‘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 45,590.25 204 6.47%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 39,462.38 192 5.60%
3 Citi 34,103.62 199 4.84%
4 Goldman Sachs 33,833.68 121 4.80%
5 Barclays 32,581.37 126 4.62%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 10,750.18 47 9.65%
2 Goldman Sachs 8,556.64 17 7.68%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 8,358.42 35 7.50%
4 UniCredit 7,055.47 28 6.34%
5 HSBC 6,903.62 39 6.20%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 2,290.48 23 8.55%
2 BNP Paribas 2,008.60 22 7.50%
3 Goldman Sachs 1,760.56 17 6.57%
4 Morgan Stanley 1,647.46 11 6.15%
5 Credit Suisse 1,569.64 15 5.86%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 9,299.77 72 9.73%
2 Citi 6,785.07 56 7.10%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,757.41 63 7.07%
4 Barclays 6,374.90 47 6.67%
5 Credit Suisse 6,011.71 44 6.29%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 9,718.26 43 6.26%
2 Citi 9,615.13 40 6.19%
3 JPMorgan 9,533.28 34 6.14%
4 Goldman Sachs 8,943.16 20 5.76%
5 Deutsche Bank 8,857.89 36 5.71%