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Thursday, 15 November 2018

In volatile market, DowDuPont jumbo bond lacks chemistry

14 November 2018 By

Chemicals company DowDuPont has launched a long-awaited US$12.7bn bond to fund the spin-off of its material sciences and agriscience divisions, but market volatility forced the borrower to raise less and pay more than expected.

PG&E bonds weaken amid Camp Fire investigation

14 November 2018 By

Pacific Gas & Electric bonds are trading as much as 200bp wider following the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure of an electrical incident just prior to the start of the so-called “Camp Fire” that has blazed in California, killing at least 48 people.

Hansa Medical raises US$50m in ABB

14 November 2018

Swedish biopharma Hansa Medical raised SKr453m (US$50m) in an accelerated bookbuild on Tuesday evening.

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Danske Bank seeks shelter from the storm in covered market

14 November 2018 By

Danske Bank is preparing to sell its first bond deal in a major currency since June, testing investor demand as the bank continues to operate under the cloud of a money laundering scandal.

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Ile de France Mobilites hires banks for €5bn EMTN programme

14 November 2018 By

Ile de France Mobilites has appointed Credit Agricole, Natixis, HSBC and Societe Generale as lead arrangers for a €5bn EMTN programme, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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Grainger tightens GRIP with £346.7m rights issue

14 November 2018

UK residential landlord Grainger is buying out the majority stake in its Grip partnership with asset manager APG and funding the acquisition with a £346.7m rights issue.

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Intervest launches rights issue to fund investment pipeline

14 November 2018

Belgian real estate group Intervest Offices & Warehouses is targeting €99.85m from a capital increase to provide flexibility for acquisition financing while maintaining a debt ratio of 45%-50%.

Argentina

Arcor bonds recover after dramatic dip

14 November 2018 By

The 6% 2023 issued by Argentina’s Arcor was recovering on Wednesday after suffering a dramatic dip yesterday on local reports later denied by the company that it was near a debt restructuring.

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QAMCO IPO more than 2.5 times subscribed

14 November 2018

Qatar Petroleum has closed the books on its listing of Qatar Aluminium Manufacturing (QAMCO), selling off 49% of the subsidiary for proceeds of around QR2.76bn(US758m).

IFR SNAPSHOT-DowDuPont looks for chemistry with investors

14 November 2018 By

DowDuPont is the lone IG issuer in the primary today.

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Global regulators on post-Libor rate divergence

14 November 2018 By

The Financial Stability Board has said market participants should presume that Libor “will not be sustainable” in its latest progress report on reforms to interest rate benchmarks.

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Apollo raises yields on LifePoint buyout financing

13 November 2018 By

Private equity firm Apollo has sweetened yields on a US$1.575bn bond offering to finance its buyout of hospital operator company LifePoint Health.

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Frontera's proposed bond amendments may be negative: Fitch

13 November 2018 By

An attempt by Colombia-focused E&P company Frontera Energyto amend a restricted payments basket on its 2023 bond could be credit negative, Fitch said on Tuesday.

HY default risk in focus as bonds capitulate

13 November 2018

Bonds of three European high-yield issuers have capitulated this week, pointing to signs of future trouble in the sector just as default rates in the market hit a three-year low.

AllianceBernstein's Abbie to make portfolio suggestions

13 November 2018

AllianceBernstein has launched an updated version of its algorithms-based virtual portfolio assistant Abbie, which will now curate suggestions on US corporate bonds.

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Investors bullish on Brazil, cautious on Mexico: BAML survey

13 November 2018 By

Optimism about Brazil is back to full strength and LatAm overall is expected to be the top performer among EM regions, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest LatAm fund manager survey.

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Time to move on

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The one undeniably good outcome for Mozambique after it reached an agreement in principle with bondholders last week is that an end is finally in sight to a sorry saga that began with the issuance of “tuna bonds” in 2013.

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SpaceX

Space oddity stirs loan demand

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Billionaire Elon Musk’s rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX is testing lenders’ risk appetite as it seeks to raise a US$750m term loan that will give the company additional balance sheet cash.

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VW makes US$8bn return to the US

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Volkswagen hit the corporate bond auto sector last week with its first US dollar issuance since it was caught cheating on emissions tests in 2015.

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Malaysia reveals 'true' deficit

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018 By

Bond investors shrugged off news of weaker than expected Malaysian public finances after the new government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accounted for the impact of alleged corruption under the previous government in its first budget.

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'Business as usual' for Saudi loan market

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Bankers are saying it is “business as usual” in the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan market, despite the global furore following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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Mozambique gives in to bondholder demands

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Investors holding bonds issued by Mozambique appear to have won a major victory in their restructuring fight with the African sovereign.

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Goldman gets selective with partners

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Goldman Sachs has made just 69 employees new partners - the smallest cohort promoted to the top ranks at the US bank since the firm went public in 1999.

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Aussie majors to triple T2 pile

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Australia’s four major banks may need to issue up to A$83bn (US$60.5bn) of new Tier 2 capital after regulators proposed an increase in total capital requirements.

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Inalum strikes gold on debut

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State-owned miner Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) made a striking US$4bn debut in the offshore bond markets last week with a trade that will fully fund its purchase of a majority stake in one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits.

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US lenders unfazed by political gridlock

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The US syndicated loan market is optimistic that it can maintain its record-breaking pace of lending despite looming political deadlock in Washington after the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives and Republicans held the Senate in the November 6 midterm elections.

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UK university regulator says institutions won't be bailed out

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018 By

The UK’s university regulator has warned that it will not step in to bail out institutions that fall into financial difficulties, as it wades into a raging debate around an explosion in borrowing in the sector – much of it based on the assumption that the government won’t let a university go under.

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S&P flags China property risks

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Chinese developers are at risk of a liquidity squeeze as the country’s property sector enters a downturn and credit markets stay tight, Standard & Poor’s warned last week.

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People & Markets

Landesbanks in line of fire

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

German public sector bank NordLB has opened its books to about six potential investors in a bid to strengthen its weak capital position, which was laid bare by its poor showing in this month’s European bank stress test results.

Natixis set for markets unit overhaul

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

Natixis is to unveil plans to overhaul its markets business, market sources familiar with the plan told IFR.

Berenberg cuts equities team in U-turn

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

Berenberg is to reduce its equities team and cut about 100 jobs - with most of these expected to go from its London office.

Intrepid teams with Cowen to win energy deals

IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

The independent investment bank set up by Skip McGee after he left Barclays, Intrepid Financial Partners, is enlisting friends in an effort to punch above its weight in energy banking.

Who's moving where

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Houlihan Lokey has appointed Martin Bastian as head of chemicals for Europe. He joined from Citigroup and will be based in the US firm’s Frankfurt office, starting in January. At Citi, he was head of EMEA chemicals. He previously worked at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, covering the same sector. Bastian will report to Ulrich Graebner, head of corporate finance for Germany, and Bill Peluchiwski, global head of industrials.

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    Bonds

    Green bonds wilt after solar delay

    IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

    A severe delay in the completion of Quantum Solar Park Semenanjung’s power projects is casting a shadow over Malaysia’s Green finance ambitions.

    NIBC lays claim to debut sterling

    IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

    NIBC Bank managed to pull off a debut trade in the notoriously challenging sterling market last Thursday, although demand was slow and pricing ended up in line with initial guidance.

    Colorado's fracking ballot worries investors

    IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

    A ballot on fracking in Colorado was closely watched by investors last week after a sell-off in stocks and bonds of some oil and gas exploration companies over worries that future drilling might have been severely restricted.

    Intra-IG downgrades are biggest risk to sector, Barclays says

    IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

    A lot of focus is placed on the threat of investment-grade companies falling to junk, but the bigger risk to IG valuations stems from downgrades within the investment-grade market, according to research from Barclays.

    BPER closes Aqui NPL ABS

    IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

    Banca Popolare Emilia Romagna has closed Aqui SPV Srl, a securitisation of €2.082bn Italian NPLs via arrangers Mediobanca and JP Morgan.

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      Loans

      SpaceX

      Space oddity stirs loan demand

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018 By ,

      Billionaire Elon Musk’s rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX is testing lenders’ risk appetite as it seeks to raise a US$750m term loan that will give the company additional balance sheet cash.

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      'Business as usual' for Saudi loan market

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018 By

      Bankers are saying it is “business as usual” in the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan market, despite the global furore following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

      ​China: Guodong debuts with offshore loan

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Guodong Communication Group is making its debut in the offshore market with a three-year loan of €100m–€150m.

      Three win mandate on Microlife

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia has picked three banks on a US$205m loan backing its leveraged buyout of medical equipment maker Microlife for a deal valued at NT$9.35bn (US$305m).

      Indonesia: BTN launches US$100m loan

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      State-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara has launched a US$100m one-year financing into general syndication at two ticket levels.

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      India: BoB bids aggressively for BPCL

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      State-owned Bank of Baroda is tipped to win the mandate on a US$300m five-year loan for Bharat Petroleum Corp after submitting an extremely tight bid.

      India: Power Grid picks SMBC for Samurai

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      State-owned electric utility Power Grid Corp of India has mandated SMBC on a ¥22bn (US$195m) 12-year loan, marking its debut international borrowing and the longest unsecured financing for an Indian borrower.

      I Squared

      I Squared relaxes covenants for HGC A&E

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018 By Apple Lam

      I Squared Capital is looking to relax the financial covenants of the HK$7.926bn (US$1.02bn) amend-and-extend exercise for the five-year leveraged buyout facility used to buy Hutchison Global Communications.

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      Equities

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      Malaysia proposes airport REIT

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Malaysia plans to set up the world’s first airport REIT to kick-start the privatisation of infrastructure assets and offer some welcome diversification to the country’s institutional investors.

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      Tech funds switch PICC IPO strategy

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      A group of Chinese mutual funds formed earlier this year to invest in newly listed technology stocks have made their first equity investments, backing an insurance company that traces its roots back to 1949.

      Price set for Safran CB buyback

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Pricing for the buyback of aeronautics group Safran’s OCEANE CBs due 2020 came at €113.33 per OCEANE on Friday November 2.

      Norway: Survival suit maker to float in Oslo

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Hansen Protection, a supplier of survival suits, including life jackets and rescue gear, is targeting NKr550m-NKr600m (US$65m-$71m) in an Oslo IPO alongside undetermined selling by shareholder IK Investment Partners.

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      Norway: Kongsberg kicks off NKr5bn capital increase

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Subscription began on Wednesday for the NKr5bn (US$601.5m) rights issue by technology group Kongsberg, proceeds for which will part-finance its acquisition of the commercial marine business of Rolls-Royce Holdings. The consideration for the acquisition is £500m.

      Partial buyback of outstanding AMS paper

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Austrian sensor maker AMS is to carry out a partial buyback of its US$350m 0.875% 2022 convertible bonds and/or €600m 0% 2025 paper. The bonds were only issued in September 2017 and February 2018, with this year’s new issue performing terribly leaving investors nursing hefty losses.

      Finland: Oma Savings Bank launches €35m-plus Helsinki float

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      Finland’s Oma Savings Bank launched pre-marketing for a €35m-plus IPO on Nasdaq Helsinki, with a banker involved calling it a “stable little gem”. The €35m target is primary, but there may be a secondary tranche dependent on demand.

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      Beckett

      A golden opportunity in stressed Turkish markets

      By David Beckett, head of Europe, SC Lowy, Berkay Oncel, European loan trader, SC Lowy

      Turkey’s secondary debt markets are starting to offer select opportunities following this year’s collapse in the Turkish lira and as a growing number of borrowers face difficulties caused by the weaker currency and a difficult operating environment.

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      A proper partnership

      IFR 2259 10 November to 16 November 2018

      PARTNERSHIP DAY AT Goldman Sachs is always time for the banks’ brightest and best to celebrate their elevation to the firm’s inner sanctum – and for the rest of us to reflect on how we might have done things differently if we had our time again.