Bean Town Player Ditches Dealers

  • 21 Jan 2001
Email a colleague
Request a PDF

Merganser Capital Management in Boston, which has historically been overweight the broker-dealer sector, has cut its holdings from 15-20% of the portfolio to 5%, selling $350 million worth of the bonds, which it views as too rich. The Morgan Stanley Dean Witter two-year medium term notes issued two weeks ago came at 80 basis points off the curve, compared with comparable finance sector or bank paper that is generally priced about 100-120 basis points off, notes Bob LeLacheur, who manages over $2.8 billion for the firm. He adds that five years ago MSDW paper would have traded 50-100 basis points cheaper to any bank. As the equity market began penalizing broker dealers with poor P/E ratios, they got rid of risk, and following recent mergers become market favorites.

LeLacheur is using the money to buy one- to two-year real estate bonds, a strategy he has followed for over one year. "Broker-dealer paper is coming at LIBOR + 50 to LIBOR +100, while REIT paper is at LIBOR +20, allowing me to pick up 75 basis points for high-quality paper." He especially likes Equity Office Property. So far Merganser Capital Management has bought about $84 million in short-term REIT paper

LeLacheur's fund is allocated 50% investment-grade domestic and international corporates, 35% asset-backed securities and 15% mortgage-backed securities and agencies. He uses a variety of benchmarks along the yield curve, from the Merrill Lynch One- to Three-Year Treasury index to the Lehman Brothers Aggregate index.

  • 21 Jan 2001

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 13 Mar 2017
1 JPMorgan 94,925.33 384 8.39%
2 Citi 87,531.58 331 7.74%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 84,341.49 288 7.46%
4 Barclays 75,288.19 241 6.66%
5 Goldman Sachs 68,504.71 208 6.06%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 14 Mar 2017
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 10,650.87 23 11.13%
2 Deutsche Bank 8,169.49 17 8.53%
3 HSBC 6,243.46 23 6.52%
4 Citi 4,355.35 13 4.55%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 4,273.37 17 4.46%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 21 Mar 2017
1 JPMorgan 5,440.56 17 10.74%
2 Deutsche Bank 4,468.97 23 8.82%
3 UBS 3,742.72 17 7.39%
4 Citi 3,393.89 23 6.70%
5 Goldman Sachs 3,360.93 18 6.63%