Corporate bond investors party under dark economic skies

Ask anyone how they feel about the economic outlook, and the answer is likely to be glum. That is certainly the way bond traders and central bankers feel, to judge by the inverted US Treasury yield curve — a traditional harbinger of recession — and dovish gestures by the Fed and European Central Bank.

  • By Alex Radford, Jon Hay
  • 06 Jun 2019

But this weather has proved great for corporate bond issuers. None dared issue on a rocky Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday were packed with nine deals totalling €9.8bn and Bilfinger and Eutelsat followed on Thursday.

"It’s been a tale of two markets,” said a syndicate banker. “It's primary [bonds] ...

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 91,308.71 450 5.83%
2 Citi 83,372.35 426 5.32%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 80,651.89 414 5.15%
4 Barclays 72,135.54 307 4.61%
5 Goldman Sachs 59,875.46 292 3.82%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Barclays 20,638.21 54 8.44%
2 BNP Paribas 16,514.56 94 6.75%
3 Deutsche Bank 15,422.56 75 6.30%
4 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 15,340.46 67 6.27%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 14,105.99 45 5.77%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 4,728.01 24 9.17%
2 JPMorgan 3,649.83 29 7.08%
3 Deutsche Bank 3,638.27 22 7.06%
4 Barclays 3,441.80 22 6.68%
5 Goldman Sachs 3,389.62 26 6.58%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 18,847.11 143 9.44%
2 JPMorgan 18,279.02 147 9.16%
3 Goldman Sachs 14,831.56 109 7.43%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 14,255.85 117 7.14%
5 Morgan Stanley 12,912.93 86 6.47%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 16,573.16 92 5.72%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 15,343.03 70 5.29%
3 Barclays 15,274.25 63 5.27%
4 JPMorgan 15,018.24 65 5.18%
5 Citi 14,456.99 66 4.99%