Vodafone mando surprise: issuer happy with S&P treatment

Standard & Poor’s will not give explicit equity credit to the £3.4bn of mandatorily convertible bonds issued by Vodafone a fortnight ago. But S&P will give some rating benefit, and the UK telecoms company is cheerful about the result. Some bankers believe other issuers will follow suit, writes Jon Hay.

  • By Jon Hay
  • 21 Mar 2019

The extraordinary deal, issued on March 5, is designed to provide ballast to Vodafone’s balance sheet as it pays an €18.4bn enterprise value to take over Unitymedia, the German and central European business of Liberty Global.

Vodafone is anxious to protect its credit ratings by not taking on too ...

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • 19 Sep 2019
1 JPMorgan 299,908.40 1348 8.58%
2 Citi 269,633.69 1139 7.71%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 233,702.48 955 6.69%
4 Barclays 215,977.22 873 6.18%
5 Goldman Sachs 171,316.37 716 4.90%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 BNP Paribas 33,565.22 148 7.28%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 33,319.19 143 7.22%
3 JPMorgan 25,404.62 68 5.51%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 23,368.44 65 5.07%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 22,565.04 105 4.89%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 JPMorgan 9,273.57 56 10.29%
2 Morgan Stanley 8,122.33 40 9.01%
3 Goldman Sachs 7,738.32 41 8.59%
4 Citi 6,426.54 47 7.13%
5 UBS 4,913.18 26 5.45%