Companies are planning to sell at least $4.25 billion of debt as offerings of high-yield, high-risk bonds halted for a seventh trading day amid signs of a slowing economy.
No junk-rated companies have sold debt in the U.S. since Aug. 20, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bond sales have totaled $5.45 billion this week, $4 billion of which was issued yesterday by Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau, Germany’s state-owned development bank, the data show.
Corporate bond sales have slowed amid a week of steadily negative data, including weaker-than-expected home sales and a revision showing the economy grew by 1.6 percent in the second quarter rather than the 2.4 percent initially reported by the Commerce Department. Junk bond sales have evaporated as returns on investment-grade debt exceeded those on high-yield bonds this month, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.
“When there’s nervousness in the market, everyone climbs the credit quality ladder and that’s clearly what we’re seeing,” Diane Vazza, head of global fixed-income research at Standard & Poor’s, said yesterday in a Bloomberg Radio interview on “Bloomberg Surveillance” with Tom Keene.
The extra yield investors demand to own investment-grade corporate bonds instead of Treasuries rose 3 basis points to 195 basis points, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate Master index. Yields were 3.8 percent. The index fell to a record 3.74 percent on Aug. 24, the lowest in the history of the measure dating to October 1986. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.
Investment-grade debt returned 2.19 percent this month, including reinvested interest, compared with the 0.16 percent on junk-rated debt. Junk bonds are rated below Baa3 by Moody’s Investors Service and lower than BBB- by Standard & Poor’s.
“Certainly risks that didn’t exist even 12 months ago are coming more into focus, and those primarily are related obviously to overarching economic data,” said Vazza, who is based in New York.
In addition to Frankfurt-based KfW, Stanley Black & Decker Inc., the biggest U.S. toolmaker, sold $400 million of 30-year bonds in the only other corporate debt offering yesterday.
The sale was the company’s first fixed-rate debt issuance since it was formed in March through Stanley Works’ acquisition of Black & Decker Corp. The 5.2 percent, 5-year bonds priced at a spread of 165 basis points, according to Bloomberg data.
Companies sold $101.8 billion of bonds this month, a 42 percent increase from the year-earlier period, and the busiest August since at least 1998, Bloomberg data show. July corporate bond sales were $90.3 billion.
Spreads on high-yield, high-risk debt rose 3 basis points to 692 basis points, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Index. Yields on the securities rose to 8.6 percent from 8.57 percent.
The following is a description of at least $4.25 billion of pending sales of dollar-denominated bonds in the U.S.
AON CORP., the world’s largest insurance brokerage, plans to sell as much as $1.5 billion of senior notes to help finance its acquisition of Hewitt Associates Inc., the Chicago-based company said in an Aug. 16 regulatory filing. Aon may also use
DOHA BANK QSC, Qatar’s third-largest bank, may raise as much as $1 billion from bond sales, its chief executive officer said. The money is likely to be raised for five years and is meant to “fix the maturity mismatch” on the bank’s balance sheet, Raghavan Seetharaman said in a June 16 telephone
KOREA DEVELOPMENT BANK, the state-run lender known as KDB, plans to sell 5-year dollar-denominated global notes as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the transaction, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. The Seoul-based lender is considering selling as much as $1 billion of dollar-denominated bonds to repay maturing debt, according to another three people familiar with the matter. The Seoul-based lender may sell at least $500 million of notes, said the people,
STERICYCLE INC. plans to issue $175 million of seven-year, 3.89 percent notes and $225 million of 10-year, 4.47 percent debt after receiving informal commitments from 22 institutional
NBTY INC., the maker of Nature’s Bounty and MET-Rx nutritional supplements, may issue $900 million of bonds in addition to seeking a $1.5 billion term loan and a $200 million revolving line of credit to help pay for its acquisition by Carlyle Group, according to a person familiar with the transaction who declined to be identified because terms aren’t
UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES INC., the operator of more than 100 U.S. medical facilities that’s buying Psychiatric Solutions Inc., cut its offering of senior unsecured notes to $250 million, according to a person familiar with the transaction. It increased the size of the term loans it’s seeking by $100 million, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company previously planned to issue $400 million of senior
E-LAND FASHION CHINA HOLDINGS LTD, the Hong Kong-based apparel products provider, hired Morgan Stanley to help it sell $200 million of three-year bonds, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company plans to begin meeting with investors in Asia, Europe and the U.S. on July 19, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. Moody’s Investors Service ranked the proposed notes at Ba2, citing growing personal consumption in China, E-Land Fashion’s moderate scale and significant business volatility. Proceeds
Offerings in Pipeline
BANCO DE CREDITO DEL PERU, the nation’s largest bank, may sell benchmark 10-year dollar-denominated notes in the country’s first corporate international bond issue in four months. BCP, a unit of Credicorp Ltd., hired Bank of America Corp. and Deutsche Bank AG to arrange meetings with bond investors, according to a person familiar with the transaction who declined to be
NEDERLANDSE WATERSCHAPSBANK NV plans to sell five-year bonds in dollars that may be priced to yield about 40 basis points more than the benchmark mid-swap rate, according to two people with knowledge of the sale. Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan
TELEMAR NORTE LESTE SA, Brazil’s biggest fixed-line phone company, hired Bank of America Corp., BNP Paribas SA, BTG Pactual SA and Itau Unibanco Holding SA to sell benchmark dollar bonds, according to a person familiar with the transaction. Telemar, known as Oi, plans to start meeting with bond investors Sept. 6, said the person, who declined to be identified because
RENHE COMMERCIAL HOLDINGS CO. may sell dollar bonds after it hired Bank of America Corp., BOC International Holdings Ltd. and UBS AG to arrange talks with bond investors in Asia, Europe and the U.S. starting Aug. 30, said a person familiar with the
FORETHOUGHT FINANCIAL GROUP INC. plans to sell $150 million of 10-year bonds, according to a person familiar with the transaction, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t
AEGIS LTD., an outsourcing unit of Essar Group, may sell the first non-convertible dollar bonds from an Indian information technology company. The company, which bought PeopleSupport Inc. in 2008, may sell its bonds as part of a financing package that would include a loan of as much as $350
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC., the insurer that’s majority owned by the U.S., may sell bonds to help repay its
GATX CORP., a Chicago-based company that leases railroad cars and other equipment, filed a shelf registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell debt securities and
JSW STEEL LTD, India’s third-largest steelmaker, plans to sell dollar bonds for the first time in three years and as rupee-denominated finance costs rise. JSW has applied for credit ratings before a possible offshore bond sale to help build a 200
ARGENTINA may sell $1 billion of bonds due in 2017, El Cronista newspaper reported, without saying how it obtained the information. The government is also planning to offer an
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORP., India’s state-owned lender to power projects, may sell as much as $300 million of bonds in U.S. dollars, Finance Director Hari Das Khunteta said in a
THE PHILIPPINES hired eight banks to help arrange the sale of 10-year bonds, which may also include five- and seven-year issues, Treasurer Roberto Tan wrote in a mobile-phone message. The Philippines is also preparing to seek central bank approval for a planned sale of new dollar-denominated debt to exchange
UKRAINE may sell bonds in the international capital markets, according to Dragon Capital, the former Soviet republic’s biggest brokerage. The government may sell $1.5 billion to $2 billion of 10-year, dollar-denominated debt with a yield of 7 percent to 7.5 percent after getting approval for a new International Monetary Fund loan and having its credit
CORPORACION FINANCIERA DE DESAROLLO SA, Peru’s state development bank known as Cofide, plans to sell as much as $250 million of bonds, according to Chief Financial Officer Carlos Linares. Linares said in an interview in Lima, that the lender is selling long-term debt as it boosts lending to local infrastructure projects. “Peru’s need for infrastructure is
SRI LANKA hired HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and
JORDAN plans to sell about $500 million of bonds, Finance Minister Mohammad Abu Hammour said in an interview on June 23. The sale will be denominated in U.S. dollars “as it’s a stable
URUGUAY may sell as much as $1 billion of bonds in 2011, including $500 million of dollar-denominated debt, Carlos Steneri, director of public credit at Uruguay’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, said June 3 at a Latin Finance conference
MALAYSIA plans to raise about $1 billion from its first sale of conventional dollar bonds in eight years after drawing bids for five times the Islamic debt it offered, a finance ministry official said. The government may hire the same banks, including CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. and HSBC Holdings Plc, to arrange the sale by Sept. 30, said the official, who declined to be named as the discussions are private. Malaysia raised $1.25
GHANA is considering selling its second dollar bond in 2011 to tap investor demand as the start-up of oil production boosts economic growth and narrows the budget deficit, Deputy Finance Minister Fifi Kwetey said. The government was considering a “no-deal roadshow” to gauge international investors’ appetite, Kwetey said in a May 26 interview in Abidjan. Ghana sold its
ANGOLA received credit ratings from Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch Ratings that put it on par with Nigeria, Lebanon and Belarus, and paved the way for a planned sale of international bonds. The southern African nation’s creditworthiness was rated at B+ by
BANK FOR INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT OF VIETNAM received approval from the central bank to issue 7 trillion dong ($369 million) of notes and another 3 trillion dong of dollar-
BOLIVIA plans its first international bond sale in more
POWER SECTOR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES MANAGEMENT CORP. of the Philippines may sell between $750 million and $1.5 billion of dollar-denominated bonds “anytime” to help refinance maturing
BRISBANE AIRPORT CORP., owner of Australia’s third-busiest airport, may sell bonds in the U.S. as it pursues new markets to help refinance debt and pay for a new runway. The company is considering a 10- or 15-year U.S. private placement and a five-to seven-year Australian dollar bond sale in late 2010 or early
VIETNAM NATIONAL COAL-MINERAL INDUSTRIES GROUP, the state-owned coal producer known as Vinacomin, plans to sell as much as $500 million of bonds overseas to fund mining and energy
MONGOLIA plans to raise $500 million selling bonds in 2010 and the remainder of a planned $1.2 billion program will be sold according to market conditions, Batbayar Balgan, director general of the financial and economic policy department of Mongolia, said at a forum in Ulan Bator on June 16. The government scaled back its plans for global bond sales after Europe’s debt crisis drove up borrowing costs. Investment banks are advising Mongolia to issue debt with maturities of 5 years