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Investment Grade Debt Issuance Case Study: Exelon
February 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.15.18 – Exelon Inspires Investment Grade Debt Issuance Case Study

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Explaining EXC 10bp Spread Differential

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 7th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar 

  
Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Better Clearing Levels

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 8 tranches totalling $4.575b.  The SSA space was inactive today and with nothing slated.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 50.79% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $9.477b vs. $18.66b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 47.28% of the syndicate forecast for February IG Corporate new issuance or $42.067b vs. $88.98b.
  • There are now 6 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

At the Crossroads of Art & Science: EXC-plaining a 10 bp Spread Differential

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Last evening I wrote a bit about Exelon’s $800mm CoMed 30-year Global Secured FMBs rated A1/A-/A that priced at T+85 on Monday that printed with a 7 bp NIC. The comp used for the relative was the outstanding CoMed 3.75%s due 8/2047 that were T+78 pre-announcement pegging NIC as 7 bps.  The order book finished at $1.85b for a 2.31x bid-to-cover rate. Those bonds are T+83 bid this afternoon or 2 bps tighter vs. NIP. Some of the reasons for the 7 bp NIC were: 

  • It was an $800mm deal size that needed a bit more to clear
  • Market volatility/uncertainty
  • Exelon has numerous subs that need to issue and we all know that investors have long memories. In other words, do the right thing at an inflection point of sorts in our market and investors will come back to you in spades.

Now let’s fast forward to today, a mere 72 hours later, in which Exelon’s PECO Energy priced a $325mm 30-year that is also a Global Secured FMB rated Aa3/A that priced at T+77. Today’s PECO comp was the outstanding PECO “EXC” 3.70% due 9/2047 that was T+80 pre-announcement nailing NIC on today’s new issue as negative <3> bps. WHOOOOAA!  A 10 bp differential between the two and remember as a 30-year there is no curve adjusting and both entities have direct comparables to use for a relative value study. We all know that relative value is part art and part science!

On Monday 2/12 at 10:27am ET, and in the middle of CoMed’s book build, the VIX or “fear factor” was 29.70 versus this morning’s 2/15 opening session level of 18.50 when PECO was announced. That’s a whopping 37.7% drop in the all-important and eagerly watched VIX volatility index……more dramatic supporting evidence for the final spread level.

And guess what?  Exelon’s Commonwealth Edison deal on Monday was the first utility to issue since the recent historic market gyrations! That nailed it for me. Ahhhhh!  There it is! The search for a resolution in what seemed an illogical endeavor was discovered.  It was a combination of many market ingredients including a dramatic VIX and was all about the utility that opened up the issuance doors for the sector.  A question begot an answer with myriad moving parts and persistence really does pay off. So, to re-cap:

  • EXC’s CoMed deal was an $800mm deal size that needed a bit more to clear
  • Market volatility/uncertainty (re: VIX levels and a 37.7% differential between Monday’s pricing and today’s PECO pricing).
  • CoMed was the first U.S. IG Utility to print since the historic volatility and equity market gyrations.  
  • PECO is +76 bid or 1 bp tighter and CoMed is T+83 or 2 bps tighter.

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 8 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.31> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +99 vs. +100. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.94 vs. 0.95.  (+85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2 bps to +133 vs. +135. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.7b on Wednesday versus $19b on Tuesday and $22.8b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $19.4b. 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/12-2/16
vs. Current
WTD – $9.477b
February 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $42.067b
Low-End Avg. $17.56mm 53.97% $88.28b 47.65%
Midpoint Avg. $18.66mm 50.79% $88.98b 47.28%
High-End Avg. $19.75mm 47.98% $89.68b 46.91%
The Low $10mm 94.77% $70b 60.10%
The High $26mm 36.45% $110b 38.24%

 

Global Market Recap 

  • U.S. Treasuries – closed mixed with a flatter curve.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed and little changed. Europe mixed with no major moves.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.87250% the highest since December 2008.
  • Stocks – At 3pm stocks had strong gains with the NASDAQ leading the way.
  • Overseas Stocks – Nikkei and HS had strong rallies. Europe also closed higher.
  • Economic – Higher inflation data with weaker economic data for the 2nd day in a row.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan mixed. France unemployment rate improved (big). No inflation in Europe.
  • Currencies – The USD struggles continued. DXY Index approaching a 3-year low.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil and copper up (+ $20 this week) and gold small loss.
  • CDX IG: -2.32 to 53.85
  • CDX HY: -11.23 to 328.23
  • CDX EM: -5.30 to 123.35
  • VIX: +0.33 to 19.59

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are highlighted in BOLD print!

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
·        2/15 – The Seoul Olympics kicked off on Fri. 2/09 and conclude Sun. 2/25. Sources 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. It’s amazing how the world comes together in a spirit of healthy competition to participate in the Olympics.  Events are governed by the standard set of rules and guidelines of each sport. Unfortunately, that’s not how the political world works. When NOKO dictator Kim Jong-Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong steals the show thanks to an overwhelmingly liberal media at the Seoul Olympics it gives reason to pause. They should be focused on the torture, extermination, enslavement, sexual violence, murder and disappearances that take place every day in North Korean prison camps for starters. We’d all like peace to come to the Korean peninsula but let’s not be naïve. It was nice to see the two Korea’s march under one flag on the opening night of the Olympics but don’t be fooled.  1/25 -North Korea issued a statement encouraging the unification of the Korean peninsula asking all Koreans to “promote contact, travel, co-operation between North and South Korea” and saying it will “smash” all challenges against unification.  1/16 – H.R. McMaster met with Japanese & SOKO security council members concluding recent talks with NOKO are a “diversion.” 1/02 – Kim Jong Un announced, “the entire U.S. territory is within the range of a NOKO nuclear strike.” 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
ELEVATED
“Trumponomics”
& The Beltway
·        2/15 –  On 2/12 President Trump broke the GOP trend of fiscal prudence with his $4.4 trillion 2019 budget sent to Congress that is unlikely to be enacted as is. On 2/09 the gov’t. averted a shut-down signing into law along with a $1 trillion spending bill with major hikes to disaster relief, full-year funding for defense, infrastructure and our nation’s opioid crisis. Among major items on Trump’s 2018 agenda – a DACA fix, the Wall, Infrastructure Plan and Welfare Reform. 1/26 – Pres. Trump’s  immigration reform plan proposes a DACA fix by offering citizenship to 1.8mm undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children (Dems asked for 800k) in exchange for restrictions on future immigration and a $25b border defense system and wall along the Mexican border.
CAUTION
German coalition?
BREXIT & Terror
·        2/15 – March 2nd is a key date as Germany’s Social Democrats (Socialist Party) votes to approve or reject the recent grand coalition deal referred to as a “marriage of convenience” with Merkel’s CDU/CSU party to stabilize Europe’s keystone nation and economy. A “no” vote means new elections for the Hinterland and further political tension and turmoil. 2/08 -Angela Merkel sealed a grand coalition deal with the Socialist SPD party but gave up the finance and foreign ministry’s.  Many Merkel CDU party members are upset that Wolfgang Schäuble, the longest ever serving German finance minister and a major architect of today’s Eurozone economy is now gone. The Socialist SPD party envisions a United States of Europe by 2025! Germany is the keystone of the EU and 28% of its GDP.

·        2/15 – PM Theresa May finally has cabinet members providing clarity on a post-BREXIT vision noting Boris Johnson’s speech on 2/14. He expressed an unwillingness for the U.K. to be tied down to EU regulation and alignment in lieu of British “choice”; avoided addressing a potential Second Referendum saying “….let’s not go there.” It w/b tumultuous for the U.K. to vote on any deal resultant from EU negotiations. Said U.K. will leave the Customs Union and called for a national debate on the low-skill immigration problem saying the U.K. should focus on the best indigenous talent. Supports stopping payments to the EU budget and total U.K. control of its immigration policy. Wants no EU political integration and a more global U.K. in line with its history. Refers to BREXIT future as more “hope” than “fear”. 1/01 – UK Parliament voted 309-305 requiring separate Act before BREXIT can be implemented dealing PM Theresa May a major setback in negotiations on the EU divorce bill. The U.K. is targeting an “implementation period” of March and completion by October 2018. U.K. withdrawal from the EU takes place in 3/2019.

·        February 2018 Terror Events and Casualties: 74 terrorist attacks; 180 dead; 453 wounded.

MODERATE
Italian elections, Spain & Pakistan.
·        2/15 – Italy’s center-right coalition party is expected to win the March 4th election with its leaders projecting sufficient votes to govern without a second ballot. Silvio Berlusconi, the man behind the Forza Italia Party but banned from serving due to a tax evasion charge, is calling for the EU to devise a Marshall Plan-like approach with MENA nations to help the latter keep their people from flocking to Italy which is choked by over 630,000 immigrants only 5% of which have the legal right to be there as refugees. Matteo Silvani head of the Eurosceptic Lega supports leaving federalized Europe (backed by Germany’s coalition SPD party). Italy has had 65 gov’ts. in 71 years. Unemployment is 10.8%; youth joblessness is 32.2%. Italy is the EU’s 3rd largest economy and has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5%; its national debt is $2.8 trillion (equiv.) It is the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans.

·        2/08 – Friction increased as the U.S. designated 3 Pakistanis as “global terrorists” linked to Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e Taiba militant groups. 2/06 – The U.S. gov’t said it would consider lifting its security assistance suspension against Pakistan if that nation took immediate action to alleviate U.S. concerns by focusing on all terrorist organizations “without distinction.” On Jan. 4th Pres. Trump suspended security assistance to Pakistan including $2b in defense aid tweeting on Jan. 1 that the U.S. gave it “$33bn in exchange for lies and deceit” while accusing Pakistan of arming and funding terrorists against U.S. troops.

·        2/10 – Elsa Artadi may wind up as Catalonia’s next President with self-exiled leader Carles Puigdemont possibly governing de facto from Brussels. A special council of the republic is being considered although Catalan law must be changed for that accommodation. Harvard graduate Artadi is Puigdemont’s loyal gal Friday.  Puigdemont currently still faces arrest for charges of sedition should he return to Spain.

MARGINAL
2018 US Recession?
Interest rates &
U.S. market volatility
·        2/11 – U.S. equity markets are currently in the midst of a historic, albeit transparent, efficient and healthy market correction.  Volatility will continue to be exacerbated by hawkish interest rate outlooks in which UST yields swelled to four-year highs. Fears of increased inflation tied to high deficits and lower taxes have weighed on equity markets wiping out an estimated $5 trillion globally. The U.S. economy is doing well, earnings are positive but a correction leaves more room for stocks to plunge in light of valuations. Fed is forecasting 3 hikes in 2018. (Many forecast four hikes). Should the U.S. see 4 rate hikes in 2018 and 3 more in ’19, without inflation, as some are beginning to forecast, the U.S. would be heading straight into a recession.

·        2/06 – Russian Presidential elections were moved to March 18th by Putin to coincide with 4th anniversary of annexation of Crimea.  Vlad Putin’ 87% approval rating effectively assures victory. Question is what happens in the 2024 election? Russian Constitution restricts position to two consecutive terms. Putin got around that issue in 2008 by installing Medvedev with Putin serving as Prime Minister (though he was in control). He could become Speaker of the Duma in 2024 and install someone else and then become President again. At 66 years of age and in good health, expect Putin to be around and in charge for the long haul.

·        1/11 – Cybercrime: Crypto-jacking, PowerShell-based attacks, cybercriminal underground, ransomware, viruses, hacking, worms and malware estimated to cost the world $6 trillion by 2021.

 

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

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

 

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
2/12
TUES.
2/13
WED.
2/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 2/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/22
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/15
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/08
AVERAGES
WEEK 1/01
New Issue Concessions 3.50 bps 2.10 bps N/A 2.67 bps <0.13> bps 0.43 bps 1.73 bps <0.725> bps <0.79> bp
Oversubscription Rates 1.70x 2.36x N/A 4.09x 2.98x 2.02x 2.15x 3.75x 2.85x
Tenors 11.50 yrs 22.57 yrs N/A 14.85 yrs 13.80 yrs 5.74 yrs 7.43 yrs 8.12 yrs 7.80 yrs
Tranche Sizes $600mm $357mm N/A $823mm $847mm $623mm $1,137mm $747mm $787mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<14.25> bps <14.10> bps N/A <17.02> bps <17.42> bps <13.87> bps <14.11> bps <19.12> bps <17.01> bps

 

New Issues Priced

Today’s recap of visitors to our IG dollar Corporate and SSA DCM:

Please Note: for ratings I use the better two of Moody’s, S&P or Fitch.

 

IG

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 3.80% 3/01/2028 800 +110a +95a (+/-5) +90 +90 CITI/JPM/MS/UBS
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 4.30% 3/01/2048 850 +130a +120a (+/-5) +115 +115 CITI/JPM/MS/UBS
CSX Corp. Baa1/BBB+ 4.65% 3/01/2068 350 +165-170/+167.5a +155a (+/-5) +150 +150 CITI/JPM/MS/UBS
Daimler Fin. North America A2/A FRN 2/22/2021 400 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+45 3mL+45 BBVA/CITI/HSBC/JPM/MIZ/SG
Daimler Fin. North America A2/A 3.00% 2/22/2021 550 +70a +65 the # +65 +65 BBVA/CITI/HSBC/JPM/MIZ/SG
Daimler Fin. North America A2/A 3.35% 2/22/2023 675 +80a +75 the # +75 +75 BBVA/CITI/HSBC/JPM/MIZ/SG
Daimler Fin. North America A2/A 3.75% 2/22/2028 625 +90a +85 the # +85 +85 BBVA/CITI/HSBC/JPM/MIZ/SG
PECO Energy Co. Aa3/A 3.90% 3/01/2048 325 +95a +80a (+/-3) +77 +77 MIZ/USB/WFS

 

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Countable IG volume includes maturities of 18-months and out and IG-rated Preferreds.

*Denotes new high or tight.

                                                                                                                                               

Index Open Current Change
IG29 56.17 52.971 <3.199>
VIX 19.26 19.13 <0.13>
CT10 2.903% *2.910% 0.007
S&P 2,698 2,731 33  
DOW 24,893 25,200 307
Nasdaq 7,143 7,256 113
OIL 60.60 61.42 0.82  
GOLD 1,350 1,353 3  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $4.575 bn DAY: $4.575 bn
WTD: $9.477 bn WTD: $13.777 bn
MTD: $42.067 bn MTD: $60.117 bn
YTD: $174.452 bn YTD: $247.317 bn

 

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 7th

  

  • For the week ended February 7th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $4.734b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $19.478b) and a net outflow of $2.743b from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $5.858b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $611.901m from Loan Participation Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $900.938m).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net outflow of $679.846m (2018 YTD inflow of $3.128b).

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Investment Grade Debt Issuance Day 1 2018 – Mischler Debt Capital Mkt Comment
January 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 01.02.18 : Investment Grade Debt Issuance Day 1 2018

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap : First Day of 2018 Finds (5) Issuers | $7.35b Floated

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Setting New Post-Crisis Lows 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For January

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor : My Button is Bigger Than Your Button!

Key FOMC Dates for 2018

Hawks vs. Doves: A Look at the FOMC Voting Line-up for 2018 from 2017

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 December 27th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Nice Kick-Off to 2018!

First up- a very Happy New Year to you and welcome back to the “QC.”  This first edition of 2018 serves up the usual daily data you’ve come to expect with today’s specials in the form of key U.S. Monetary Policy tables as a handy reminder for you as well as a tracking of Fed Hawkish and Dovish voting members given the shifts and changes of the FOMC Regional Presidents. But first let’s run down the familiar order of all things primary related in our IG dollar DCM and focus on investment grade debt issuance day one of 2018:
Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 5 issuers across 10 tranches totaling $7.35b.  The SSA space was quiet today.

Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at new all-time highs while the recovery in global manufacturing continued on its upward trajectory.
CDX IG29 was at a new tight as of 4:45pm ET.

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

  • MTD we’ve priced 5.68% of the syndicate forecast for January IG Corporate new issuance or $7.35b vs. $129.29b.
  • There are now 7 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Setting New Post-Crisis Lows 

  • Today two of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company’s four new tranches, the long 10s and long 30s, launched 2 bps tighter than the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 10 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.20> bps.
  • The IG Average (+98), “AAs” asset class (+55) and “As” (+76) all tied their post-Crisis low.
  • Of the 19 major industry sectors, a total of 7 (36.8%) tied their post-Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+81), Consumer Products (+83), Energy (+131), Industrials (+103), Insurance (+107), Real Estate (+110) and Retail (+91) all set new post-Crisis lows.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +99 from +98.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.93.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +137 and again tying its post-Crisis low set on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $2.4b on Friday versus $5.5b on Thursday and $4.1b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $8.7b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For January

 

IG Corporate New Issuance January 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $7.35b
Low-End Avg. $128.54b 5.72%
Midpoint Avg. $129.29b 5.68%
High-End Avg. $130.04b 5.65%
The Low $100b 7.35%
The High $150b 4.90%

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – European bonds sell off and rate lock selling sent Treasuries south.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s were closed for holiday. Europe was hit very hard.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at the highest yield (1.69693%) since December 2008.
  • Stocks – The NASDAQ leading U.S. stocks higher at 3:30pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – China & Hang Seng with big rallies. Europe closed mixed.
  • Economic – Markit Manufacturing PMI was the strongest since March 2015.
  • Overseas Economic – Mixed Manufacturing PMI data in Europe but overall very good.
  • Currencies – USD lost ground vs. all of the Big 5.
  • Commodities – CRB, gold and wheat higher. Crude oil had a very small loss.
  • CDX IG: -0.53 to 48.49
  • CDX HY: +0.31 to 306.69
  • CDX EM: -2.42 to 116.95

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are highlighted in BOLD print!

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
1/02 – Announcing that he’ll send a NOKO team to the Seoul Olympics and desires constructive dialogue with SOKO, dictator Kim Jong Un also announced that “the entire U.S. territory is within the range of a (NOKO) nuclear strike and a nuke button is on *(his) desk” claiming “it is a reality, not a threat.” 12/20 – U.K. successfully tests Sea Ceptor air defense aboard HMS Argyll recently sent to Sea of Japan to join U.S. Naval ships. System shields against multiple airborne targets protecting 500 square mile area.  NOKO pushed further into a corner. 12/05 – U.S. reveals powerful microwave pulses from missiles that can disable NOKO’s electronic missile/launch systems. 12/02 – WH Nat’l. Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says “possibility of war with NOKO increases every day.” 11/28 – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff verified that North Korea fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. SOKO Olympics begin Friday 2/2018 thru Sunday 2/25. 11/20 – Pres. Trump announced the U.S. designated NOKO as a state sponsor of terrorism. Warns NOKO that “nuclearization puts its regime in grave danger & increases the peril it faces.”
ELEVATED
“Iranian Protests,”
Trumponomics and Beltway Beginning to Function
1/02 – Highly diverse Iranian protests/civil unrest over economic conditions and political corruption continue for 5th day as President Rouhani warns of an immediate response by the Revolutionary Guards. Worst since 2009. Spread from Mashad to Tehran and 10 other major cities. Authorities warn the death penalty can be enforced for “waging war against God!” Over 20 dead; nearly 500 arrested. U.S. & Britain quick with calls for Iran to address issues raised by protestors. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blames “enemies of Iran” and Trump of instigating riots. No impact on oil production……..yet! Important to note that Iran, Syria & Russia stand together on one side with the U.S. KAS and Israel on the other. Syria lays blame on U.S. & Israel.  Watch these developments carefully. Executions in Iran will bring civil unrest and ultimately war.

12/22 – Pres. Trump signed the $1.5 trillion Tax Reform Bill into law as promised before Christmas in one of the GOP’s single greatest legislative victories.

12/21 – The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 (93.4%) with 35 abstains, condemning Pres. Trump’s 12/06 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  

12/19 – Yemeni rockets launched at the royal palace in Riyadh intercepted by Saudi forces. Iranian-backed rebels now targeting population and power centers in Saudi Arabia enough to call an act of war between KAS and Iran.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe, U.K.
& Terror”
12/27 – Enjoying an 82%+ Russian approval rating, Vladimir Putin announced he will seek a 4th term as President. Serving out a 4th 6-year term would mean 24 years at the top  including P.M. posts. Only Stalin ruled longer (29 years). Putin moved the 2018 election date to 3/18 – the 4th anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Putin’s lone opponent Alexey Navalny called for a day of protest on January 28th. People will be watching Navalny in more ways than one.

1/01 – Germany’s Angela Merkel in the midst of worst crisis of her 12yr chancellorship following  11/20 collapse of the “Jamaica Coalition.” Must convince socialist SPD party to join her center-right CDU party. Preliminary talks scheduled for Jan. 3rd with exploratory talks from the 7th-12th. Minority gov’t is an option lest Merkel face new elections. Sources of tension are immigration, taxation & the environment. Right wing has seat in decision-making and wants new elections.

1/01 – UK Parliament votes 309-305 requiring separate Act before BREXIT can be implemented dealing PM Theresa May a major setback in negotiations on the EU divorce bill. The U.K. is targeting an “implementation period” of March and completion by October 2018. U.K. withdrawal from the EU takes place in 3/2019. May began 2017 with a parliamentary majority, led in polls and owned the Conservative party; now, however, Democratic unionists are governing, tension persists in her own party as PM May readies to let go of as many as 5 of her cabinet ministers.

January 2018 Terror Events and Casualties: 3 terrorist attacks; 2 dead; 9 wounded.

Final December 2017 Terror Events and Casualties: 93 terrorist attacks; 430 dead; 733 wounded.

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

MODERATE
“China” &
Fractured EU?
12/22 – Three Catalonian pro-independence (secessionist) parties won snap elections called for by Spanish PM Rajoy who invoked never before used laws to oust the regional gov’t. & parliament hoping to reunify Spain.  However, the Republican Left (32), Together for Catalonia (34) and Popular Unity Candidacy (4) parties now control a majority 70 seats in the 135-seat Parliament  Over 3,000 companies and banks moved their HQ from Catalonia. Uncertainty and lack of confidence may well stymie Spain’s recovery from the financial crisis. The new parliament is set to convene on January 17th. Disruptions have cost the region over €1b.

1/02 – Ceremonial President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament to pave the way for the upcoming March 4th elections. 5-Star Populist Party leader Luigi Di Maio said he would vote for an ITALEXIT if EU discussions fail. Italians are resistant to the EU’s stringent austerity measures. 5-Star holds a lead in polls. Unemployment is 11%; youth joblessness is 35%. Italy is the EU’s 3rd largest economy and has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5%. It is the EU’s biggest economic risk.

China hard landing: rising corporate debt & slower GDP growth are OECD and IMF concerns. Debt is 250% of GDP. 6% GDP in 2018 will be difficult.

Cybercrime, ransomware, viruses & hacking.

MARGINAL
“2018 US Recession?”
12/13 – FOMC raises rates 0.25% recognizes prolonged inflation miss that is globally low. Sees faster 2018 growth and strong labor market. Economic activity and investment picked up. Low odds of a recession. Concerned about debt. Asset prices characterized as being “elevated.”

Key FOMC Dates for 2018

I thought this might be a helpful and handy table of this year’s key U.S. Monetary Policy meetings and dates.

FOMC Minutes Beige Book FOMC Meetings Chairman’s
Press Conference
January 3, 2018 January 17, 2018 Jan. 30-31, 2018  
February 21 March 7 March 20-21 March 21
April 11 April 18 May 1-2  
May 23 May 30 June 12-13 June 13
July 5 July 18 July 31 – Aug. 1  
August 22 September 12 September 25-26 September 26
October 17 October 24 November 7-8  
November 28 December 5 December 18-19 December 19
January 9, 2019 January 16, 2019 January 29-30, 2019  

Hawks vs. Doves: A Look at the FOMC Voting Line-up for 2018 from 2017

The 2018 voting FOMC Regional President’s will consist of 1 dove (Dudley/retiring in 2018), 3 hawks (Barkin, Mester and Williams) and 1 neutral voter (Bostic). Last year (2017) consisted of 4 doves (Dudley, Evans, Harker and Kashkari) and only 1 hawk (Kaplan).

The Board of Governors will also be more hawkish in 2018 than 2017. Fed Gov. Powell (neutral) is expected to replace Fed Chair Yellen (dove) as Fed Chairman in January. Fed Gov. Quarles (hawkish lean) joined the Board in October.  Marvin Goodfriend (hawkish lean) was nominated to be a Fed Governor by Pres. Trump in November but to date has not been confirmed by the Senate. During 2017 Vice Chair Fischer (hawkish lean) and Fed Gov. Tarullo (dove) left the Board of Governors. Fed Gov. Brainard (dove) remains on the Board. 2018 will start with 3 open Governor seats (Goodfriend’s seat is 1 of the 3) and 2017 started with 2.

Summary: In 2018 out of the 9 voting members (currently 3 open Fed Governor seats) there will be 3 doves, 4 hawks and 2 neutral voters. Last year (2017) there were 7 doves, 2 hawks and 1 neutral voters. The details are below:

New Voters in 2018 Dove/Hawk
Randal Quarles (Governor) Hawkish Lean
Thomas Barkin (Richmond) Hawk
Raphael Bostic (Atlanta) Neutral
Loretta Mester (Cleveland) Hawk
John Williams (San Fran) Hawkish Lean

 

2017 Voters
Not Voting in 2018
Dove/Hawk
Stanley Fischer (Vice-Chair) Hawkish Lean (retired)
Daniel Tarullo (Governor)                     Dove (retired)
Charles Evans (Chicago) Dove
Patrick Harker (Philadelphia) Dovish Lean
Robert Kaplan (Dallas) Hawkish Lean
Neel Kashkari (Minneapolis) Very Dovish

 

2018 Voting Line-Up:

  • Doves (3): Yellen, Brainard & Dudley
  • Hawks (4): Quarles, Barkin, Mester & Williams
  • Neutral (2): Powell & Bostic

Other:

  • Fed Gov. Powell expected to replace Fed Chair Yellen in January.
  • Fed Chair Yellen will retire once Fed Gov. Powell is confirmed as the Fed Chair.
  • NY Fed Pres. Dudley announced he will retire in mid-2018.
  • Marvin Goodfriend has been nominated to the Fed Board but has not yet been confirmed.

-Tony Farren

 

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director / 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.
12/25
TUES.
12/26
WED.
12/27
Th.
12/28
FRI.
12/29
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 12/04
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/27
AVERAGES
WEEK 11/20
New Issue Concessions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A <1.46> bps 1.62 bps 0.51 bps 0.50 bps
Oversubscription Rates N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.64x 3.18x 3.31x 3.29x
Tenors N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11.63 yrs 10.69 yrs 11.43 yrs 7.41 yrs
Tranche Sizes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $398mm $576mm $648mm $550mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A <18.18> bps <16.34> bps <17.60> bps <18.94> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance Cools
December 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

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

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

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

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

New Issues Priced

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Rates Trading Lab

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending Dec 6th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases 

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

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

 

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

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

 

Global Market Recap 

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Updates are in BOLD print!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

·        Italian elections in March 2018.

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

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

 

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

 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of today’s respondents are in the top 21 while 23 are among 2017’s YTD top 27 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.38% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  Below is opening to this week’s survey. 

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

This week’s geopolitical recap: 

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

Entering this morning’s Friday session –  

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

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

o   NICS:  1.62 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.18x

o   Tenors: 10.69 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $576mm

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their responses:

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Investment Grade Debt Issuance In Advance of Thanksgiving
November 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 11.17.17  Investment Grade Debt Issuance Weekend Before Thanksgiving Edition

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

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

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending Nov 15th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 3 tranches totaling $1.485b.  The SSA space was quiet.

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 101.89% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $28.775b vs. $28.24b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 87.21% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $84.054b vs. $96.38b.
  • There are now 4 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points 

  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 1 IG Corporate-only (Non $25 par) new issue was <20.00> bps.
  • Including today’s Southern Company $25 par Jr. Sub Notes the average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed price evolution was <13.125> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +107 vs. to +108.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.02 from 1.03.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2 bps to +148 from +150. The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.4b on Thursday versus $17.2b on Wednesday and $17b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.4b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
11/13-11/17
vs. Current
WTD – $28.775b
November 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $84.054b
Low-End Avg. $27.04b 106.42% $95.28b 88.22%
Midpoint Avg. $28.24b 101.89% $96.38b 87.21%
High-End Avg. $29.44b 97.74% $97.48b 86.23%
The Low $20b 143.87% $75b 1112.07%
The High $40b 71.94% $130b 664.66

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Same old story with the 30yr better bid & the 2yr in the red.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s were better bid. Europe was unchanged to better bid.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.44067% the highest since December 2008.
  • U.S. Stocks – Could not build on yesterday’s big rally.
  • Overseas Stocks – Shenzhen was hit hard. Nikkei higher. Europe more red than green.
  • U.S. Economic – The housing data was very good. KC Manufacturing down.
  • Overseas Economic – Not a factor today.
  • Currencies – USD traded poorly vs. the Yen and also lost ground vs. the Euro & Pound.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gold, etc., took advantage of the weaker USD & rallied.
  • CDX IG: +0.06 to 55.05
  • CDX HY: +0.36 to 325.24
  • CDX EM: -2.41 to 184.16

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

-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 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of today’s respondents are in the top 23 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 81.33% 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 !!

Below is the opening segue to our weekly canvass of top fixed income syndicate desks.. 

“Good morning and TGIF Ahead of Thanksgiving week!  I thought I’d start a bit early today as next week should, for all intents and purposes, be a two-day week..   

Entering this morning’s Friday session –  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $28.775b. We priced $535mm more than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $28.24b or 101.89%.
  • MTD we priced 87.21% of the syndicate projection for November IG Corporates or $84.054b vs. $96.38b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $1,271.993b vs. $1,226.792b on November 10th, 2016 or $45.201b (3.68%) more than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $1,579.184b vs. $1,557.776b on November 10th, 2016 or $21.408b (1.37%) more than the year ago total. 

Entering this morning’s session, here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 49 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week. 

o   NICS:  6.56 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.00x

o   Tenors: 10.44 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $553mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <17.42> bps 

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

  • Week on week, average NICs tightened by 1.32 bps to an average 6.76 bps vs.7.88 bps across this week’s 50 IG Corporate-only new issues that had relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased by 0.66x to an average 3.00x vs. 2.34x. 
  • Average tenors decreased by 0.02 years to an average 10.44 years vs. 10.46 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $207mm to $553mm vs. $760mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by 3.48 bps to <17.42> bps vs. <13.94> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 1 bps to +148 vs. +147.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened 1 bps to 1.02 vs. 1.01 week-on-week. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +107 vs. +105. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 1.50 bps to 8.25 bps vs. 6.75 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also widened 1.37 bps to 10.58 bps vs. 9.21 bps also as measured against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended November 15th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.407b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $111.988b) and a net outflow of $4.442b from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $12.951b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 52 IG Corporate and 2 SSA new issues, of the 54 deals that printed, 36 tightened versus NIP for a 66.75% improvement rate, 15 widened  (27.75%) and 3 were flat 5.50%).

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

  • IG Corps: $28.775b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $84.054b 

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

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution!

In this season of Thanksgiving I have many things to be grateful for and one of them are wonderful clients like yourself. Thank you for your friendship and participation here each week and on deal day.  Wishing you and your family a great weekend and a very Happy Thanksgiving! -Ron”

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