Thursday, 19 July 2018

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  • Total gas station

    Total prices aggressively

    Ticker | 27 September 2017

    French oil major Total returned to the euro market for the first time in a year on Wednesday, sticking to its usual aggressive pricing strategy and taking advantage of being a Single A rated credit amid red-hot market conditions.

  • Investors keep corporates in vogue

    Ticker | 26 September 2017

    Supportive credit spreads and seemingly insatiable investor demand have continued to lure corporates into the capital markets well into the close of September.

  • Icade logo

    Icade reaps rewards for flying solo

    Ticker | 04 September 2017

    Real estate company Icade commanded investors’ full attention and braved the market solo with a Green bond on Monday, a decision that paid off after it attracted around €2bn of demand.

  • Kempen launches Double B fund

    People & Markets | 01 September 2017

    Kempen Capital Management has launched a euro high-yield fund targeting the Double B segment of the market.

  • Corporate market reloads for September bonanza

    Bonds | 01 September 2017

    After reloading early from the summer break last week, corporate syndicate desks are gearing up for a bumper second half, with borrowers from all corners of the globe desperate to lock in Europe’s ultra-low funding costs.

  • Corporates continue relentless assault

    Ticker | 31 August 2017

    Nine borrowers made it the European corporate bond market’s busiest day ever on Tuesday, taking advantage of ultra-low funding costs and jumping in before an expected surge of new deals in September.

  • Kempen launches Double B fund

    Ticker | 30 August 2017

    Kempen Capital Management has launched a euro high-yield fund targeting the Double B segment of the market.

  • Corporates go gangbusters

    Ticker | 30 August 2017

    Corporate borrowers fired into action on Wednesday, keen to get in ahead of a blowout month while capitalising on a favourable secondary market, following Tuesday’s geopolitical tensions.

  • Corporates wake from summer slumber

    Ticker | 29 August 2017

    Corporate syndicate teams in Europe were firing on all cylinders on Tuesday, announcing a string of fresh mandates, although geopolitical tension caused by North Korea staved off intraday execution plans.

  • Steinhoff bondholders stung by fraud probe

    Bonds | 25 August 2017

    Steinhoff’s bonds capitulated last week after reports that the CEO of the South African retailer is being investigated for possible accounting fraud.

  • Steinhoff bondholders stung by fraud probe

    Ticker | 24 August 2017

    Steinhoff’s bonds capitulated in the secondary market on Thursday on reports that the South African retailer’s CEO is being investigated for possible accounting fraud.

  • MOVES-MUFG hires Jeff Bennett for LevFin origination

    Ticker | 24 August 2017

    MUFG has hired Jeff Bennett as head of leveraged corporate origination and structuring to expand the bank’s leveraged business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • NewDay logo

    NewDay bonds take a hit from Provident turmoil

    Ticker | 22 August 2017

    Credit card company NewDay’s bonds took a hit on Tuesday on the back of fresh sector turmoil sparked by Provident Financial’s hard-hitting profit warnings.

  • LafargeHolcim logo

    LafargeHolcim breaks Europe's corporate bond summer lull

    Ticker | 22 August 2017

    Swiss-French cement group LafargeHolcim capitalised on being the first out of the blocks after nearly a two-week hiatus in corporate issuance on Tuesday, raising €750m with barely any premium on Tuesday.

  • Banks pitch high equity hybrids

    Bonds | 18 August 2017

    Banks are gauging investor interest for corporate hybrid bonds with high equity content, a product feasible for the first time in years as a strong backdrop allows issuers to push market boundaries.

  • British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth

    BAT mega M&A issue fails to ignite

    Top News | 11 August 2017

    British American Tobacco sold one of the biggest M&A bond issues of 2017 last week with a more than US$20bn-equivalent debt offering to help finance its purchase of Reynolds American.

  • ecb mario draghi

    Draghi brings back the lust for returns - BAML

    Ticker | 10 August 2017

    Considerable inflows into European credit is proof that the ECB’s CSPP is working and that the “lust for returns” is alive and kicking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said in a note published on Thursday.

  • MOVES-Tom Bolton leaves BNP Paribas for Thames Water

    Ticker | 10 August 2017

    Tom Bolton has left the Northern Europe investment-grade debt capital markets team at BNP Paribas and will soon be appointed group treasurer at Thames Water, according multiple sources.

  • Reynolds American's Camel cigarettes are stacked on a shelf inside a tobacco store in New York

    BAT drags pricing in but demand fails to ignite

    Ticker | 09 August 2017

    BAT hit the European market with its eagerly awaited dual-currency bond on Wednesday but offered investors little pick-up in spread despite the lacklustre demand.

  • Citi warns of ‘misleading’ comparisons to 2007 credit spreads

    Ticker | 07 August 2017

    Investment-grade corporate spreads are poised to hit the all-time tights of 2007, benefiting from the continued support of the ECB. But index rating quality is not the same as in 2007, and any comparisons are misleading, Citigroup analysts said in a note.

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