S&P fell 0.7% on Friday to reverse the prior day’s gains while Nasdaq was 0.9% lower. US 10Y Treasury yields pushed lower to 1.63%. European equities were also lower with the DAX and CAC down 0.1% and 0.5% while FTSE was 0.1% higher. FT reports that a double-dip recession has emerged in the Eurozone after Germany’s GDP printed a quarterly contraction of 1.7% alongside Spain, Italy and Portugal contracting 0.5%, 0.4% and 3.3% respectively; France was a ray of hope growing by 0.4%. US IG CDS spreads were 0.4bp wider and HY widened 2.3bp. EU main CDS spreads were 0.3bp tighter and crossover spreads tightened 0.6bp. Asian equity markets are trading lower by 0.3% today and Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 0.5bp tighter.
New Bond Issues
- Mapletree Industrial Trust S$ PerpNC5 at 3.375% area
New Bond Pipeline
- Golden Energy and Resources $ bond
- Indonesia’s Sarana Multi Infrastruktur $ 5Y bond
- Khazanah Nasional Berhad $ 5Y/10Y Sukuk
- Fitch Upgrades Drax’s Senior Secured Rating to ‘BBB-‘; Removes UCO
- Future Retail Upgraded To ‘CCC-‘ By S&P Following Debt Restructuring; Outlook Developing; ‘CCC-‘ Issue Rating Affirmed
- Fitch Downgrades Future Retail to ‘RD’ on DDE; Fitch Revises Outlook on GLP to Negative; Affirms at ‘BBB’
- Moody’s downgrades Staples ratings; CFR to B2; outlook negative
- Moody’s downgrades Golden Wheel to B3; outlook negative
- Moody’s downgrades Huarong Financial Leasing to Baa2; ratings remain on review for downgrade
- Norwegian Oil And Gas Company Aker BP Outlook Revised To Positive By S&P; ‘BBB-‘ Rating Affirmed
- Papua New Guinea ‘B-/B’ Ratings Placed On CreditWatch Negative By S&P On Debt Repayment Uncertainty
- Fitch Affirms Orbia’s Ratings at ‘BBB’; Outlook Revised to Stable
- Fitch Revises Daycoval LT National Rating Outlook to Stable; Affirms IDR at ‘BB-‘
- Fitch Upgrades RUSAL to ‘BB-‘; Outlook Stable
- Fitch Puts Consus’s ‘B-‘ Ratings on Rating Watch Positive
- Fitch Assigns ‘BB-‘ IDR to Frontier Communications Holdings; Outlook Stable
April 2021: 65% of Dollar Bonds Deliver Positive Price Returns; HY Outperforms IG Again
The month of April showed a reversal in fortunes for bond investors after a dismal first quarter when 74% of dollar bonds traded lower. In April, 65% of dollar bonds in our universe delivered a positive price return (ex-coupon) as the 10Y Treasury yield eased 4-5bp during the month. In comparison, March and February saw 82% and 66% of dollar bonds delivering negative price returns.
IG performed much better than the prior two months as US Treasury yields eased in April after the 10Y yield rose a massive ~67bp in February and March. An exception to this was China Huarong’s dollar bonds that went through high bouts of uncertainty over its financial position leading to a sharp selloff in its bonds, causing the long tail in the box and whisker plot below.
The Week That Was
US primary market issuances fell to $19.2bn, down 30.7% vs. $27.7bn priced in the week prior. The drop in issuance can be attributed to both IG and HY issuances. IG new bond deals stood at $13.2bn vs. $18.3bn in the prior week while HY new bond deals were at $5.95bn vs. $9bn in the prior week. The largest deals in the IG space were led by Citi’s $5.5bn three-trancher followed by Coca-Cola’s $3.45bn issuance. In the HY space, CSC Holdings raised $2bn followed by MSCI’s $600mn deal. In North America, there were a total of 47 upgrades and 48 downgrades combined across the three major rating agencies last week. LatAm saw $2bn in new bond deals last week vs. $4.2bn in the week prior with Natura Cosmeticos alone raising $1bn. EU Corporate G3 issuance saw a sharp decrease last week to $13bn vs. $28.4bn in the week prior – issuances were led by Credit Mutuel’s €1.25bn and KfW’s €1bn issuances. Across the European region, there were 39 upgrades and 23 downgrades across the three major rating agencies. GCC and Sukuk G3 issuances were at $1.75bn vs. $2.3bn in the week prior with Abu Dhabi Ports’ and Oman’s OQ SAOC raising $1bn and $750mn via new bonds. Across the Middle East & Africa region, there were 2 upgrades and 8 downgrades across the three major rating agencies. APAC ex-Japan G3 issuances decreased sharply to $5.4bn vs. $18.3bn in the prior week led by Australia’s NBN raising $2bn followed by Kookmin Bank and Kaisa’s $500mn issuances. In the Asia ex-Japan region, there were 7 upgrades and 19 downgrades combined across the three major rating agencies last week.
Term of the Day
Cost of Risk
“I think we’re in a good fiscal position. Interest rates are historically low. They’ve been that way for a long time, and it’s likely they’ll stay that way into the future. But we do need fiscal space to be able to address emergencies, like the one that we’ve been in with respect to the pandemic,” Yellen said. “We don’t want to use up all of that fiscal space and over the long run, deficits need to be contained to keep our federal finances on a sustainable basis. So, I believe that we should pay for these historic investments,” she said. “We will monitor that very carefully,” she said. “We are proposing that the spending be paid for. And I don’t believe that inflation will be an issue, but if it becomes an issue, we have tools to address it. These are historic investments that we need to make our economy productive and fair.”
“There are ways to get there,” Portman said. “We’ve got some phone calls scheduled this week. I met with the White House late last week. There’s a way forward here if the White House is willing to work with us.”
“We have time to talk to people in both parties, find where the common ground is, find what people agree as mutually shared interests. I’m optimistic that we can make progress on that in the weeks ahead,” he said.