US high yield blazes to busiest first quarter ever

The US high yield market has roared to its busiest start to the year ever. Issuance in the first quarter of 2012 totalled $98.8bn, beating 2011’s record of $81.0bn, according to Royal Bank of Scotland credit research.

  • 04 Apr 2012

The lively activity has surprised many. At the end of last year, US high yield bankers and investors found it hard to predict how big volumes would be this quarter, as markets were still much more volatile than today.

“In a high volatility environment such as what we ...

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 5,647.81 35 5.99%
2 Morgan Stanley 5,361.15 32 5.69%
3 Citi 5,164.93 39 5.48%
4 HSBC 4,900.29 32 5.20%
5 BNP Paribas 4,712.84 24 5.00%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 2,424.26 9 10.57%
2 UniCredit 1,892.23 6 8.25%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 1,585.30 5 6.91%
4 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 1,577.41 6 6.88%
5 ING 1,477.05 5 6.44%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 472.73 3 8.70%
2 Goldman Sachs 460.40 3 8.48%
3 Credit Suisse 417.53 4 7.69%
4 Barclays 413.98 4 7.62%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 353.26 2 6.50%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 1,942.03 15 9.59%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 1,559.21 15 7.70%
3 Wells Fargo Securities 1,535.51 14 7.58%
4 JPMorgan 1,388.05 13 6.85%
5 Morgan Stanley 1,381.20 11 6.82%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 2,459.18 9 9.92%
2 UniCredit 1,892.23 6 7.63%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 1,585.30 5 6.39%
4 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 1,577.41 6 6.36%
5 ING 1,477.05 5 5.96%