Triple-B corporate bond storm worries overblown, say investors

One of the most covered aspects of the bond market by more mainstream media in recent months has been the value of triple-B rated corporate debt due to mature in coming years and what problems that might cause in the event of an economic downturn. However, this has prompted investors to start to quell any fears of these risks.

  • By Nigel Owen, Owen Sanderson
  • 13 Feb 2019

In the last 10 years triple-B rated debt has gone from representing around 20% of investment grade corporate bond issuance to nearly 50%, with almost all the share having been taken from the single-A ratings band.

The theory doing the rounds is that companies have gorged on ...

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Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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4 Barclays 82,746.08 357 4.59%
5 Goldman Sachs 72,129.66 351 4.00%

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4 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 17,453.03 80 5.87%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 16,800.86 56 5.65%

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1 Citi 5,477.09 30 9.39%
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5 Goldman Sachs 3,785.14 29 6.49%

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1 JPMorgan 21,290.12 175 9.59%
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5 Morgan Stanley 14,358.47 98 6.47%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 BNP Paribas 19,764.80 117 5.75%
2 Barclays 18,752.59 77 5.46%
3 Citi 17,788.18 88 5.18%
4 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 17,460.83 84 5.08%
5 JPMorgan 16,953.30 81 4.93%