US markets continued their strong run boosted by tech stocks, which helped Nasdaq close higher by 1% to reach another record. S&P also set a record, gaining 0.2%. IT was up 1.1% while Energy and Financials lagged, down 3.3% and 0.8%. US 10Y Treasury yields eased by 5bp to 1.48%. All eyes are now set on Friday’s job report by the Labor Department where economists expect NFP to increase by 683k in June, topping the 559k reading for May. European bourses witnessed a fall after the increased number of Covid cases and the likelihood of EU banning British tourists pulled down travel stocks. CAC, FTSE and DAX were down 1%, 0.9% and 0.3%. US IG and HY CDS spreads widened 0.6bp and 2.9bp respectively. EU main and crossover CDS widened 0.8bp and 4.8bp respectively. Saudi TASI was down 0.1% while Abu Dhabi’s ADX was up 0.6%. Brazil’s Bovespa was up 0.1%. Asian markets opened in the red – Nikkei is down 0.9%, Singapore’s STI down 0.8%, Shanghai down 0.6% and HSI down 0.5%. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 0.5bp tighter. Another busy day at the primary markets with 11 new dollar deals dominated by Chinese local government financing vehicles (LGFVs).
New Bond Issues
- Seazen Holdings $ 4.25NC2.25 green bonds at 5.15% area
- Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) $ 10NC5 Tier 2 bonds at T+175bp area
- China National Bluestar $ PerpNC3 at 3.65% area
- West China Cement $ 5NC3 at 5.45% area
- Mirae Asset Securities $ 3Y green bond at T+125bp area
- Wuhan Urban Construction Group $ 3Y sustainability bonds at 2.75% area
- Chongqing NanAn Urban Construction $ 3Y 4.7% area
- Rudong County Jinxin Transportation Engineering $ 3Y credit-enhanced bonds at 2.5%a
- Kunming Public Rental Housing Development Construction $ 3Y at 5.95% area
- Xucheng General Investment $ 3Y at 5.3% area
- Sansheng Holdings $ 364-day @ 13% final
The Republic of the Philippines raised $3bn via a two-tranche offering. It raised $750mn via a 10.5Y bond at a yield of 2.08%, 30bp inside the initial guidance of T+90bp. It also raised $2.25bn via a 25Y bond at a yield of 3.25%, 30bp inside the initial guidance of 3.55% areas. The bonds have expected ratings of Baa2/BBB+/BBB and received combined orders are over $3bn, in-line with the issue size. Proceeds will be used for general purposes, including budgetary support. The new 10.5Y was priced 10bp above its 1.648% bonds due June 2031 that yield 1.98% in secondary markets.
Logan Group raised $300mn via a 5Y non-call 3Y (5NC3) green bond at a yield of 4.7%, 35bp inside initial guidance of 5.05% area. The bonds have expected ratings of Ba3/BB and received orders over $1.65bn, 5.5x issue size. Asia took 86% of the bonds and EMEA 14%. Asset/fund managers/hedge funds were allocated 80%, private banks and corporates 12%, insurance and pension funds 6% and banks and financial institutions 2%. Proceeds will be used for debt refinancing and to finance or refinance eligible green projects. The bonds were priced 14bp over their 4.85% bonds due December 2026, callable in December 2024 that currently yield 4.56%.
Mongolia raised $1bn via a dual-trancher. It raised $500mn via a 6Y bond at a yield of 3.75%, 50bp inside initial guidance of 4.25% area. It also raised $500mn via a 10Y bond at a yield of 4.7%, 55bp inside initial guidance of 5.25% area. The bonds have expected ratings of B/B. Proceeds will be used to repurchase a portion of their $799mn 5.125% 2022s and $800mn 5.625% 2023s. Under the tender offer, Mongolia will pay $1,048.65 and $1,060.35, plus accrued and unpaid interest, per $1,000 in principal. Their 5.125% 2022s and 5.625% 2023s currently trade at 104.77 and 105.88 respectively.
Sumitomo raised $500mn via a 5Y bond at a yield of 1.585%, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+95bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of Baa1/BBB+. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including debt refinancing.
UniCredit raised €1bn ($1.2bn) via an 8Y non-call 7Y (8NC7) bond at a yield of 0.807%, 30bp inside initial guidance of T+120bp area. The bonds received orders over €2.7bn, 2.7x issue size. Net proceeds will be used specifically for financing and/or re-financing of specified green projects and activities in accordance with eligibility criteria as described in UniCredit’s Sustainability Bond Framework.
Suzano Austria raised $1bn via a 10Y sustainability-linked bond (SLB) at a yield of 3.28%, over ~20bp inside initial guidance of low T+200bp. The bonds have expected ratings of BBB-/BBB-. The issuer is Suzano Austria GmbH. From July 16, 2026 there is a coupon step-up of 12.5bp if
- The issuer’s “Women in Leadership Positions Sustainability Performance Target” has not been satisfied
- The satisfaction of the targets are not confirmed by the external verifier
From July 16, 2027 there is a coupon step-up of 12.5bp if
- The issuer’s Industrial Water Withdrawal Intensity Sustainability Performance Targets have not been satisfied
- The satisfaction of the targets are not confirmed by the external verifier
Proceeds will be used to repay existing debt including certain export pre-payment agreements and the optional redemption with make-whole premium of the outstanding 5.25% 2024s issued by Fibria Overseas Finance Ltd.
LG Chem raised $1bn via a dual-tranche Yankee green bond offering. It raised $500mn via a 5Y green bond at a yield of 1.48% 40bp inside the initial guidance of T+100bp area. It also raised another $500mn via a 10Y green bond at a yield of 2.38%, 40bp inside the initial guidance of T+130bp area. The 5Y notes received orders of $4bn, 8x the issue size. Asia took 86%, EMEA 7% and the US 7%. Asset/Fund managers took 61%, insurers 25%, banks and private banks 10% with the rest going to central banks/sovereigns/supranationals. The 10Y notes received orders of $4.5bn, 9x the issue size. Asia took 83%, EMEA 4% and the US 13%. Asset/Fund managers took 80%, insurers 12%, banks and private banks 7%, with the rest going to central banks/sovereigns/supranationals. The notes have expected ratings of Baa1/BBB+. Proceeds will be used to finance eligible green projects.
Linyi City Construction Investment Group raised $300mn via a 3Y bond at a yield of 2.6%, 40bp inside the initial guidance of 3% area. The bonds have an expected rating of BBB- and booked orders of over $1.2bn, 4x issue size. The bonds will be issued by Yi Bright International and Linyi City Construction is the guarantor. Proceeds will be used for onshore projects and general corporate purposes.
New Bond Pipeline
- SoftBank $/€ bonds
- Emaar Properties hires for $ 10Y Sukuk
- Wuhan Urban Construction Group hires for $ sustainability bonds
- Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) hires for $ 10NC5 T2
- Korea Gas Corp hires for $ 5Y and/or 10Y bond
- Laos plans $ bond offering; to repay 2021s
- Kunming Public Rental Housing Development Construction hires for $ bond
- Principal Financial Group Outlook Revised To Stable By S&P On Capital Stability And Minimal Strategic Change; Ratings Affirmed
- Mongolian Mortgage Corp. Outlook Revised To Negative By S&P On Likely Slow Improvement In Profitability; ‘B/B’ Ratings Affirmed
- Fitch Assigns Qatar Petroleum First-Time ‘AA-‘ IDR; Outlook Stable
- Multiple Rating Actions Taken On Selected Air Canada EETCs By S&P On New Methodology; Ratings Removed From UCO
Term of the Day
Credit Enhanced Bonds
Credit Enhanced Bonds are bonds that come with credit enhancements that can improve the credit rating of the bonds using various structures. It gives investors additional comfort that the debt would be honored by an additional external collateral, guarantee or insurance. Credit enhancements can come through an unconditional/irrevocable guarantee, letter of comfort, standby letter of credit, pledge of shares etc. Generally, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) and subsidiaries issue these bonds in order to lock-in a lower yield vs. issuing bonds without a credit enhancement.
Rudong County Jinxin Transportation Engineering has launched a 3Y USD credit-enhanced bond at 2.5% area.