Party over for covered issuers as RBC sheds orders

Royal Bank of Canada’s €1.25bn seven year issued on Wednesday dropped more orders than any covered bond has in years, ending up as one of the least subscribed deals of its size since 2011. The transaction starkly illustrated that the balance of power has shifted in favour of investors and offered a salutary lesson for ambitious issuers, writes Bill Thornhill.

  • By Bill Thornhill
  • 13 Jun 2019

At its peak the order book for RBC’s trade stood at €1.9bn but, by the time the size and spread had been agreed, the deal had shed €600m of orders — making it one of the two least subscribed covered bonds of this size since 2011.

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Bookrunners of Global Covered Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 UniCredit 10,283.03 88 6.01%
2 HSBC 9,924.14 51 5.80%
3 LBBW 8,393.04 48 4.91%
4 Natixis 7,239.94 37 4.23%
5 UBS 7,025.55 38 4.11%

Bookrunners of Global FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 55,206.99 242 6.06%
2 JPMorgan 52,753.76 271 5.79%
3 Citi 52,120.64 279 5.72%
4 Morgan Stanley 41,067.38 223 4.51%
5 HSBC 36,375.06 225 3.99%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 45,511.73 199 11.58%
2 JPMorgan 42,181.52 207 10.73%
3 Citi 40,920.97 214 10.41%
4 Morgan Stanley 30,577.16 152 7.78%
5 Goldman Sachs 27,936.22 261 7.11%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Covered Bond Above €500m

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Natixis 5,939.43 23 6.77%
2 LBBW 5,403.66 21 6.16%
3 UniCredit 5,082.55 24 5.79%
4 HSBC 5,076.13 19 5.78%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 4,965.07 22 5.66%

Global FIG Revenue

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 02 May 2016
1 Morgan Stanley 365.83 497 7.62%
2 JPMorgan 332.66 618 6.92%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 299.89 590 6.24%
4 Goldman Sachs 276.71 375 5.76%
5 Citi 264.54 592 5.51%

Bookrunners of European Subordinated FIG

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Barclays 6,170.54 15 14.33%
2 UBS 4,233.38 20 9.83%
3 BNP Paribas 3,846.71 16 8.93%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 3,549.81 11 8.24%
5 HSBC 2,321.22 16 5.39%