US equities recovered early losses (1% down) with S&P ending 0.15% lower – financials and energy were higher by ~1% while healthcare and IT were down ~0.5%. Morgan Stanley topped estimates with profits up 25% helping the stock weather weakness in the broader market early on. Initial Jobless Claims printed at 898k for the week ended October 10, a 53k increase over the prior week and much higher than expectations adding to a risk-off tone. US 10Y Treasury yields fell initially but recovered to end 2bp higher. German Bund yields fell over 5bp to below -0.6% (seven month low) attributing to haven buying on increased Covid cases in Europe and France’s curfew. US IG and HY CDS spreads widened 0.4bp and 1bp while Europe IG and Crossover CDS spreads were wider by 2bp and 10bp – the latter wider ~30bp in three days. Asian markets are flat today with Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads wider by 2bp.
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New Bond Issues
- China Minsheng Banking Corp HK $ 3yr floater @ 3mL+ 135 bp area
- Urumqi Gaoxin Inv. and Dev. $ 3yr @ 5.3 % area
COFCO, the largest food processor/manufacturer in China, raised $1bn via a dual tranche issuance. The state-owned company raised $500mn via 10Y bonds at a yield of 2.217%, 150bp over Treasuries and 40bp inside initial guidance of T+190bp area. It also raised $500mn via Perpetual non-call 5Y (PerpNC5) bonds at a yield of 3.1%, also 40bp inside initial guidance of 3.5% area. The 10Y and PerpNC5 bonds are expected to be rated A-/A and Baa1 respectively. COFCO’s new bonds, issued by Blossom Joy Limited and guaranteed by COFCO (Hong Kong), received combined orders of $6.8bn at the time of final guidance, 6.8x issue size. The perpetuals carry a 300bp coupon step up if not called on the first call date and a dividend stopper.
Agricultural Bank of China’s Hong Kong Branch (ABC) raised $850mn via a dual-tranche offering. It raised $500mn via a 3Y to yield 1.073%, 90bp above Treasuries, 40bp inside initial guidance of T+130 area. It also raised $350mn via a 5Y to yield 1.306%,100bp above Treasuries, 40bp inside initial guidance of T+140bp area. The 3Y tranche had an order book of $1.5bn, 3x issue size while the 5Y bond’s order book was not available at the time of writing. The bonds are expected to be rated A1 by Moody’s. ABC’s new 2025s were priced 53bp tighter than Inventive Global Investments’ 1.65% bonds due September 2025, which are currently yielding 1.85% in the secondary markets of which ABC is the guarantor.
Bank of China raised a total of $900mn via a dual-tranche bond offering. It raised $400mn via 5Y bonds to yield 1.62%, 125bp above Treasuries, 40bp inside initial guidance of T+165 area. It also raised $500mn via 10Y bonds to yield 2.33%,160bp above Treasuries, also 40bp inside initial guidance of T+200bp area. The bonds are rated A/A. The new 2025s offer a new issue premium of ~25bp over its older 1.25% bonds due June 2025, which are currently yielding 1.37% on the secondary markets.
Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) raised $300mn via a 5Y bond at a yield of 2.238%, 195bp over Treasuries and 35bp inside initial guidance of T+230bp area. The bonds, expected to be rated Baa2, received orders worth $1.3bn, over 4x issue size. As per IFR, proceeds will be used to extend term liabilities, expand its funding base and for other general corporate purposes. UBP’s new bonds offer a yield pick-up of ~33bp and 27bp over BDO Unibank’s (Baa2/BBB-) and Metro Bank’s (Baa2/BBB-) 2.125% bonds due January 2026, which are currently yielding 1.91% and 1.97%.
China Merchants Port Holdings raised $200mn via a tap of its $400mn 3.5% Perpetual non-call 3Y (PerpNC3) bonds issued this month to yield 3.35%, 10bp inside initial guidance of 3.45% area. This brings the total outstanding to $600mn. The bonds, rated Baa2, received orders over $600mn when final guidance was announced, 3x issue size. The tap offers a new issue premium of ~7bp over its initial listing which is trading at 3.28% currently on the secondary market.
Indika Energy raised $450mn via 5Y non-call 2Y bond (5NC2) Yankee bonds (Term of the day, explained below) to yield 8.25%, ~37bp inside the initial price guidance of 8.625% area. The bonds have an expected rating of Ba3/BB- inline with the parent guarantor. While the final orders for the deal were not available, it received orders over $1.5bn, 3.3x the issue size at the time of bookbuilding. There is a change of control put at 101. The proceeds of the new notes along with the proceeds of a proposed $200m syndicated loan facility, will be used to redeem the issuer’s 2022s and 2023s as well as to expand non-coal related businesses. The 2022s and 2023s have call dates in November this year. The new 2025s rallied on the secondary markets to 101.25 currently vs. an issue price of 100.
Taizhou Urban Construction and Investment Development Group raised $500mn via 3Y bonds to yield 2.65%, 30bp inside initial guidance of 2.95% area. The bonds, with expected ratings of BBB, received orders over $1.35bn when final guidance was announced, 2.7x issue size.
Taiwanese leasing firm Chailease Holding raised $300mn via 3Y bonds to yield 3.75%, 37.5bp inside initial guidance of 4.125% area. The bonds, with expected ratings of BBB-, received orders over $500mn when final guidance was announced, 1.67x issue size.
New Bonds Pipeline
China Everbright $ senior Perpetual
India Green Energy (ReNew Power) $ 3.5Y Green Bond
Wenns Foodstuff debut $ Bond
Peak Reinsurance $ subordinated Perpetual
Country Garden Returns With a $1 Billion Two-Trancher
Chinese investment grade rated developer Country Garden raised $1bn via a dual-tranche bond offering. It raised $500mn via 5Y bonds to yield 3.12%, 285bp above Treasuries, 45bp inside initial guidance of T+330bp area. It also raised $500mn via 10Y bonds to yield 3.86%, 320bp above Treasuries, 45bp inside initial guidance of T+365bp area. The bonds are expected to be rated Baa3/BBB-. The new 2025s were priced ~10bp tighter than its older 6.15% bonds due September 2025, which are currently yielding 3.22%, while the new 2030s offer a new issue premium of 9bp over its older 4.8% bonds due August 2030, which are currently yielding 3.77%. In the dot plot below, we have plotted the issuer credit curve for Country Garden’s dollar bonds.
Rumors of a Merger between Credit Agricole and Banco BPM Emerge
Sources according to Reuters reported that Banco BPM and Credit Agricole signed a confidentiality agreement. Banco BPM and Credit Agricole are among the three largest banks in Italy and France by revenues and assets. Il Messaggero, the Italian newspaper reported that they were preparing to enter formal talks ahead of a possible share swap offer, mentioning that Banco BPM could represent 55-60% of the group. A person close to Banco BPM told Reuters that the Italian bank was exploring merger opportunities with all potential partners. It was reported that Banco BPM was looking for a deal after Intesa San Paolo took over UBI Banca in July this year, which increased the combined entity’s loan book to ~€450bn ($527bn) and ~€1.1tn ($1.29tn) in assets. Credit Agricole has a loan book of nearly €400bn ($468bn) with an asset base of €1.7tn ($2tn) while Banco BPM has a loan book of over €120bn ($140bn) and assets around ~€180bn ($211bn). A source said that talks between the banks focused on Agos, a consumer credit partnership (with Credit Agricole holding 61% and Banco BPM 39%) which they had planned to list after 2018. Credit Agricole’s EUR 4.25% and 4.5% Perps were down 0.79 and 0.74 points each to trade at 101.3 and 112 respectively.
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Dana Gas Redemption of Nile Delta Sukuk Assured After it Secures $90 Million from Mashreq Bank
Dana Gas has announced that it will repay its sukuk this month after it secured a $90mn corporate facility from Mashreq Bank. The loan is priced at 3% over the Libor and is provided for a period of one year and extendable by another four years. As of June end, the company had $366mn in cash and proceeds from the loan are sufficient for its $309mn repayment of the Nile Delta 4% sukuk due at the end of this month maturing this month and a $72mn of non-recourse project debt at related company Pearl Petroleum. The repayment of the loan is likely to be made from proceeds of the sale from its Egyptian assets.
The sukuk had undergone a restructuring in 2018 through an out-of-court settlement between Dana Gas and its creditors after Dana Gas had filed a litigation with the UAE courts claiming that the sukuk was unlawful and unenforceable as it did not comply with Sharia law. In July the company had appointed an investment bank in relation to the sukuk and had bought back $70mn worth of the instrument in August. The price of the sukuk dropped to ~84 cents on the dollar in August and stabilised in the range of ~94 cents on the dollar in September. After the confirmation of repayment, the sukuk price has moved up ~4 points to ~99.4 cents on the dollar, closer to its par value.
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Term of the Day
These are dollar denominated bonds issued by foreign entities in the US. Yankee bonds have to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. One of the reasons for a foreign issuer to raise funds via Yankee bonds is to secure a lower cost of borrowing when interest rates are lower in the US vs. the foreign issuers home market. Dollar denominated bonds issued by foreign entities outside the US are called eurodollar bonds.
“The euro area economy will continue to be supported by very accommodative monetary and fiscal policies along with an expected gradual resumption in global activity,” she said. “We continue to stand ready to adjust all of our instruments, as appropriate.”
There have “been a record four sovereign defaults in 2020. We expect Zambia to become the fifth following its ‘consent solicitation’ on deferring interest payments on Eurobonds until after March 2021,” said Parker.
Samuel Fischer, head of China onshore debt capital markets at Deutsche Bank
“The deal was launched in a favourable market window despite geopolitical uncertainty ahead,” said Fischer. “The market optimism added to a successful transaction, which already had gathered a lot of early investor interest.”
Karby Leggett, global head of public sector and development organisations at Standard Chartered
“With China’s economy quickly recovering, the issuance offered an opportunity for China to showcase yet again its robust policymaking and exceptional macroeconomic performance,” said Leggett. “The final pricing and size of the order book underscore China’s leading role in not only the financial markets but also the broader global economy.”
“It’s just going to be too difficult to replace the 2 million barrels a day of production that we’ve lost, and then to further grow beyond that,” said Hollub. “Over the next three to four years there’s going to be moderate restoration of production, but not at high growth.”
“You have high nominal yield, potential to generate returns in an environment where rates are pretty low globally, and a portfolio diversification,” he added. “When you look across that whole spectrum, you can build a fairly diversified portfolio with pretty reasonable income and at the same time not really taking a lot of idiosyncratic risk,” he said.
“Market forces have been put out of play,” Onica said. “Investors have bought into the central bank’s confidence and there’s no downside.” Onica says the selloff was “quite unique, something that only happens every seven to eight years,” and it prompted his team to set up “a number of new mandates for credits going down to BB,” the highest rating bracket of junk bonds.
“The fact that quantitative easing is still working is based on the market having confidence in central banks’ actions. Should they lose that confidence, it doesn’t matter how much QE you roll out.”
“Countries don’t do that,” he said. “The belief I always have is that we cannot develop the local economy by building a wall around Sri Lanka. If we want to develop the local economy we have build bridges from Sri Lanka. If we had our government this problem won’t come to the point where it had come now, because we know how to take it forward in a friendly manner with the international community.”
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