US markets fell after the Fed revealed that it expects interest rates to rise earlier than expected (details below). S&P and Nasdaq were down 0.5% and 0.2% respectively. All sectors with the exception of Consumer Discretionary were in the red. Materials, Consumer Staples and Industrials, down ~1%, led the slide. US 10Y Treasury yields shot up 7bp to 1.57%, its highest in a week. European markets remained cautious – DAX was down 0.1% while CAC and FTSE were up 0.2% each. US IG and HY CDS widened 0.7bp and 4.8bp respectively. EU main and crossover CDS tightened 0.2bp and 1.6bp respectively. Saudi TASI was up 0.2% and Brazil’s Bovespa was down 0.3%. China’s factory output lagged for a third straight month in May after Guangdong saw an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. Industrial production rose 8.8% in May vs. 9.8% last month and against expectations of 9.0%. Asian markets have started cautious with Shanghai flat and HSI down 0.4%. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 0.6bp wider.
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New Bond Issues
- Sino-Ocean Capital Holding $ 2Y IPG 6.5% area
- Deqing Construction & Development Group $ 3Y IPG 4.1% area
Turkey raised $2.5bn via a 5Y Sukuk at a yield of 5.125%, 37.5bp inside initial guidance of 5.5% area. The bonds have expected ratings of B2/BB-. The new bonds were priced slightly wider vs. their 4.25% 2026s that yield 5.08% in secondary markets.
Fantasia Group raised $200mn via a 3Y Reg S bond at 14.5%. Proceeds will be used for offshore debt refinancing, including to fund a tender offer for its $400mn 7.375% 2021s at $1,000 plus accrued and unpaid interest per 1,000 in principal. The deadline is June 28. Fantasia said the tender offer is part of its policy to actively manage its balance sheet liabilities and optimise its debt structure.
Indian IT major Wipro raised $750mn via a 5Y Yankee bond at a yield of 1.576%, 30bp inside initial guidance of T+110 area. The bonds have expected ratings of A-/A-, and received orders over $1.85bn, ~2.5x issue size. US bought 54% of the bonds, Asia bought 24% and EMEA 22%. Fund/asset managers got 58%, pension funds/insurance companies got 19%, central banks/sovereigns/supras 17% and banks/private banks/others 6%. Wholly owned US-based subsidiary Wipro IT Services is the issuer and the parent company is the guarantor. Proceeds will be used to refinance debt, and for general corporate purposes. The bonds were priced ~10bp lower than peer HCL’s 1.375% 2026s that yield 1.67%. IFR notes that similar to HCL’s bond, the ratings are higher than the sovereign as they are issued through wholly owned US-based subsidiary Wipro IT Services, with a guarantee from the parent company, subject to a country ceiling of AAA from Fitch.
Ascendas REIT raised €300mn ($360mn) via a 7Y bond at a yield of 0.773%, 20bp inside initial guidance of Mid-Swaps + 110bp area. The bonds are rated A3.
eHi Car Services raised $150mn via a tap of their 7.75% 2024s at a yield of 6.85%, 35bp inside initial guidance of 7.2% area. The bonds have expected ratings of B/B, and received orders over $1bn, 6.7x issue size. The bonds were issued alongside a tender offer for its $332.989mn 5.875% 2022s. It will pay $1,010 plus accrued and unpaid interest per $1,000 in principal for its notes in the tender offer. The deadline is June 23. Proceeds will be used for debt refinancing, including funding the tender offer, and for general corporate purposes. Its 5.875% 2022s are currently at 100.94, yielding 5.02%.
Gajah Tunggal raised $175mn via 5Y non-call 2Y (5NC2) bond at a yield of 9.375%, in-line with initial guidance of 9.375% area. The bond has expected ratings of Caa1/B. The proceeds will be used to fund a tender offer for its $250mn 8.375% 2022s capped at the net proceeds from the new issue. The 2022s will be bought at $1,020.9375 plus accrued and unpaid interest, per $1,000 in principal amount. The deadline for the tender offer is June 18. Their 8.375% 2022s are currently at 102.13, yielding 6.4%.
- Woori Bank Upgraded To ‘A+’ By S&P On Strengthened Risk Management; Outlook Stable
- Moody’s upgrades Votorantim Cimentos’ ratings to Baa3; stable outlook
- Moody’s changes SK Telecom’s outlook to stable from negative; affirms A3 ratings
- Fitch Revises American Airline’s Outlook to Stable from Negative; Assigns Rating to Proposed Bonds
Term of the Day
Fed Dot Plot
The Fed dot plot is a visual representation of interest rate projections of members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which is the rate-setting body within the Fed. Each dot represents the Fed funds rate for each year that an anonymous Fed official forecasts. The dot plot was introduced in January 2012 in a bid to improve transparency about the range of views within the FOMC. There are usually 19 dots for each year, but depending on the vacant positions at any point in time, may be lesser.
On bond yields rising after Fed’s signal of raising interest rates at a much faster pace than assumed
Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australian Bank