US equity markets continued to trend higher on Thursday with the S&P and Nasdaq up 1.5% and 2.3% respectively. Sectoral gains were led by Energy rose over 3.5% followed by Consumer Discretionary, up 2.5%. US 10Y Treasury yields were 9bp up at 3%. European markets also ended higher with the DAX, CAC, and FTSE rising by 2%, 1.6% and 1.1%. Brazil’s Bovespa also posted strong gains of 2%. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX fell 0.3% while Saudi TASI gained 0.6%. Asian markets have risen to a positive start – Shanghai, STI, HSI and Nikkei were up 0.2%, 0.3% each and 1.4% respectively. US IG CDS spreads tightened 5.2bp and US HY spreads were tighter by 30.8bp. EU Main CDS spreads were 4.7bp tighter and Crossover spreads were tighter by 23.9bp. Asia ex-Japan IG CDS spreads widened 3.5bp.
Pakistan hiked its benchmark interest rates by 125bps to 15% to tame inflation which rose to 13-year high in June at 21.3%. Pakistan’s central bank expects inflation to be 18-20% levels in 2022 and GDP to grow at 3-4%. Separately, Peru also raised its interest rates, by 50bps to 6%, the twelfth time in the last two years. Inflation was at 8.81% in June, well above central bank target of 1-3%.
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New Bond Issues
LG Chem raised $300mn via a 3Y green bond at a yield of 4.436%, 25bp inside initial guidance of T+165bp area. The bonds are rated A3/BBB+ (Moody’s/S&P) and received orders over $1bn, 3.3x issue size. Fund and asset managers bought 36%, banks 27%, insurance/pension funds 26%, official institutions 9% and private banks 2%. APAC took up 33%, EMEA 37% and the US 30%. Proceeds will be used for eligible green projects under the South Korean petrochemical producer’s green financing framework.
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank London branch (SPDB London) raised $400mn via a 3Y green bond at a yield of 3.357%, 48bp inside initial guidance of T+80bp area. The bonds are rated Baa2 and received orders over $2.6bn, x issue size. Proceeds will be used to finance and/or refinance eligible green assets or projects as set out in SPDB’s green bond framework.
New Bonds Pipeline
- Korea Housing Finance Corp hires for € 4Y Social Covered bond
- Busan Bank hires for $ Social bond
- Continuum Energy Aura hires for $ Green Bond
- Moody’s downgrades Times China to Caa1/Caa2; outlook negative
- Fitch Downgrades Helenbergh China to ‘B-‘; On Rating Watch Negative
- Fitch Downgrades Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust to ‘B’; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Downgrades Belarus’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency IDR to ‘C’
- Transocean Ltd. Issuer Credit Rating Lowered To ‘CCC-‘ On Potential Balance Sheet Restructuring; Debt Ratings Lowered
- Fitch Revises Standard Chartered PLC’s Outlook to Stable; Affirms at ‘A’
Term of the Day
Structural Subordination Risk
Structural subordination risk refers to the risk that most of the claims of the holding company are at its operating subsidiaries where these claims have a priority over the claims at the holding company in the event of a bankruptcy. Essentially, a lender to a parent is structurally subordinated to other lenders who have lent money to the subsidiary. Hence, lenders to the parent company will not have access to the subsidiary’s assets until the subsidiary’s creditors have been paid back first.
Fed Governor Christopher Waller
“We need to move to a much more restrictive setting in terms of interest rates and policy, and we need to do that as quickly as possible… So I am definitely in support of doing another 75 basis-point hike in July, probably 50 in September”
Leonard Kwan, portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price
“Volumes are definitely slower, … I would say we’re probably tracking for 20 per cent lower gross issuance than we had last year… Investment grade names have had no issues in financing – they just have to accept the reality that there’s a higher cost, … but a lot of high-yield issuers are going to struggle to refinance their maturing debt”
Mildred Chua, head of syndicated finance at DBS
“We have seen more borrowers pivoting to the loan market… and we expect this trend to continue with rates expected to stay high”
Owen Gallimore, head of Deutsche Bank’s credit analysis desk in APAC
If U.S. investment-grade issuance is robust and China and Asia U.S.-dollar issuance is relatively weaker, it supports the valuations for dollar China and Asia investment-grade in the secondary bond market”
“The long-awaited economic recovery of the euro zone has been canceled… None of the current risk factors for the euro-zone economy is likely to disappear soon… The looming recession, not only in the euro zone but also in the US, along with doubts about debt sustainability in the euro zone”
“It may well be that while the economy is slowing in the coming months and quarters, we will increase interest rates… It’s very likely… In an ideal world, you’d want to stimulate the economy but bring inflation down at the same time… Unfortunately that’s not what we can do, we have to make a choice; in that case our mandate is very clear — we have to choose bringing inflation down.”