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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1 JPMorgan 65,626.08 334 5.46%
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3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 60,145.60 318 5.01%
4 Barclays 53,455.07 233 4.45%
5 Morgan Stanley 44,764.71 268 3.73%

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2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 13,141.46 53 6.57%
3 BNP Paribas 12,649.28 73 6.32%
4 Deutsche Bank 11,922.97 60 5.96%
5 Citi 11,677.27 53 5.83%

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1 Deutsche Bank 2,970.40 18 8.22%
2 Citi 2,605.77 18 7.21%
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4 JPMorgan 2,522.43 19 6.98%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,128.73 17 5.89%

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1 JPMorgan 14,300.49 115 9.86%
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4 Goldman Sachs 10,521.81 79 7.25%
5 Morgan Stanley 8,720.88 66 6.01%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 12,515.88 54 5.42%
2 BNP Paribas 12,352.71 71 5.35%
3 Citi 12,116.90 53 5.25%
4 JPMorgan 10,853.37 48 4.70%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 10,703.57 44 4.63%