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Corporate Bond Issuers Return to IG Dollar Market; Toyota Drives DCM
July 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 07.10.18 – Corporate Bond Issuers Return to IG Dollar Market; Toyota Drives DCM

 

Investment Grade Corporate Bond New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

New IG Corporate Bond Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Global Market Recap

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending July 4th

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

 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Tuesday,  July 10, 2018  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 primary 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: rquigley@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar Corporate primary market finally awoke. It awoke not from a slumber but rather from a historic streak of sluggishness when considering 10 of the last 12 sessions produced an anemic $3.527b in total volume floated by US corporate bond issuers.  Today’s IG dollar DCM hosted 4 issuers across 7 tranches totalling $5.075b.  The SSA space added 2 issuers and 4 tranches for $7.50b bringing the all-in IG day totals to 6 issuers, 11 tranches and $12.575b. The all-in IG dollar pipeline saw three issuers clear trades today  – Toyota Motor Corp., EIB and JBIC while adding Nonghyup Bank to the forward schedule.  As a generalization, today’s prints were flat to tighter at the break conveying stability and attractive as opposed to aggressive pricing tactics and in line with IG credit spreads coming in the last couple of sessions – a sign of reassurance. We all know too well that the past two weeks’ issuance silence has been deafening as big FIGs lurk on the horizon to provide feed into voracious investor appetite for a new high-quality credit product.

 

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

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 28.07% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.075b vs. $18.08b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 6.22% of the syndicate forecast for June IG Corporate new issuance or $5.075b vs. $81.54b.
  • There are now 20 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

                                  

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • PacifiCorp upsized today’s 30.5-year FMB new issue to $600mm from $500mm at the launch after having skipped guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was <11.94> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +127 vs. +128. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 2 bps to +120 vs. 1.22. (1.24 represents the high on 6/04; 0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 3 bps to +159 vs. +162. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.8b on Monday versus $7.6b on Friday and $11.6b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.6b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
7/09-7/13
vs. Current
WTD – $5.075b
July 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $5.075b
Low-End Avg. $16.84b 30.14% $81.04b 6.26%
Midpoint Avg. $18.08b 28.07% $81.54b 6.22%
High-End Avg. $19.32b 26.27% $82.04b 6.16%
The High $10b 50.75% $60b 8.46%
The Low $30b 16.92% $100b 5.075%

 

 

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 Monday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
7/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/11
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/04
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/28
New Issue Concessions N/A No Issuance 9.87 bps +7.50 bps +4.02 bps +6.31 bps +9.00 bps
Oversubscription Rates N/A No Issuance 2.03x 2.59x 2.89x 2.70x 2.73x
Tenors N/A No Issuance 12.58 yrs 11.08 yrs 11.10 yrs 9.25 yrs 9.69 yrs
Tranche Sizes N/A No Issuance $504mm $1,134mm $724mm $623mm $467mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
N/A No Issuance <6.58> bps <13.11> bps <13.76> bps <13.80> bps <8.23> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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Muni Market New Issue: NYS Dormitory Authority Mental Health Bonds
June 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt Deals-New Issue Calendar Week of June 25:  NYS Dormitory Authority Mental Health Bonds …Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issuance, muni bond fund flow metrics and a focused lens on the municipal bond offerings for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $6.4 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $5.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $342.7 million mental health bonds (NYC Issue) for Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The competitive market is led by $1.5billion Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes on Tuesday and $335.7 million general obligation bonds in 3 bids on Wednesday for the City of Los Angeles, California.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

muni-market-new-offerings-june-25-2018

During first half of 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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Muni Bond Inflows Continue To Creep Up; Mischler New Issue Outlook
June 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt Deals-New Issue Calendar Week of June 18:  Muni Bond Inflows Continue To Creep Up…Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issuance, muni bond fund flow metrics and a focused lens on the muni bond offerings for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $6.8 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $7.0 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.7 billion asset-backed tobacco bonds for Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation,California. The competitive market is led by $1.2 billion for the State of Georgia (on Tuesday)

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

Muni Market New Offerings week June 18

During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

 

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GM Drives Debt Capital Markets Deals On Flag Day; In Step With Vets
June 2018      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 06.14.18 – GM Drives Debt Capital Markets Deal Deal; In Step With Vets

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Push Me, Pull You – Our Inextricably Global Linked World Economy

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $1bn 5-year Senior Notes due 6/19/2023

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. Deal Dashboard

General Motors Diversity & Inclusion Starts From the Top Down

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume 

Global Market Recap

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending June 6th 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry 

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights – $596.02 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Tomorrow’s Calendar

ECB President Mario Draghi announced that the European monetary body voted to stop its massive bond-buying program though assuring markets that rates will remain unchanged thru the summer of 2019. The bond purchase program will end in December which caused European equity markets to surge 1.10% on average as the dollar gained against the single currency. Draghi also “warned” against U.S. trade tariffs. Draghi was stern in declaring that trade negotiations have to take place within the “existing multilateral framework.” He pointed out that the framework in question was developed post World War II creating prosperity throughout Europe that could be undermined by trade wars. That’s rather ominous coming from the ECB head. Considering the new world order’s multiple “bad players” I’d be more reasonable on trade negotiations and much more concerned about the defense and protection of my continent and what surly customers might decide to turn off their gas pipelines to Eastern Europe in the middle of February. It’s been done before and nothing should surprise anyone anymore.

With the days of easing money coming to end, Emerging Markets currencies are set up to take a hit much like Argentina’s peso did today plunging 6.1% to $27.70 per dollar, a record low. 

Today the IG dollar DCM continued rocking and rolling following its FOMC hiatus yesterday hosting 10 issuers across 18 tranches totaling $12.35b.  The SSA space was quiet.
Today’s largest deal was UnitedHealth Group’s $4b 5-part but the Deal-of-the-Day belongs to General Motors Financial Co. Inc. You know why right?  That’s right………because Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest SDVBE was involved.

But before we get to that deal drill down and GM D&I segment, let’s first recap the day..

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 120.10% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $24.62b vs. $20.50b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 69.20% of the syndicate forecast for June IG Corporate new issuance or $62.58b vs. $90.44b.
  • There are now 18 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Deutsche Telkom International Finance BV upsized its 144a/REGS two-part Senior Notes new issue to $1.75b from $1.5b at the launch.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 16 IG Corporate-only new issues – that displayed spread compression – was <14.84> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +121 vs. +122. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.15. (1.16 represents a new high; 0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +153. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.4b on Wednesday versus $19.6b on Tuesday and $19.2b the previous Wednesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/11-6/15
vs. Current
WTD – $24.62b
June 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $62.58b
Low-End Avg. $19.30b 127.56% $91.24b 68.59%
Midpoint Avg. $20.50b 120.10% $90.44b 69.20%
High-End Avg. $21.70b 113.46% $89.64b 69.81%
The High $12b 205.17% $75b 83.44%
The Low $30b 82.07% $110b 56.89%

 

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. $1bn 5-year Senior Notes due 6/19/2023

Mischler Financial is very happy to announce that it was invited to serve as an active 0.50% active Co-Manager on today’s $1b 5-year Senior Notes new issue for General Motors Financial Co. Inc. We appreciate the opportunity to serve GM.  

In terms of relative value, I looked to the outstanding GM Financial 3.70% due 5/09/2023 that was G+133 pre-announcement pegging NIC on today’s new print at T+137.5 as 4.5 bps.

Use of proceeds: added to the general funds of GM Financial and will be available for general corporate purposes.

 

General Motors Financial Co. Inc. Deal Dashboard

 

GM Issue RATING IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NIC
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
5yr FXD Baa3/BBB +155a +140a (+/-2.5) +137.5 +137.5 <17.50> 4.5 136/134 <1.5>

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final General Motors Financial Co. Inc. book size and oversubscription rate – the measure of investor demand:

Today’s General Motors Financial Co. Inc. final order book finished at $3.10b making the $1b 5-year Senior Notes transaction 3.1-times oversubscribed. “At the top” or at guidance, the book was $4.0b. Clearly a highly successful transaction on a day in which 10 issuers tapped the IG dollar DCM pricing 18 tranches between them!

Our Mischler five-star salute goes out to Team General Motors Treasury/Funding on this – Flag Day – especially Anne. I enjoyed speaking with you today and appreciated your accessibility and feedback! But I can’t stop there………..

Thank you as always to team Barclays Syndicate especially Ray Zeek.  It’s always a great pleasure working with any members of the Barclays A-Team. Ray –  I appreciated your thoroughness, updates, data exchanges and working with me on all the fine details for this evening’s “QC” GM relative value drill-down.  Thank you pal!

Last but NEVER least hats off to the best darn middle markets distribution network out there.  You’re all great and I/we appreciate your loyalty and patronage on each and every deal.  

 

GM Issue Tranche Size Book
at-the-Top
Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
5yr FXD 1bn $4.0b $3.1b 3.10x

 

Final Pricing – General Motors Financial Co. Inc.
GM $1b 4.15% due 6/19/2023 @$99.852 to yield 4.183% or T+137.5  MWC +25

General Motors Diversity & Inclusion Starts From the Top Down

general-motors-dcm-military-veterans

 

We know General Motors embraces a diverse work force. They always have. The difficulty comes in sustaining such great programs and the challenge is growing and expanding them.  These mandates begin from the top down and that means from the office of Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra. In fact, GM’s new Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara starts in her new role on September 1st. Now THAT is what I call a value-added diversity and inclusion proposition literally starting from the top down. Bravo General Motors!

GM celebrates the unique perspectives it gains from its global employees. Its workforce provides a wide-array of diverse backgrounds and experiences and it’s their contributions that place GM at the forefront of innovation.  By embracing a diversity of thought, GM is able to develop mobility solutions that meet the needs of a rapidly changing global society and move humanity into the future.

To learn more about General Motors D&I please click on this link for GM’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Report:
http://www.gmsustainability.com/pdf/downloads/GM_Diversity_and_Inclusion.pdf

More to the core of our shared ethos here at Mischler Financial Group, Inc., our great nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer, are some more specifics about the wonderful initiatives taken by General Motors to help our men and women in uniform – those that are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

Below please find a synopsis of today’s DCM data as curated by the Investment Grade Syndicate Desk at Mischler Financial Group. Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

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

 

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.
6/11
TUES.
6/12
WED.
6/13
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/04
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/07
AVERAGES
WEEK 4/30
New Issue Concessions 3.40 bps 5.60 bps N/A 6.31 bps 9.00 bps 9.67 bps 4.59 bps 4.10 bps 5.92 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.74x 2.44x N/A 2.70x 2.73x 2.93x 2.96x 2.70x 2.16x
Tenors 9.77 yrs 8.52 yrs N/A 9.25 yrs 9.69 yrs 7.70 yrs 10.18 yrs 7.04 yrs 13.17 yrs
Tranche Sizes $579mm $1,080mm N/A $623mm $467mm $952mm $842mm $805mm $630mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<12.11> bps <13.90> bps N/A <13.80> bps <8.23> bps <18.71> yrs <15.12> bps <12.91> bps <12.54> bps

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Debt Markets Remember D-Day: Normandy 1944; Mischler Financial Comment
June 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 06.06.18 – 17 Issuers, 29 Tranches $11b in New Issuance; Mischler Financial Tribute to D-Day

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – WTD IG & SSA Issuance Matches 2018 High as 54 Tranches Price in 3 Sessions!

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Remembering D-Day

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume 

Global Market Recap

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 30th        

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     

Today the IG dollar DCM continued rolling along hosting 8 issuers across 14 tranches totaling $7.20b.  The SSA space added KfW’s $4b 2-year Global Notes new issue bringing the all-in IG day totals to 9 issuers, 15 tranches and $11.20b. Week to date we have now priced 54 tranches matching the 2018 weekly high after only three sessions and including 2 IG rated preferreds and 2 SSA issues.

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 132.53% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.45b vs. $25.24b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 37.65% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $34.055b vs. $90.44b.
  • There are now 14 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • NiSource Inc. upsized today’s 144a/REGS $1,000 par PerpNC5 transaction to $400mm from $350mm 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 14 IG Corporate and Preferred-only new issues was <14.07> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +121 vs. +120. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.15 vs. +1.14 thereby tying its high. (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +153 vs. +152. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $18.3b on Tuesday versus $16b on Wednesday and $21.9b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.4b. 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
6/04-6/08
vs. Current
WTD – $33.45mm
June 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $34.055b
Low-End Avg. $24.44b 136.87% $91.24b 37.32%
Midpoint Avg. $25.24b 132.53% $90.44b 37.65%
High-End Avg. $26.04b 128.46% $89.64b 37.99%
The High $20b 167.25% $75b 45.41%
The Low $35b 95.57% $110b 30.96%

Remembering D-Day and the Greatest Generation: 74 years Ago Today

Today marks the 74th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, most commonly known as D-Day. An epic multinational amphibious and airborne operation, D-Day forged partnerships and reinforced trans-Atlantic bonds that remain strong to this day. U.S. service members from 20 units in Europe and the United States have commemorated the D-Day anniversary over the past week in almost 40 locations throughout the Normandy region.

remember-D-Day-Normandy-Mischler-Financial

Never forget!

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

 

 

 

*Normandy – American Cemetery

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 Tuesday’s session followed by the averages over the prior six weeks:

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
6/04
TUES.
6/05
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/28
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/21
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/14
AVERAGES
WEEK 5/07
AVERAGES
WEEK 4/30
AVERAGES
WEEK 4/23
New Issue Concessions 6.33 bps 6.61 bps 9.00 bps 9.67 bps 4.59 bps 4.10 bps 5.92 bps 3.63 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.77x 2.77x 2.73x 2.93x 2.96x 2.70x 2.16x 2.53x
Tenors 7.92 bps 10.40 bps 9.69 yrs 7.70 yrs 10.18 yrs 7.04 yrs 13.17 yrs 9.19 yrs
Tranche Sizes $622mm $741mm $467mm $952mm $842mm $805mm $630mm $786mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<13.38> bps <13.51> bps <8.23> bps <18.71> yrs <15.12> bps <12.91> bps <12.54> bps <13.85> 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
Alliant Energy Finance Baa1/A- 3.75% 6/15/2023 400 +115a +100a (+/-5) +95 +95 BAML/JPM/MIZ
Alliant Energy Finance Baa1/A- 4.25% 6/15/2028 300 +145a +135a (+/-5) +130 +130 BAML/JPM/MIZ
Compass Bank Baa2/BBB+ FRN 6/11/2021 450 3mL+equiv 3mL+73 the # 3mL+73 3mL+73 BBVA/CITI/GS/MS
Compass Bank Baa2/BBB+ 3.50% 6/11/2021 700 +110a +95 the # +95 +95 BBVA/CITI/GS/MS
Credit Suisse Group AG BBB+/A- FRN 6NC5
6/12/2024
750 3mL+equiv N/A 3mL+124 3mL+124 CS-sole
Credit Suisse Group AG BBB+/A- 4.207% 6NC5
6/12/2024
1,250 +150a N/A +140 +140
Reset:
3mL+124
CS-sole
Edwards Life Sciences Baa2/BBB- 4.30% 6/15/2028 600 +150-155/+152.5a +140a (+/-5) +135 +135 BAML/JPM (a) + 4 (p)
Jackson Na’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. A1/AA- FRN 6/11/2021 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+48-50 3mL+48 3mL+48 BAML/DB/GS/JPM
Jackson Na’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. A1/AA- 3.30% 6/11/2021 300 +80-85/+82.5a +70-72 +70 +70 BAML/DB/GS/JPM
Jackson Na’l. Life Glbl. Fdg. A1/AA- 3.875% 6/11/2025 400 +110a +98-100 +98 +98 BAML/DB/GS/JPM
KeyBank NA/Cleveland, OH A3/A- 3.35% 6/15/2021 500 +85a +72a (+/-2) +70 +70 GS/JPM/KEY/MS
NiSource Inc. Baa2/BBB+ 3.65% 6/15/2023 350 +105-110/+107.5a +90a (+/-2.5) +87.5 +87.5 CS/JPM/MS/MUFG
NiSource Inc. BBB-/BB+ 5.65% PerpNC5 400 5.875%a 5.70%a (+/-5) 5.65% $1000 par CS/JPM/MS/MUFG
Western Union Co. Baa2/BBB+ 4.25% 6/09/2023 300 +145a N/A +145 +145 BAML/BARC

 

SSA

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED LEADS
KfW Aaa/AAA 2.75% 7/15/2020 4,000 MS<2>a MS<2>a MS<3> +23.8 BARC/HSBC/RBC

 

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  
IG30 64.169 63.742 <0.427>
VIX 12.40 11.64 <0.76>
CT10 2.929% 2.973% 0.044
S&P 2,749 2,772 23  
DOW 24,800 25,146 346
Nasdaq 7,638 *7,689 51
OIL 65.52 65.01 <0.51>  
GOLD 1,296 1,296 0  
 

USD

 

IG Corporates

 

USD

 

Total (IG + SSA)

DAY: $7.20 bn DAY: $11.20 bn
WTD: $33.45 bn WTD: $37.95 bn
MTD: $34.055 bn MTD: $38.555 bn
YTD: $618.251 bn YTD: $772.816 bn

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • USTs were sold; the yield curve steepened – T2 +2, T5 +4, T10 +4, T30 +4.
  • Overseas Bonds: EU, Gilts & Peripherals sold.  Asia flat.
  • SOFR: -0.05 to 1.75 vs. 1.80.
  • 3mth Libor: +0.006 to 2.319 vs. 2.313%.
  • Overseas Stocks: Asia up Europe mostly red except the CAC.
  • Currencies: DXY Index -0.241 to 93.635 vs. 93.876.
  • CDX HY: -3.363 to 338.194 vs. 341.557.
  • CDX EM: -0.287 to 171.909 vs. 172.196.

*Index levels are as of 5:00PM ET today.

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 30th             

  • For the week ended May 30th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $848.978m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $43.822b) and a net outflow of $17.869m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.138b).
  • Over the same period, Lipper reported a net inflow of $274.880m from Loan Participation Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $7.156b).
  • Emerging Market debt funds reported a net inflow of $27.322m (2018 YTD inflow of $1.990b). 

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

The 10-day IG spread performance vs. the T10 across the ratings spectrum and how IG compared versus high yield:

Spreads across the four IG asset classes are 24.50 bps wider versus their new post-Crisis lows

*Denotes new post-Crisis low

 

ASSET CLASS 6/05 6/04 6/01 5/31 5/30 5/29 5/28 5/25 5/24 5/23 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
IG Avg. 121 120 121 122 120 120 116 116 115 115 +1 +6 90 (2/01/18)
“AAA” 62 62 62 63 63 63 60 60 60 60 0 +2 48 (2/02/18)
“AA” 72 71 71 72 70 69 67 67 67 67 +1 +5 51 (2/02/18)
“A” 97 96 97 98 97 96 92 92 92 92 +1 +5 71 (2/01/18)
“BBB” 152 152 153 154 152 151 147 147 146 146 0 +6 115 (2/02/18)
IG vs. HY 229 229 234 241 244 255 237 237 234 233 0 <5> 222 (5/15/18)

 

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

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

Spreads across the major industry sectors are an average 31.42 bps wider versus their post-Crisis lows!
*Denotes new post-Crisis low!

INDUSTRY 6/05 6/04 6/01 5/31 5/30 5/29 5/28 5/25 5/24 5/23 1-Day Change 10-Day Trend PC
low
Automotive 106 105 106 107 106 104 102 102 102 102 +1 +4 67
Banking 109 109 110 111 110 109 103 103 102 102 0 +7 75 (2/02/18)
Basic Industry 154 153 154 155 153 154 148 148 147 147 +1 +7 110 (2/02/2018)
Cap Goods 99 98 99 99 99 98 96 96 95 95 +1 +4 75 (1/12/18)
Cons. Prod. 109 108 110 110 108 107 105 105 105 105 +1 +4 78 (2/01/18)
Energy 154 152 153 154 150 150 146 146 145 145 +2 +9 115 (2/02/18)
Financials 124 124 124 125 122 121 119 119 119 118 0 +6 97
Healthcare 105 105 105 106 104 103 102 102 101 101 0 +4 77 (2/02/2018)
Industrials 124 123 124 125 123 122 119 119 119 119 +1 +5 93 (2/02/18)
Insurance 130 130 130 132 130 130 127 127 126 125 0 +5 100 (2/02/18)
Leisure 129 127 128 127 126 125 125 125 125 123 +2 +6 98 (2/01/18)
Media 156 156 157 157 155 154 150 150 150 148 0 +8 113
Real Estate 129 129 129 130 129 129 128 128 127 127 0 +2 100 (2/01/18)
Retail 111 111 112 112 112 111 109 109 108 108 0 +3 82 (2/02/18)
Services 111 111 112 112 110 109 108 108 107 107 0 +4 94  (1/31/18)
Technology 90 89 91 91 90 90 86 86 86 86 +1 +4 71 (2/02/18)
Telecom 159 159 160 162 161 160 155 155 154 153 0 +6 122
Transportation 128 124 127 127 125 124 122 122 121 121 +4 +7 91 (2/02/2018)
Utility 124 127 124 125 123 123 119 119 119 119 <3> +5 96 (2/02/2018)

                                   

New Issue Pipeline

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Muni Bond New Issue Volume Bumps Up to 2018 Record-Mischler Update
June 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt Deals-New Issue Calendar Week of June 4 : Week’s Muni Bond New Issue Volume Approaching 2018 Record…Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on the muni bond offerings for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week was holiday shortened and muni volume was about $2.2 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $9.6 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.2 billion bonds for California Municipal Finance Authority for the LINXS APM Project. The competitive market is led by $423.8 million bonds for New Mexico Finance Authority on Thursday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund Provides Homes That Heal: A Mission Accomplished
June 2018      Giving Back   

Mischler Financial Group Friends, Family Members and Clients all know that we are a long-time supporter of carefully-vetted organizations whose mission is to support SDVs, their families and military veterans who have earned the right to have the same opportunities that we seek for ourselves.

One of those organizations that we are proud to support is The Army-Ranger Lead the Way Fund,  a 501(c)(3) established in honor of Sgt. James Regan, a hero from Manhasset NY who was killed in action  in Feb 2007 while serving in Iraq. Prior to enlisting in the US Army in 2004, Jimmy was a scholar-athlete at Duke University, and instead of going to Wall Street upon graduation-where he had multiple opportunities available to him, Jimmy “joined up.” In short order, Jimmy became an elite member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan before he was killed by an IED while stationed in Iraq. The Lead the Way Fund was then established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way.

To illustrate the impact of “Lead The Way Fund”, below notification from Lead The Way’s Founder Jim Regan, Sr., profiles the most recent ‘mission success’ attributed to Lead the Way Fund and it is one that we’re honored to share.

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Dear Friends of Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund,

I wanted to take this brief opportunity to let you know that on May 31, 2018 Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, along with our partner Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, had the privilege of presenting MSG (Ret.) Chris Corbin with the keys to his custom built, completely accessible and mortgage-free home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  It was a very exciting day for Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund and, of course, for Chris and his new bride.

In 2014, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund was introduced to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, who joined us on this incredible journey when we first collaborated to present SFC (Ret.) Cory Remsburg with his state-of-the-art home. It is our continued hope that, together, these Homes that Healprovide our Rangers and their families with the comfort, sense of stability, and, most of all, independence they deserve for their sacrifices.

We are within three weeks of breaking ground on a home for SGT (Ret.) Tom Block (Wounded in Action, Afghanistan, October 2013) in New Hampshire and about a month away from breaking ground on a home for SGT (Ret.) Travis Dunn who was paralyzed on a mission in Afghanistan in December 2014.  SGT (Ret.) Josh Hargis (Wounded in Action, Afghanistan, Oct. 2013) will be receiving a home in North Carolina in 2019.

As you can see, we are quite busy here at Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund and are only picking up steam ensuring that the needs of our Ranger families do not go unmet. We are incredibly grateful for all of the support and involvement you have shown us through the years and are able to make things happen for them because of your continued dedication.

I also hope you will Save the Date and join us at our Gala on Monday, September 24th at Pier Sixty in NYC where we will be honoring General Joseph Votel, Commander, CENTCOM and Mr. Steven Cohen, Founder, Cohen Veterans Network & Cohen Veterans Bioscience / Chairman & CEO, Point72 Asset Management, with our SGT James J. Regan Lifetime Achievement Award for their service to our Nation and to our military.

We could not do any of this without you and your unwavering support.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Rangers Lead The Way!

Jim Regan

Mischler Financial Group is the financial industry’s oldest, fully-certified minority investment bank-institutional brokerage owned / operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. The entire Mischler Financial Group family is also proud to be serving as a member of the Host Committee for the  Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund 2018 Gala, which will take place Monday, September 24 at New York’s Chelsea Pier.

Municipal Debt Deals-Week of May 29 : Inflows 2.0
May 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt Deals-New Issue Calendar Week of May 29:  Inflows Continue to Increase…Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on the muni bond offerings for this week.  As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and muni bond market participants with a summary of the prior week’s municipal bond market activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a look at pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for the most current week.

Last week muni volume was about $6.6 billion. This holiday-shortened week volume is expected to be about $3.4 billion. The negotiated market is led by $578.2 million AMT bonds for Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, DC. The competitive market is led by $149.6 million bonds for the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Virginia on Thursday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc. (more…)

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

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

Last week muni volume was about $6.6 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $9.9 billion. The negotiated market is led by $914.0 million tax-exempt, AMT and taxable bonds for the Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, California. The competitive market is led by $1.2 billion general obligation bonds for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Wednesday).

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

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During Q1 2018, and full years 2017 and 2016 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc. underwriting roles (for which MFG has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member) have included more than $625 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans. Mischler is also a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE).  Mischler Muni Market updates and Municipal Debt New Issuance outlooks are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

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

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

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

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob Elson, US Army Spec 5; Bloomberg LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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