US markets were mixed with S&P posting modest gains of 0.1% while Nasdaq slipped 0.2%. Citi and Wells Fargo reported strong earnings while BofA missed expectations even as the combined earnings of Citi, Wells, BofA and JPMC totaled $33bn. Consumer Staples and Real Estate up 0.9 % and IT up 0.7% provided support to the indices while Energy down 2.9% was a drag. US 10Y Treasury yields dipped 6bp to 1.34% after Fed Chair Powell said that the central bank will continue to increase its holdings of Treasury securities and that the Fed will ensure monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support to the economy. European indices closed lower – DAX, FTSE and CAC were down 0.7%, 0.5% and 0.1% respectively. Eurostat data revealed that the euro zone industrial output fell by 1% vs. expectations of 0.2%. US IG CDS spreads were flat while HY tightened 1.7bp. EU main and crossover CDS spreads widened 0.2bp and 1.2bp respectively. Brazil’s Bovespa was up 0.2%. Saudi TASI and Abu Dhabi’s ADX were up 0.4% and 0.5% respectively. Asian markets are having a mixed start as traders await the Chinese growth data. The HSI and Shanghai are up 0.5% and 0.1% respectively while Nikkei and Singapore’s STI are down 0.9% and 0.1% respectively. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 1.9bp tighter. It’s a busy Thursday for the Asian primary markets with nine new bond deals including 5 from Chinese property developers.
- Kaisa Group capped $200mn 364-day sustainable notes FPG 8.65%
- Agile Group $ 3.75NC2.75 sustainable bonds at 5.9% area
- CSI Properties $ 4NC3 bonds at 5.75% area
- Guangzhou R&F tap of $ 11.75% 2023s FPG 12.673%
- Adani Electricity Mumbai $300mn 10Y SLB at T+285bp area
- Minmetals Land capped $300mn 5Y sustainable bonds at 5.35% area
- CCB Financial Leasing $ 5Y bonds at T+150bp area
- Frasers Logistics markets S$ 7Y at 2.4% area
- Jiangsu Dieshiqiao Home Textile $ 3Y credit-enhanced bonds at 2.45%
Goldman Sachs raised $5.5bn via a two-trancher. It raised $4bn via a 11NC10 bond at a yield of 2.383%, 22bp inside initial guidance of T+125bp area. It also raised $1.5bn via a 21NC20 bond at a yield of 2.908%, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+125bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of A2/BBB+/A and proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The new 11NC10s were priced 8.3bp over its 1.992% 2032s callable in January 2031 that currently yield 2.30%.
KT Corp raised $300mn via a 5.5Y bond at a yield of 1.508%, 32.5bp inside initial guidance of T+100bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of A3/A and received orders over $1.15bn, 3.8x issue size. Asia took 85% and the rest went to EMEA. Asset/fund managers bought 48%, insurers, pension funds, and sovereigns, supranationals and agencies 32% and banks and private banks 20%. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
New Bonds Pipeline
Temasek subsidiary Vertex Venture hires DBS for S$ bond investor calls
Nonghyup Bank hires for $ social bond
- Owens & Minor Inc. Upgraded To ‘BB-‘ By S&P On Better Competitive Position And Lower Leverage Target; Outlook Positive
- Fitch Downgrades Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust to ‘B+’ on Closures; Outlook Negative
- L Brands Inc. Ratings Placed On CreditWatch Positive By S&P On Announcement Of Bath & Body Works’ Capital Structure Actions
- Fitch Revises Investec Bank PLC’s Outlook to Stable; Affirms at ‘BBB+’
- Alliance Resource Partners L.P. Outlook Revised To Stable From Negative By S&P; ‘B+’ Rating Affirmed
- Moody’s changes PureGym’s outlook to stable; affirms ratings
- Fitch Places Various China Public-Sector GREs including KUCI and Xinjiang Zhongtai on Rating Watch Negative After Peer Review
- Fitch Places Six Chinese Corporate GREs and Subsidiaries including Yunnan Provincial Energy Investment Group, HBIS Group and Jiuquan Iron and Steel on Rating Watch Negative
Term of the Day
A greenshoe option is an over-allotment in a security offering where the underwriter can sell more securities than the issuer initially planned if there is an oversubscription. Greenshoe options are known to be used in stock IPOs but can also be part of bond offerings. Pakistan is planning a local Sharia-compliant Sukuk up to PKR 20bn ($126mn) inclusive of a PKR 5bn ($3mn) greenshoe option where the funds will go towards helping flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
“I know people are very worried about inflation,” Powell said. “We hear that loud and clear from everybody . . . it is really going through the economy and through every business.” “It is still the same story. It is still the same parts of the economy that are producing this inflation. It is a pretty narrow group of things that are producing these high readings, but we are anxious like everybody else to see that inflation pass through.” “We really do believe and virtually all forecasters do believe that these things will come down of their own accord as the economy reopens — it would be a mistake to act prematurely.”
“Despite evident progress in terms of vaccinations and the expected reopening of global economies, markets have started to become more anxious that the expected growth rebounds might fade quicker than anticipated”. “Bond yields have started to fall quite sharply again as a response.”
“We are likely seeing peak growth, peak inflation, and peak stimulus in many countries right now.” “Markets are slowly absorbing this turning point, but with Delta [coronavirus] cases rising quickly, the outlook remains highly uncertain.”
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