High yield buyers squeezed as stalwarts switch to investment grade

High yield bond investors in Europe are getting squeezed from both sides, as formerly regular visitors to the market hit investment grade status, and new acquisition financings hit the loan market rather than bonds. Schaeffler’s blow-out debut in the investment grade bond market on Tuesday took out €1.5bn equivalent of former HY product.

  • By Owen Sanderson
  • 21 Mar 2019

Nonetheless, high yield buyers are still facing inflows. According to research from Bank of America, euro high yield credit saw $198m of inflows last week. The moves are pushing bond prices tighter — but shrinking the investment universe for pure play high yield managers.

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 42,922.69 206 5.57%
2 Citi 41,586.42 196 5.40%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 39,478.72 192 5.12%
4 Barclays 36,273.83 151 4.71%
5 Deutsche Bank 30,957.30 148 4.02%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Barclays 12,052.82 29 9.36%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 9,163.95 33 7.12%
3 Deutsche Bank 8,910.77 40 6.92%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 8,791.13 27 6.83%
5 BNP Paribas 8,029.09 40 6.24%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 1,571.85 12 9.08%
2 Deutsche Bank 1,337.93 10 7.73%
3 BNP Paribas 1,305.75 15 7.54%
4 Goldman Sachs 1,225.64 11 7.08%
5 Citi 1,208.83 11 6.98%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 9,429.53 69 10.49%
2 Citi 8,913.64 63 9.92%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,050.36 46 6.73%
4 Goldman Sachs 5,765.16 41 6.41%
5 Morgan Stanley 5,492.04 36 6.11%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 8,515.30 33 5.49%
2 Citi 8,108.21 29 5.22%
3 Barclays 7,869.78 33 5.07%
4 BNP Paribas 7,595.48 38 4.89%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 7,348.67 37 4.73%