LBO Noise Fails To Deter CDS Investors

Investors are remaining faithful to the credit-default swap market, in spite of a sharp increase in chatter about leveraged buyouts and mergers and acquisitions--usually connected with spiraling credit spreads.

  • 18 Nov 2005
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Investors are remaining faithful to the credit-default swap market, in spite of a sharp increase in chatter about leveraged buyouts and mergers and acquisitions--usually connected with spiraling credit spreads. CDS traders last week expressed surprise at continued two-way investor appetite, despite the potential for credits to widen dramatically on the back of takeover news. "I'm absolutely astonished," said one trader at a U.S. house in London.

Spreads have widened significantly on a number of LBO-linked corporates, including Danish telecom TDC and Dutch logistics company TNT, but the movement has not unnerved the market. "Rather than have a knock-on effect, the names have remained isolated," said one trader, adding many in the market predicted an onslaught of LBO activity to tip the credit cycle. "The market is holding strong and this is surprising a lot of strategists," agreed another official.

  • 18 Nov 2005

All International Bonds

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1 Citi 356,356.29 1337 9.08%
2 JPMorgan 317,952.80 1443 8.10%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 316,523.82 1098 8.06%
4 Goldman Sachs 235,165.28 784 5.99%
5 Barclays 229,116.44 888 5.84%

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1 HSBC 34,411.72 162 6.58%
2 Deutsche Bank 34,293.84 117 6.56%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 31,113.25 94 5.95%
4 BNP Paribas 27,578.61 168 5.27%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 23,982.83 136 4.59%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

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1 JPMorgan 19,536.02 78 8.84%
2 Morgan Stanley 16,323.54 83 7.38%
3 Citi 15,946.50 94 7.21%
4 UBS 15,404.75 59 6.97%
5 Goldman Sachs 13,695.77 74 6.19%