High-Yield Roundup

  • 21 Apr 2002
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Last week saw a firm tone through Thursday as the high-yield market absorbed two to three new issues per day without a hiccup. Bids were weaker in crossover retail names like JC Penney and Gap Inc. Here was selected other action:

Nextel Takes Off

Nextel Communications beat expectations for subscribers, and posted a smaller first quarter loss than analysts had expected. The 9.375% notes of '09 (B1/B) were bid up to 68 from 62.5, but were slipping late Thursday--to 67.5 by the close.


Dana Corp. Hangs In Despite Poor Earnings

A positive bid for the auto parts sector kept Dana Corp.'s bonds from slipping, even though the auto parts supplier posted weak first quarter numbers. The 9% senior notes of '11 (Ba3/BB) stood firm at a 101.5 bid.

Chemicals Slide On Higher Oil Prices

Higher energy prices led to weakness in the chemical sector. Lyondell Chemical Company's 9.625% senior secured notes of '07 (Ba3/BB) dropped from a 102 bid to 101. Millenium Chemicals' 9.25% senior notes of '08 (Ba1/BBB-) dropped from 103.5 to 102 at Thursday's close.

Higher prices have an immediate impact upon margins, as producers have a difficult time passing on raw material costs, according David Troyer, top-ranked chemical analyst on the Institutional Investor 2001 All-America Fixed-Income Research Team. "Our competitive position around the world is impaired when we have to pay higher prices for energy," he says.

  • 21 Apr 2002

GlobalCapital European securitization league table

Rank Lead Manager/Arranger Total Volume $m No. of Deals Share % by Volume
1 BNP Paribas 12,508 23 18.18
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) 8,059 25 11.72
3 Lloyds Bank 5,761 18 8.38
4 Citi 5,606 15 8.15
5 JP Morgan 5,007 7 7.28

Bookrunners of Global Structured Finance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 94,444.52 266 11.16%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 79,057.17 220 9.35%
3 Wells Fargo Securities 69,655.75 196 8.23%
4 JPMorgan 69,110.65 196 8.17%
5 Credit Suisse 56,930.26 144 6.73%