Chandler, Ariz., IDA’s Intel deal prices; muni bond funds up, money funds down

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A relatively large industrial revenue bond issue for Intel on Thursday closed out the primary in a holiday-shortened week.

Primary market
BofA Securities priced and repriced the Chandler Industrial Development Authority, Arizona’s (A1/A+/NR) $438.67 million of Series 2019 industrial development revenue bonds for Intel Corp.

The issue is due June 1, 2049 with a mandatory tender date of June 3, 2024.

The bonds were repriced at 114.184 as 5s to yield 2.00%; they were tentatively priced at 113.98 as 5s to yield 2.04%.

Proceeds will be used to finance the acquisition, construction and installation of industrial sewage and wastewater treatment facilities at Intel’s plant in Chandler. Squire Patton Boggs is the bond counsel; Wells Fargo Bank is trustee.

Thursday’s bond sale

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ICI: April muni bond funds up
The combined assets of municipal bond funds rose 1.2% to $728.4 million in April from $719.4 million in March and $667.1 million in April 2018, the Investment Company Institute reported in its monthly survey Thursday.

Tax-exempt money market fund assets fell 3.7% in April to $133.3 million from $138.5 million in March, but were up from $132.0 million in April of last year.

Looking at new cash flows, ICI said municipal bond funds saw $6.343 billion of inflows in April after $7.723 billion of inflows in March. In the January-to-April period, muni bond funds saw $32.854 billion of inflows compared to $8.534 billion of inflows in the same period last year.

Tax-exempt money market funds saw $5.267 billion of outflows in April after $81 million of outflows in March. In the January-to-April period, the funds saw $12.454 billion of outflows compared to $222 million of inflows in the same period last year.

“[Total] bond funds had an inflow of $34.32 billion in April compared with an inflow of $28.90 billion in March. Taxable bond funds had an inflow of $27.98 billion in April versus an inflow of $21.18 billion in March,” ICI said. “Municipal bond funds had an inflow of $6.34 billion in April compared with an inflow of $7.72 billion in March.”

The combined assets of all U.S. mutual funds increased $393.43 billion, or 2%, to $19.65 trillion in April, the ICI said.

On Wednesday, ICI reported $1.9 billion of inflows to muni mutual funds in the week ended May 22 with ETFs seeing an additional $146 million inflow.

“The trend is continuing this week. MUB and VTEB, the two largest muni ETFs, both added shares [Wednesday] to reach new high assets totals,” Janney wrote in a market comment. “Unlike corporate high-yield funds, which have recently experienced outflows, HYD, the largest high-yield municipal ETF, had strong inflows [Wednesday] (+$19 million).”

Muni money market funds see outflows
Tax-exempt municipal money market fund assets declined by $1.69 billion, with total net assets falling to $137.58 billion in the week ended May 27, according to the Money Fund Report, a publication of Informa Financial Intelligence. The average seven-day simple yield for the 190 tax-free and municipal money-market funds remained at 0.99% from the prior week, the Money Fund said on Wednesday.
Taxable money-fund assets grew by $18.95 billion in the week ended May 28, bringing total net assets to $2.972 trillion. The average, seven-day simple yield for the 808 taxable reporting funds was slipped to 2.02% from 2.04% last week.

Overall, the combined total net assets of the 998 reporting money funds rose $17.26 billion to $3.11 trillion in the week ended May 28, the highest total since total assets reached the $3 trillion threshold in early January.

Secondary market
Munis were stronger on the MBIS benchmark scale on Thursday, which showed yields fall by one basis point in the 10-year maturity and by less than a basis point in the 30-year maturity. High-grade munis were also stronger, with yields rising by one basis point in the 10-year maturity and by a basis point in the 30-year maturity.

On Refinitiv Municipal Market Data’s AAA benchmark scale, the yield on the 10-year muni GOs dipped one basis point to 1.68% while the yield on the 30-year fell one basis point to 2.36%.

The 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 75.3% while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 88.7%, according to MMD.

Treasuries were stronger as stock prices traded little changed. In late Treasury trade, the three-month was yielding 2.361%, the two-year was yielding 2.073%, the 10-year was yielding 2.232% and the 30-year was yielding 2.658%.

“The quest-for-paper theme in the muni market continues with the ICE Muni Yield Curve down one basis point as Treasuries provided direction,” ICE Data Services said in a Thursday market comment. “Trading volumes have been light in this holiday-shortened week, though yesterday the muni curve outperformed Treasuries after lagging for several days. High-yield and tobacco bonds are steady. Taxable yields are one to two basis point wider off of Treasuries.”

Previous session's activity
The MSRB reported 40,169 trades Wednesday on volume of $13.25 billion. The 30-day average trade summary showed on a par amount basis of $12.42 million that customers bought $6.14 million, customers sold $4.08 million and interdealer trades totaled $2.20 million.

California, Texas and New York were most traded, with the Golden State taking 15.44% of the market, the Lone Star State taking 14.329% of the market, and the Empire State taking 9.499%.

The most actively traded security was the Los Angeles Unified School District, Calif., Series 2018B-1 GO 5.25s of 2042, which traded 12 times on volume of $53.74 million.

Treasury auctions bills
The Treasury Department Thursday auctioned $40 billion of four-week bills at a 2.330% high yield, a price of 99.818778. The coupon equivalent was 2.373%. The bid-to-cover ratio was 3.02. Tenders at the high rate were allotted 6.70%. The median rate was 2.300%. The low rate was 2.260%.

Treasury also auctioned $35 billion of eight-week bills at a 2.330% high yield, a price of 99.637556. The coupon equivalent was 2.377%. The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.74. Tenders at the high rate were allotted 31.07%. The median rate was 2.300%. The low rate was 2.270%.

Treasury to sell bills
The Treasury Department said Thursday it will auction $36 billion 91-day bills and $36 billion 182-day discount bills Monday.

The 91s settle June 6, and are due Sept. 5, and the 182s settle June 6, and are due Dec. 5. Currently, there are $38.992 billion 91-days outstanding and $25.999 billion 182s.

Gary E. Siegel contributed to this report.

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