‘Game changers’ see bonds take first step towards end of QE

The European bond market this week finally showed its first acknowledgement that the end of European Central Bank (ECB) quantitative easing (QE) is nigh. Opinions are still split as to whether the bond buying will end in September or be extended to December, but new issue pricing has stepped wider regardless, write Nigel Owen and Bill Thornhill.

  • By Bill Thornhill, Nigel Owen
  • 05 Apr 2018

Both the corporate and covered bond asset classes saw more issuance in the short week following Easter than in the week before, with borrowers approaching both with caution.

Two weeks ago, GlobalCapital reported the stalling of the corporate bond market and one syndicate manager said he thought ...

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 126,008.43 551 5.85%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 125,005.79 533 5.81%
3 Citi 102,522.76 538 4.76%
4 Barclays 84,236.96 343 3.91%
5 Goldman Sachs 83,509.37 327 3.88%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 28,066.59 123 8.86%
2 Deutsche Bank 22,255.37 84 7.03%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 20,558.20 98 6.49%
4 UniCredit 17,012.87 79 5.37%
5 HSBC 16,282.49 91 5.14%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,527.11 43 7.80%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 6.94%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,372.15 44 6.17%
4 JPMorgan 4,226.28 46 5.96%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.30%

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 27,454.25 115 5.77%
2 BNP Paribas 27,238.89 117 5.72%
3 JPMorgan 26,285.83 90 5.52%
4 Barclays 26,223.41 92 5.51%
5 Deutsche Bank 24,766.67 100 5.20%