After a respite on Monday, US equities closed in the red on Tuesday with the S&P down 0.8% and Nasdaq down 1.7%. US 10Y Treasury yields eased 3bp with the risk-off tone. While Wall Street moved lower, Europe’s FTSE, DAX and CAC 40 rose 0.4%, 0.2% and 0.3%. After CDS spreads saw a sharp contraction on Monday, the moves were muted yesterday. US IG CDS spreads were 0.7bp wider and HY was a 4.3bp wider. EU main CDS spreads tightened 0.1bp and crossover spreads widened 1.3bp. China’s Caixin Services PMI came at 51.5 for February, slightly lower than the January’s print of 52. Asian equity markets are up 0.5% and Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads are tighter by 0.1bp.
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New Bond Issues
- HCL Tech $500mn 5Y at T+100bp area
- Minsheng Financial Leasing $ 3Y senior loan-backed note at 3.6% area
China South City Holdings raised $175mn via a 1Y11M senior bond at a yield of 14.375%, 12.5bp initial price guidance of 14.5% area. The bonds have an expected rating of B and received orders over $900mn, 5.1x issue size. Proceeds from the Hong Kong-listed company which develops and runs logistics and trade centers will be used for debt refinancing and general corporate purposes.
Development Bank of Philippines raised $300mn via a 10Y bond at a yield of 2.421%, or T+100bp, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+125bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of BBB and received orders over $1.1bn, 3.7x issue size. Proceeds will be used to refinance a $300mn bond maturing in March, for lending activities and general corporate purposes. The bank is 100% owned by the government of Philippines.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) raised $2.75bn via a dual-trancher. It raised $1.5bn via a 10Y bond at a yield of 2.688%, or T+130bp, 20/25bp inside initial guidance of T+150/155bp area. It also raised $1.25bn via a 20Y Tier 2 bond at a yield of 3.305%, or T+125bp, 20bp inside initial guidance of T+145bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of Baa1/BBB+/A-.
Korea Development Bank (KDB) raised $1.2bn via a three trancher. It raised:
- $400mn via a 3Y bond at a yield of 0.458%, or T+20bp, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+45bp area
- $300mn via a 3Y green floater at a yield of SOFR+25bp, as against initial guidance of SOFR equivalent
- $500mn via a 5.5Y bond at a yield of 1.032%, or T+35bp, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+60bp area
The senior bonds have expected ratings of Aa2/AA/AA-, in line with the issuer. Proceeds from the green portion will be allocated toward financing and/or refinancing new or existing projects from the eligible green categories under the policy bank’s sustainable bond framework. Proceeds from the fixed rate notes will be used for general operations, including extending foreign currency loans and the repayment of maturing debt and other obligations.
AusNet raised €700mn ($843mn) via a 60Y non-call 5.5Y (60NC5.5) hybrid bond at a yield of 1.625%, 37.5bp inside initial guidance of 2% area. The bonds have expected rating Baa2/BBB and received orders of over €5.4bn, 7.7x issue size. The bonds have coupon step-ups of 25bp after 10.5 years and 100bp after 25.5 years if not called.
Orix Corp raised $500mn via a 10Y bond at a yield of 2.294%, or T+88bp, 22/27bp inside initial guidance of T+110/115bp area. The SEC registered bonds have expected ratings of A3/A-/A-.
New Bond Pipeline
- Meinian Onehealth Healthcare $ bond
- Microsoft $ bond alongside exchange offer
- JSW Steel $ bond
- Coca-Cola $/€ bonds
- TransCanada Trust $ bond
- Moody’s downgrades CFLD’s CFR to Caa3; will withdraw ratings
- Moody’s downgrades National Grid plc and most subsidiaries; outlook stable
- National Grid PLC Downgraded To ‘BBB+’ By S&P On Weaker Metrics Following Ofgem Final Determination; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Upgrades Owens & Minor, Inc.’s Long-Term IDR to ‘BB-‘; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Downgrades National Grid and Its UK Subsidiaries; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Downgrades China Fortune Land to Restricted Default After Missing Payments; Withdraws Ratings
- Navios Maritime Acquisition Downgraded To ‘CCC’ By S&P On Rising Refinancing Risk; Outlook Negative
- Sunshine 100 Downgraded To ‘SD’ By S&P On Distressed Repurchase
- Fitch Revises UBS Group’s Outlook to Stable; Affirms at ‘A+’
- Fitch Downgrades Grupo Sura’s Ratings to ‘BBB-‘; Outlook Negative
- Suzano Outlook Revised To Stable From Negative By S&P On Likely Stronger Cash Generation Amid Higher Prices; Ratings Affirmed
- Moody’s affirms Westlake’s Baa2 ratings; revises outlook to stable from negative
- Moody’s changes Murphy Oil’s outlook to stable; rates proposed notes Ba3
Term of the Day
These are bonds where proceeds from the issue are given as a loan to a company and the repayment of coupons and principal are backed by the payments on the loan. Minsheng Financial Leasing has issued 3Y senior-loan backed notes with the issuer being Landmark Funding 2020. Moody’s writes that the notes are backed by the loan facility made by Landmark Funding 2020 to Minsheng Hong Kong International Leasing Ltd. that is unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. Proceeds of the issuance will be given as a loan to Minsheng Hong Kong International Leasing Ltd. under a facility agreement. The principal and interest payable by Minsheng Hong Kong International Leasing Ltd. under the facility agreement will correspond to the principal and interest payable by Landmark Funding 2020 Limited under the notes.
“Banks have taken very large reserves against losses and so have proven themselves pretty resilient,” Powell said. “And the result, what you see now, is a banking system that has higher capital than it did going into the pandemic, and particularly for the largest banks.”
Lael Brainard, Federal Reserve governor
“I am paying close attention to market developments — some of those moves last week and the speed of those moves caught my eye,” Ms. Brainard said. “I would be concerned if I saw disorderly conditions or persistent tightening in financial conditions that could slow progress toward our goal.”
Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman
“In a way, it’s a statement of confidence on the part of markets that we will have a robust and ultimately complete recovery,” Powell said.
Mary Daly, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
“We do have these other tools, and one of them is changing the composition of asset purchases,” she said.
Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets
“We are in the yield waiting room to see whether central bankers push back this week on the ambivalence we saw last week about interest rates,” said Hewson. “Potentially that was a mistake, giving the impression that the US did not really care about sharp rises in yields and sending the wrong message.”
Guo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission
“Financial markets are trading at high levels in Europe, the U.S. and other developed countries, which runs counter to the real economy,” Guo said.
Guo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission
“I’m worried the bubble problem in foreign financial markets will one day pop,” he said. “China’s market is now highly linked to foreign markets and foreign capital continues to flow in.” “The core problem in the real estate sector is still relatively large bubbles,” said Guo.Qu Hongbin, chief China economist at HSBC
Qu said that policymakers in China will “naturally pay more attention to the debt risks” now that the recovery was well on track, but added that “concerns about rising debt levels forcing Beijing to tighten fiscal and monetary policy are overblown”.
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