Corporate Bonds - Article Archive

  • Lockdowns to spur busy November in IG corporate primary

    The threat of new national level lockdowns in some of Europe’s largest economies could spark a wave of high grade corporate bond issuance, with investors happy to ignore trembling fundamentals as long as the European Central Bank keeps pumping billions into the system.

  • Airbus doubles size of main euro bank line

    Airbus, the French aerospace company, has signed a €6bn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility, with the borrower doubling the size of its bank line after raising billions in emergency liquidity in the spring.

  • Gansu LGFV sees poor investor turnout for bond

    Gansu Provincial Highway Aviation Tourism Investment Group Co found lacklustre support for its $300m bond on Tuesday after its pricing strategy deterred investors from joining the deal.

  • JP Morgan appoints new Apac ECM head

    JP Morgan has rejigged the leadership of its Asia Pacific capital markets businesses, promoting Francesco Lavatelli to the helm of the ECM team.

  • Enagás pays 5bp premium as CSPP warps curves

    Enagás, the Spanish gas transmission and network company, came to the bond market for a rare trade on Tuesday, as European Central Bank bond buying continues to make syndicate bankers' lives difficult by taking spreads in strange directions.

  • Glass half empty: pubcos strike covenant waivers for private placements

    UK hospitality companies have been avid users of the US private placement market in the past, but since the coronavirus pandemic began, their businesses have been up-ended with pubs subject to curfews, social distancing and closures. Fortunately, US PP investors have largely followed bank lenders in opting for leniency, waiving covenants or switching to monitoring minimum levels of liquidity. One firm even managed to raise new debt this summer.

  • Michelin gets blowout demand for €1.5bn trade

    Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin, the French tyre company, won more than €10bn of demand for its €1.5bn bond issue on Monday, as a growing number of corporate bankers expect to see European high grade spreads return to pre-Covid 19 levels.

  • Tax rethink will completely change Swiss bond 'side dish', says departing veteran Ronald Hinterkircher

    Ronald Hinterkircher, who is retiring from the Swiss franc bond market after a 40 year career, has told GlobalCapital that digitalisation and the possible removal of the withholding tax for foreign investors could change the market over the next few years. But with the European Central Bank propping up the euro bond market, arbitrage opportunities for international companies in Swiss francs are vanishingly slim.

  • China issuers sneak into closing bond window

    A host of Chinese issuers found one of the last windows to sell bonds on Thursday ahead of the US presidential elections at the beginning of November and a public holiday in Hong Kong early next week.

  • Two EM deals pulled in a week, but last chance market open, say investors

    Two EM bond issuers beat hasty retreats from the primary market this week. But despite the challenges the pair faced, bankers and investors believe the market is open for borrowers looking to pick up a bit of funding ahead of what is expected to be a tortuous US election. Lewis McLellan reports.

  • Upstart broker rocks up in Schuldschein to spur secondary trading

    The secondary market in Schuldscheine is rudimentary, partly as the arranging banks have never wanted to encourage it. But a little known brokerage firm is quietly acting as a go-between, helped by its contacts with non-traditional investors, writes Silas Brown.

  • Permira splashes cash on Lowell rescue ahead of 2021 NPL splurge

    Permira opted to rescue its debt purchasing portfolio company Lowell from the restructuring that many thought was imminent, with the largest slug of equity support any sponsor has injected in Europe since the coronavirus pandemic began. Covid-19 has crushed cashflows for some debt purchasers, but next year should be a bumper year for NPL buying — for those firms with cash to do so, writes Owen Sanderson.

  • eBay Classifieds underlines strength of final market window

    The €2.6bn financing for Adevinta’s purchase of eBay Classifieds looks set to be a blowout success, with sharp tightening across all tranches underlining the bid for quality credits enduring limited pandemic impact. The deal’s double-B rating helps attract rating-sensitive investors who have seen their portfolios pummelled this year by Covid-related downgrades.

  • Asian bond issuers set frenetic pace

    Asia’s dollar bond market has seen a big bump up in volumes this month, as issuers rush to get ahead of the US presidential elections and take advantage of still supportive markets. DCM bankers are expecting a much quieter year end — but they admit anything can happen. Morgan Davis reports.

  • Turkey: sovereign wealth fund pulls as biscuit maker presses on

    Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi, a Turkish biscuit manufacturer, is set to come to market for a benchmark bond on Thursday, attempting to print a deal in a market that the country’s sovereign wealth fund deemed too hostile to make its debut in.

  • Permira digs deep to recap Lowell as NPL expectations build

    Permira and partners have injected £600m of equity into their debt collector portfolio company Lowell as part of a £2.2bn recapitalisation and refinancing effort for the troubled company, which saw its bonds heavily shorted and was widely expected to restructure its liabilities this year. The contribution is the largest equity injection from a sponsor in EMEA since the coronavirus pandemic began, and reflects what Lowell's management sees as a historic opportunity to buy NPL portfolios in the months ahead.

  • ReNew Power uses tried and tested structure for $325m outing

    ReNew Power, the Indian renewable energy giant, brought a $325m green bond to the market on Tuesday. It offered investors a rare opportunity to buy a high yielding deal from the country, despite using a fairly unusual structure for its transaction.

  • Transition bonds: not so sustainable after all

    Enel, the Italian energy company, scored a number of firsts last week when it sold a sterling sustainability-linked bond. But the effect of that deal that might last the longest could be that it has brought about the end of transition bonds.

  • Investment grade corporate spreads forecast to widen

    High grade corporate bond spreads face a rocky few weeks after six months of consistent tightening, as coronavirus lockdowns and corporate earnings blackouts contribute to increased short term volatility.

  • Getlink offers green bond refi after waiving term loan covenants

    Getlink, the company that operates the Channel Tunnel, is preparing a €700m high yield green bond to refinance its 2023 bonds and raise cash for capex, including finishing off a landmark electricity connection between the UK and France. The refi comes after it negotiated waivers on the covenants in its term loan to deal with the impact of the pandemic.

  • Euro bond indices break records despite stuttering recoveries

    The S&P euro investment grade corporate bond index hit a record high on Friday’s close, but corporate bankers believe that there is little to justify the complete reversal of the fall seen in the depths of the spring Covid-19 crisis apart from central bank splurging.

  • Goldman preps rare royalty-backed bond for Delek

    Goldman Sachs is marketing a new high yield bond for Delek Energy, backed by the royalty payments to come from the Leviathan gas field off the coast of Israel. The financing is effectively super senior to a $2.25bn bond issued in the summer, and ekes out extra debt capacity, borrowing financial technology common in the US shale industry and applying it to a new, Israeli context.

  • Quadgas breaks utilities’ silence in private placements

    Quadgas, a gas asset and infrastructure investment consortium that sits above UK utility Cadent Gas, has launched a US private placement, in the first whiff of a deal from the sector in the UK for more than six months.

  • Closing primary window prompts leveraged credit rush

    Leveraged companies or sponsors seeking financing are moving quickly to fund in the immediate aftermath of the November 3 US election. Monday morning saw more than €3bn-equivalent of new supply across high yield bonds and loans announced, across six separate issuers.

  • MUFG hires levfin banker to lead capital markets

    JP Morgan's Raj Kapadia has joined MUFG as international head of capital markets, as the firm increases its leveraged finance focus. It has also set up a new group to advise clients at the C-suite level on market and macroeconomic developments, led by Tom Joyce, a hire from Deutsche Bank.

  • Bond bonanza in Asia as corporates go for dollars

    Asia’s dollar bond market has been swamped with new deals this week. Thursday was no different, with corporate borrowers from Greater China alone raising just over $3bn between them.

  • Central banks and climate change: Lagarde becomes leader

    Long used to scanning the horizon for risks, central banks have belatedly woken up to the biggest one of all — climate change. Monetary policy has so far been ignored — but the European Central Bank, until now on the fringes of this issue, is plunging in

  • HY welcomes new packaging firm ditching PP debt

    Canpack, a Poland-based packaging company, made its debut in the euro and dollar high yield market this week, shaking off the constraints of its private placement-based capital structure and preparing for expansion in the US.

  • Ewe comes through tough day almost unscathed

    Ewe, the German utility, braved a shaky day in the markets on Thursday for its €500m no-grow 12 year bond issue, and still managed a single digit new issue premium.

  • Doorstep lender IPF seeks easier covenants

    International Personal Finance, a UK-listed doorstep lender, asked bondholders to ease covenant limits as part of a package of measures to push out its maturities and manage the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on its funding.