening signals danger for the U.S. economy. Recent bullish flattening has completely disregarded the absence of inflation. Jay Powell nominated as new fed Chief. Should provide stability/continuity; positive for GOP if latter gets their act together. 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.

 

Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch 15NC10 fxd-to-fxd Reset Sub Tier 2 Notes Deal Dashboard 

Mischler Financial Group, Inc., the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer was honored today to serve on today’s $1b Deutsche Bank AG/New York Branch 15NC10 fixed-to-fixed Reset Subordinated Tier 2 Notes new issue. We thank Team DB for selecting Mischler as a Junior Co-Manager from among the host of diversity firms in our industry.

For the DB fair value study I looked at the outstanding 4.296% 15NC10 Global Sub Notes (5/24/2028) that was 4.63% to call or 4.70 YTM which is equal to T+237 vs. T10.  Adding 9 bps to account for the swap curve from 2028s to 2032s gets you to T+246 pegging NIC on today’s T+255 print at 9 bps. A personal “thank you” to Margaret Szczerbicki!

Use of proceeds from today’s transaction will be used for general corporate purposes.

 

DB Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
15nc10
fxd-to-fxd
12/01/2032
+280a +260a (+/-5) +255 +255
Reset 5yr
MS +255.3
<25> bps 9 250/247 <5>

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final book size and oversubscription rate – the measure of investor demand:

 

DB Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
15nc10 ftf
12/01/2032
$1bn $2.3b 2.30x

 

Final Pricing – Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch 15NC10 fixed-to-fixed Reset Subordinated Tier 2 Notes

DB $1bn 4.875% (15nc10) fxd-to-fxd due 12/01/2032 @ $99.968 to yield 4.878% or T+255  Reset 5yr MS +255.3

 

Synchrony Financial $1bn 10-year Senior Notes Deal Dashboard 

Mischler Financial Group, Inc., is proud to announce that it also served as an active 1.00% Co-Manager on Synchrony Financial’s $1bn 10-year Senior Notes new issue today.  We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Synchrony.

For the Synchrony Financial relative value study I looked to the outstanding SYF 3.70% Senior Unsecured Global Notes due 8/04/2026 that were T+148 (G+153) pre-announcement. Adding 5 bps for the extension from the SYF 8/2026 to today’s SYF 12/2027 gets us to G+158 landing on today’s +165 print as 7 bps.

Use of proceeds from today’s transaction will be used for general corporate purposes.

 

SYF Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
SYF 10yr +180a +165 the # +165 +165 <15> bps 7 165 (issue bid) 0/flat

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final book size and oversubscription rate – the measure of investor demand:

 

SYF Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
SYF 10yr $1bn $2.4b 2.40x

 

Final Pricing – Synchrony Financial 10-year Senior Notes

SYF $1bn 3.95% due 12/01/2027 @ $99.714 to yield 3.985% or T+165

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VIX-ated by Market Data, Sep Payroll Numbers – IG Corporate Debt Issuer Outlook
October 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 10.06.17 – Weekend Edition; VIX is Vexing vs. Sep Payroll Numbers; IG Corporate Debt Issuance Outlook

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap – VIX

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

Rates Trading Lab-Mischler’s Tony Farren Reports In re Sep Payroll Numbers Surprise

Best & Brightest-Fixed Income Syndicate Desks Opine on Next Week Issuance

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 October 4th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

Today was a no print Friday in our IG dollar DCM.

Although next week is a holiday shortened one, credit spreads are tightening, the VIX set a new low yesterday and equity markets continue setting new all-time highs.  The CT10 is yielding 2.35% at mid-day today so post-Q3 earnings I expect to see a nice rush to print through the end of the year amidst future rate hike sentiment.  I have maintained that rates will increase at the top of 2018, which means at the January 31st FOMC meeting, however, that’s my take. “If” the meeting was held today, the chances of a Fed hike are currently 86%. Remember folks there is a LOT playing out in our new world order.  So, why is the VIX so low?  First, the VIX is a street standard index so I will continue to post it here in the “QC” until perhaps one day it loses its prestige with market participants.  Having said that, it IS the index most akin to gambling with one’s emotions.  Unlike a basket of stocks or an index in which we can strip out good apples from bad apples, reverse engineer etc., the VIX volatility index gages market sentiment more than other indices. It’s an indication that the market believes everything is good in the world of finance when in fact, the world is far from that. With myriad highly volatile global event risk factors playing out each and every day think about this – the Fed has NEVER had to unwind a $4.5 trillion balance sheet.  Europe has NEVER dealt with a BREXIT.  We have NEVER experienced the current high level threat of nuclear rhetoric and rapid development as exists with North Korea and that includes the throes of the Cold War during the early ‘60s. Scroll down to my “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor just below for some other developing items.  When one of the major events turns south the VIX will spike!

As for our IG dollar DCM, we do have some big news for next week namely – Citigroup and J.P. Morgan announce Q3 earnings on Thursday, October 12th and Bank of America and Wells Fargo release earnings on Friday the 13th.  Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley follow on Tuesday the 17th.  They are the smart money and they lead the way for issuance each quarter.  They have more to do before 2017 is a wrap and I strongly suspect we’ll see hefty cumulative issuance from the six-pack.  The average estimate for next week’s IG Corporate only new issue volume is $20.875b. The high estimate was $26b from one desk and five others said $15b either flat out or as part of a range.

All 24 syndicate desks in my weekly “QC” survey responded once again and they are waiting below to make an early exit ahead of traffic on this start of a welcome three-day weekend.  Please scan through the below recaps and I promise you they’ll wait for you with their comments and numbers for next week before the well-deserved Columbus Day weekend!  So, sit back, relax and enjoy this Best & Brightest edition of the “QC.”

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 77.22% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $14.595b vs. $18.90b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 15.92% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $14.595b vs. $91.68b.
  • There are now 10 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +104 tying its post-Crisis set on Wednesday and that previously dated back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.98 vs. 0.99.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bps to +147 vs. +148.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.9b on Thursday versus $20.3b on Wednesday and $18.9b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.6b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
10/6 – Russian news announces NOKO is preparing to test fire a missile capable of reaching the U.S. Coast. Recall Trump’s “calm before the storm” comment.  NOKO rumored to reach out to GOP to help “figure out Trump.” On 9/24 Trump warns NOKO leadership that if rhetorical threats continue its leaders “won’t be around much longer.” NOKO claims comment is an “Act of War” and that it now has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers “even outside of NOKO air space.” Beijing calls situation “grave.” On 9/19 Trump spoke before UN referring to Kim as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” Trump says “if Kim continues to threaten the U.S., allies and the world, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
ELEVATED
“The EU”
-Regional parliament meets 10/9 defying a Spanish Constitutional Court suspension.  Results of Catalonia’s Oct. 1st independence referendum vote posted 90% support for secession from Spain. National riot police cracked down at the voting booths injuring nearly 900 voters in what is the EU nation’s worst territorial crisis since turning to democracy 40+ years ago. Catalan leadership is divided on rush to independence given potential civil unrest and economic consequences. Germany’s Angela Merkel re-elected to her 4th term but nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party & other right wing parties gain to force a 6-party coalition government.  Worst performance for Merkel’s CDU and Christian Social Union party since 1949.  Immigration a source of tension. Right wing has a seat in German decision-making.

-EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. PM May wants rolling series of meetings with EU.  UK withdrawal from EU takes place in March, 2019. Moody’s downgraded the U.K. to Aa2 from Aa1.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
GOP tax overhaul plan would, in their view, double deduction and create 3 tax brackets vs. 7. Bringing Corporate rate to 20% might return trillions of dollars to the U.S. that corps are keeping overseas.  Consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt. Partisan politics. Trump recently bypassed GOP to close a deal w/Dems to extend debt limit to December.

-Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility; low rates persist; slow inflation pick-up. On 9/26 Yellen admitted Fed inflation model may have been “mispecified” & “misguided.”

-GCC Crisis continues 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.

-Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday 10/01 is the worst in U.S. history killing 58 and 515 injured.

-October MTD Terror Stats: Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. October MTD there were 13 terrorist attacks. Killing 64 people and wounding 72.

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

-Venezuela – civil unrest continues against Maduro dictatorship. U.S. Tsy freezes Maduro family assets. Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). Economy sliding into abyss. Regional immigration issue w/many fleeing elsewhere.

-On July 28th Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted for his role in a corruption scandal. He selected his brother Shahbaz to take over. The Brookings Institute calls Pakistan “the world’s most dangerous country.” Democracy in nuclear-armed country with 205m population at risk.

-Mueller’s continuing FBI probe into Trump.

MODERATE
“China”
-China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. National Congress of the Chinese Communists Party held on Oct. 18th. Most decisions are made prior to it but it’s historically pivotal regarding leadership changes & reshuffling as elders retire.
MARGINAL
“2018 U.S. Recession”
-Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017; 3 in 2018. Dot plots unchanged for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria not yet reflected in economic data; “could” push hike to 2018. $4.5 trln b/s unwind begins at Oct. 31st mtg & absence of inflation are concerns.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/02-10/06
vs. Current
WTD – $14.595b
October 2017 vs. Current
WTD – $14.595b
Low-End Avg. $17.54b 83.21% $90.96b 16.05%
Midpoint Avg. $18.90b 77.22% $91.68b 15.92%
High-End Avg. $20.25b 72.07% $92.42b 15.79%
The Low $10b 145.95% $110b 13.27%
The High $26b 56.13% $75b 19.46%

 

Rates Trading Lab- Mischler’s Tony Farren Reports In

Economic data this week, outside of payrolls, has been very good (details below). Treasuries have traded poorly over the last four weeks. The 10yr is currently trading at 2.40% (98-22) the level where buyers are expected to step in. The 2yr (1.524%) traded at a yield not seen since 2008. Considering the sell off over the last four weeks in USTs it makes sense for the shorts to start to cover some of their positions at current levels. Remember the longs basically did not exist in this week’s JPM Survey. I expect the 2.40% in 10’s to hold today before the long weekend (Columbus Day on Monday).

Looking ahead at factors that could impact the Treasury market –

  • What did President Trump’s comment last night “calm before the storm” mean? (North Korea?)
  • What happens between Madrid and Catalonia?
  • Does the GOP deliver on Tax Reform?
  • Do the U.S. and Global stock market rallies continue or take a breather?
  • Who does President Trump select as Chair of the FOMC?
  • Fed-speak will be active again next week
  • The FOMC Minutes from the Sept 19-20 Meeting will be released on Wednesday.
  • Next week’s Treasury supply will be a challenge for the UST market.

        ($56 billion in 3’s, 10’s & 30’s next Wednesday & Thursday)

  • PPI will be released on Thursday.
  • CPI will be released on Friday.
  • Retail sales will be released on Friday.
  • Tropical Storm Nate could impact the U.S. on Sunday as a hurricane.

As for recent economic data, it seems too good to be true with Payrolls the exception. Is the theory that hurricanes are a short term negative for the economy wrong? This week’s data makes that a fair question to ask –

  • ISM manufacturing the strongest since 2004 (Mon).
  • ISM non-manufacturing the strongest since 2005 (Weds).
  • Vehicle sales this month were very strong (Tues).
  • Unemployment Rate has not been lower since Dec 2000.
  • The U6 rate has not been lower since May 2007.
  • Average hourly earnings MoM has not been higher since June 2007.
  • Average hourly earnings YoY has not been higher since 2009.
  • The Participation Rate has not been higher since September 2013.
  • Household employment and labor force both had sizeable gains.

Here are the negatives from this morning’s Employment Report –

  • Payrolls were negative for the first time since August 2010.
  • The two-month revision for payrolls was <38k>.
  • Average weekly hours was unchanged.

-Tony Farren

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 21 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 81.59% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted. 

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 !!  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! -RQ

Let’s dive right into this week’s primary market recap and data downloads as a segue to our syndicate desk canvass as to what is in expected next week i.e. DCM market and new investment grade corporate debt issuance.

North Korea remains global event risk factor number 1 with Kim Jong-Un’s regime making no progress this week toward negotiating with the U.S.  When NOKO is dormant it  means something is brewing and/or amiss.  Stay thirsty my friends!! Spanish Catalonia adds more EU suspense to the mix with 90% support for secession from Spain. The independence referendum, in defiance of the Spanish Constitutional Court, erupted in violence with Spanish National police injuring over 900 voters in attempts to prevent citizens from voting. Catalonia’s regional parliament meets on Monday, October 9th in defiance of the Spanish Court’s suspension.  GOP hopes of tax reform legislation may not appear until early in 2018 and it remains to be seen what support it has with opposition coming from within the party. Earlier this week we saw the impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria on Vehicle Sales while this morning’s numbers confirm how skewed they will be going forward.  Clearly the hurricanes reduced the NFP number this morning as unemployment fell while the labor force participation rate rose. Any weak number is chalked up to storms while strength is attributed to a resilient economy. Go figure!

Entering this morning’s Friday session –   

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $14.595b. We priced $4.305b less than this week’s average estimate of $18.90b or 77.22%.
  • MTD we have now priced 15.92% of the syndicate projection for October IG Corporates or $14.595b vs. $91.68b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $1,089.746b vs. $1,088.336b on October 6th, 2016 or 0.13% more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $1,349.204b vs. $1,374.92b on October 29th, 2016 or 1.91% less than the year ago total.

Entering this morning’s session, here are the five key primary market driver averages from the 28 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.  

  • NICS:  1.18 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 3.50x
  • Tenors: 12.00 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $608mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <18.40> bps

 

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

  • Average NICs widened 0.20 bps to an average 1.18 bps vs. 1.38 bps across this week’s 28 IG Corporate-only new issues.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased by 0.19-times to 3.50x vs. 3.31x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 3.50 years to an average 12.00 years vs. 8.50 years.
  • Tranche sizes reduced by $37mm to $608mm vs. $645mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 28 IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 1.79 bps to <18.40> bps vs. <20.19> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 4 bps to +147 vs. +151 bps.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 5 bps to 0.98 vs. 1.03 bps. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 4 bps to +104 vs. +108 setting a new post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 2.50 bps to 1.75 bps vs. 4.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened 4.21 bps to 5.32 vs. 9.53 bps also as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended October 4th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $3.770b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $96.388b) and a net inflow of $645.473m into High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $7.331b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 24 IG Corporate and 4 SSA new issues, of the 28 deals that printed, 20 tightened versus NIP for a 50% improvement rate, 3 widened (10.50%) and 5 were flat (18.00%).
  • The VIX closed yesterday at a new low of 9.17 (Amazing!) while issuance is running neck and neck with last year’s record pace given low rates and tightening spreads.  7 of the 19 IG sector spreads set or equaled post Crisis lows this week and 2 of the 4 IG asset classes did the same!

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

  • IG Corps: $14.595b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $26.475b

And now ladies and gentlemen, as honored members of the “B&B” Club it’s time for the guy-in-the corner to ask today’s question “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?” 

As always, I hope the daily “QC” and my data downloads are helpful and informative to you.  Without your participation this widely read “QC” survey edition can’t get done.  I greatly appreciate your meaningful sound bites that bring your numbers and ranges to life. A LOT of Fortune Tsy teams read this every day and they love it!  I consistently receive positive feedback about the “QC” from them directly.  Wall Street fixed income syndicates desks that contribute to this column are directly contributing to a much bigger picture, while also helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer build in a more meaningful and sustainable way.

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 unpadded orders. Besides where else can you get an award winning daily fixed income DCM piece for FREE? But most of all, we have a great certification as the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer. We demonstrate remarkable authenticity here at Team Mischler. Our commitment to our demographic is our foundation. We donate 10% of our earnings to heavily-vetted veteran foundations and non-profits to help our active and veteran service men and women and their families. It’s all well worth it and I hope you think so too!

Thank you and wishing you and yours a great long Columbus Day weekend! -Ron”

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their responses:

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuers of the Day-Mischler Comment
September 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.25.17  – IG Issuers of the Day: AEP, BX, HPP, NSANY

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

SNEAK PREVIEW : “Thank You For Your Service”

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 September 20th

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

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG dollar DCM hosted 7 issuers across 13 tranches totaling $6.75b.  The SSA space was quiet with two deals slated for tomorrow’s business.

Equity markets were in the red today due to mounting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, concern over historic gains by nationalist parties in German elections forcing Angela Merkel to form a coalition government, and increasing jitters over whether the FED hikes rates one more time in 2017 or not.

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 35.14% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $6.75b vs. $19.21b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 105.02% of the syndicate forecast for September or $118.096b vs. $112.45b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Hudson Pacific Properties LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $400mm from $300mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 12 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.29> bps. Including today’s IG-rated Federal Realty $25 par preferred, the average compression of today’s 13 new issues was <17.85> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +111. +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.06.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +154.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $13.5b on Friday versus $17.5b on Thursday and $12.7b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.3b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
On 9/24 Trump warns NOKO leadership that if rhetoric threats continue its leaders “won’t be around much longer.” NOKO responds saying it has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers “even outside of NOKO air space.” Beijing termed calls situation “grave.” On 9/19 Trump spoke before UN referring to Kim as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” Says if Kim continues to threaten the U.S., allies and the world “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” On 9/14 North Korea launched another ballistic missile over Northern Japan in the face of UN Security Council sanctions. Trump warned U.S. military options are “effective and overwhelming”. Missile traveled 2,300 miles landing in the Pacific. Guam is 2,131 from NOKO! On 9/03 NOKO detonated a 100 kiloton hydrogen bomb 5-times more powerful than that dropped on Nagasaki causing a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Head of IAEA  said hydrogen bomb test is “new dimension of global threat” to the world. On Tuesday, 8/29 NOKO launched an ICBM over Japan that landed in the Pacific Ocean. On Monday, 9/04 U.S. Amb. to the UN, Nikki Haley said “the time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis.” Called for strongest sanctions vs. NOKO. Friday 8/11 Trump said “U.S. military solutions are in place, locked and loaded” matching his earlier “fire and fury” statement. On Th. 8/10 NOKO announced its plan to “pre-emptively strike 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 in U.S.
ELEVATED Germany’s Angela Merkel re-elected to her 4th term but nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party & other right wing parties gain to force a 6-party coalition government.  Worst performance for Merkel’s CDU and Christian Social Union party since 1949.  Immigration a source of tension. Right wing has a seat in German decision-making.

On July 28th Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted for his role in a corruption scandal. He selected his brother Shahbaz to take over. The Brookings Institute calls Pakistan “the world’s most dangerous country.” Democracy in nuclear-armed country with 205m population at risk.

EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. PM May wants rolling series of meetings with EU.  UK withdrawal from EU takes place in March, 2019.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
GOP to release tax overhaul plan week of Sept. 25th & Senate will vote on new Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to repeal Obama Care. Consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt. Partisan politics. Trump recently bypassed GOP to close a deal w/Dems to extend debt limit to December.

Mueller’s continuing FBI probe into Trump.

GCC Crisis continues 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.

September MTD Terror Stats: Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. September MTD there were 87 terrorist attacks. killing 347 people and wounding 581.

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

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. 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
Fed signals 1 more rate hike in 2017; 3 in 2018. Dot plots unch for 2017 & ’18; lower for ’19 & longer-term. Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria not yet reflected in economic data; “could” push hike to 2018. $4.5 trillion b/s unwind begins in October & absence of inflation are concerns.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/25-9/29
vs. Current
WTD – $6.75b
September 2017 vs. Current
WTD – $118.096b
Low-End Avg. $18.17b 37.15% N/A N/A
Midpoint Avg. $19.21b 35.14% $112.45b 105.02%
High-End Avg. $20.25b 33.33% N/A N/A
The Low $10b 67.50% $100b 118.096%
The High $30b 22.50% $125b 94.48%

Sneak Preview of “Thank You For Your Service”

 

Friday, October 9th is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., and in recognition of this important day, I thought it fitting to share a sneak preview of an upcoming film that is getting a lot of buzz in the industry.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE profiles a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who aer struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The film stars Miles Teller and Haley Bennett.  The film is the directorial debut of Jason Hall, a graduate of my alma mater, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts or “SCA” and is based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel and adapted for the screen by Finkel and Hall.  The Universal Pictures production opens in theatres on Wednesday, October 27th.  As an SCA Alum, I am doing my part to get the word out from my corner desk here at our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer. Considering this past weekend’s controversies surrounding the NFL, rights, freedoms and respect of our flag, country, service men and women and first responders, I thought that perhaps we should all make it a point to see “Thank You For Your Service” at our local theatres when it’s released.  The ensemble cast tackles myriad veteran-focused situations, disorders and struggles pertinent to today’s public discourses.  The film overlays nicely with the Service Disabled Veteran mandate that we are all dedicated to here each and every day at Mischler Financial.

Here’s the preview:

 

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

 

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

…..and here’s another look at last week’s day-by-day re-cap of key primary market driver averages for IG Corporates only followed by the prior six week’s averages:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
9/18
TUES.
9/19
WED.
9/20
TH.
9/21
FRI.
10/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/14
New Issue Concessions 1.50 bps <0.39> bps 0.50 bps 0.75 bps N/A 0.62 bps 1.40 bps 2.12 bps 1.00 bp 0.72 bps 4.37 bps
Oversubscription Rates 3.10x 3.25x 2.39x 3.58x N/A 3.18x 3.27x 2.70x 2.95x 3.03x 3.25x
Tenors 8.14 yrs 11.79 yrs 3.30 yrs 15.08 yrs N/A 8.21 yrs 9.84 yrs 11.10 yrs 5.17 yrs 9.86 yrs 10.26 yrs
Tranche Sizes $414mm $531mm $281mm $625mm N/A $483mm $674mm $731mm $575mm $352mm $1,023mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<17.25> yrs <21.39> bps <14.75> bps <17.83> bps N/A <18.40> bps <18.91> bps <16.80> yrs <15.00> bps <19.67> bps <17.79> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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No Power Lost re: IG New Issue Debt Market; Mischler DCM Comment
September 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.12.17-No Power Lost re: IG New Issue Debt Market  

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Equity Exchanges Achieve a Trifecta of New Highs; CDX IG & HV New Tights

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

A Special Message from the EEI About Hurricane Irma

Prudential Financial Inc. Veteran Initiatives

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 September 6th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights – $112.4 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calender

I have a special edition for you tonight, it is chock full of all the usual talking points of our dollar IG primary markets as well as a feature for you that I recommend you all read about Prudential Financial’s long and wonderful history giving back to our nation’s veteran community. Mischler was selected as an active Co-Manager today’s Prudential Financial 30nc10 f-t-f new issue.  Then, it’s on to a permission-ed piece by the Edison Electric Institute re: what they and our utility sector are doing to remedy and resolve the damage done by the recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  Edison is quite the authority for all things power-related in the United States.

So, sit back relax, the day is done and this is all you really need to know. Thank you as always for stopping in.

Today’s IG dollar DCM hosted 10 issuers across 14 tranches totaling $8.05b.  The SSA added another 4 issues, 6 tranches and $5.75b for an IG Corporate and SSA day tally of 14 issuers, 20 tranches and $13.80b.

What’s more is the S&P, the Dow and Nasdaq all closed today’s session at new all-time highs.  CDXIG and HV also both reached new tights!

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 58.55% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $19.175b vs. $32.75b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 59.95% of the syndicate forecast for July or $67.415b vs. $112.45b.
  • There are now 12 issuers in the IG credit pipeline

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mischler Financial was named a “passive” Co-Manager on today’s Metropolitan Life Global Funding 10-year Secured FA-backed Notes tranche. We thank Team MetLife for selecting Mischler, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer, from among your many diversity partners.
  • PS Business Parks Inc. upped its $25 par PerpNC5 cumulative preferred Series “X” new issue to $200mm (8mm shs) from an initially announced $100mm (4mm) size at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Penske Truck leasing Co. increased its long 5-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes new issue to $600mm from $500mm today at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Banistmo S.A. upsized today’s 5-year 144a/REGS Senior Notes new issue to $500mm from $400mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 13 IG Corporate-only new issue, was <26.56> bps.  Including today’s PS Business Parks IG-rated Preferred, the spread compression across 14 tranches was <25.11> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +117.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.12 vs. 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +162.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.8b on Monday versus $12.2b on Friday. Last Monday was a holiday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $13.0b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Back to back losing days for USTs. Supply and higher U.K. CPI were the catalysts.
  • Overseas Bonds – Poor day for JGB’s and an even worse day for bonds in Europe.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield since March 2009 (1.31917%).
  • Stocks – Closed with gains and with the S&P reaching an all-time high.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei strong rally. Europe closed higher except the FTSE.
  • Economic – Another strong JOLTS release. PPI tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – U.K. CPI ties the highest level in 4 years.
  • Currencies – USD mixed vs. the Big 5. Big rally for the Pound.
  • Commodities – Non-event today
  • CDX IG: -1.15 to 56.24
  • CDX HY: -3.71 to 323.0
  • CDX EM: +0.86 to 175.43

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
·         On Sunday, 9/03 NOKO detonated a 100 kiloton hydrogen bomb 5-times more powerful than that dropped on Nagasaki causing a 6.3 magnitude earthquake according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Head of IAEA (Int’l. Atomic Energy Authority) said the hydrogen bomb test a “new dimension of global threat” to the world. On Tuesday, 8/29 NOKO ICBM launched an ICBM over Japan that landed in the Pacific Ocean. On Monday, 9/04 U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said “the time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to solve this problem through diplomacy.” Monday 8/31 began joint U.S. & S. Korean military exercise the world’s largest computerized command control implementation that involved  over 80,000 U.S. and South Korean troops. 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 statement 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.” 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. NOKO may use nuclear technology as barter for food with ”suspect” nations. U.S. sanctions of select Chinese banks to pressure PRC to influence NOKO has failed. China insiders say PRC does not have influence with NOKO that the U.S. thinks it does. China in precarious position given South China Sea Islands. Asian allies justified to build out their respective militaries.
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. The 100-year old non-partisan Brookings Institute calls Pakistan “the world’s most dangerous country.”

·        EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. PM May wants rolling series of meetings with EU.  UK withdrawal from EU takes place in March, 2019.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
·         Trump tax reform targeted for this year. Infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt after repeal and replace defeat in late July. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum disbanded as did his Manufacturing Council. Tense U.S. political environment.

·         Market expecting unwind announcement by Fed in September.

·         Mueller’s FBI probe into Trump.

·         GCC Crisis continues 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. There were 57 global terrorist attacks in the month August killing 766 people and wounding 1,112.

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

·         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. 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; recent absence of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
9/11-9/15
vs. Current
WTD – $19.175b
September 2017 vs. Current
WTD – $67.415b
Low-End Avg. $31.71b 60.47% N/A N/A
Midpoint Avg. $32.75b 58.55% $112.45b 59.95%
High-End Avg. $33.79b 56.75% N/A N/A
The Low $25b 76.70% $100b 67.415%
The High $40b 47.94% $125b 53.93%

A Special Message from the EEI about Hurricane Irma

In light of the recent catastrophic hurricanes Harvey and Irma that slammed Texas and Florida among other states and with damage costs estimated as high as between $150b-$200b I wanted to share an article with you all that came to me from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).  It’s informative and in many ways perhaps the best source from which to receive a power/electric damage assessment from and certainly to comprehend the immensity of what EEI and the power companies are facing.  It should also serve as reassurance that they are in fact truly doing everything they can to power you all back up.  We here at Mischler are acutely aware of what our friends (issuers, accounts, family and friends) have gone through and will be facing in the coming weeks and in some cases months.  We appreciate what you’re experiencing and would like to thank the EEI and particularly Brian Reil at EEI Media Relations for the quick permission approval process to re-print the below article for all of you. There are some embedded links in the piece that may also be very helpful and informative to you.

The Edison Electric Institute is the association that represents every U.S. investor-owned electric company.  EEI’s members provide electricity for about 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to its U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies with operations in more than 90 countries, as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.

Organized in 1933, EEI provides public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums.

Hurricane Irma: More Than 50,000 Workers From Across the U.S. and Canada Dedicated to Power Restoration Efforts  
WASHINGTON (September 11, 2017) – As of 7 p.m. EDT, more than 7.1 million customers are without power across Florida and in parts of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Irma. As the storm moved through the region, companies were able to address more than 1.25 million outages, thanks largely to recent investments in energy grid technology and automation. Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm earlier today.

 

“This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in U.S. history,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “An army of more than 50,000 workers from across the United States and Canada is now dedicated to supporting the industry’s Irma restoration efforts. This includes workers from affected companies, as well as mutual assistance crews, contractors, and other support personnel. Mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry and serves as an effective—and critical—restoration resource for electric companies.”

 

Given the size and strength of Irma, infrastructure systems will need to be rebuilt completely in some places of Florida before power can be restored. This will delay restoration times, and customers should be prepared for the possibility of extended power outages.

 

“We know that being without electricity creates hardships, and we greatly appreciate customers’ patience as electric companies work day and night to assess damage and to restore power where and when conditions are safe to do so,” said Kuhn. “Companies will continue their storm restoration efforts around the clock until the last customer who can receive power is restored.”

 

Responding to major events like Irma requires significant coordination among the public and private sectors, and strong industry-government coordination is critical. As we did throughout Hurricane Harvey, EEI and the electric power industry are working through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) to coordinate with the federal government, other segments of the industry, and critical infrastructure operators.

 

For the fourth consecutive day, Energy Secretary Rick Perry joined an ESCC call with the CEOs of companies impacted by Irma to identify issues that will expedite power restoration. “We commend Secretary Perry’s ongoing leadership and the commitment of the entire Administration to ensure unity of effort in the Irma response,” said Kuhn.

 

Ensuring the safety of customers, communities, and workers is the electric power industry’s highest priority. As always, customers should stay away from downed power lines and always treat fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized. Customers using generators should plug appliances directly into the generator and follow all safety warnings.

 

EEI’s Storm Center is a resource for real-time information and explanations of the restoration process. It also includes a map to company outage centers. Customers can follow EEI on Twitter and Facebook​ for the latest updates.

I hope the EEI article was helpful and informative to you.

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate (more…)

Weather, Washington Wackiness, Drums of War..What’s Next?!
September 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 09.06.17 – Weather, Washington Wackiness, Drums of War..What’s Next?!

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond 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 For September

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 30th

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

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Recap

What’s Next?! Despite North Korea bomb-rattling, Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma natural play to stimulate infrastructure spending, and a host of global event risk factors, there was some good news today from of all places “Dysfunction Junction” a.k.a. The Beltway….Washington, D.C.  Despite GOP push back from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Washington Wackiness got even more wacky when President Trump crossed the aisle to join arms with the Democratic caucus and pledged to extend our nation’s debt limit to three months to December 15th.  The GOP hasn’t shown much support for the president anyway, so what the heck, right? WAKE UP GOP! Equally important was the $7.4b disaster relief bill passed by an overwhelming 419-3 vote to assist all those Gulf Coast families and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Only when our fellow Americans and businesses are beaten, battered and bruised, do our nation’s politicians do the right and obvious thing.  Wouldn’t it be great if they came together for us and our great nation every time?  We’re their bosses, folks. They are supposed to work for us. We tell them what to do. If they don’t deliver then they’re not doing their jobs.

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 12 issuers that priced 23 tranches between them totaling $13.65b.  The SSA space added ADB’s well-telegraphed $4b Global 5-bringing the all-in IG Corporate plus SSA day totals to 13 issuers, 24 tranches and $17.65b.

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

 

  • MTD we’ve priced 31.97% of the syndicate forecast for September or $35.95b vs. $112.45b.
  • There are now 17 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mischler served as a “passive” Co-Manager on today’s Visa Inc. $2.5b 3-part 5s/10/s/30s Senior Global Notes new issue.
  • PPL Capital Funding Inc. boosted its 30-year Senior Notes new issue to $500mm from $450mm
  • The Carlyle Group LP increased today’s $25 par Series “A” PerpNC5 Preferred to $400mm from $150mm.
  • Visa Inc. upsized today’s three-part 5s/10/s/30s Senior Global Notes new issue to $2.5b from $2b at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Sinopec Group Overseas Development added a 30-year tranche to today’s 3-, 5- and 10-year transaction at guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 22 IG Corporate-only new issues, that illustrated price evolution, was <16.76> bpsThis includes today’s Carlyle Group Preferred and does not include the Sinopec 30-year tranche that was an add-on at guidance.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +116 vs. +115.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.11 vs. 1.10.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 2 bps to +161 vs. +159.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12.9b on Tuesday versus $5.3b on Friday and $14b the previous Friday. Monday was a holiday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $12.2b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • S. Treasuries – Debt ceiling 3-month extension deal does in the UST market.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed. Bunds and Gilts small losses. Peripherals weaker.
  • Stocks – U.S. stocks recovering some of yesterday’s sizeable losses.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei and HS down. China higher. Europe more red than green.
  • Economic – U.S. data mixed. Fed’s Beige Book: moderate, modest with no inflation.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data disappointing. Europe data weaker.
  • Currencies – USD closed mixed vs. the Big 5 but rallied on the debt ceiling news.
  • Commodities – Crude oil and copper higher. Gasoline, gold and wheat lower.
  • CDX IG: -0.70 to 58.46
  • CDX HY: -0.27 to 330.42
  • CDX EM: -1.17 to 177.09

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
North Korea
NOKO’s Kim Jong-Un explodes 100 kiloton hydrogen bomb 5-times more powerful than that dropped on Nagasaki; causes 6.3 magnitude earthquake according to the U.S. Geological Survey after last week’s ICBM launch over Japan lands in Pacific Ocean. Head of IAEA (Int’l. Atomic Energy Authority) calls NOKO’s recent hydrogen bomb test a “new dimension of global threat” to the world. U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley spoke today saying “the time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to solve this problem through diplomacy.” Monday 8/31 began joint U.S. & S. Korean military exercise the world’s largest computerized command control implementation that involved  over 80,000 U.S. and South Korean troops. 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 statement 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 including Japan. 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. The 100-year old non-partisan Brookings Institute calls Pakistan “the world’s most dangerous country.”

EU and Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can re: BREXIT “divorce” bill. Companies prepping for hard BREXIT & 2 years of weak growth. PM May wants rolling series of meetings with EU.  UK withdrawal from EU takes place in March, 2019.

CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Trump tax reform targeted for this year according to Gary Cohn, Director of the NEC. Infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation still in doubt after repeal and replace defeat in late July. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum disbanded as did his Manufacturing Council.

Mueller expanding FBI probe into Trump. Many think it’s a “witch” hunt.

Increasingly tense political environment.

GCC Crisis continues 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.  German Foreign Minister blames Trump for inciting conflict in the region.

Despite destroying the Caliphate, ISIS is now scattered across a wider MENA region and Europe. There were 57 global terrorist attacks in the month August killing 766 people and wounding 1,112.

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

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. Risk of VZ default.  4th largest exporter of oil to U.S. behind Canada (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2) & Mexico (#3). PDVSA announces relief aid to victims of Harvey as ploy to get U.S. citizens to fill up at domestic CITGO stations. Don’t use CITGO! Donate to organizations instead.

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; recent absence of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns. Market expecting unwind announcement by Fed in September.  The 9/01 U.S. Unemployment Rate rose 0.1% to 4.4%. Impact of Hurricane Harvey and Irma on upcoming domestic data releases.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For September

 

IG Corporate New Issuance September 2017 vs. Current
WTD – $35.95b
Midpoint Avg. $112.45b 31.97%
The Low $100b 35.95%
The High $125b 28.76%

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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.

 

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

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Corporate Bond Day Belongs to Comcast & Verizon – Mischler DCM Comment
August 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 08.01.17- Investment Grade Corporate Bond Day Belongs to Comcast & Verizon 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday, Aug 1 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.
Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”the QC 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 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. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

 

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

Comcast Corporation’s $2.5bn 2-part 10.5- and 30-year Deal Dashboard

Comcast Corporation’s Commitment to Honoring the Military, Veterans and Their Families

  • The Comcast Corp. Promise
  • Comcast’s Military and Veteran Affairs Office
  • Q&A with Carol Eggert, SVP, Military and Veteran Affairs for Comcast Cable Brigadier General (Retired), U.S. Army

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

New Issues Priced (Comcast, Verizon Communications, Celgene Corp, Kimco Realty, Ryder System, Axis Bank)

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 26th              

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

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with 7 issuers pricing 9 tranches between them totaling $8.40b.  The SSA space boosted the total adding 3 issuers across 4 tranches for $2.75b and thereby bringing the all-in IG day total to 10 issuers, 13 tranches and $11.15b.   But, today was all about Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and their $2.50b two-part 10.5- and 30-year.  Comcast is consistently acknowledged by Military Friendly as a Top Military Friendly Employer. Since 2012, the cable giant has been recognized for its commitment to increasing opportunities for the Military Community. This year Comcast is happy to highlight its recognition as the #1 Military Spouse Friendly Employer and the #4-ranked Military Friendly Employer in the nation.

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 60.93% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $15.386b vs. $25.25b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 10.62% of the syndicate forecast for July or $8.40b vs. $79.10b.
  • There are now 5 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • The Asian Development Bank upsized today’s 5-year Global Green Bond tranche of its 2-part 5s/10s new issue to $750mm from $500mm at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 6 IG Corporate-only new issues, was <15.33> bps.
  • The average spreads across 1 of the 19 major industry sectors set a new post-Crisis low while 3 of the 19 tied their post-Crisis lows. That’s 21.05% of the sectors.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +109 vs. +108.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.02 vs. 1.03.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +151.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.7b on Monday versus $14.3b on Friday and $13.3b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Started under pressure but turned it around with the 30yr leading the rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed & little changed. Strong rally in Europe.
  • Stocks – Dow (all-time high) leading U.S. stocks higher into the close.
  • Overseas Stocks – Global stock rally.
  • Economic – U.S. data was weak or weaker than last with tame inflation.
  • Overseas Economic – China better. Japan weaker. Europe solid-to-strong.
  • Currencies – USD was better bid vs. 3 of the Big 5 & unchanged vs. the other 2.
  • Commodities – Crude oil reached its high since May & then sold off hard.
  • CDX IG: -0.84 to 56.38
  • CDX HY: -1.89 to 318.54
  • CDX EM: +0.24 to 190.25

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
N. Korea launches ICBM on 7/28. Jong-Un claims 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).  Fear that 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 obviously failed. Tensions are mounting.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
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.
Venezuela – civil unrest as Maduro dictatorship claims bogus election outcome favors unlimited powers and a new constitutional assembly in elections that U.S. and key LATAM nations will not acknowledge. Caracas named most dangerous city in the world with highest murder rate. VZ gov’t stopped publishing crime stats a decade ago. Dictatorship in our Western Hemisphere. U.S. Tsy. freezes Maduro family assets.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned; Mueller expanding FBI probe into Trump. White House cleans house; New Chief of Staff.

U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

·         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.

·         Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest.

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

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

·         Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17; ECB dovishness; low rates persist.

·         Renewed tensions along the India-Pakistan cease fire line dividing Indian-controlled Kashmir.

MODERATE ·         China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.
MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·         Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak?; “Maybe” one more rate hike in 2017; lack of inflation and $4.5 trillion balance sheet unwind are concerns.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/31-8/04
vs. Current
WTD – $15.386b
August 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $8.40b
Low-End Avg. $24.21b 63.55% $78.37b 10.72%
Midpoint Avg. $25.25b 60.93% $79.10b 10.62%
High-End Avg. $26.29b 20.49% $79.83b 10.52%
The Low $15b 102.57% $60b 14.00%
The High $35b 43.96% $100b 8.40%

 

Comcast Corporation’s $2.5bn 2-part 10.5- and 30-year Deal Dashboard

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Calling All US Corporate Bond Issuers-Are You There?
July 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.07.17 – IG Fixed Income Syndicate Suffers from a Summer Slowdown…Calling All US Corporate Bond Issuers…Are You There?

Wall Street Syndicate desks Face Groundhog Day Dilemma as Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuers Stand Down..For the Moment..

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap
Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

The Best and the Brightest:  Fixed Income Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week & July

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 5th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Upcoming Calendar

Nothing priced today in our IG dollar DCM wrapping up what is the slowest week of 2017. In fact, the primary markets are in the doldrums. Over the past four weeks, issuance represents the #1, #3, #4 and #6-ranked slowest weeks YTD. I think I’d have to go all the way back to the throes of the EU sovereign debt crisis to recall a less active period.  It’s all about the big FIGs that begin releasing their Q2 earnings next Friday, July 14th with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo followed by Tuesday, July 14th when BAML and GS are up concluding with MS on Wednesday, the 19th.  Until then there are currently 11 items in the IG new issue pipeline, 10 of which are Yankees.

So, without further ado, please skim thru the uneventful market wraps below prior to reading what the “Best and the Brightest” have to say about next week’s IG Corporate issuance expectations.  The respondents to today’s “QC” survey posted a midpoint average estimate of $18.25b in new IG Corporate supply for next week. The following week we should start to see things pick up a bit.

Let’s now take a look at how this week’s IG Corporate volume numbers stack up against the WTD and MTD syndicate estimates: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 89.29% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.75b vs. $6.44b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 84.40% of the syndicate forecast for June or $7.25b vs. $84.40b.
  • There are now 11 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +113 vs. +114.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.07 vs. 1.08.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bp to +155 vs. +156.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.5b on Thursday versus $13.7b on Wednesday and $17.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $14.5b.

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·          N. Korea launches ICBM on July 4th. Continues development, improving accuracy & distance in defiance of G-20 protests; Lack of Chinese mediation; Recent Otto Warmbier death; U.S.  sanctions certain Chinese banks and individuals to influence PROC pressure on NOKO.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·          U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. Italian domestic bank bail-out outside EU “rule of law” concern for EU stability.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
Escalating war in Syria
·          Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support  to pass legislation questioned/Dems lose 4 consecutive special elections despite media bias.

·          U.S. shoots down Syrian SU-22 that bombed SDF backed-forces; Russia warns that it suspended   cooperation & will track down and shoot coalition planes west of Euphrates. Potential for  escalation between the U.S. & Russia is real. Turkey, Iran, Israel loom large in this scenario.

·          U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote; Russia in expansion mode; meddling in international elections.

·          GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others accuse Qatar of backing terrorism/ Yemen, Mauritius, Maldives, Mauritania and Maldives join in severing diplomatic ties.

·          Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133% – world’s 3rd highest. €17bn gov’t. bail out of two Italian banks.

·          Closing in on ISIS has also scattered it across wider MENA region and Europe.

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

·          Central banks shrinking balance sheets/higher volatility in 2H17.

MODERATE ·          China hard landing – rising corporate debt have the OECD and IMF concerned.

·          Venezuela – tumbling oil prices could impact ability to repay debt; civil unrest.

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·          Increased chance of 2018 U.S. recession in light of recent very hawkish Fed-speak and sights on one more rate hike in 2017.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and July

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/03-7/07
vs. Current
WTD – $5.75b
July 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $7.25b
Low-End Avg. $5.71b 100.70% $83.87b 8.64%
Midpoint Avg. $6.44b 89.29% $84.40b 8.59%
High-End Avg. $7.17b 80.20% $84.92b 8.54%
The Low $0.0b N/A $70b 10.36%
The High $15b 38.22% $111b 6.53%

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  21 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 23 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  22 are in the top 26 of that same table. The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.49% 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. 

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” yesterday morning and updated to reflect this morning’s levels, was framed as follows: 

Entering this morning’s session, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total fell over 10% shy of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.75b vs. $6.44b.
  • MTD we priced only 8.5% of the syndicate projection for June IG Corporates or $7.25b vs. $84.40b.
  • As of today, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $727.307b vs. $722.141b on July 6th, 2016 or 0.71% more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $895.292b vs $932.44b on July 6th, 2016 or 4.15% more than the year ago total.

 Entering this morning’s Thursday session, here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 4 IG Corporate-only deals that priced: 

o   NICS:  2.25 bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.38x

o   Tenors: 12.50 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $1,437mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <20.50> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s entering this morning’s session: 

  • Average NICs widened 2.49 bps to an average 2.25 bps vs. <0.24> bps across this week’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased 0.91 x to 2.38x vs. 3.29x. 
  • Average tenors extended 3.07 years to 12.50 years vs. 9.43 years.
  • Tranche sizes blew way out by $910mm to $1,437mm vs.$527mm thanks to this week’s skewed numbers based on only two IG corporate transactions.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 4 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by <3.15> bps to <20.50> vs. <17.35> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 2 bps to +155 vs. +157.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 2 bps to 1.07 vs. 1.09. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2 bps to +113 vs. +115. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened <2.00> bps to 7.50 bps vs. 9.50 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened <1.48> bps to 11.63 vs. 13.11 bps also as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the scant 5 deals that printed yesterday and this entire week for that matter, all tightened versus NIP for a 100.00% improvement rate.
  • For the week ended July 5th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.535b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $69.194b) and a net outflow of $1.155b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $7.721b).

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

  • IG Corps: $5.75b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $7.25b 

The G-20 kicked off.  Trump attempted to sound Reagan-esque yesterday in Poland.  The big showdown between Trump and Putin takes place later today.  Our First Lady remains stuck in her Hamburg hotel due to security risks as over 100 German police are injured in rioting by protestors. North Korea brings an ICBM to its take-off pad aboard a Chinese military transport carrier and subsequently successfully launches it.  NOKO’s range missiles can now reach Anchorage Alaska and Honolulu.  An EMP or electromagnetic pulse (explosion from over 8,000 feet in the air) would knock out all power in Seoul and its 10 million people. Accuracy not applicable.  China has done nothing to help the situation.  NFP, this morning, came in 44k above forecasts (222k vs. 178k) yet wage growth missed again. Both the Employment and Underemployment Rates edged up 1/10 and 2/20 of 1% to 4.4% and 8.6% respectively. The CT10-year is currently yielding 2.377% and the 5s/30s differential is +98.9 bps. We posted the slowest week for issuance of the year and the past four weeks of IG dollar issuance rank as #1, #3, #4 and #6 YTD – a terrible run in what I’ve extolled here would be a long…..hot…..summer.  Next Friday Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo announce Q2 earnings. BAML and GS follow on Tuesday July 18th and Morgan Stanley is on Wednesday July 19th.  They can’t come soon enough to lead a new charge for our IG DCM.

And now it’s time to ask the question, “what are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

……..……and here are their formidable responses:

 

 

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