European High-Yield Deals Hit Rough Waters

Three of the four high-yield deals expected to price in Europe last week got yanked or postponed as investors lost their appetite for risk.

  • 29 Apr 2005
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Three of the four high-yield deals expected to price in Europe last week got yanked or postponed as investors lost their appetite for risk. South African mobile operator Cell C's €625 million new issue and German steel company Klöckner's €300 million deal were both having trouble finding enough European buyers as BW went to press. Market participants said Cell C would largely get done in the U.S. rather than Europe and expected Klöckner's offering to get pushed back to next week German broadband cable television company iesy, meanwhile, was the first casualty of the week, with the issuer pulling its €525 million high-yield Thursday, balking at investor demand for a coupon above the 10% mark.

Just one deal made it through rough market conditions unscathed: Bermuda-based television broadcasting group Central European Media Enterprise actually upsized its bond by €20 million, offering €245 million fixed rate and €125 floating rate notes. "There is a lot of demand out there for good stories in the single- and double-B range," noted an official at J.P. Morgan, underwriter on CME together with LehmanBrothers and ING.

In contrast, investors were more wary of the triple-C paper offered by iesy and Cell C. A Citi official said iesy officials had hoped to lock in a coupon of less than 10% but the deal could only get sold in the high 10% area. Investors apparently wanted a concession to iesy's outstanding bonds, which were trading in the 10.25-10.5% range last week.

As for Cell C's offering, which was scheduled to be priced on Friday, some European fund managers saw it as too risky. "It's awfully early in the life-cycle of the company to be taking out cash, given it isn't even cash flow positive yet," observed one London-based fund manager. A Citi high-yield official confirmed discussions are underway to sell a subordinated tranche in dollars while keeping the senior tranche in euros but would not discuss the respective sizes of the two tranches.

  • 29 Apr 2005

GlobalCapital European securitization league table

Rank Lead Manager/Arranger Total Volume $m No. of Deals Share % by Volume
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) 4,755 19 11.75
2 Citi 4,288 14 10.60
3 Rabobank 2,633 4 6.51
4 Goldman Sachs 2,615 4 6.46
5 Barclays 2,603 8 6.43

Bookrunners of Global Structured Finance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Jul 2017
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 57,210.26 177 12.39%
2 Citi 56,957.04 171 12.34%
3 Wells Fargo Securities 47,551.45 149 10.30%
4 JPMorgan 32,965.91 111 7.14%
5 Credit Suisse 23,990.96 75 5.20%