CAM High Yield Market Note
Fund Flows & Issuance: According to a Wells Fargo report, flows week to date were $1.1 billion and year to date flows stand at $22.9 billion. New issuance for the week was $5.9 billion and year to date HY is at $215.4 billion, which is +36% over the same period last year.
(Bloomberg) High Yield Market Highlights
- U.S. junk bonds are set to rebound from a three-day decline to open higher this morning as stock futures advance on the heels of better-than-expected manufacturing data from China and as oil prices rise after a four-day losing streak.
- Junk bonds fell for the third straight session and reported a loss of 0.15%, the longest losing streak in almost five weeks. Spreads are 38bps wider in the past four days at 392bps over U.S. Treasuries
- CCCs posted a loss of 0.29%, the most across high yield yesterday, taking year-to-date returns down to 5.38%. CCC yields surged to a nine-month high of 11.25% and spreads widened the most in 10 months to 969bps
- Investors, though cautious, continued to allocate cash to high-yield for the week
- Supply has ground to a halt with no new deals announced or priced in the past two days but there are some in the pipeline that could emerge soon.
- (Bloomberg) Extended Junk Rally Squeezes Spread Between BBB and BB to Record
- The difference between BBB and BB U.S. corporate bond spreads collapsed further as investors continued chasing yield in the highest-rated junk bonds
- The differential between the best high yield and worst investment grade hit a fresh post-credit crisis low amid continued inflows to bond funds and negative yielding debt
- The compression is making it so investors may have to start reaching even further down the ratings spectrum to find value
- The differential between BBB and BB was 49 basis points Monday morning, a new record
(Business Wire) Western Digital Announces CEO Succession Plan
- Western Digital Corp. announced that Steve Milligan, chief executive officer and a member of the Western Digital Board of Directors (“the Board”) since January 2013, has informed the Board that he intends to retire as the Company’s CEO. Milligan will continue to serve as CEO until the Board has identified and appointed a successor, and then will remain with the Company in an advisory role until September 2020 to ensure a smooth transition. He will also remain a director on the Company’s Board for a transition period after his successor is appointed.
- The Board has initiated a search to identify Western Digital’s next CEO, and has engaged Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm, to assist in the process. In order to facilitate a comprehensive process, the Board will evaluate both internal and external candidates.
- “The Board and management team are committed to ensuring a smooth transition, and we are grateful that we’ll continue to benefit from Steve’s experience and perspective throughout this process,” said Matthew Massengill, chairman of the Board. “As the Board conducts its search for Steve’s successor, we are focused on identifying a strong leader with a proven track record of operating successfully at scale while defining and executing a growth strategy driven by innovation, operational excellence, and world-class talent development.”
(PR Newswire) Tenneco Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results
- Tenneco Inc. reported third quarter 2019 revenue of $4.3 billion, versus $2.4 billiona year ago, including $1.8 billion from acquisitions. On a constant currency pro forma basis, total revenue increased 3% versus last year, while light vehicle industry production declined 3% in the quarter.
- Third quarter EBIT was $148 millionincluding the acquired Federal-Mogul business, versus $112 million last year. EBIT as a percent of revenue was 3.4% versus 4.7% last year. Cash generated from operations was $164 million.
- Light vehicle production in the fourth quarter is expected to be lower year-over-year by 6%, and the commercial truck market is showing signs of softening in the quarter. In this environment, Tenneco expects fourth quarter revenue in the range of $3.95 billionto $4.05 billion. Further, the company expects its fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $295 million to $315 million, including year-over-year margin improvement of approximately 50 basis points in the DRiV division. The company expects the GM labor stoppage to have a negative impact on EBITDA of approximately $35 million.
- The company has made significant progress on the administrative separation of the two business divisions into two independent companies
- Tenneco remains committed to the separation of the businesses and continues to execute its plan for the spin off. Additionally, the company is evaluating multiple strategic options to deleverage and facilitate the separation. Certain of these options could help mitigate the impact of challenging market conditions, which, if current trends were to continue, would likely affect the company’s ability to complete a separation in the mid-year 2020 time range.
Reuters) U.S. Fed cuts interest rates, signals it is on hold
- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut interest rates for the third time this year to help sustain U.S. growth despite a slowdown in other parts of the world, but signaled there would be no further reductions unless the economy takes a turn for the worse.
- “We believe that monetary policy is in a good place,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in a news conference after the U.S. central bank announced its decision to cut its key overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a target range of between 1.50% and 1.75%.
- “We took this step to help keep the economy strong in the face of global developments and to provide some insurance against ongoing risks,” he said. “We see the current stance of monetary policy as likely to remain appropriate as long as incoming information about the economy remains broadly consistent with our outlook.”
- In his news conference, Powell ticked off an extensive list of reasons why he feels the economy is doing well, and likely to continue to do so under the current stance of monetary policy – from robust consumer spending, strengthening home sales, and asset prices he considered healthy but not to a level of excess.
- The outlook for the U.S. economy continues to be for “moderate” growth, a strong labor market and inflation rising back to the Fed’s 2% annual goal, he said, and only “a material reassessment” of that outlook could drive the central bank to cut rates further from here.