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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

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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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U.S. Unemployment Rate Trumps Lowest in 50 Years-Mischler DCM Commentary
June 2018      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 06.01.18 Weekend Edition: Latest Unemployment Rate Trumps Lowest Figure in 50 Yrs; Moody’s Makes It’s Case for Diversity & Inclusion

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Stealing All Headlines: The Great U.S.A. Flexes Economic Muscle!

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler On Moody’s Corp.

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

Moody’s Corp. 3yr Global Senior Unsecured Notes due 6/07/2021: Mischler DCM Drill-Down

Utilities Power Up- Thanks to the EEI

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

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

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next 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

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

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

Rates Trading Lab

Economic Data Releases

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Pre-release Presidential unemployment tweet or no tweet, this morning’s U.S. domestic data releases were AWESOME!  Recently we’ve witnessed Emerging Markets falling out of bed to rising oil prices; from Italy to trade wars, but today the United States of America trumped the global macro news headlines by posting a 3.8% Unemployment Rate, the lowest in 50+ years. The Underemployment Rate fell two-tenths of 1% to 7.6%.  Personal Income beat, and Spending crushed with a 1.8% number versus 0.8% expectations. U.S. Equity markets rose a couple hundred points and suddenly the U.S. has pushed so much headline risk to the side.  It’s all still there but it should be a sign to Americans, Corporations and the world just how powerful the USA engine is and how critically dependent the world relies on its success.
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Today’s results put a certain rate hike on the table at the FOMC’s next Rate Decision meeting held from, June 12th  thru the 13th thereby lending needed clarity to our market.

I’ve said it here before and I will say it again: love him or hate him or anything else in between, the President and his Administration deserve credit for data like today’s and it would be un-American not to cheer for your nation’s success. More importantly in terms of social responsibility,  the African-American and Hispanic American unemployment rates are at the lowest in their history, and Women achieved their highest employment numbers in over 19 years.

Oh, and the June 12th U.S. North Korean Summit is back on for June 12th. A nice way to end the week.

It’s Friday and you all know what that means.  The Best and Brightest in our world of investment grade rated Corporate new issuance have all spoken. They shared nice sound bites about next week and the month of June. First up though are the recaps followed by in order:

 

  • The deal drill down of today’s Moody’s Corp. transaction on which Mischler served as an active 3.00% Co-Manager.
  • A look into Moody’s D&I initiatives with a focus on the people behind them and their veteran-focused programs.
  • Then there’s a brief summary of the Edison Electric Institute’s 2017 Financial Review Annual Report of the investor-Owned Electric Utility Industry
  • Then it’s all about the Best and Brightest on their thoughts and forecasts for next week and June.

So, sit back, relax in the comfort of wherever you may be and set the table for next week’s IG dollar primary market expectations. You deserve the two day sojourn just ahead. Get comfortable. This daily is done for YOU thanks to the guy-in-the corner.  ……that would be “Quigley’s Corner!” Enjoy and thanks as always for tuning in!

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 3 tranches totaling $605mm.  The SSA space was quiet.

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 28.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $5.605b vs. $20.02b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 89.09% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $120.13b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 16 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points – Mischler Secures Another Friday Print This Time for Moody’s Corp.

  • Mischler Financial served as an active 3.00% Co-Manager on Moody’s Corps. $300mm “will not grow” 3-year Global Senior Unsecured Notes new issue due 6/07/2021. As a result it is today’s featured “Deal-of-the-Day.” However, let’s first review today’s primary market talking points. Please be sure to read about the wildly Moody’s transaction by scrolling below just ahead of today’s Best & Brightest section. Thanks! -RQ
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 2 IG Corporate-only new issues was <13.5> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 2 bps to +122 vs. +120. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at +1.15. (1.15 represents a new high. 0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +155 vs. +154. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22.5b on Thursday versus $21.9b on Wednesday and $16.6b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.
  • 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).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 11 IG new issues new issues 5 tightened versus NIP for a 50% improvement rate, 5 widened  (45.50%) and 1 were flat (9.00%).

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/29-6/01
vs. Current
WTD – $5.605b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $120.13b
Low-End Avg. $19.32b 29.01% $133.64b 89.89%
Midpoint Avg. $20.02b 28.00% $134.84b 89.09%
High-End Avg. $20.72b 27.05% $136.04b 88.30%
The High $15b 37.37% $110b 109.21%
The Low $26b 21.56% $150b 80.09%

 

Moody’s Corp. 3yr Global Senior Unsecured Notes due 6/07/2021

Mischler Financial is very happy to announce that it was invited to serve as an active 3.00% Co-Manager on today’s $300mm Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO)  3-year fixed rate Global Senior Unsecured Notes new issue due 6/07/2021.

There were a couple logical ways to approach fair value on today’s transaction.  The first path looked to the outstanding MCO 2.75% due 12/15/2021 that was T+78, G+73 this morning pre-announcement pegging new issue concession as negative 3 bps versus today’s T+70 new issue pricing.

However, there were a wide range of quotes on the 2021s so, if you took a mid-point of the 3 joint leads (BAML, Citigroup and JPM), it was T+80 bid or G+75 nailing NIC as <5> bps.

Ever the politician (Ha!) I am averaging the two analyses and taking the average so the guy-in-the-corner calls NIC on today’s Moody’s new issue negative 4 bps. Either way you look at it folks this was a great deal and the timing, well, it’s now officially legendary!

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Moody’s Corp. Deal Dashboard

Use of proceeds from today’s transaction will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of a portion of the $350mm outstanding under the loan agreement between Moody’s, as borrower, the lenders from time to time party thereto and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent, entered into on June 6, 2017 to finance the acquisition of Bureau van Dijk (the “term Loan Facility”). .

 

MCO Issue RATING IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NIC
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
3yr FXD BBB+/BBB+ +87.5a +75a (+/-5) +70 +70 <17.50> bps <4> 68/66 <2>

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final Moody’s Corp. book sizes and oversubscription rates – the measure of investor demand:

Today’s Moody’s Corp. final order book finished at $1.70b making the 3-year Global Senior Unsecured Notes transaction 5.67x-times oversubscribed. “At the top” or at guidance, the book was as high as $1.90b or 6.33x covered. That folks, is VERY impressive especially given the volatility we’ve been witnessing of late. Congrats to Zeeshan Naqvi on his impeccable timing and Moody’s Corp. as well as Team Citigroup Syndicate (Scott, Frank, Adnes and Andrew) with whom it is always my great pleasure to work with on deal day.

Have a look:

MCO Issue Tranche Size Book
at-the-Top
Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
3yr FXD $300mm $1.90b $1.70b 5.67x

 

Final Pricing – Moody’s Corp.
MCO $300mm 3.25% due 6/07/2021 @$98.85 to yield 3.303% or T+70

moody's-veteran-diversity-inclusiionMoody’s Corp. – Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

 

When we talk about diversity in our financial services industry, it begins with issuers like GECC and MBNA just before that. If you work in our IG dollar DCM and never heard of Kitty Yoh, well then ………you never did.  She is retired, but have no doubt she is legendary.  Her past senior Treasury team featured some pretty impactfull people who helped create, develop and execute GECC’s iconic D&I initiative in our financial services industry.  Chris Coffey, now with Synchrony Financial and Zeeshan Naqvi, Moody’s Treasurer, are two such legends in our business, who came up through the ranks and are among the best there is in Treasury/Funding.  I’ll sneak in here that my wife, formerly Natalie Armenteros, priced the first-ever Euro denominated issue on the planet (it was for EIB), as well as a slew of GECC’s Euro issuances, including GE’s first Euro new issue whilst she served as head of Paribas’ Syndicate desk in Geneva, Switzerland. I have known Zeeshan for as long as I can remember, from the bulge bracket to the D&I b/d space over 12 years ago. Moody’s D&I and Zeeshan are the focus of this evening’s D&I drill down.

Zeeshan took what he learned in life and working at GECC and brought it with him to Moody’s Corp. bridging the issuer’s already sprouting commitment to social responsibility.  As Zeeshan told me today, “Moody’s takes great efforts to execute Diversity and Inclusion not only internally here within the Company and in their transactions, but we are incredibly active in the community.” As with all such corporate though-leading initiatives, here they begin with the senior leadership team, and at Moody’s Corp. that means President and Chief Executive Officer Randall W. McDaniel. Moody’s leadership team is committed to making diversity and inclusion part of the fabric of its organization. From the office of the CEO to Zeeshan in Treasury/Funding, D&I is implemented across every aspect of Moody’s business.  That only helps create an environment that maximizes every employee’s contribution, widens the leadership pipeline and ultimately increases the quality of opinions, products and services.

I can tell you that in dealing with Zeeshan he is passionate about educating us here at Team Mischler to understand his Company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and values our partnership as the nation’s oldest Service-Disabled Veteran broker dealer. Moody’s Diversity Council is responsible for implementing its diversity and inclusion strategies. To achieve its goals, the council is organized into working groups that focus on strategic priorities, developing an action plan and making it a reality. They prioritize educating its employees so that they understand the value of its D&I mandate.

moody's-veterans-ergMoody’s and Veterans

 

As it pertains specifically to Mischler Financial’s Service-Disabled Veteran certification, Moody’s Veteran Employee Resource Group or “ERG” was created to recognize and support veterans, active duty military personnel and military families both at Moody’s and in its communities. Members primarily focus on outreach efforts, including workforce integration and raising awareness around issues that impact veterans. Moody’s is a Global partner with VOWS or Veterans on Wall Street, Diversity Best Practices, and Columbia University Military Veterans Program.

If you didn’t know it before reading today’s “QC” you do now – legendary prints are being made by legendary companies that embrace legendary diversity and inclusion initiatives. It is always my great privilege, honor and personal responsibility to help get those and YOUR D&I stories to the Street – from Wall Street to Main Street.

It is this social responsibility aspect of my job that will always drive and motivate me to go the extra mile.  Friday no print?  Are you kidding me?  Bring it on folks. This is what it’s all about.

Congratulations to Moody’s Corp and to my friend Mr. Zeeshan Naqvi. Thank you both for everything you do for D&I and the greater good, and congratulations on a job very well done today.

 

edison-electric-instituteUtilities Power Up Thanks to the EEI

Edison Electric Institute today released its 2017 Financial Review Annual Report of the investor-Owned Electric Utility Industry that always provides a great recap of the financial performance and strategic direction of investor-owned utilities for the year.

Matching this morning’s stellar domestic economic data releases, the U.S. electric utility industry continues to benefit from its solid financial foundation. The EEI Index returned 11.7%, posting a second consecutive year of double-digit gains after 2016’s 17.4% return, and has now produced a positive total return in 13 of the last 15 years. The industry invested $113.6 billion in 2017 for a sixth-straight year of record-high capital expenditures, while continuing to improve its overall credit profile. Electric utilities continue to be a top dividend-paying sector and 88% of the industry increased the dividend in 2017, the second-highest percentage on record.

 

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

Thanks as always for tuning in to the daily “QC”, enjoy your read in preparation for the week ahead and enjoy a fabulous weekend with you and yours!I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of today’s respondents are in the top 22 syndicate desks including 22 of the top 25 according to today’s Bloomberg U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (U.S. Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.48% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they are the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! 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 – 2014, 2015 and 2016 !  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! –RQ


“Friday arrived so fast.  Nothing beats the four day work week!

Great numbers posted this morning with unemployment and underemployment down 0.1 and 0.2% respectively to 3.8% and 62.7% respectively. 3.8% matches the allt-ime low rate. NFP rose with wages picking up as well.

“QC” readership and I are VERY interested to know syndicate thoughts and expectations for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.  Any elaboration of your views is most appreciated especially given the tumultuous global event risk factors currently playing out.

First let’s dive right into all the muck in our world by recapping the most up to date geopolitical event risk factors that impacted our markets this week:

  • 5/31 – Sec. of State Mike Pompeo is encouraged by recent talks with NOKO envoys and an announced meeting on June 1st between a senior nuclear negotiator and Pres. Trump. A personal letter will be hand delivered to Trump today at the White House by Kim Yong-chol, former director of NOKO’s intel bureau and vice-chair of the Cent. Comm. Of the Worker’s Party of Korea.
  • 6/01 – Italy swore in new PM Giuseppe Conte, a former law professor as well as a coalition cabinet that includes both 5-Star Movement head Luigi Di Maio and League’s Mateo Salvini. The Borsa Italiana was up 2.50%. The EU released a statement saying they are confident the ruling coalition government will cooperate with Brussels.  Time will tell. On 5/31 – Right or wrong, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker slammed Italians saying they need to work hard and stop blaming the EU to resolve their problems which will only exacerbate populist support tensions in the boot nation.  On 5/27 President Mattarella vetoed the coalition’s euro skeptic candidate, Paolo Savona as finance minister. Mattarella then vetoed all cabinet ministers, installed a EU friendly neutral gov’t. headed by an interim PM and former IMF economist as Italy looked to be headed for new elections. Di Maio and Salvini agreed to back down from Savona as Finance Minister. Still, Italy had gone without a government for 89 days shattering the old record of 82 set in 1996. The two populist parties have over 50% support, promote tough immigration reform, spending hikes, no sanctions against Russia, two tax brackets of 15% and 20%, erasing the previously boosted retirement age and a citizen’s income for the poor. Europe should have a contingency plan in place for a derailment of the Union. Italy had 70 post WWII gov’ts in 72 post-WWII years – one every 1.02 years. It is the EU’s 3rd largest economy, has the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5% and a $2.8 trillion (equiv.) national debt. Italy is clearly the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans.
  • 5/31 – Trade War fears heated up again. Sighting no progress with Europe and re-negotiating NAFTA, the Trump Admin. announced 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% on aluminum on national security grounds against the EU, Canada, Mexico effective midnight. Counter tariffs were levied against U.S. goods in response roiling markets. 5/29 – Motivated by intellectual property rights violations, the Trump Admin. will levy 50% tariffs on Chinese imports as well as new controls and restrictions. Despite reduced tensions post Mnuchin’s 5/01 statement that Trump would “put the trade war on hold” negotiations have failed to produce a resolution. Trump indicated a list of tariffed imports will be available on June 15th.
  • 5/29 – Iran’s Ayatollah is concerned the EU will not be able to salvage their end of the Iran nuclear deal as EU nations that link their security to U.S. security will cave to U.S. demands. Iran doubts the EU can prevent major companies from withdrawing due to new U.S. sanctions. 5/08 – President Trump pulled the U.S. from JCPOA while imposing mort stringent sanctions against Iran. He also warned heavy sanctions against nations assisting Iran’s nuclear pursuits. On 4/30 Israeli PM Netanyahu showed evidence of Iran’s continued nuclear ambitions in violation of the JCPOA.
  • 5/29 – Gaza Strip based Hamas and rebels launched over two dozen rockets into southern Israel in the largest barrage of Palestinian fire since 2014. Israel answered with targeted bombings.
  • 5/29 – U.S. interest rates: Amidst a rising rate environment, Italy, Spain and trade war fears counter by pushing investor cash into the safe haven of USTs thereby compressing yields.
  • 5/31 – Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will highly likely be ousted in a vote on Friday, June 1st as Socialists have enough votes of no confidence to boot the leader of a corrupt Administration that has seen nearly 30 officials convicted on various crimes of graft and conspiracy. The disgraced PM can resign ahead of tomorrow’s demoralizing vote. Rajoy has been at the helm of the Spanish gov’t. through the sovereign debt crisis, a national bailout and its own recession and ongoing Catalan independence crisis. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez looks to win a slim majority in the 350 member Parliament but his party would rule as a minority with less than 25% support but is backed by his own Socialist cause, the Basque nationalist party and far left groups, similar to Italy.
  • 5/31 – Hard vs. soft BREXIT battle continues.  UK PM May is under increasing Tory pressure to defy hard-liners in her party to compromise for a more pragmatic solution. Talk of May’s hardline stance could result in a vote of no confidence.
  • May 2018 Terror Event MTD Casualty Total: 135 terrorist attacks; 917 dead; 1,133

 

Now let’s take a look at the critical week-on-week primary market stats:

Attention Syndicate Desks: Please note that the five key primary market driver averages in the below survey question have been updated from this morning to include today’s Moody’s, Texas Instruments or MetLife $25 Preferred new issues that priced or were green shoed  Nothing but the best for the “Best and the Brightest!” 

  

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $5.00b. We priced $15.02b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $20.02b or <75.02%>.
  • MTD we priced 88.64% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $119.525b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $584.196b vs. the $652.039b YoY which is <$67.843b> or <10.40%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $734.261b vs. $808.831b YoY which is <$74.57b> or <9.22%> less than vs. 2017.

 

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 9 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.  

 

  • NICS: 9.00 bps  
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.73x
  • Tenors: 9.69 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $467mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <8.23> bps

 

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

 

  • Week on week, average NICs tightened 0.67 bps to an average 9.00 bps vs. 9.67 bps across this week’s 11 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.20x to an average 2.73x vs. 2.93x. 
  • Average tenors expanded by 1.99 years to an average 9.69 years vs. 7.70 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $485mm to $467mm vs. $952mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 11 IG Corporate and Preferred-only new issues widened by 10.48 bps to <8.23> bps vs. <18.71> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 5 bps to +155 bps vs. +150 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened by 6 bps to a new high of 1.15 vs. 1.09 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $22.5b on Thursday versus $21.9b on Wednesday and $16.6b the previous Thursday.   
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.
  • The VIX widened 2.21 or 16.717% to 15.43 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 13.22 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 7.00 bps to +122 vs. +115 week-on-week.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 5.00 bps week-on-week to 25.50 vs. 20.00 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors widened 5.73 bps to an average 32.26 vs. 26.53 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • 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).

 

Entering today’s Friday session here’s a look at this week’s IG issuance volume totals:

  • IG Corps: $5.00b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $5.00b

 

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

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IG Debt Market Weekend Update: Citi in Sync With Synchrony
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 05.18.18 Investment Grade Debt Market Commentary:Spotlight On Synchrony Bank

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Synchrony Bank Owns the Friday Leaderboard

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

Global Market Recap

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 16th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

UST Resistance/Support Table

Today Synchrony Bank (wholly-owned subsidiary of Synchrony Financial NYSE:SYF) owned the IG dollar primary market leaderboard with its $750mm 3(a)5 exempt 3-year senior bank notes transaction. What’s more, Mischler Financial, the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran-owned and operated broker dealer was honored to be named as an active 1.00% Co-Manager. Thank you to stalwart Chris Coffey who is no stranger to diversity and inclusion mandates in our DCM. Chris was there from the get-go back in his days at MBNA when during his time he helped steer that issuer to become a founding father of inclusion transactions along with some other large FIGs. That pre-dates Chris’ GECC days! We appreciate SYF’s patronage and our active role today. Thank you as well to both Citigroup and MUFG Syndicate and of course, to the best darn middle markets distribution network on the street for your loyalty and continued belief in and support of the “value-added” proposition. Congrats also to Chris for his first Friday print at SYF and for his efforts in continuing to implement and guide a stellar diversity mandate that saw 7 diversity firms on today’s new 3-year that included a Service Disabled Veteran-owned broker-dealer three African-American-owned BDs a Hispanic-American owned firm, and a Woman-owned firm.

Today’s final Synchrony order book finished at just over $1.8b making the deal 2.40-times oversubscribed.  Concession on today’s deal was negative 2 bps given new 5-year SYF bank paper is +135. Adjusting <35> bps for the 3s/5s curve gets you to +100 against today’s final T+98 pricing pegs NIC as <2> bps.  A nice day for SYF, the leads and congratulations to Chris on a successful first Friday print at Synchrony! Net, net – a VERY GOOD RESULT for all!

Overseas in the EU two new issues were postponed including the first in 2018 for an investment grade rated issuer pointing to investor fatigue following one of the busier weeks of the year. 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 96.86% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $32.855b vs. $33.92b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 68.69% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $92.625b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 17 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 new issue was <14.50> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +114. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.09 vs. at 1.08.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +147. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.7b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $19.1b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 43 IG new issues comprised of 38 IG Corporates and 5 SSAs new issues 25 tightened versus NIP for a 58.25% improvement rate, 13 widened  (30.25%) and 5 were flat (11.50%).
  • For the week ended May 16th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $3.069b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $40.444b) and a net outflow of $541.871m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.381b).

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/14-5/18
vs. Current
WTD – $32.855b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $92.625b
Low-End Avg. $32.52b 101.03% $133.64b 69.31%
Midpoint Avg. $33.92b 96.86% $134.84b 68.69%
High-End Avg. $35.32b 93.02% $136.04b 68.09%
The High $20b 164.28% $110b 84.20%
The Low $40b 82.14% $150b 61.75%

 

Global Market Recap

  • U.S. Treasuries – ended a poor week with a solid rally.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s unchanged. Bunds/Gilts rallied. Peripheral bonds were hit.
  • SOFR – 1.74% FROM 1.75%.
  • 3mth Libor – 2.32938% from 2.33125%.
  • Stocks – Mixed as of 3pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed higher. Europe lost ground.
  • Economic – Nothing on the calendar today.
  • Overseas Economic- – Japan CPI was very tame. Europe inflation data MoM was higher.
  • Currencies – DXY Index traded at a YTD high, Euro YTD low and ADXY Index at a YTD low.
  • Commodities – Crude small loss. Gold up and copper down. Wheat saw a big rally.
  • CDX IG: +0.82 to 61.73
  • CDX HY: +1.60 to 340.22
  • CDX EM: +5.30 to 170.73
  • VIX: -0.09 to 13.34

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

-Tony Farren, Managing Director, Rates Trading

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

Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 43 IG new issues comprised of 38 IG Corporates and 5 SSAs new issues 25 tightened versus NIP for a 58.25% improvement rate, 13 widened  (30.25%) and 5 were flat (11.50%).

 

Issuer Ratings Coupon Maturity Size IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED TRADING
Synchrony Bank BBB/BBB- 3.65% 5/24/2021 750 +112.5a +100a (+/-2) +98 +98 97/96
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A FRN 5/21/2021 600 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+32 3mL+32 3mL+33/30
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A 3.25% 5/21/2021 600 +65a +50 the # +50 +50 50/47
Charles Schwab Corp. A2/A 3.85% 5/21/2025 750 +95a +80 the # +80 +80 80/77
Svenska Handelsbanken Aa2/AA FRN 5/24/2021 1,250 3mL+equiv 3mL+47 the # 3mL+47 3mL+47 3mL+44/41
Svenska Handelsbanken Aa2/AA 3.35% 5/24/2021 1,250 +80a +65 the # +65 +65 65/62
Valero Energy Corp. Baa2/BBB 4.35% 6/01/2028 750 +137.5a N/A +125 +125 124/121
Province of New Brunswick Aa2/A+ 3.625% 2/24/2028 500 MS +50a MS +50a MS +50 +53.3 53/52
Harley-Davidson Finc’l Svcs. A3/A FRN 5/1/2020 450 3mL+65a 3mL+53 (+/-3) 3mL+50 3mL+50 3mL+43/41
Harley-Davidson Finc’l Svcs. A3/A 3.55% 5/21/2021 350 +95a +83 (+/-3) +80 +80 79/76
Kommuninvest Aaa/AAA 2.875% 3/01/2021 1,000 MS +8a MS +8 MS +6 +20.7 21/19
Avista Corp. A2/A- 4.35% 6/01/2048 375 +125a +115 the # +115 +115 114/111
Citigroup Inc. Baa1/A FRN 6NC5
6/01/2024
1,000 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+102.3 3mL+102.3 3mL+98/94
Citigroup Inc. Baa1/A 4.044% 6NC5
6/01/2024
1,250 +115-120/+117.5a +112.5 the # +112.5 +112.5
Back-end:
3mL+102.3
109/106
Citigroup Inc.
(tap) New Total: $3.85b
Baa3/A- 4.45% 9/29/2027 350
WNG
+high 160a
+167.50a
+163 the # +163 +163 163/161
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- FRN 5/18/2020 500 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+24 3mL+24 3mL+21/18
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.00% 5/18/2020 500 +60-65/+62.5a +47a (+/-2) +45 +45 40/37
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.50% 9/18/2023 500 +75-80/+77.5a +65a (+/-2) +63 +63 62/59
Diageo Capital plc A3/A- 3.875% 5/18/2028 500 +95-100/+97.5a +87a (+/-2) +85 +85 82/79
Perusahaan Listrik Negara
PT Persero
Baa2/BBB 5.45% 5/21/2028 1,000 5.80%a 5.50% the # 5.50% +241.4 236/232
Perusahaan Listrik Negara
PT Persero
Baa2/BBB 6.15% 5/21/2048 1,000 6.50%a 6.20% the # 6.20% +299.6 292/288
Royal Bank of Scotland Baa3/BBB+ 4.892% 11NC10 F-t-F
5/18/2029
1,750 +200a +185a (+/-3) +182 +182
Back-end:
3mL+175.4
185/181
Republic of South Africa Baa3/BB+ 5.875% 6/22/2030 1,400 6.00%a 5.875% the # 5.875% +280.5 285/280
Republic of South Africa Baa3/BB+ 6.30% 6/22/2048 600 6.375%a 6.30% the # 6.30% +310.1 315/312
Swedish Export Credit Corp. Aa1/AA+ 2.875% 5/22/2021 1,000 MS +12a MS +10a (+/-1) MS +9 +24.8 25/24
AEP Texas Inc. Baa1/A- 3.95% 6/01/2028 500 +110a +100-105 +100 +100 96/93
Ameren Illinois Co. A1/A 3.80% 5/15/2028 430 +95a +85a (+/-3) +82 +82 78/75
American Express Co. A3/A FRN 5/17/2021 800 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+52.5 3mL+52.5 3mL+46/
American Express Co. A3/A 3.375% 5/17/2021 1,200 +low 80s/+82.5a +70a (+/-2) +68 +68 68/63
Bank of America Corp. A3/A 3.499% 5/17/2022 2,250 +100a N/A N/A +80
Back-end:
3mL+63
81/78
Canadian Pacific Railroad Baa1/BBB+ 4.00% 6/01/2028 500 +120a +105a (+/-3) +102 +102 99/96
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 3.551% 5/25/2021 1,750

 

+105a +90a (+/-5) +85 +85 83/80
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.057% 5/25/2023 2,000 +135a +125a (+/-5) +120 +120 116/114
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.417% 5/25/2025 1,000 +160a +150a (+/-5) +145 +145 141/137
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.597% 5/25/2028 2,000 +175a +165a (+/-5) +160 +160 162/158
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 4.985% 5/25/2038 500 +205a +190a (+/-5) +185 +185 190/185
Dr. Pepper Snapple/Keurig
Maple Escrow Subsidiary Inc
Baa2/BBB 5.085% 5/25/2048 750 +215a +200a (+/-5) +195 +195 202/197
Fidelity Nat’l. Info. Systems Baa2/BBB 4.25% 5/15/2028 400 +145 +135a (+/ (+/-5)-5) +130 +130 131/127
Fidelity Nat’l. Info. Systems Baa2/BBB 4.75% 5/15/2048 600 +190 +180a (+/-5) +175 +175 178/174
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. A3/A FRN 8NC7
5/15/2026
1,500 3mL+125a 3mL+120a (+/-3) 3mL+117 3mL+117 3mL+121/118
Great-West Lifeco Finance A+/A 4.047% 5/17/2028 300 +130a +110a (+/-5) +105 +105 103/99
Great-West Lifeco Finance A+/A 4.581% 5/17/2048 500 +160a +145 the # +145 +145 143/141
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. Aa2/AA- 4.15% 5/15/2048 400 +110a +105 the # +105 +105 102/100

 

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

Thanks as always for tuning in to the daily “QC”, enjoy your read in preparation for the week ahead along with my impassioned plea to enjoy a fabulous weekend with you and yours!

Okay, the fixed income syndicate sound test is complete.  I have over 3,500 readers in the audience. Fade out the overture. Lights, camera, action!:

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 21 of today’s respondents are in the top 22 syndicate desks including 21 of the top 24 according to today’s Bloomberg U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (U.S. Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.00% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they are the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! 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 – 2014, 2015 and 2016 !  Syndicate Desks: Please Note that we had a Friday print today from “SYF” so I updated the below survey question data to reflect Synchrony Bank’s 3-year new issue. If you notice any differences that’s why. Thanks! -RQ

As always, before we get to the technical data let’s first review this week’s top geopolitical risk factors:

  • 5/17 – Kim Jong-un warned that the de-nuclearization summit could be compromised due to John Bolton’s paralleling a NOKO-U.S. de-nuke deal with the Libyan “model of nuclear abandonment.” Bolton is highly qualified but needs to tone down and save the rhetoric for if and when needed – not prior to the historic summit.
  • 5/14 – Although Pres. Trump reversed sanctions on China’s ZTE telecom it was done in exchange for China agreeing not to impose tariffs on U.S. agricultural products that had been levied in response to Trump’s earlier steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • 5/14 – Tensions mounted in the Middle East as Israeli troops fired on protesting Palestinians along the fenced Gaza strip killing 55 and wounding over 1,700. More violent and armed men were intermingled with the mostly peaceful Palestinian demonstrators including families with children. Once they burst through fencing Israeli snipers began to shoot into the onrushing crowd. The protest happened to coincide with the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem leaving friction at its highest level in years in the historic conflict.  
  • 5/16 – U.S. interest rates: The strong U.S. economy is supporting rising UST yields. T2s & 5s reached highs since 2008; CT10 since 2011 and the LB peaked at 3.10% (2015) a higher yield trading band is established. The sensitivity of EM currencies to higher rates is chronic. Combined with their own additional political risks, EM risks falling out of favor as currencies fall out of bed. 
  • 5/17 – Pressure on UK PM Theresa May mounts as Britain’s House of Lords dealt BREXIT its 15th defeat, this time over environmental protections issues by a 54%-46% margin. In addition, friction intensified between supporters of a post-BREXIT customs partnership with the EU vs. resistance by those who support technology to monitor the critical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • May 2018 Terror Event MTD Casualty Total: 79 terrorist attacks; 618 dead; 781 wounded.
  • 5/17 – Italy’s two ant-establishment parties 5-Star and League plan tough immigration reform, lifting all sanctions against Russia, creating 2 tax brackets of 15 and 20%, dropping a previously increased retirement age and a citizen’s income for the poor. Wishful thinking!

Now let’s take a look at the critical week-on-week primary market stats: 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $32.855b. We priced $1.065b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $33.92b or <3.14%>.
  • MTD we priced 68.69% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $92.625b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $557.296b vs. the $574.314b YoY which is <$17.018b> or <2.96%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $705.361b vs. $717.956b YoY making it  <$12.595b> or <1.75%> less than vs. 2017.

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 57 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week: 

  • NICS:  4.59 bps  
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.96x
  • Tenors: 10.18 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $842mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <15.12> bps

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

  • Week on week, average NICs widened 0.49 bps to an average 4.59 bps vs. 4.10 bps across this week’s 43 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased by 0.26x to an average 2.96x vs. 2.70x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 3.14 years to an average 10.18 years vs. 7.04 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $37mm to $842mm vs. $805mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 43 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by 2.21 bps to <15.12> bps vs. <12.91> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 1 bps to +147  bps vs. +148 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 2 bps to 1.09 vs. 1.11 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $19.7b on Thursday versus $20.8b on Wednesday and $19.1b the previous Thursday.  
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.9b.
  • The VIX widened 0.78 or 6.16% to 13.43 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 12.65 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 2.00 bps to +114 vs. +116 week-on-week.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 2.00 bps week-on-week to 18.75 vs. 20.75 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors tightened 1.89 bps to an average 25.11 vs. 27.00 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended May 16th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $3.069b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $40.444b) and a net outflow of $541.871m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $15.381b).

Entering today’s Friday session here’s a look at this week’s IG issuance volume totals:

  • IG Corps: $32.855b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $37.355b

And now it’s time for today’s question posed to the senior members of the Industry’s top 24  fixed income syndicate desks: “What are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”
 

Please know that on each and every new issue, the guy-in-the-corner is ALWAYS in YOUR corner on deal day! If an issuer asks you who are some of the best diversity firms are, my hope is that you’ll mention Mischler Financial and the guy-in-the-corner.  Our distribution is high quality, prolific and consistent. On deal day, we perform enough to influence your bid-to-cover rates with REAL high quality and unpadded “sticky” investor orders. The “QC” won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years….2014, 2015 and 2016! But most of all we have a great certification-the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran owned and operated broker dealer.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Municipal Bond New Issue Calendar Week of May 7 : Energy Northwest
May 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond New Issue Calendar Week of May 7:  Tax Exempt and Taxable Bonds from Energy Northwest…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 municipal debt new issue calendar 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 $4.7billion. This week volume is expected to be about $6.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $634.0 million tax-exempt and taxable bonds for Energy Northwest, Washington. The competitive market is led by $382.0 million tax-exempt and taxable general obligation bonds for the City and County of San Francisco, California in 3 bids (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-update-municipal-debt-offering-calendar week may 7 2018

Mischler 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

Those not familiar with the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans should know that our capital market desk(s) works with more than 135 Fortune corporation treasury teams, each of Wall Street’s lead underwriter investment banks, dozens of municipal debt issuers and a discrete spectrum of the industry’s most demanding investment managers and public plan sponsors. Of equal importance, our ethos is driven by giving back and paying forward to those members of the US military service-disabled veteran community and their families who simply do not have the depth of resources and access to advanced education programs and private sector job opportunities that so many of us take for granted.

Throughout the year, Mischler Financial Group advocates on behalf of the SDV community through sponsorship of mentoring programs and direct financial assistance to veteran-centric philanthropic organizations. During the months of May and November, we dedicate a percentage of the firm’s profits to honor Memorial Day and Veterans Day respectively. In our recognition of Memorial Day 2018, we have made our annual Memorial Day Month pledge to the Semper Fi Fund, one of the highest rated non-profit organizations. A full release of this announcement was made May 1 and we thank our clients and partners in advance for working with our primary DCM and ECM teams and our secondary market trading desks to make this Memorial Day month memorable for the veterans and their family members who have sacrificed so much to make our lives safer.

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…)

New York Leads Municipal Debt New Issuance This Week
March 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt New Issue Outlook Week of 03-12-18; New York Top of Muni Issuer List  Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni fund flow metrics and provides a focused lens on municipal debt new issuance scheduled 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 $8.0 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $6.1 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.0 billion building aid revenue bonds for New York City Transitional Finance Authority, New York. The competitive market is led by $1.33 billion state sales tax bonds issued by Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in 5 bids 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

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Mischler Investment Grade Debt Market Comment-Weekend Edition 02-23-18
February 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 02.23.18 – Investment Grade Debt Market Comment Weekend Edition

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

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

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

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

2018 Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending February 21st

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Well, there were no new issues from either the IG Corporate or the SSA space today. No harm, no fowl and a welcome relief on a Friday! Next week is shaping up to be a nice one with the average syndicate estimate calling for $26.92b to price.  In conducting my Friday morning survey of the top 25 syndicate desks, not only did all respond again but there seemed to be considerable “chatter” away from them on the street that CVS may be sooner than we think.  That could be a significant volume booster to what’s already a hefty week next week.  53.33% of this week’s IG Corporate new issues tightened with 23.33% flat to new issue spread levels for an overall 79% rate which is a very healthy number.

I have this week’s primary market data download below as well as comments and projections from the sagacious, scholarly, sapient sages of syndicate. That’s right they are all here as my personal guests each and every Friday, for which I am grateful to them all, but hustle up before they leave for their weekends. Some key investment grade debt market comment talking points are to keep an eye, more like an ear, on our new Fed head, Jerome Powell’s first Congressional testimony before the House that was rescheduled this morning for next Tuesday, February 27th from Wednesday.  Otherwise known as the Humphrey-Hawkins hearings, this is the first of two such annual appearances the Fed chief makes each year. He is supposed to follow that up with a repeat performance before the Senate on Thursday assuming they don’t shift that schedule as well. His testimony may well have a strong immediate market impact should he elaborate on interest rates and inflation. Expectations are that he will stay the Fed course and not “rock the boat.”  Great tune by the Hues Corporation BTW. Advice to the newbie, ………don’t rock the boat baby……… don’t tip the boat over!

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 96.65% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $18.15b vs. $18.78b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 67.67% of the syndicate forecast for February IG Corporate new issuance or $60.217b vs. $88.98b.
  • There are now 11 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +98. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 0.93.  (+85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +133. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.1b on Thursday versus $19.4b on Wednesday and $19.2b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.5b. 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
2/19-2/23
vs. Current
WTD – $18.15b
February 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $60.217b
Low-End Avg. $17.74mm 102.31% $88.28b 68.21%
Midpoint Avg. $18.78mm 96.65% $88.98b 67.67%
High-End Avg. $19.82mm 91.57% $89.68b 67.15%
The Low $30mm 60.50% $70b 86.02%
The High $10mm 181.50% $110b 54.74%

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 25 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 17 of today’s respondents are in the top 18 of the new 2018 League table including 19 of the top 21 according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2018 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 82.21% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they are the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they are the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! 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 – 2014, 2015 and 2016 ! 


The Segue: Here is this week’s geopolitical recap:


The PyeongChang Winter Olympics will officially come to and this Sunday February 25th, and you know what that means?  North Korea will invariably return to its pre-Olympic nuclear stride. U.S. financial markets will be focused next week on new Fed head Powell’s testimony before the House next Wednesday followed by the Senate on Thursday. Three rate hikes have been solidly forecast for 2018 with many now touting four and murmurings of the possibility of five! With a massive budget, the largest UST auctions on record this week – $258b – and higher rates to pay off, many are worried that our economy, that is running on all cylinders with low unemployment, means inflation is lurking around the corner.  Equity markets proved resilient this week although we are still witnessing extreme intra-day swings as the “correction” finds itself.  Next Friday, March 2nd Germany‘s Social Democrats (Socialist Party) votes to approve or reject the recent grand coalition deal better referred to as a “marriage of convenience” with Merkel’s CDU/CSU party. A “no” vote means new elections for the Hinterland and further political tension and turmoil in the EU’s keystone state and the world’s third-largest economy. A week from Sunday – March 4th – Italy holds its eagerly anticipated election with many projecting Berlusconi’s Forza Party to win and form a coalition government with other Eurosceptic parties. In a nation with 65 governments in 71 post-WWII years, anything can happen. Italy’s national debt is $2.8trillion and its banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans.  It has the world’s third highest debt-to-GDP ratio. So, fun times ahead folks!


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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $18.15b. We priced $630mm less than the week’s average midpoint estimate of $18.78b or 96.65%.
  • MTD we priced 67.67% of the syndicate projection for February IG Corporates or $60.217b vs. $88.98b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $192.602b vs. the $233.533b that priced on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 or $40.931b (21.25%) less than this time last year.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $267.967b vs. $303.183b on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 or $35.216b (13.14%) less than the same time year ago total.

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

o   NICS:  1.95 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 3.29x

o   Tenors: 11.97 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $626mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <16.46> bps 

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

  • Week on week, average NICs tightened minutely by 0.67 bps to an average 1.95 bps vs. 2.62 bps across last this week’s 29 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, increased considerably by 1.33x to an average 3.29x vs. 1.96x. 
  • Average tenors reduced dramatically by 6.19 years to an average 11.97 years vs. 18.16 years.
  • Tranche sizes grew by $127mm to $626mm vs. $499mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 29 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened by 3.64 bps to <16.46> bps vs. <12.82> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +133. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning was unchanged at 0.93 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $20.1b on Thursday versus $19.4b on Wednesday and $19.2b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.5b.
  • The VIX narrowed 0.74 to 18.72 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 19.46.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +99 vs. +98.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 0.75 bp week-on-week to 8.00 bps vs. 7.25 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors widened 0.58 bps to an average 8.95 bps vs. 8.37 bps wider as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended February 21st, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $1.572b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $20.260b) and a net outflow of $335.066m from High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $12.499b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 29 IG Corporate and 1 SSA new issues, of the 30 deals that printed, X tightened versus NIP for a 53.00% improvement rate, 7 widened  (23.50%), 7 were flat (23.50%).  

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

  • IG Corps: $18.15b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $20.65b

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, 

Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Global Market Recap

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Economic Data Releases           

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

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor     

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Rates Trading Lab

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Global Market Recap

 

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

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

-Tony Farren

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

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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

 

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

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

 

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Municipal Bond New Issues Scheduled Week Ending Feb 23 via Mischler Financial
February 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond New Issues Scheduled Week Ending Feb 23 2018– Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens on municipal bond new issues scheduled 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 this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $3.9 billion. This holiday-shortened week volume is expected to be about $5.8 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.4 billion for Los Angeles Unified School District, California. The competitive market is led by $250.0 million taxable general obligation bonds for The City of New York 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 the past two years alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc.’s  presence across the primary Primary Debt Capital Markets (DCM) space has included underwriting roles in which Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 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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Municipal Debt New Issuance : Toll Roads in Texas and Sewers in South Florida
February 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond New Issuance Scheduled Week of Feb 05 2018– First Week of Feb is Infrastructure Theme: Toll Roads in Texas and Sewers in South Florida need repair and the municipalities of Harris County, TX and Ft. Lauderdale, FL represent the top municipal debt new issuance deals of the week. In both floats, proceeds will go towards repairs and upgrades in those cities.  

Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a curated view towards municipal debt offerings scheduled 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 this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $3.6 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $3.8 billion. The negotiated market is led by $567.2 million of toll road revenue bonds for Harris County, Texas. The competitive market is led by $180.1 million of water and sewer bonds for the City of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 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

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Since 2014 alone, minority broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group Inc.’s  presence across the primary Primary Debt Capital Markets (DCM) space has included underwriting roles in which Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 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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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

 

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