• High yield buyers squeezed as stalwarts switch to investment grade

    High yield bond investors in Europe are getting squeezed from both sides, as formerly regular visitors to the market hit investment grade status, and new acquisition financings hit the loan market rather than bonds. Schaeffler’s blow-out debut in the investment grade bond market on Tuesday took out €1.5bn equivalent of former HY product.

    • 21 Mar 2019
  • SSP returns to US PP mart with scant Brexit premium

    SSP, the UK food and drinks retail operator, has sold US private placements (US PP) via Barclays and Bank of America. Pricing was similar to its PP debut last year, market participants said, which is a sign that, for the right UK credit, the market remains stable amid the Brexit storm.

    • 21 Mar 2019
  • CNH taps eager bond market for €600m at minimal NIP

    Despite a slight softness in the European corporate bond market at the end of Tuesday, Wednesday brought another strong deal. CNH Industrial, the agricultural machinery and lorries group backed by the Agnelli family, issued an eight year bond that was increased to €600m.

    • 20 Mar 2019
  • Rampant demand as investors hoover up Schaeffler, Scentre, Glencore

    The European corporate bond market’s charmed life continued on Tuesday, as if the intensifying crisis of Brexit was just a dream. Two triple-B issuers and one single-A all found the same deep demand that has greeted every deal for the past few weeks.

    • 19 Mar 2019
  • Telstra cuts through curve as funds relish A2/A- credit

    Telstra, Australia’s national telecoms company, returned to one of its most important funding markets, euro bonds, on Monday, with a smallish benchmark deal that joined the remarkable wave of deals that have achieved negative new issue premiums.

    • 18 Mar 2019
  • Rampant corporate bid continues through Brexit maelstrom with Marsh, Incommunities

    The exceptionally strong demand in Europe’s corporate bond market has remained unaffected by the turmoil in the UK’s Parliament, as MPs vote night after night on repeated motions that could determine the country’s future inside or outside Europe. On Thursday, two issuers attracted huge books: Marsh & McLennan Companies, the US insurance and investment services group making its debut in euros, and Incommunities Group, a Leeds-based housing association, in sterling.

    • 14 Mar 2019
  • Sanofi gets paid to borrow three year money

    The extraordinary conditions in Europe’s investment grade corporate bond market, in which three issuers in succession had printed multi-tranche bonds this week with no new issue premiums, produced a new bizarre result on Wednesday when Sanofi, one of the market’s tightest-trading issuers, took its turn.

    • 13 Mar 2019
  • Investors gulp flat Pepsi as sun returns to bond market

    Pepsico took one of its rare sips at the euro bond market on Monday, and was rewarded with two bonds, seen as priced flat to and through its curve. After the European corporate bond market was clouded by weak secondary trading last week, it was back on form on Monday.

    • 11 Mar 2019
  • Huge bid for Vodafone as hedge funds binge on financing

    Whether Vodafone’s £3.44bn issue of two and three year mandatorily convertible bonds on Tuesday this week ends up being judged a corporate finance success for the company may take time to discover. But it is already clear it was a great hit with investors — much more so than the first time Vodafone issued the structure in 2016.

    • 07 Mar 2019
  • Magic in markets can mean danger or creation

    The root of arbitrage is the same thing being priced differently in two markets. As markets have got bigger and more sophisticated, arbitrage has become harder to find.

    • 07 Mar 2019
  • Pearson gives ESG loans new educational direction

    Pearson, the UK educational publisher, has signed a $1.2bn bank facility with a novel margin link to the company’s progress in educational reach, but loans bankers say that this increasingly popular form of funding is unlikely to drag the market out of its low volume melancholy.

    • 07 Mar 2019
  • Vodafone rides again with mando and buyback language

    Vodafone brought to market on Tuesday its second mandatorily convertible bond that comes with language indicating Vodafone will buy the shares back — a second attempt to achieve the corporate financing holy grail of 100% equity credit without diluting shareholders.

    • 05 Mar 2019
  • Cadent Gas sells one of UK utility sector's largest private placements

    Cadent Gas has sold £680m-equivalent of US private placements (US PP) across several tranches, in dollars and sterling, according to market participants, in one of the largest PP transactions from a UK utility on record. This is evidence that PP investors are not shying away from UK names, market participants claim, even amid the uncertainty of Brexit.

    • 04 Mar 2019

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 101,974.94 404 8.29%
2 Citi 95,105.34 354 7.73%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 82,200.55 309 6.68%
4 Barclays 81,531.75 289 6.63%
5 HSBC 65,681.57 320 5.34%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 8,921.11 17 10.11%
2 Deutsche Bank 5,429.08 13 6.15%
3 Commerzbank Group 5,145.35 21 5.83%
4 BNP Paribas 4,907.83 23 5.56%
5 UniCredit 3,906.86 15 4.43%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 2,328.59 11 11.59%
2 Morgan Stanley 1,958.99 12 9.75%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 1,598.67 7 7.96%
4 JPMorgan 1,371.27 7 6.83%
5 UBS 1,229.93 7 6.12%