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 77,552.24 398 5.62%
2 Citi 70,717.52 380 5.13%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 69,588.78 376 5.05%
4 Barclays 61,172.01 270 4.44%
5 Goldman Sachs 52,725.73 259 3.82%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Barclays 20,165.66 52 8.65%
2 BNP Paribas 16,075.93 92 6.90%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 14,325.15 63 6.15%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 14,105.99 45 6.05%
5 Deutsche Bank 13,139.03 67 5.64%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
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1 Deutsche Bank 2,970.40 18 7.33%
2 JPMorgan 2,822.43 22 6.97%
3 Citi 2,783.23 20 6.87%
4 BNP Paribas 2,674.33 25 6.60%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,523.29 20 6.23%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 16,843.24 134 9.96%
2 Citi 15,359.69 127 9.09%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 12,650.81 105 7.48%
4 Goldman Sachs 12,435.18 94 7.36%
5 Morgan Stanley 9,748.90 76 5.77%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 15,614.90 90 5.82%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 13,889.15 66 5.18%
3 Barclays 13,651.30 58 5.09%
4 JPMorgan 13,469.46 59 5.02%
5 Citi 13,203.46 60 4.92%