Tuesday, 24 April 2018

An AMLO win is only partly priced into stocks: report

23 April 2018 By

Mexican equities have only partly priced the risk of a victory for leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) in the July 1 election, Barclays said in a report on Monday.

Moelis revenue up 27% in record quarter

23 April 2018 By

Investment bank Moelis reported first quarter revenue of US$219.4m up 27% from the year ago quarter — its best quarter ever.

Citigroup, BNY, KeyCorp led primary issuance in high-grade

23 April 2018 By

Three banks led the way in the high-grade primary bond markets on Monday with offerings that continue to take advantage of positive momentum from recent earnings results.

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CORRECTED-McDermott's bonds drop after takeover bid

23 April 2018 By

McDermott International’s new M&A bond took a hit Monday morning after offshore oil services firm Subsea 7 revealed an unsolicited US$2bn bid for the company.

Brazil's Kroton eyes debt issuance to fund Somos buy

23 April 2018 By

Brazilian education company Kroton Educacional will issue debt to help fund its planned purchase of a controlling stake in rival Somos Educacao, according to a company presentation.

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MOVES-Vernet-Garnier new head of finance at APE

23 April 2018 By

French state shareholding authority Agence des Participations l’Etat has appointed Claire Vernet-Garnier as head of finance, succeeding Francois Champarnaud.

Taiwanese bid for US corporates bonds faces challenges: BAML

23 April 2018 By

The large Taiwanese bid for US corporate bonds is facing some challenges thanks to recent and upcoming rule changes, according to a recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch report.

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MOVES-Evercore hires two managing directors

23 April 2018 By

Evercore hired Wilco Faessen away from Barclays, naming him a senior managing director to lead the investment bank’s global consumer and retail group, alongside Adam Taetle, working out of New York.

Europe cements its place

Wienerberger wastes no time

23 April 2018 By

Brick maker Wienerberger wasted no time launching its €250m six-year on Monday, having concluded investor meetings on Friday last week.

IFR SNAPSHOT: Primaries busy even as rates back up

23 April 2018 By

The primary markets are bubbling this Monday morning, with a packet of deals in the works in all the asset classes - even as the 10-year Treasury is backing up close to 3% yet again.


LeasePlan returns to euro senior market

23 April 2018 By

There are thin pickings in the senior unsecured sector on Monday, with LeasePlan the sole offering, something investors may have to get used to this week as the pipeline of deals dwindles.


UBS trails US peers in Q1 equities surge

23 April 2018 By

UBS’s investment bank outperformed most US peers in advisory and underwriting during the first quarter but did not benefit as much from the surge in equities trading that others reported.

BNP Paribas

MOVES-BNP Paribas appoints acting CEO for China

23 April 2018

BNP Paribas has appointed Paul Yang as acting CEO for China following Bing Chen’s departure.

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AXA poised to launch US$4bn IPO of US arm

20 April 2018 By

French insurer AXA plans to launch a US$4bn NYSE IPO of its US-based life insurance and wealth management unit AXA Equitable as soon as late next week, according to bankers.

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GE bonds tighten as results top estimates

20 April 2018 By

General Electric bond spreads tightened on Friday after the company posted quarterly results that topped estimates.


Flora to test HY LBO appetite

20 April 2018 By

Flora Food Group is marketing the high-yield bonds funding its buyout by KKR, a deal that will prove to be a litmus test for the multi-billions of similar LBO trades waiting in the wings.

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Mizuho missed Saudi and Qatar bonds after forgetting to pick a side

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Losing an underwriting slot at the last minute on one US$10bn-plus sovereign bond deal is bad enough, but losing two is nothing less than a disaster.

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WuXi AppTec's IPO to raise just Rmb2.25bn as China's tech push meets A-share valuation cap

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China’s first high-profile “new economy” IPO since regulators unveiled plans to attract more technology listings underscores the challenges of going public in the domestic market.

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Right kind of volatility: equity trading surge saves first quarter for US banks

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

The five largest US banks rode a wave of volatility to a record setting haul in equity trading in the first quarter, reaping a combined US$9.5bn of revenue, up 34% from the year before.

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Lenders make a beeline for €1bn-plus Zentiva financing

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are in line to lead a financing in excess of €1bn to back private equity firm Advent International’s acquisition of European generic drugs company Zentiva, as other banks vie to win a spot on the aggressive deal, undeterred by its high leverage.

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Venezuela bondholders inch towards showdown

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By , Maiya Keidan, Corina Pons

Investors holding billions of dollars in defaulted Venezuelan bonds have formed at least one bondholder committee that is seeking a financial adviser, several sources said, in a sign they may be gearing up for a legal dispute.


US$3.8bn bond from AXA's US unit paves way for listing

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The US unit of French insurer AXA raised US$3.8bn from a three-part debut bond last week that lays the groundwork for a NYSE IPO that could end up as the largest US listing of the year.

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US$560m DocuSign deal heads tech IPO queue

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

E-signature company DocuSign last week launched a US$560m IPO that joins a robust calendar of US cloud computing deals seeking to exploit hefty valuations in the sector.

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China issuers warm to Bond Connect

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

Chinese issuers are increasingly targeting global investors for domestic bond offerings, as they look to take advantage of growing demand for onshore renminbi securities to broaden their investor relationships.

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Banks assess Rusal options

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

Lenders to Rusal are exploring how to get rid of their exposure to Russian aluminium company before a May deadline set by the US, as the fallout from fresh US sanctions pulls Russian loan pricing lower in Europe’s secondary market.


AT&T disconnects spin-off of LatAm pay TV unit

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

AT&T cancelled the IPO of its Latin America and Caribbean pay TV unit Vrio last week rather than accept a deeply discounted valuation.

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Goldman, Morgan Stanley outshine rivals

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs bucked the slumping trend in investment banking revenues shown by their bigger money centre bank rivals in the first quarter, aided by a strong showing from Goldman in underwriting.

Bonds for retail investors plummet after MiFID II

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

Issuance of low denomination bonds has collapsed this year as new European Union trading rules appears to have left underwriters wary of falling foul of tighter rules on marketing products to retail investors.

BAML picks Mensah to head EMEA

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has promoted Bernie Mensah, co-head of fixed income trading, to head its business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, filling the position left vacant by Alex Wilmot-Sitwell’s decision to leave.

Who's moving where

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

UK GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS, the body that manages the government’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland, has hired Charles Donald as head of financial institutions. Donald joined from Credit Suisse, where he was vice-chairman of UK advisory and corporate broking. He was previously co-head of CS’s UK investment banking division – at the time a colleague of both James Leigh-Pemberton, now deputy chairman of UKGI, and Ewen Stevenson, now finance director at RBS. Donald’s main task will be to start the sale of Britain’s 71% stake in RBS.

Watchdog takes bite at bad apples

IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

Financial firms need to be more rigorous when interviewing potential employees to make sure they do not hire “bad apples” with a record of misconduct who move from job to job without disclosing previous issues, the Financial Stability Board said.

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    SoftBank clears way for IPO

    IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

    SoftBank Group has raised US$2.5bn-equivalent from dual-currency bonds to help release guarantee obligations ahead of the planned public listing of its telecoms unit SoftBank Corp.

    Unrated Iliad dials dual-trancher

    IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

    Unrated French telecoms company Iliad jumped in with a €1.15bn dual-tranche outing last Wednesday, the day after holding an investor call.

    KommuneKredit back in style in sterling

    IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

    KommuneKredit returned to the sterling market with panache last week, pricing its first new line in the currency since 2015 alongside a liability management exercise that was the first buyback of sterling paper by an agency.

    Unilever announces €6bn max share buyback in May

    IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

    Unilever said in its first-quarter results announcement it intends to start a share buyback programme of up to €6bn in May to return expected after-tax proceeds from the disposal of its spreads business.

    Canadian regulator to reconsider covered issuance limit

    IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

    The 4% limit currently imposed on the amount of covered bonds that Canadian banks can issue could be changed this year by the regulator.

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      ONGC targets onshore dollars

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      India’s biggest oil explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp is looking to raise US$1bn in the onshore market, in the first big deal to target foreign-currency deposits with domestic lenders.

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      Lenders make a beeline for €1bn-plus Zentiva financing

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are in line to lead a financing in excess of €1bn to back private equity firm Advent International’s acquisition of European generic drugs company Zentiva, as other banks vie to win a spot on the aggressive deal, undeterred by its high leverage.

      Citigroup veteran Vanderslice departs for Cantor

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      Paul Vanderslice has left Citigroup after nearly three decades to head the real estate securities arm of Cantor Fitzgerald, a person familiar with the matter told IFR.

      SC Lowy, UOB AM shelve CLO plan

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      Hong Kong-based credit trading firm SC Lowy and Singapore’s UOB Asset Management have dropped plans for a US$400m collateralised loan obligation due to waning investor appetite.

      Austria: Verbund bags first digital Green SSD

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Electricity company Verbund has closed a €100m 10-year Schuldscheindarlehen, becoming the first company to issue a Green SSD on a digital, blockchain-capable platform.

      GTT markets US$2.1bn deal

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Cloud networking company GTT Communications launched approximately US$2.1bn of loans to support its purchase of London-based rival Interoute, and to refinance debt.

      MFG launches £1.5bn loans

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Motor Fuel Group has launched £1.476bn-equivalent of loans backing its acquisition by MRH, one of several larger buyout deals due to come to market in the coming weeks.

      Bulgaria: Vivacom refis with €345m loan

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Bulgarian Telecommunications Co (Vivacom) has refinanced its existing €400m senior secured bond by drawing down on a €345m syndicated loan that was arranged at the end of 2017.

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      CBA spin-off to lift Aussie IPOs

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Commonwealth Bank of Australia is set to hand the Australian IPO market a much-needed boost with plans to list its investment management business later this year.

      Malaysia preps post-election IPOs

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Bankers in Malaysia are preparing to pull the trigger on IPOs of close to US$5bn once the May 9 federal elections are out of the way.

      UK: Oaktree gets out of Countryside

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Oaktree Capital exited its investment in Countryside Properties on Thursday night, selling its remaining 8% stake in the UK homebuilder at 358p, a 3.5% discount to the 371p close. Countryside floated in February 2016 and Oaktree made its first post-IPO selldown in late January 2017, coming to the market again in May and November.

      Finland: Altia mostly exercises greenshoe

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      There was stabilisation on just the first day of trading for drinks company Altia following its IPO, when the shares finished up at €7.72 versus pricing at €7.50.

      Italy: IDG completes financing for portfolio buy

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Retail property group Immobiliare Grande Distribuzione SIIQ completed its €150m rights issue with 98.1% take-up. The fundraising will finance the acquisition of a portfolio of four shopping galleries and a retail park in northern Italy from Eurocommercial Properties.

      Norway: Elkem completes stabilisation

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Stabilisation manager Morgan Stanley burnt through 12.1m shares supporting the stock price of Elkem, with the remaining 21.16m shares in the greenshoe exercised for a final deal size of NKr7.89bn (US$1bn). The 15% greenshoe was all-secondary.

      Turkey: Beymen files early guidance

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      Books are due to open this week for the Istanbul floats of retailers Beymen Magazacilik, SOK Marketler and Defacto with the price range for the former filed with the regulator on Friday.

      Norway: Partial 'shoe exercise for Fjordkraft

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018

      There was a partial exercise of the 15% secondary greenshoe for electricity supplier Fjordkraft on Friday, with 2.64m shares exercised out of the 3.23m available. Stabilisation took place over the first three days of trading, when the shares closed flat to the NKr31 IPO price, before shifting up and remaining above water since.

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      Deutsche links new security to JP Morgan

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      Deutsche Bank introduced an innovative security with the sale on Wednesday of a US$225m, five-year cash-settled exchangeable bond tied to the performance of JP Morgan shares.

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      High finance helps hype art sales

      IFR 2230 21 April to 27 April 2018 By

      Art prices have been hitting record highs in recent years, helped in part by dealers and financially savvy collectors making use of financing techniques more commonly seen at investment banks, such as futures trading and asset-backed lending.

      Plug Power pays it forward with US$100m CB

      IFR 2226 24 March to 30 March 2018

      Plug Power believes in its future even as its critics do not.

      Virgin Media revives sterling high-yield

      IFR 2226 24 March to 30 March 2018

      Virgin Media revived the sterling high-yield market with a new receivables financing notes offering last week.

      Euroclear eyes hybrid tranche in second offering

      IFR 2226 24 March to 30 March 2018

      Euroclear Investments is gearing up for a maximum €700m two-part outing that could come this week and will include a hybrid tranche.

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