Iraq is preparing its first bond deal in more than a decade as the Gulf nation seeks to become the latest frontier credit to take advantage of attractive yields.
A new European Union rule apparently designed to stop self-certified loans from being securitised - but with much wider implications - caused mayhem in the structured finance market last week. Spreads widened as the refinancing of certain RMBS paper was put in doubt, while potential new RMBS and NPL deals were shelved or put at risk.
Floor & Decor, the best-performing US IPO of 2017, became the first company to take advantage of new SEC rules allowing recent IPOs to file confidentially for follow-on stock sales, in an early sign that capital markets are embracing the securities regulator’s push to spur new issues.
Another torrid quarter for trading at Goldman Sachs has prompted criticism that the bank has lost its way after senior management changes and needs to urgently fix its fixed income, commodities and currency business.
French retailer Carrefour spun off its Brazilian unit last week in the region’s biggest IPO in four years, bucking the trend of bad news in a country mired in a corruption scandal.
Banks are gearing up to launch a jumbo US$7.75bn-equivalent debt financing backing US life sciences company Avantor’s take-private of lab supplies company VWR Corp. Avantor, which is owned by New Mountain Capital, said that it would buy VWR Corp for about US$4.38bn on May 5.
Castle Peak Power introduced a new asset class to Asia’s growing Green finance market last week with a bond issue designed to help fund Hong Kong’s transition to cleaner forms of energy.
Greece has hired six banks to break a three-year impasse that has locked it out of the international debt markets, but the International Monetary Fund’s concerns around the sovereign’s debt sustainability has cast doubt on the trade.
UniCredit hopes to shift bad loans with a face value of €16.2bn off its books before the end of the month after signing an agreement with US funds Pimco and Fortress. The funds have committed to buy just over half of the portfolio for around €1bn.
Kroger raised US$1.5bn of debt on Monday with the first bond sale from the grocery sector since Amazon’s agreement to buy Whole Foods sent shockwaves through the industry last month.