Tuesday, 09 February 2016

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John Cryan

Deutsche Bank CEO claims bank "rock solid"

09 February 2016 By Steve Slater

Deutsche Bank co-chief executive John Cryan on Tuesday told staff and investors that the bank was “rock solid” as he sought to halt a slump in its shares and bonds.

Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt

AT1 market hits rock bottom, puts sector in jeopardy

09 February 2016 By

The Additional Tier 1 market is suffering its worst sell-off since opening in 2013, scuppering banks’ ability to continue using the instruments to shore up their balance sheets and raising fresh doubts about the depth of the investor base in Europe.

Lloyd Blankfein

Banks eye more cost cuts amid global growth concerns

09 February 2016

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc and other US banks are looking at ways to slash expenses further this year as market turmoil, declining oil prices and concerns about Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG have sent the sector’s shares down sharply.

Lloyds Bank branch in London

Supreme Court puts new twist on Lloyds ECN saga

09 February 2016 By

The Supreme Court ruled late on Monday that holders of Lloyds’ Enhanced Capital Notes have the right to appeal the bank’s decision to buy the bonds back, providing a new twist in the saga of the high-yielding bonds.

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CA Immo flies solo in choppy market

09 February 2016 By

European markets remained volatile on Tuesday, leaving most corporate borrowers on the sidelines despite a bursting pipeline.

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Monday's rout leaves SSA bankers nervous

09 February 2016 By

Bankers covering the SSA market were left pondering the implications of Monday’s rout, with European public sector bonds succumbing to the uncertainty plaguing the rest of the market.

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Manutencoop bonds plummet to all-time lows

09 February 2016 By Robert Smith

Manutencoop’s bonds fell off a cliff on Tuesday on news that Italian procurement agency Consip is mulling whether to cancel a contract at the centre of a long running antitrust dispute.

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OTG cuts price, delays IPO by a day

09 February 2016 By

Airport restaurant concessionaire OTG EXP has scaled back its IPO plans and delayed pricing by one day amid heavy pricing pressure on new issues.


Junk energy bond spreads hit widest levels ever

09 February 2016 By Hillary Flynn

Average spreads on junk-rated US energy bonds touched their highest levels ever on Monday as oil prices remained under pressure and as bonds of Chesapeake Energy tumbled.

JP Morgan offices in Canary Wharf

UK watchdog fines ex-JP Morgan banker over "London Whale" trades

09 February 2016 By Huw Jones

Britain’s financial watchdog has fined a former senior official at US bank JP Morgan £793,000 (US$1.15m) for failing to be “open and co-operative” over the US$6.2bn losses racked up in the “London Whale” trading scandal.

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Stalled EU bank trading plan could end up on scrap heap

09 February 2016Updated: 09 February 2016 By Huw Jones

(Reuters) - A European Union draft law to curb risky trading at banks could be scrapped unless there is consensus on it among the main parties, a senior European Parliament member said on Tuesday.

P&M: Barclays appoints Compton as COO, another hire from JP Morgan

09 February 2016Updated: 09 February 2016 By Steve Slater

Barclays has appointed Paul Compton as its chief operating officer, adding to the former JP Morgan bankers joining its top ranks and resulting in the departure of Jonathan Moulds, who had held the position.

P&M: RBS appoints head of commercial for Williams & Glyn

09 February 2016Updated: 09 February 2016

Rob Allen has been made managing director of commercial for Williams & Glyn, the newly formed subsidiary of RBS which it is required to spin off under European Commission state aid rules. He will start on May 4 and report to the unit’s chief executive Jim Brown. Allen joins from HSBC’s commercial banking arm, where he was responsible for financial sponsor coverage in UK and Europe. He previously worked at WestLB in similar leveraged finance positions. Williams & Glyn has a £20bn loan book. 

P&M: Blasco rejoins BBVA to head bond and loan syndicate

09 February 2016

Juan Blasco has joined BBVA as global head of syndication in global finance, a newly created division that encompasses bonds, loans and project finance.

P&M: Public sector veteran Norrey to retire from JP Morgan

09 February 2016

SSA bond market veteran Carl Norrey is to retire from his position as managing director, head of rates securities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at JP Morgan, according to an internal memo seen by IFR.

P&M: Credit Suisse's Tristram takes new role

09 February 2016

Mark Tristram has started a new job in Credit Suisse’s strategic resolution unit, according to a spokesman at the bank.

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That (kitchen) sinking feeling

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

At the end of January, Italian sovereign bonds tanked after the European Central Bank began making disgruntled noises about the worryingly high levels of bad loans permeating the country’s bloated banking system.

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Italy goes the whole nine yards

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

The Italian Republic priced a €9bn 2.70% 30-year benchmark on Tuesday that was lauded by bankers and underlines the extent to which the European Central Bank is able to allay market concerns around Italy in particular and the global economy in general.

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Dell's US$10bn loans test market

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

The first US$10bn chunk of pro rata loans in a US$45bn financing package backing computer giant Dell’s purchase of data storage products maker EMC Corp is testing banks’ appetite for funded US dollar assets before tapping the institutional loan and high-yield bond markets.

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Cheap and cheerful as UK IPOs return

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

National Australia Bank breathed life into Europe’s 2016 IPO market last week, floating Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group with a market capitalisation of £1.583bn. CMC Markets followed a couple of days later, with four more European pricings due this week.

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European banks' non-core losses hit €35bn

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

Further losses linked to non-core assets at UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank revealed over recent days – with more expected at Barclays when it updates the market next month ...

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ChemChina smashes Asian record

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

China’s largest chemical company is initially funding the deal entirely with debt through a mixture of recourse and non-recourse facilities, leveraging both its own balance sheet and that of its target.

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Lippo misreads duration demand

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

Lippo Karawaci’s fumbled attempt to extend its debt maturity profile has highlighted investors’ aversion to duration risk, pointing to the difficulties that the Asian high-yield market faces after a barren start to the year.

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Fraud shatters China's P2P IPO dreams

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By ,

Last Monday, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that Ezubo, a peer-to-peer lending company in Anhui, had conned investors out of over Rmb50bn (US$7.61bn) through a Ponzi scheme.

Red Square

Russia bond sparks sanctions conundrum

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

Investors are facing a conundrum if Russia decides to push ahead with plans to print a Eurobond this year, as bond market experts say that the money raised can be used to bypass Western financial sanctions on Russian companies.

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Colombia eyes bond as woes mount

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

Colombia is preparing to tap the bond markets at a rough time, as a slide in oil prices has dented its fiscal accounts and is threatening the oil exporting nation’s credit standing.

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Junk market faces Triple C test

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

Leveraged finance bankers are chipping away at an up-to-US$30bn pipeline of high-yield bond sales at the fastest pace so far this year, but lower-rated credits remain a tough sell.

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Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt

Europe's banks trail behind US rivals

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

Europe’s major investment banks underperformed their US rivals by a distance last quarter, signalling that market share gains by the big Wall Street firms in the past five years could accelerate in 2016.

Tidjane Thiam

'Perfect storm' hits Credit Suisse earnings

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

Credit Suisse reported a SFr6.44bn pretax loss for the final three months of 2015 and chief executive Tidjane Thiam warned that “challenging” conditions in January could persist for the rest of the quarter, sending shares to their lowest point in over 20 years.

Jim Esposito

Goldman shake-up sees Esposito head securities strategy

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

Goldman Sachs named Jim Esposito chief strategy officer in its securities division, a new role. Esposito was previously co-head of the global financing group, a role he assumed with Marc Nachmann after Stephen Scherr was named chief of strategy for the bank in 2014.

From the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram to lead the flock


IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

IS IT A bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a bond deal.

 Ralph Schlosstein

Evercore sees M&A surge continuing, despite volatile markets

IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

Volatility in capital markets in the first month of this year will not dampen the surge in merger and acquisition deal flow that powered record earnings for independent investment banks. At least that’s the view of Evercore Chief Executive Ralph Schlosstein.

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    Private placements to the fore as public primary dries up

    IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

    Torrid conditions pushed blue-chip corporates to turn to private placements in January as elevated premiums dampened public issuance in what is normally one of the sector’s busiest months.

    Goldman Sachs sign

    Outlook bleak for crumbling financials supply

    IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

    Banks looking to raise funding in the European market are facing an increasingly torrid backdrop, with 2016’s volumes considerably lagging last year’s, putting issuers on the back foot just as they need to make a dent in their programmes.  

    Fallen angels loom over Europe

    IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

    Analysts expect billions of euros of investment-grade corporate bonds to come crashing down to junk, and while the market is better prepared than ever to smooth the transition, there is still scope for some nasty shocks.

    EasyJet beats volatility to secure debut bond

    IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

    UK low-cost airline EasyJet made its European debut on Tuesday, attracting more than €5bn of demand from bond investors desperate for new supply in a market thrashed by volatility.   After a near-three-week issuance hiatus, EasyJet sold a €500m no-grow seven-year bond despite jittery equity markets and oil price swings that left other issuers on the sidelines.  “EasyJet ticked most of the boxes, but the deal was still a challenge due to it being a Triple B debut issuer, and particularly in this market nothing is a slam dunk,” said Marco Baldini, head of European corporate syndicate and European rates syndicate at Barclays.  

    Macquarie set for debut

    IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

    Macquarie Bank is set to become the sixth Australian lender to sell covered bonds, potentially denominated in euros, after a round of European investor meetings, starting this Monday. Barclays, HSBC and Societe Generale are the arrangers.

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      Anxious investors want tighter terms

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Jonathan Schwarzberg

      Worried investors are calling for tighter terms and conditions on US leveraged loans as pricing continues to move higher for lower-rated companies while the market tries to digest a multi-billion-dollar logjam of deals from last year in a deteriorating macroeconomic environment.

      A Staples in Burbank, California

      Euro market braced for turbulence

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Hannah Brenton

      The European leveraged loan market has so far withstood the turmoil gripping the US market – but with large US loans, including cross-border deals, forced to flex terms considerably, there are concerns that the storm could be heading across the Atlantic.

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      Moves to improve loan settlement times

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Kristen Haunss

      Investors in the US leveraged loan market are seeking to cut the time it takes to complete a trade, as regulators warn that funds may not be able to meet redemptions during volatility.

      Pump jack

      Regulators to classify more energy loans as high-risk

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Lynn Adler

      US regulators are likely to classify more oil and gas loans as high-risk when they start a new bank portfolio review in early February, due to the fall in crude prices to a 12-year low since the previous review. This will cut credit access and escalate defaults for cash-starved energy companies, analysts and investors said.

      Kemi Adeosun

      Loans hammered by low oil prices

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Sandrine Bradley

      Local and international banks are closely monitoring loan exposure of around US$16bn to the country’s oil and gas sector after the finance minister said that Nigeria needs to borrow around US$9bn to fund its 2016 budget deficit and capital projects as low oil prices continue to hammer emerging markets finances.

      Dell laptop

      Dell's US$10bn loans test market

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

      The first US$10bn chunk of pro rata loans in a US$45bn financing package backing computer giant Dell’s purchase of data storage products maker EMC Corp is testing banks’ appetite for funded US dollar assets before tapping the institutional loan and high-yield bond markets.

      Dominion Resources logo

      Dominion taps for Questar buy

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      Power producer Dominion Resources is backing its US$4.4bn acquisition of natural gas distribution company Questar with a US$3.9bn senior unsecured bridge and term loan facility. Mizuho and RBC committed to provide the debt financing.

      ​RBC and CIBC to finance Rona buy

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      RBC and CIBC have arranged committed financing to back home improvement retailer Lowe’s C$3.2bn acquisition of Canada’s Rona.

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      RBL Bank branch

      Past failings delay RBL Bank IPO

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      India’s stock market regulator has delayed the US$150m–$250m IPO of RBL Bank over previous violations of disclosure rules, complicating efforts to complete the country’s first bank listing since 2010. 

      Mark Papa

      New oil SPAC looks to clean up

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      Now seems an odd time to raise money to launch a new oil company. As crude prices have slumped to the 30s, US explorers have found access to capital markets funding choked off. In an effort to fill the funding gap created by the new price dynamic, E&P companies are ditching assets.

      Biotechs reopen US IPO market

      Biotechs break IPO dry spell

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      The US IPO drought of 2016 came to an end on Tuesday night as BeiGene and Editas Medicine priced the year’s first new issues. Each was already well oversubscribed from the outset of marketing, with bankers taking extra measures to ensure positive outcomes.

      Chinese investors react

      China worries shutter IPOs

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      In an announcement on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong last Wednesday, the company said it would not proceed with the IPO due to excessive market volatility. It had been due to price the flotation after books closed last Tuesday.

      American Campus Communities logo

      American Campus builds room for growth

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      It has been a long time since American Campus Communities sold stock, at least in a publicly marketed transaction. Nearly four years after having last done so, the student housing REIT provided an incentive for investors to participate in a roughly US$643.5m overnight follow-on offering.

      ArcelorMittal steel plant in Liege

      Luxembourg: ArcelorMittal steels itself for US$3bn cash call

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Agricole are providing standby underwriting for a US$3bn capital raise for ArcelorMittal as the steel manufacturer works to pay down debt. The fundraising comes alongside the US$1bn sale of a 25% minority stake in Spanish engineering group Gestamp.

      Australia: Still hope of IPO for Endeavour

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      Endeavour is set to be the last of the New South Wales government’s three large power privatisations, but the first to be sold through an IPO. At an estimated A$4bn, it will be the fourth-largest Australian IPO in history, according to Thomson Reuters data.

      Sponsors sell down Zimmer Biomet stakes

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      Typically, the end of earnings season brings a wave of block trades from the private equity community.

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      JP Morgan Chase & Co. corporate headquarters

      Structured products go green

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

      Structured note issuers are responding to a scramble for yield in the growing market for socially responsible investments by expanding cross-asset efforts in bespoke products linked to benchmarks with strong environmental, social and governance credentials.

      US Treasury swap spreads (Bp)

      Swap spreads jump on Treasury inflows

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Mike Kentz

      A surge of demand for US Treasury bonds pushed 10-year yields to 12-month lows and narrowed the negative gap against Libor-based financing rates that took hold in September.

      London Stock Exchange

      MS's Ross to head LSE's Curve

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

      The London Stock Exchange Group has appointed Andrew Ross as chief executive officer of its CurveGlobal derivatives platform. Ross joins after 16 years at Morgan Stanley where he was most recently global head of agency listed derivative electronic execution and European head of clearing. 

      Hong Kong sets swaps clearing deadline

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By

      The Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Securities and Futures Commission have agreed a deadline of September 1 for the implementation of the first phase of Hong Kong’s mandatory clearing regime for OTC swaps as the jurisdiction prepares to fall in line with the G20 commitments agreed in 2009.

      Fund managers kick off SEC derivatives battle

      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016 By Mike Kentz

      Asset managers are bewildered by a recent Securities Exchange Commission proposal regarding the use of derivatives within mutual funds and are digging in for a drawn-out battle with the Commission regarding an eventual final rule.

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      Bank of the Year: UBS

      Bank of the Year: UBS

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      How often has any bank been able to lay genuine claim to creating a benchmark for how the business is conducted? Faced with some tough decisions about its own future amid the chaos of the new order, UBS fashioned an innovative and sustainable operating model that is now a blueprint for others to follow. It is IFR’s Bank of the Year.

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      IFR Awards dinner raises £1.22m for Save the Children

      01 February 2016

      The IFR Awards dinner on January 27 raised £1.22m for Save the Children with the banking community once again pledging large sums in support of the charity. Bank of the Year UBS and UBS Optimus Foundation together donated a record £800,000 to be named bookrunner.

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      From the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram to lead the flock


      IFR 2119 6 February to 12 February 2016

      IS IT A bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a bond deal.


      James Saft - June 2014

      The Geithner Asset Relief Program and the revolving door

      James Saft on JP Morgan’s loan to Tim Geithner.

      David Cameron

      After immigration, it’s London vs the euro area

      Europe starts preparing for future without the UK.


      Europe’s three psycho-battles

      Spectre of ‘winner takes all’ in north-south split.

      keith mullin

      Goldman tools up for trouble

      DO GOLDMAN SACHS’s most recent executive shifts give away valuable clues as to how investment banks’ corporate and institutional clients will need to be serviced as this treacherous market gives rise to all sorts of doom and gloom scenarios and outlooks, and market-structure shifts in FICC call for new ideas?


      BoJ - Experimental policy with a shock and awe focus

      Divyang Shah on Bank of Japan’s surprise negative interest rate policy.

      keith mullin

      One quarter’s earnings does not a strategy make

      If Aristotle were around today, he’d probably be a strategist or investment consultant.

      James Saft - June 2014

      Contrarian hedge funds earn keep; momentum mutual funds, not so much

      Two thirds of hedge funds create genuine value through contrarian strategies, says new study.

      James Saft - June 2014

      Japan may follow own advice to China – capital controls

      China’s own situation adds markedly to the complexity and difficulty of Japan’s, says James Saft.

      US dollar and Chinese yuan banknotes

      Beijing’s currency contradictions

      Chinese weigh benefits and costs of seigniorage.


      Welcome to Bretton Woods III

      The original Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates broke down in the early 1970s when the US ditched the gold standard. But in the post-Asia crisis period, the Bretton Woods II surfaced, popularised by Garber, Dooley and Folkerts-Landau, and argued that Asian countries (the periphery) committed to export-led growth through an undervalued exchange rate would export capital to the US (the core).

      IFR Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable 2016

      IFR Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable 2016

      IFR’s Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable took place in Singapore in December 2015. As with the Indian Credit Conference in Mumbai that had preceded it by a couple of weeks, the backdrop was IFR’s inaugural Indian Borrowers Survey, results of which are published in this supplement following the edited transcript.

      IFR India Offshore Financing Roundtable 2016

      IFR India Offshore Financing Roundtable 2016

      IFR’s most recent India Offshore Financing roundtable took place in Mumbai in late November 2015. It was well timed, in as far as it caught the market betwixt and between a series of capital markets, political and regulatory events that at one and the same time were creating a mixture of uncertainty and anxious expectation.

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