S&P hit another record high despite the higher consumer price index (CPI) numbers for May. The S&P was up 0.5% and tech heavy Nasdaq was up 0.8%. Healthcare, Real Estate and IT found favor with investors, up 1.7%, 1% and 0.8% respectively, compared to financials which were down 1.1%. The much awaited US CPI for May came in at 5% YoY vs. expectations of 4.7% and 0.8% higher than the April reading, making it the highest reading since 2008. A Fed report on Thursday also revealed that US household wealth rose to a record $136.9tn at the end of March, which augurs well for growth. US jobless claims for the prior week fell to 376k in line with expectations. Despite the positive data, US 10Y Treasury yields were down 5bp at 1.43%. In Europe, DAX and FTSE were largely stable and CAC was down 0.3%. US IG and HY CDS tightened 1.3bp and 4.7bp respectively. EU main and crossover CDS also tightened by 0.8bp and 4.6bp respectively. Gulf markets ended marginally higher with Saudi TASI and UAE’s ADX up 0.1%. Latam markets also closed higher with Brazil’s Bovespa up 0.1%. Asian markets have had a mixed start with Shanghai down ~0.3% while HSI is up ~0.4% and Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads widened 0.4bp.
New Bond Issues
- Bayfront Infrastructure $401.2mn
Hyundai Capital America raised $2.7bn via a three-trancher. It raised:
- $1bn via a 3Y bond at a yield of 0.877%, ~22.5bp inside initial guidance of T+85/90bp area
- $850mn via a 5Y bond at a yield of 1.536%, ~22.5bp inside initial guidance of T+105/110bp area
- $850mn via a 7Y bond at a yield of 2.094%, ~27.5bp inside initial guidance of T+125/130bp area
The bonds have expected ratings of Baa1/BBB+. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. Hyundai Motor Co is providing a support agreement for the new notes.
Ganzhou Jiankong Investment raised $270mn via 3Y credit-enhanced bonds at a yield of 3.4%, 40bp inside the initial guidance of 3.8% area. The bonds are unrated. Wholly owned subsidiary Ganzhou Hengzhi is the issuer and the parent company is the guarantor. The bonds are also supported by an irrevocable standby letter of credit provided by Jiangxi Bank Ganzhou branch. Proceeds will be used for project construction and general working capital. Ganzhou Jiankong Investment is 55%-owned by the Ganzhou SASAC and 45%-owned by the Ganzhou Development Zone Finance Bureau.
BoCom Financial Leasing raised $500mn via 3Y sustainability bonds at a yield of 1.224%, or T+92bp, 43bp inside the initial guidance of T+135bp area. The bonds have an expected rating of A3/A- and received orders over $2.25bn, 4.5x the issue size. Asia took 98% while EMEA and US took 2%. Banks received 64%, fund/asset managers 34%, and central banks/insurers 2%. Wholly owned subsidiary BoCom Leasing Management Hong Kong is the issuer and the bonds come with a keepwell and asset purchase deed from the parent. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and to comply with the company’s sustainable financing framework.
Azul raised $600mn via a 5Y non-call 3Y (5NC3) bond at a yield of 7.375%, 25bp inside initial guidance of 7.625% area. The bonds have expected ratings of Caa1/CCC+. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
DaFa Properties Group raised $100m via a tap of its 9.95% 2022s. The total outstanding for the notes due in January 2022 now stands at $280mn. The notes are rated B2 by Moody’s. Proceeds from the Reg S unrated issue will be used for debt refinancing. The 9.95% 2022s are currently yielding 16.93% and are trading at 96.19 cents on the dollar on the secondary markets.
New Bond Pipeline
- Gajah Tunggal $ bond alongside tender offer
- Amazon.com Inc. Upgraded To ‘AA’ From ‘AA-‘ By S&P On Sustained Revenue, Profit Expansion Trajectory; Outlook Stable
- AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. Upgraded To ‘CCC+’ From ‘CCC-‘ By S&P On Equity Raise; Outlook Positive
- Fitch Upgrades Unipol’s IFS Rating to ‘BBB+’; Outlook Stable
- Beazer Homes USA Inc. Upgraded To ‘B’ From ‘B-‘ By S&P, Outlook Positive; Debt Rating Raised To ‘B’
- Commercial Bank of Qatar Outlook Moved To Stable By S&P on Acquisition Of National Bank of Oman; Affirmed At ‘BBB+/A-2’
- Cinemark Holdings Inc. Outlook Revised To Stable From Negative By S&P On Pandemic Recovery Prospects; ‘B’ Rating Affirmed
- Micron Technology Inc. Outlook Revised To Positive From Stable By S&P On Improved Operating Performance; ‘BBB-‘ Rating Affirmed
- Fitch Revises Outlook on Santander Consumer Bank AG to Stable; Affirms at ‘A-‘
- Fitch Revises Outlooks on SCF and SCB AS to Stable; Affirms at ‘A-‘
- Moody’s changes Michael Kors’ outlook to stable from negative; Ba1 CFR affirmed
- Moody’s changes outlook on Tajikistan’s B3 rating to stable; affirms ratings
Term of the Day
Coined by Edward Yardeni, ‘Bond Vigilantes’ are bond market players who sell bonds in large quantities pushing up interest rates if they believe that the government isn’t protecting the currency. For example, if inflation rises, deficits grow, or a country’s creditworthiness is at risk, the bond vigilantes sell government bonds, which would lead to rising yields and therefore a higher borrowing cost for the government.
Episodes of bond vigilantes selling bonds have been seen in the 1980s during the Clinton administration and also during the Obama administration as per Bloomberg. Bloomberg reports that bond vigilantes have been quiet of late but Edward Yardeni warns not to discount them as they will react negatively to increasing inflation.
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Padhraic Garvey, Americas head of research for ING
“With bond market goggles on there is no inflation, it seems.”
Guy LeBas, chief fixed-income strategist at Janney Capital Management
“My sense more broadly is that we have passed the peak of the narrative of rising inflation and we now have more bets on transitory inflation over the coming months.”
Mike Riddell, a fund manager at Allianz Global Investors
“A lot of this is about positioning.” “As Treasuries start rallying people get out of their short positions, which drives the rally further.”
Peter Chatwell, head of multi-asset strategy at Mizuho
“We have one major central bank that’s going to be providing more liquidity than markets thought a month ago.” “That acts as an anchor for other markets, including Treasuries.”
Sonal Desai, chief investment officer for fixed income at Franklin Templeton
“I think [the inflationary spike] might stick around for a bit longer than anticipated,” Desai said. “I think there could be more going on than base effects. The question remains: how does the market think the Fed will react? Next week’s Fed meeting will be very interesting.”
“The default rate for some large and medium-sized enterprises has risen, and the credit risks at banking institutions has intensified.” “These measures have stabilised the market in (the) short-term but require all countries in the world to share responsibility for the negative effects,” he said.
Henrietta Pacquement, a European credit portfolio manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management
“Central banks are happy to be behind the curve at this juncture.” “Manufacturing in Europe is doing better and services are expected to improve, but I think the ECB will want to see more evidence of recovery before they act.”
Krishna Guha, vice-president at Evercore ISI
“This is a win for the ECB doves.” “We think the council was leaning towards slowing PEPP in June early in the inter-meeting period, but got cold feet after the market moved to push nominal yields sharply higher with periphery spreads, the euro and rate hike expectations also moving too much for comfort.”