‘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 75,347.35 359 5.91%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 74,239.03 342 5.83%
3 Citi 62,167.71 351 4.88%
4 Barclays 58,729.13 218 4.61%
5 Goldman Sachs 50,207.03 203 3.94%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 18,740.11 80 9.75%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 13,968.96 63 7.27%
3 Deutsche Bank 12,777.94 56 6.65%
4 UniCredit 10,968.94 48 5.71%
5 HSBC 10,482.96 60 5.46%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 3,647.43 42 7.27%
2 JPMorgan 3,279.22 34 6.53%
3 Deutsche Bank 3,153.00 28 6.28%
4 Credit Suisse 2,939.41 27 5.86%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,892.87 27 5.76%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 13,575.71 111 9.62%
2 Citi 10,815.50 91 7.67%
3 Goldman Sachs 9,536.47 76 6.76%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,455.18 88 6.70%
5 Barclays 9,449.01 71 6.70%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 19,622.23 78 6.66%
2 Barclays 17,915.82 53 6.08%
3 HSBC 17,859.84 77 6.06%
4 Citi 15,926.05 64 5.40%
5 JPMorgan 15,445.30 54 5.24%