Corporate bond investors see spreads widening as supply grows

January and February, particularly the latter, were quiet months for corporate bond new issuance in Europe. However, March is lining up to be the busiest month of 2018 so far in both investment grade and high yield markets, and that is starting to worry investors.

  • By Nigel Owen, Victor Jimenez
  • 14 Mar 2018
“The bond markets managed their way through the equity and rates volatility,” said a portfolio manager at a London asset management firm. “And we are all keeping an eye on September and the end of quantitative easing. But what we don’t need on top of that is a ...

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 125,350.32 549 5.91%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 123,530.63 522 5.82%
3 Citi 101,828.00 535 4.80%
4 Barclays 84,284.85 343 3.97%
5 Goldman Sachs 83,539.45 324 3.94%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 28,401.19 124 8.95%
2 Deutsche Bank 22,113.09 83 6.97%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 20,892.79 99 6.58%
4 UniCredit 17,012.87 79 5.36%
5 HSBC 16,474.81 91 5.19%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,527.11 43 7.82%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 6.96%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,372.15 44 6.18%
4 JPMorgan 3,977.60 45 5.63%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.31%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 19,901.51 153 10.02%
2 Goldman Sachs 14,830.49 106 7.47%
3 Credit Suisse 13,745.94 98 6.92%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,267.41 122 6.68%
5 Morgan Stanley 12,977.13 92 6.53%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 28,288.85 117 5.97%
2 BNP Paribas 27,457.09 117 5.80%
3 Barclays 26,271.31 92 5.55%
4 JPMorgan 26,099.31 90 5.51%
5 Deutsche Bank 24,766.67 100 5.23%