US equity markets ended lower again with the S&P and Nasdaq ending down 1.2% and 2.3%. Sectoral losses were led by IT, Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary, down 1.8-2.3%, while Energy was the only gainer, up 4%. US 10Y Treasury yields were 2bp lower at 1.76%. European markets recovered slightly yesterday with the DAX, CAC and FTSE up 0.8%, 0.7% and 1%. Brazil’s Bovespa closed 2.1% higher. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was up 0.1% and Saudi TASI was up 0.3%. Asian markets have opened broadly higher – Shanghai, HSI and STI were up 0.1%, 0.2% and 0.9% while Nikkei was down 0.4%. US IG CDS spreads were 1.2bp tighter and HY CDS spreads were 7.5bp wider, EU Main CDS spreads were 0.9bp tighter and Crossover CDS spreads were 4.3bp tighter. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 0.8bp wider.
The IMF cut global growth forecasts for 2022 by 50bp to 4.4% on the back of rising Covid cases, supply chain disruptions and higher inflation. However, it upgraded its 2023 growth forecast by 20bp to 3.8%. Singapore’s MAS tightened its monetary policy, its second in three months by raising the “slope” or rate of appreciation of its Singapore dollar policy band.
New Bond Issues
Hitachi Capital (UK) raised €350mn via a 3Y bond at a yield of 0.368%, 20bp inside the initial guidance of MS+65bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of A- (S&P), and received orders over €780mn, 2.2x issue size.
New Bonds Pipeline
- Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone Xinggang Investment Group hires for $ bond
- Dongtai Communication hires for $ 65mn 180-day bond
- Kalyan Jewellers India hires for $ 5Y bond
- Electricity Generating (EGCO) hires for $ 7Y or 10Y bond
- Petron hires for $ 7NC4 bond
- Moody’s upgrades Tesla’s corporate family rating to Ba1; outlook positive
- Occidental Petroleum Corp. Upgraded To ‘BB+’ On Higher Oil And Gas Price Assumptions And Debt Reduction; Outlook Stable
- Moody’s downgrades Jingrui’s ratings to B3/Caa1; outlook negative
- Axis Bank Outlook Revised To Positive On Improving Asset Quality; ‘BB+/B’ Ratings Affirmed Under Revised Criteria
- Fitch Revises Embraer’s Outlook to Stable, Affirms ‘BB+’/’AAA(bra)’ Ratings
Term of the Day
A reverse enquiry is an inquiry made by a potential investor to an issuer about purchasing a particular debt security in a one-off transaction. Here, the banker to the transaction acts as an agent to the institutional investor and tailors the issuance to meet the investor’s needs. Yesterday, Cinda HK did not proceed with an initially planned 10Y tranche on a reverse enquiry basis, while only proceeding with a 5Y bond.
On the large appetite for leveraged buyouts with recent $18 billion deals
Bill Zox, high-yield bond portfolio manager at Brandywine Global Investment Management
“Active high-yield managers have cash to invest and the new issue calendar has been slow out of the gates.” “Leverage is high on these LBOs but the equity contributions are also high and these are good businesses.”
Winifred Cisar, global head of credit strategy at Creditsights Inc
“We have been telling investors that 5% yield to worst for high yield was the level we thought was much more attractive.” “Given the amount of cash still on the sidelines and the need to generate some income in this inflationary environment, 5% on high yield doesn’t look too shabby.”
Noel Hebert, director of credit research at Bloomberg Intelligence
“Typically those deals are late cycle when everything is on the table — no real creditor protections, funding costs tight, etc., which would be consistent with where the market was when these deals were agreed to.” “Now rates are pushing higher, and you might have to put in some concessions or flip some of your deal into loans where the market is still in better shape, but depending on your bogey, you probably had some room in funding cost assumptions.”
On the view that China’s high yield credit market is less bearish now – Neeraj Seth, head of Asian Credit at BlackRock
China’s high-yield credit market is “not as bearish as it was three or six months back.”
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