Merrill forecasts European capital securities explosion

Merrill Lynch predicted record new issue volumes and the increased use of direct issue structures this year in the European capital securities market, at the Euromoney International Bond Congress today.

  • 16 Feb 2001
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"We believe both the amount of capital issued and the average transaction size will be broken this year," said Damian Chunilal from Merrill Lynch's global financial institutions group.

Chunilal added that the introduction of step-up and stock settlement features had made a large contribution towards encouraging European institutional involvement in the capital securities market, and that he was expecting stock settlement to be applied across a broader range of European jurisdictions in 2001.

"The UK is the only market where we have seen hard or soft stock settlement transactions in Europe," said Chunilal, "but more countries will approve stock settlement and therefore help expand the issuer base."

Diversification of credit types will be another feature of the market in 2001, said Chunilal, who pointed to recent hybrid issuance from the Mexican banking sector as an illustration of the trend.

"We are seeing the universe of issuers and credit types continuing to expand as investor acceptance of the instrument continues," he said. Hybrid issuance by a Singaporean entity might provide a further example of how the issuer base is broadening in the near future, he added.

Chunilal said direct issue structures - as pioneered by Barclays Capital through reserve capital instruments (RCIs) - will be used more widely in 2001. "Merrill Lynch is doing a lot of work on direct issue structures," he said. "Only Sweden, Finland and the UK have approved these structures, but the country universe for direct issuance will expand."

  • 16 Feb 2001

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 417,761.51 1606 9.02%
2 JPMorgan 380,362.89 1737 8.21%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 364,928.71 1322 7.88%
4 Goldman Sachs 269,252.76 932 5.82%
5 Barclays 267,252.43 1082 5.77%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 45,449.36 196 6.56%
2 BNP Paribas 38,734.80 217 5.59%
3 Deutsche Bank 37,615.10 139 5.43%
4 JPMorgan 34,724.19 118 5.01%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 33,835.53 112 4.88%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 22,475.46 105 8.65%
2 Morgan Stanley 19,057.00 101 7.34%
3 Citi 17,812.08 111 6.86%
4 UBS 17,693.89 71 6.81%
5 Goldman Sachs 17,333.10 99 6.67%