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Debt Market Comment Week in Review and Looking Ahead -Mischler Viewpoint
May 2018      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.04.18 Debt Market Comment Week in Review and Looking Ahead

Mischler 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points : Reprieve

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

The Best & Brightest Fixed Income Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites

QC Geopolitical Monitor

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

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 2nd      

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Mischler 2018 Memorial Day Month Pledge Dedicated To…

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Debt Market Comment |Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap 


It was a great day for a goose egg with nothing having priced in our IG dollar DCM heading into the weekend and given the recent soft primary market tone in anticipation of a potentially much busier week ahead.  That’s right, I’ve spoken with the top 24 syndicate desks with some interesting sound bites. Most prominently, volume ahead can be heavily influenced by any one or a combination of anticipated M&A related financings among which are United Technologies Corp., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Bayer AG and General Dynamics Corp. Also, “if” HSBC decides to print a massive transaction, it too can upward skew the numbers. The big assumption, as one person in the know expressed, is, “it’s going to be busy if the market doesn’t completely melt down!”

 But why listen to me when you can read it direct from the 24 syndicate desks who price over 80% of the IG debt deals in Corporate America? That’s what the Friday “QC” brings you every week and that’s why this edition is called the “Best and the Brightest!” They are all waiting patiently below with their numbers and meaningful comments but as always let’s first run through this week’s recaps before I set the table for you for next week.

Get informed and enjoy the read but most of all…

Have a great weekend!

Ron Quigley, Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

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 85.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $22.05b vs. $25.94b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 10.29% of the syndicate forecast for April IG Corporate new issuance or $13.875b vs. $134.84b.
  • There are now 12 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • BAML’s IG Master Index widened 1 bp to +116 vs. +115. (It’s post-Crisis low is +90 set on 2/01).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to +111 vs. 1.10.  (0.85 is its post-Crisis low set on 1/30).
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +150 vs. +149. (+125 represents its post-Crisis low set 2/02).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Thursday versus $19.3b on Wednesday and $22b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.8b.
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s 35 IG Corporate and 1 SSA new issues, of the 36 IG deals that priced, 22 tightened versus NIP for a 61.00% improvement rate, 7 widened  (19.50%) and 7 were flat (19.50%).
  • For the week ended May 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $996.495m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $36.571b) and a net inflow of $526.111m into High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $14.084b) which was the largest HY inflow since December 2016.

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
4/30-5/04
vs. Current
WTD – $22.05b
May 2018 vs. Current
MTD – $13.875b
Low-End Avg. $25.24b 87.36% $133.64b 10.38%
Midpoint Avg. $25.94b 85.00% $134.84b 10.29%
High-End Avg. $26.64b 82.77% $136.04b 10.20%
The High $20b 110.25% $110b 12.61%
The Low $35b 63.00% $150b 9.25%

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” Syndicate edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of today’s respondents are in the top 21 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 80.25% 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 Wall Street’s most widely read debt market commentaries. 

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

Kim Jong-Un offered to readjust North Korea’s “Pyongyang” time zone that runs 30 minutes behind South Korea to match its southern neighbor as a symbol of his commitment to peace. The heads of North and South Korea met on 4/27 in the demilitarized zone to begin negotiations and mutual commitments to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula. The meeting was historic and made for great photo ops, but was devoid of details. Still, some are holding on to hope this meeting could be the start of one of the great foreign affairs coups of the past century. Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is “cautiously optimistic” about negotiations with China over trade tariffs and regulations in the aftermath of Trump’s $50b tariffs in retaliation for China’s stealing of corporate America’s intellectual property. Markets are fearful of a full blown trade war. Talks could reduce tensions, and perhaps even the playing field. China will NOT change its economic policies and was vocal when saying it won’t be “bullied” by the U.S. If talks do bear fruit, it could result in Trump backing off tariff threats. Members of the U.S. delegation include Peter Navarro, Larry Kudlow, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer and Ambassador Terry Branstad.   

In the Middle East, Israeli PM Netanyahu held a televised address last Monday, revealing 50k+ documents and 180+ CDs of data proving Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program is underway in violation of the 2015 deal that Trump wants to renegotiate or abandon. Netanyahu said the docs were moved to a secret Tehran locale post deal. The IAEA, however, sees no “credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.”    

Italian President Sergio Mattarella prefers to resolve the coalition deadlock by ruling with a short-term gov’t. rather than new national elections. On 4/30, Italy’s leftist 5-Star Movement head, Luigi Di Maio acknowledged his failure to form a coalition gov’t, calling for new elections. 5SM approached the center-left Democratic Party (“PD”) to enter into exploratory talks after it refused to negotiate with the right alliance lest ties with Berlusconi are severed. The nation has had no government for 58 days, or 24 days less than the record 82 set in 1992. Italy had 70 post WWII gov’ts in 72 post-WWII years – one every 1.02 years! – and it is the EU’s 3rd largest economy, the world’s 3rd highest debt-to-GDP ratio at 132.5% and a $2.8 trillion (equiv.) national debt. It’s the EU’s biggest economic risk. Italy’s banking sector holds $220bn of bad loans. 

Soft market tone prevails in our IG dollar DCM. In terms of primary markets, of the last 69 IG Corporate deals that priced, 32 saw guidance stagnate “at the number” while 3 of those deals launched at the widest side of guidance. That’s 46.4% of all deals priced in the past 9 sessions!  What’s more, many have traded in the gray wider to much wider and with 4 bps average NIC across that period, that’s going in the wrong direction.  This week should have been a table setter for what’s expected to be a much bigger week next week in a month that is historically robust.  

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total stands at $22.05b. We priced $3.89b less than this week’s average midpoint estimate of $25.94b or <15.00%>.
  • MTD we priced 10.29% of the syndicate midpoint forecast for IG Corporate new issuance or $13.875b vs. $134.84b.
  • Entering today’s session, the YTD IG Corporate-only volume is $478.546b vs. the $515.420b YoY which is <$36.874b> or <7.15%> less than a year ago.
  • The all-in or IG Corporate plus SSA YTD volume is $622.111b vs. $647.736b YoY making it  <$25.625b> or <3.96%> less than vs. 2017.

Here are the five key primary market driver averages for the 35 IG Corporate-only deals that priced this week.   

o   NICS:  5.92 bps  

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.16x

o   Tenors: 13.17 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $630mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <12.54> bps 

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

  • Week on week, average NICs widened 2.29 bps to an average 5.92 bps vs.  3.63 bps across this week’s 35 IG Corporate-only new issues that displayed relative value.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased by 0.37x to an average 2.16x vs. 2.53x. 
  • Average tenors extended by 3.98 years to an average 13. 17 years vs. 9.19 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $156mm to $630mm vs. $786mm last week.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 35 IG Corporate-only new issues widened by 1.31 bps to <12.54> bps vs. <13.85> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 4 bps to +150 vs. +146 week-on-week. 
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning widened 3 bps to 1.11 vs. 1.08 week-on-week.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Thursday versus $19.3b on Wednesday and $22b the previous Thursday.  
  • The 10-DMA stands at $18.8b.
  • The VIX widened 0.49 or 3.18% to 15.90 at yesterday’s close vs. last Friday’s 15.41 close.
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened 4 bps to +116 vs. +112.  
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 3.50 bps week-on-week to 22.00 vs. 18.50 bps as measured against its cumulative post-Crisis low.
  • Spreads across the 19 major IG industry sectors widened 4.84 bps to an average 27.05 vs. 22.21 bps as measured against their average cumulative post-Crisis lows!
  • For the week ended May 2nd, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported a net inflow of $996.495m into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2018 YTD net inflow of $36.571b) and a net inflow of $526.111m into High Yield Funds (2018 YTD net outflow of $14.084b) which was the largest HY inflow since December 2016.

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

  • IG Corps: $22.05b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $22.60b

And now it’s time for today’s question posed  to the industry’s leading investment grade debt syndicate desks:  “What are your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume?”
Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!
Ron

 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

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Muni Bond Credit Spreads Stay Flat; New Deals This Week: GO Bonds
April 2018      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt New Issue Outlook Week of 04-16-18: Muni Bond Credit Spreads Stay Flat; Week’s Scheduled Deals: GO Bonds from CA, UConn. and City of Memphis Mischler Muni Market Update looks back to last week’s new issue and muni bond 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 $4.5 billion. This week volume is expected to be about $7.5 billion. The negotiated market is led by $2.1 billion taxable general obligation bonds for the State of California. The competitive market is led by $314.9 million general obligation bonds for the City of Memphis, Tennessee 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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During 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 $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.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Tax Reform Bill Passes Both Houses-Let The Good Times Roll
December 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 12.20.17 – Tax Reform Bill Heralded By US Corporations

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap -Tax Reform Bill Ready For President’s Signature

Investment Grade Credit Spreads at Post Financial Crisis Lows

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week, December & January 2018

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

Indexes and New Issue Volume              

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending December 13th

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 

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC”  Wednesday December 20 2017 edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk and includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline.

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – It’s Official: Tax Reform Bill Has Passed in Both Houses

That is one heck of a Christmas present to the American middle class which – make no mistake about it – IS the engine that drives the greatest country on the planet. To illustrate just how great this event could prove to be, let’s turn to the world’s 15th largest global company AT&T Inc. (NYSE:ATT) which announced it will give over 200,000 U.S. employees a special $1,000 bonus – to celebrate the signing of today’s historic tax bill! AT&T also committed to invest $1b in the U.S. in 2018.
IG Spreads Set or Tie Post-Crisis Lows

The good news doesn’t stop there though! Getting more granular to our IG dollar DCM, today saw credit spreads set or tie new post-Crisis lows across the four IG asset classes and the 19 major industry sectors.  It was bound to happen as IG secondary spreads continue to tighten given the absence of any new issuance here at year end among others. I suspect that despite the 10% reduction in IG Corporate new issuance being called for in 2018 as a consequence of the 21% corporate tax rate, there should also be a positive impact of the massive repatriation of trillions of dollars of offshore funds back to domestic corporate coffers. Overall, the new tax reform bill should reflect positively on IG credit quality.

Year-to-date we priced $1.333 trillion in IG Corporate new issues. Many are calling for a 10% reduction in 2018 IG Corporate issuance versus 2017 thanks to repatriation of funds. That would bring the amount down to $1.2tln.  Backing out this year’s $200b in M&A related financings gets you to $1tln even. I think we’ll actually see another 5% increase to that number thanks to redemptions, etc so, and more utility and FIG activity that will bring us to $1.05tln. However, many issuers are looking at their new piles of cash as a “strategic asset” in which they will be asking, “what can we buy with all these new found greenbacks?”  I think we’ll actually see ~$250bn in M&A-related financings.  So, that would bring my total to $1.3tln.

So, $1.3tln is my call for 2018 IG Corporate new issuance. Remember I count split-rated issuance as long as one of the 3 IG ratings is by Moodys, S&P or Fitch and I also include IG rated $25 par Preferreds.

Additionally, today’s November Existing Home Sales beat by 5.06% or 5.81m vs. 5.53m the highest number in 11 years!  The MoM number was 5.6% vs. 0.9% forecasts.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 0.00% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $0.00m vs. $994mm.
  • MTD we’ve priced 79.96% of the syndicate forecast for December IG Corporate new issuance or $26.387b vs. $33b.
  • There are now 5 issuers in the IG credit pipeline. 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points  

  • The IG Average set a new post-Crisis low of +99; the “AA” asset class also set a new post-Crisis low of +56.
  • The “A” (+77) IG asset class tied its post-Crisis low for the second consecutive session. “BBBs” also tied it post-Crisis low of +129.
  • Of the 19 major industry sectors, a total of 9 of them (47.4%) set or tied their post-Crisis lows as follows: Basic Industry (+124) and Transportation (+102) set new lows while Banking (+82), Consumer Products (+84), Energy (+132), Industrials (+104), Insurance (+108), Real Estate (+111) and Services (+100) tied their post-Crisis lows.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +99 vs. +100.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.94 vs. 0.95.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 3 bps to +137 vs. +140 setting a new post-Crisis low dating back to July 30th 2014 (+140).
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.5b on Tuesday versus $12.9b on Monday and $18.6b the previous Tuesday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $15.4b.

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates For This Week, December & January 2018

 

IG Corporate New Issuance Thru year End
12/18-12/29
vs. Current
WTD – $0.00b
December 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $26.387b
January 2018
Low-End Avg. $344mm 0.00% $31.33b 84.22% $128.54b
Midpoint Avg. $994mm 0.00% $33b 79.96% $129.29b
High-End Avg. $1.64b 0.00% $34.67b 76.11% $130.04b
The Low $0b 0.00% $25b 105.55% $100b
The High $5b 0.00% $28b 94.24% $150b

 Global Market Recap

  •  U.S. Treasuries – 30yr experienced its third terrible session in a row.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s weaker. EU core and semi core lost. EU Peripherals mixed.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at 1.65793% the highest since December 2008.
  • Stocks – Small losses at 3pm.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia lower except Nikkei. Europe closed red except Greece.
  • Economic – U.S. housing data continues to impress. Existing home sales best since 2006.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data was mixed. German PPI was lower than the last.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. Yen, weaker vs. Euro/CAD and little changed vs. Pound/AUD.
  • Commodities – CRB, crude oil, gasoline, gold, copper, silver, wheat, etc higher.
  • CDX IG: -0.61 to 49.14
  • CDX HY: -1.46 to 308.13
  • CDX EM: -1.24 to 120.54

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH +
“North Korea”
·        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
“MENA and
Trumponomics and Beltway Beginning to Function”
·        12/20 – The House, in its re-vote cleared the tax rewrite for Trump’s signature 224-201. Tax Reform is official.  One of the single greatest GOP legislative wins in history. 12/19 – The Senate passed the bill in a 51-48 vote after the House voted in support 227 to 203 (4 no votes) requiring a revote the 12/20 due to a 529 home schooling technicality.  A typical U.S. family will get an add’l. $2k in 2018, the U.S. Corporate tax rate would be reduced to 21%, Americans can choose their own healthcare and Tax  Form is simplified. These are the largest tax cuts in U.S. history. President Trump said he wanted to sign the bill into law before Christmas.

·        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 is more than enough to promote an act of war between KAS and Iran. 12/06 – Pres. Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Plans to move U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Could take three years. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah warn Trump of dangerous consequences for stability and security in the Middle East. Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with Israel calling the move a “red line for all Muslims” and decision puts “world and region in a ring of fire.” 12/04 – Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated in Sanaa by former allied and Iranian-backed Houthis.  Yemen, like Lebanon are sights of proxy wars fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 11/28 – Israeli Mossad working with Saudi’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) over mounting tensions with Iran. Shared interests against Iran are bringing both nation’s closer. Lebanon’s PM al-Hariri resigned from Saudi Arabia 11/05 blaming Iranian aggression. Abandons support of Iran’s Hezbollah terror group.  Beirut, is proving ground for Saudi-Iranian proxy wars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans sweeping with “Vision 2030” to wean KSA off oil. Saudi inner players arrested in anti-corruption probe involving multi-billion dollar “settlements.” Both Trump and KAS share strong views of an anti-nuclear Iran. KSA needs oil above $81 to break even. Mideast tension expected to boost the price of oil.

CAUTION
“Russia, Europe,
Uranium 1 & Terror”
·        December MTD Terror Stats a/o 12/20: 56 terrorist attacks; 225 dead; 414 wounded.

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

MODERATE
“China”
·        12/19 – Spain’s Rajoy announces snap elections on Thursday, Dec. 21st to help defray the Catalonian independence crisis. Could result in breakaway = could spread thru EU. Separatists remain ahead in latest polls 46.9% to 43.7% for the Unionists. 7.8% are “non-aligned.”

·        Italian elections to be held no later than March 20th, 2018. 5-Star Populist Party leader Luigi Di Maio is hopeful for EU negotiations but said he would vote for an ITALEXIT if discussions fail. Italians are resistant to the EU’s stringent austerity measures. 5-Star holds a lead in polls.

·        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.”

 

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Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance-A Common Thread
October 2017      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 10.24.17 – A Common Thread re Ford Motor Credit and Goldman Sachs Corporate Debt Issuance  

Investment Grade US Corporate Debt New Issue Re-Cap 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points: Spotlight on Ford Motor Credit & GS

Global Market Recap

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

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

Rates Trading Lab

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 18th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today the IG dollar DCM hosted 3 issuers across 7 tranches totaling $9.45b.  The SSA space featured 4 issuers and 6 tranches for $7.50b bringing the all-in IG day totals to 7 issuers, 13 tranches and $16.95b. Clearly the mega deal of the day belongs to The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. that issued a $7b three-part Senior Unsecured Global Notes transaction for which Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on the 21nc20 fixed-to-floating tranche due 10/31/2038.  That deal and more specifically that tranche is today’s Deal-of-the-Day.

Here are the day’s recaps first:

The DOW skyrocketed 168 points to close at a new all-time high of 23,441 propelled by stellar earnings from the likes of Caterpillar, 3M, GM and Fiat Chrysler.

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

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 108.88% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $23.724b vs. $21.79b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 98.36% of the syndicate forecast for October IG Corporate new issuance or $90.178b vs. $91.68b.
  • There are now 8 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Mischler Financial is proud to have been named a Selling Group member on today’s $1bn Ford Credit Auto Lease Trust Series 2017-B. Thank you Team Ford for choosing Mischler from among your diversity candidates.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 7 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.71> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +101 tying its post Crisis low set with last Friday’s close.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index saw 3 of the 4 IG asset classes set or tied new post Crisis lows as follows: “AA” +59 (tied), “A” +79 (tied) and “BBB” +130 (set).
  • 3 of the 19 major IG sectors set new post Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+84), Basic Industry (+127) and Industrials (+105).
  • 6 of the 19 major IG sectors tied their post Crisis lows as follows: Cap Goods (+79), Consumer Products (+85), Insurance (+110), Services (+102), Technology (+76) and Transportation (+106).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.95 vs. 0.96 while setting yet another new low.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread widened 1 bp to +144 vs. +143.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $15.5b on Monday versus $13.8b on Friday and $14.3b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.4b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs market continues to struggle. 10yr closed over 2.40%.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s mixed & flatter. Down day in Europe.
  • 3mth Libor – Set at its highest yield (1.37064%) since January 2009.
  • Stocks – Earnings sends U.S. stocks higher. Dow at all-time high.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia weaker expected. Japan (record winning streak). Europe better.
  • Economic – All 3 Markit PMI’s were better but Richmond manufacturing was weaker.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data weaker. Europe data mixed but solid overall.
  • Currencies – USD better bid vs. 4 of the Big 5 bit the DXY Index was little changed.
  • Commodities – CRB traded at high since May. Crude & gasoline up. Gold down.
  • CDX IG: -0.20 to 52.73
  • CDX HY: -0.44 to 308.86
  • CDX EM: +0.34 to 174.84

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
10/23-10/27
vs. Current
WTD – $23.724b
October 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $90.178b
Low-End Avg. $20.75b 114.33% $90.96b 99.14%
Midpoint Avg. $21.79b 108.88% $91.68b 98.36%
High-End Avg. $22.83b 103.92% $92.42b 97.57%
The Low $15b 158.16% $110b 81.98%
The High $30b 79.08% $75b 120.24%

 

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. $2.5b 21nc20 Fixed-to-Floating Senior Unsecured Global Notes

 

Today’s Goldman Sachs transaction was a $7bn three-part comprised of a 5nc4 fixed-to-floater as well as a 5yr FRN both due 10/31/2022.  Mischler proudly served as an active Co-Manager on today’s longest tranche of that issuance – the 21nc20 fixed-to-floating due 10/31/2038 so I am writing about that tranche this evening.

It’s important to note that in speaking with today’s accounts they like the pro-U.S. growth sentiment and rates that are helping to boost markets especially for bank and finance issuers.  Broader corporate tax reform will certainly lead to additional M&A activity ahead which is good for banks/finance. Several international accounts expressed their view that U.S. banks as flight to relative safety underscore an overall bullish sentiment in the sector.  Other investors were attracted by some additional yield compared to the risk-reward in European banks and Asian banks.  We’ve seen some front-loaded supply in the sector post Q3 earnings but the demand for GS paper has been consistently strong.

  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +101 tying its post Crisis low set with last Friday’s close.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index saw 3 of the 4 IG asset classes set or tied new post Crisis lows as follows: “AA” +59 (tied), “A” +79 (tied) and “BBB” +130 (set).
  • 3 of the 19 major IG sectors set new post Crisis lows as follows: Banking (+84), Basic Industry (+127) and Industrials (+105).
  • 6 of the 19 major IG sectors tied their post Crisis lows as follows: Cap Goods (+79), Consumer Products (+85), Insurance (+110), Services (+102), Technology (+76) and Transportation (+106).
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 0.95 vs. 0.96 while setting yet another new low.

 

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

For relative value we looked to the outstanding GS 3.691% due 6/05/2028 6nc5 fixed-to-floating that priced on May 31st that was quoted today T+119 (G+120) pre-announcement.

Curves on comparable FIGs show an average 11- to 21-year spread differential of <13> bps. Applying that to the GS 11nc10 pegs fair value at T+106 nailing NIC on today’s new 21nc20 F-t-F as 2 bps.

 

GS Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
Trading at
the Break
+/-
(bps)
21nc20 F-t-F
10/31/2038
+120-125 +110a (+/-2) +108 +108 <14.5> bps 2 bps 106/104 <2>

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final book size and oversubscription rate:

 

GS Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
21nc20 F-t-F
10/31/2038
$2.5b $5bn 2.00x

 

Final Pricing – The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. f-t-f Perp NC5 Preferred

GS $2.5b 4.017% 10/31/2038 21nc20 fixed-to-floating @ $100.00 T+108 (Back-end: 3mL+137.3)

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

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

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

KEY IG CORPORATE
NEW ISSUE DRIVERS
MON.
10/23
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/16
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/09
AVERAGES
WEEK 10/02
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/25
AVERAGES
WEEK 8/18
AVERAGES
WEEK 9/11
New Issue Concessions 1.33 bps 0.41 bps <0.38> bps 1.18 bps 1.38 bps 0.62 bps 1.40 bps
Oversubscription Rates 2.23x 2.89x 3.03x 3.50x 3.31x 3.18x 3.27x
Tenors 6.20 yrs 8.85 yrs 9.77 yrs 12.00 yrs 8.50 yrs 8.21 yrs 9.84 yrs
Tranche Sizes $793mm $804mm $906mm $608mm $645mm $483mm $674mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<12.75> bps <16.81> bps <19.81> bps <18.40> bps <20.19> yrs <18.40> bps <18.91> bps

  

Rates Trading Lab

 

Most of today’s trading was confined to a tight range with yields slowly migrating higher as the curve steepened. Then came the news that John Taylor had reportedly won a straw poll on a show of hands when President Trump asked GOP Senators about their Fed pick. Market got hit with the belly leading the sell-off and 5yrs traded at 2.044%, 10yr at 2.4225% and 30yr 2.934%. Stops were hit in futures as TY touched 124-18 before bouncing. Taylor had a big day in the betting pools, for what it’s worth, solidifying his second place standing. https://www.predictit.org/Market/3306/Who-will-be-Senate-confirmed-Fed-Chair-on-February-4%2C-2018 Lost in the fray were reports that the trio of Corker, McCain and Paul might not support a tax cut program if not revenue neutral and that Jeff Flake bowed out of the Arizona Republican race, but not before saying that “[w]ithout fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe, we must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified.” Meanwhile, stocks carried on, with records falling once again and the financial networks straining to contain their giddiness.

 

Thoughts:

Today’s price action was a textbook case of why this market is becoming so difficult to trade. I understand that a Taylor chairmanship and its potentially consequential rules-based policy metrics is a decidedly hawkish event. Countering that, however, is more stagnation on the legislative front. Senators Corker and Flake are now question marks in the Republican camps along with the fiscal conservatives. I know we have broken through established support levels and that it may trigger a further sell-off on that basis alone, but I think this is a counter-trade. Whatever happens, it will happen fast. Machines can hit bids and lift offers faster than you can blink.

-Jim Levenson

 

UST Resistance/Support Table

 

CT3 CT5 CT7 CT10 CT30
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-30 99-19+ 99-22 99-10 97-23
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-27+ 99-14 99-14+ 99-00 97-12+
RESISTANCE LEVEL 99-25 99-102 99-08+ 98-23+ 96-28
         
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-22+ 99-052 99-02+ 98-15+ 96-11
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-196 99-01+ 98-28+ 98-07+ 95-30
SUPPORT LEVEL 99-17+ 98-31 98-24+ 98-01 95-24

 

New Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issues Priced

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

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

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

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

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

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending October 4th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

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

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

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

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

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

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

-GCC Crisis continues as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base, severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

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

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

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

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

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

-Mueller’s continuing FBI probe into Trump.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Rates Trading Lab- Mischler’s Tony Farren Reports In

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

Looking ahead at factors that could impact the Treasury market –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Tony Farren

 

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

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  Thank you to all of them. 20 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 21 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.59% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

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

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

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

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

Entering this morning’s Friday session –   

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please know that on each and every new issue, the guy-in-the-corner is ALWAYS be in YOUR corner on deal day! If an issuer asks you who some of the best diversity firms are, my hope is that you’ll mention Mischler Financial and the guy-in-the-corner.  Our distribution is high quality, prolific and consistent. On deal day, we perform enough to influence your bid-to-cover rates with REAL unpadded orders. Besides where else can you get an award winning daily fixed income DCM piece for FREE? But most of all, we have a great certification as the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer. We demonstrate remarkable authenticity here at Team Mischler. Our commitment to our demographic is our foundation. We donate 10% of our earnings to heavily-vetted veteran foundations and non-profits to help our active and veteran service men and women and their families. It’s all well worth it and I hope you think so too!

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

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their responses:

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Mischler Muni Market Update Week of Oct 2
October 2017      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond Offering Schedule Week of Oct 2 -Mischler Muni Market Update Oct 02 edition looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $8.7 billion. This week volume is expected to be $5.0 billion. The negotiated market is led by $500 million taxable bonds for Northwestern University and $301.5 million for Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for School Districts. The competitive market is led by $1.7 billion tax-exempt and taxable PIT bonds for 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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municipal-debt-market-offering-schedule 

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 are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Municipal Bond Offering Schedule Week Sep 25-Texas Water Development Board-Mischler Comment
September 2017      Muni Market   

Municipal Bond Offering Schedule -Mischler Muni Market Market Update Sep 25 edition looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending muni bond offerings scheduled for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $5.4 billion.  This week volume is expected to be $9.9 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $1.1 billion for the Texas Water Development Board.  The competitive market is led by $846.8 million general obligation bonds for the State of Minnesota in 5 bids on Wednesday.

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

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municipal-debt-offering-calendar

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 are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Municipal Debt New Issue Calendar Week of Sept 18 Mischler Comment
September 2017      Muni Market   

Municipal Debt New Issue Calendar Week of Sept 18 2017- Mischler Muni Market Market Update looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on pending muni bond offerings scheduled for this week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $5.6 billion. This week volume is expected to be $4.7 billion. The negotiated market is led by $900.0 million taxable bonds for Northwell Healthcare, Inc. and $854.3 tax-exempt and taxable bonds for The Regents of the University of California. The competitive market is led by $178.3 million general obligation bonds for Cherry Creek School District No. 5, Colorado in 2 bids 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

For reading ease, please click on image below 

muni market new issues

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 are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Day’s IG DCM: 14 Issuers Float $14.67b in New Corporate Debt
August 2017      Debt Market Commentary, Recent Deals   

Quigley’s Corner 08.07.17 :  Another New Corporate Debt Issue Milestone


Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Most Amount of Issuers YTD; 14 Issuers, $14b+

Today’s IG New Debt Issuance & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

The Best and the Brightest: IG DCM Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

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

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

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending August 2nd               

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline Highlights

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

Today’s IG Corporate dollar DCM finished with a YTD record of 14 issuers that priced 22 tranches between them totaling $14.675b.  Leading the pack: Aetna (NYSE: AET), American Water Capital, Ares Capital (NASDAQ: ARCC), Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), Kraft Heinz (NYSE:HNZ), Regions Financial (NYSE: RF), and UBS Group (NYSE: UBS).  The SSA space was quiet.  This past March 6th the IG Corporate space featured 12 issuers and April 27th also hosted 12 IG Corporate issuers.  But today takes the cake for the most number of issuers YTD. The DJIA closed at its 9th consecutive new high. The S&P also ended the session at a new all-time high.

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

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is 42.80% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $14.675b vs. $34.29b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 45.13% of the syndicate forecast for July or $35.70b vs. $79.10b.
  • There are now 4 issuers in the IG credit pipeline.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Kimco Realty Corp. upsized its $25 par PerpNC5 Class “L” cumulative redeemable preferred stock new issue to $225mm from $150mm at the launch and at the tightest side of price talk.
  • Regions Financial Corp. dropped the 5-year FRN tranche from today’s earlier announced two-part 5-year FXD/FRN new issue having secured sufficient funding in the 5-year fixed rate tranche.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 20 IG Corporate-only but ex-Kimco Realty $25 par Preferred new issues, was <15.69> bps.
  • The spread compression across all 21 IG Corporate new issues including the Kimco Realty $25 par Preferred was <15.24> bps.
  • The average spreads of 1 of the 19 major industry sectors set a new post-Crisis low while 2 of the 19 tied their post-Crisis lows. That’s 15.79% of the sectors.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +109.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 1 bp to 1.05 vs. 1.04.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread tightened 2 bps to +150 vs. +152.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $14.2b on Friday versus $19.6b on Thursday and $14.3b the previous Friday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.6b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – Not fazed by strong Employment Report & this week’s Treasury Refunding.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s down. Good day Gilts. Bund unchanged. Peripherals better.
  • Stocks – Dow looking for 9th record high close & 11th winning day in a row.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia rallied to a 10yr high. Europe had more red than green.
  • Economic – Not a factor in the U.S. today. PPI on Thursday & CPI on Friday.
  • Overseas Economic – China foreign reserves up. Japan better. Germany IP weaker.
  • Currencies – Quiet day on the FX front. U.S. outperformed 4 of the Big 5 (small).
  • Commodities – Crude oil small loss, gold basically unchanged & copper 2+ year high.
  • CDX IG: +0.24 to 57.95
  • CDX HY: +0.38 to 322.22
  • CDX EM: -3.47 to 183.20

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

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·        N. Korea launches ICBM on 7/28. Jong-Un claims Hwasong-14 missile can reach any location on the U.S. continent. UN projects worst famine in NOKO in 17 yrs; last one killed 2mm (8% of population).  Fear that NOKO may use nuclear intel/systems as barter for food w/”suspect” nations. U.S. has already sanctioned certain Chinese banks to pressure the PRC to use more influence over NOKO which has failed. U.S. lofts Trident missile in Pacific Ocean in response. China insiders say PRC does not have the influence on NOKO that the U.S. thinks it does.
ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout
·        U.K. PM May is on the hot seat. Macron-Merkel coalition to squeeze U.K. for all it can. France pressing for $115b equivalent.
Venezuela – civil unrest as Maduro dictatorship claims bogus election outcome favors unlimited powers and a new constitutional assembly in elections that U.S. and key LATAM nations will not acknowledge. Caracas named most dangerous city in the world with highest murder rate. VZ gov’t stopped publishing crime stats a decade ago. Dictatorship in our Western Hemisphere. U.S. Tsy. freezes Maduro family assets.
CAUTION
“U.S. political gridlock”
·        Trump financial, healthcare, tax and infrastructure reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned; U.S. Senate sanctions Iran for missile testing and supporting terrorism; also expands sanctions against Russia in 98-2 vote. Russia in expansion mode.

·        GCC Crisis as Saudis, UAB, Egypt, Bahrain & 5 others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar; Land, air and sea blockade. Demands include closing its Al Jazeera network & a Turkish military base, severing ties w/Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda & ISIS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and August

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
8/07-8/11
vs. Current
WTD – $14.675b
August 2017 vs. Current
MTD – $35.70b
Low-End Avg. $33.46b 43.86% $78.37b 45.55%
Midpoint Avg. $34.29b 42.80% $79.10b 45.13%
High-End Avg. $35.12b 41.79% $79.83b 44.72%
The Low $30b 48.92% $60b 59.50%
The High $45b 32.61% $100b 35.70%

 

UBS Funding Group (Switzerland) AG $3.25bn 2-part 6NC5 Fixed-to-Floating and 6NC5 FRNs Deal Dashboard

Let’s go straight to the “QC” Deal Dashboard for pricing intel and book sizes/bid-to-cover rates.  Here’s a look at spread compression throughout price evolution during today’s two-part book build from IPTs to the launch and final pricing:

Issue IPTs GUIDANCE LAUNCH PRICED Spread
Compression
NICs
(bps)
6NC5 FRNs 3mL+equiv 3mL+equiv 3mL+95 3mL+95 <20> bps 2.5
6NC5F-t-F +125a +110a (+/-5) +105 +105 <20> bps 2.5

 

………and here’s a snap shot of today’s final book sizes and oversubscription rates:

 

Issue Tranche Size Final Book
Size
Bid-to-Cover
Rate
6NC5 FRNs $1.25bn $2.20bn 1.76x
6NC5 F-t-F $2bn $3.5bn 1.75x

 

Final Pricing – UBS Funding Group (Switzerland) AG $3.25bn 2-part 6NC5 Fixed-to-Floating and 6NC5 FRNs

UBS $1.25bn 6nc5 FRNs due 8/15/2023(22) @ $100.00 3mL+95.

UBS $2bn 2.859% 6nc5 due 8/15/2023(22) @ $100.00 to yield 2.859% or T+105.

 

 

Have a great evening!

Ron Quigley

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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

…..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.
7/31
TUES.
8/01
WED.
8/02
TH.
8/03
FRI.
8/04
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/31
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/24
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/17
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/10
AVERAGES
WEEK 7/03
AVERAGES
WEEK 6/26
New Issue Concessions <4.05> bps 0.375 bps 1.19 bps 6.80 bps N/A 0.06 bps 1.68 bps <0.05> bps 2.46 bps 2.25 bps <0.24> bps
Oversubscription Rates 4.35x 2.82x 3.09x 1.95x N/A 3.34x 3.30x 3.37x 2.97x 2.38x 3.29x
Tenors 12.83 yrs 12.80 yrs 12.55 yrs 8.12 yrs 6.5 yrs 11.96 yrs 13.03 yrs 10.28 yrs 8.96 yrs 12.50 yrs 9.43 yrs
Tranche Sizes $466mm $933mm $627mm $721mm 325 $651mm $1,512mm $1,187mm $765mm $1,437mm $527mm
Avg. Spd. Compression
IPTs to Launch
<19.73> bps <15.33> bps <17.98> yrs <19.92> bps N/A <18.56> bps <21.15> bps <18.10> bps <19.80> bps <20.50> bps <17.35> bps

 

New Issues Priced

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Muni Bond New Issuance Scheduled Week 080717-Mischler
August 2017      Muni Market, Recent Deals   

Mischler Muni Market Market Update for the week of 08-07-17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a focused lens on muni bond new issuance scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook offers public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of the prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings tentatively scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $7.0 billion. This week volume for muni bond issuance is expected to be $7.3 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.1 billion tax-exempt and taxable bonds for Cleveland Clinic Health System issued by the State of Ohio. The competitive market is led by $1.5 billion tax-exempt and taxable bonds for New York City Transitional Finance Authority, New York, 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

For reading ease, please click on image below

muni-bond-new-issuance-080717

Since 2014 alone, 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 are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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