US high yield blazes to busiest first quarter ever

The US high yield market has roared to its busiest start to the year ever. Issuance in the first quarter of 2012 totalled $98.8bn, beating 2011’s record of $81.0bn, according to Royal Bank of Scotland credit research.

  • 04 Apr 2012

The lively activity has surprised many. At the end of last year, US high yield bankers and investors found it hard to predict how big volumes would be this quarter, as markets were still much more volatile than today.

“In a high volatility environment such as what we ...

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 142,523.55 625 7.01%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 126,800.01 582 6.24%
3 Citi 115,036.42 609 5.66%
4 Goldman Sachs 94,228.53 399 4.64%
5 Barclays 90,141.66 399 4.44%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 25,083.00 115 8.90%
2 Barclays 21,514.93 84 7.64%
3 Deutsche Bank 18,824.44 79 6.68%
4 HSBC 17,232.34 78 6.12%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 15,959.24 87 5.66%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 5,988.32 51 7.65%
2 Goldman Sachs 5,851.83 48 7.47%
3 Deutsche Bank 5,236.76 54 6.69%
4 Credit Suisse 4,633.16 52 5.92%
5 Barclays 4,263.74 37 5.45%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 29,958.08 234 10.56%
2 Citi 23,883.44 190 8.42%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 23,183.88 205 8.17%
4 Goldman Sachs 20,887.87 148 7.36%
5 Barclays 19,256.47 129 6.79%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Deutsche Bank 24,326.03 83 6.51%
2 Barclays 24,105.87 106 6.45%
3 HSBC 24,045.43 109 6.43%
4 BNP Paribas 23,527.75 114 6.29%
5 Citi 20,737.97 88 5.55%