Muni yields up as deal deluge continues
Municipal bond yields continue to surge along with the supply that hit the market on Tuesday. Yields on top-rated munis gained as much as six basis points as offerings from issuers in California, Virginia, Florida and the District of Columbia hit the screens.
The MBIS municipal non-callable 5% GO benchmark scale was weaker in midday trading.
The 10-year muni benchmark yield rose to 2.326% on Tuesday from the final read of 2.302% on Monday, according to Municipal Bond Information Services. The MBIS 30-year benchmark muni yield increased to 2.792% from 2.755%.
The MBIS benchmark index, which is comprised on investment-grade municipal securities, is updated hourly on the Bond Buyer Data Workstation.
Top-rated municipal bonds were weaker at mid-session. The yield on the 10-year benchmark muni general obligation rose three to five basis points from 2.01% on Monday, while the 30-year GO yield gained four to six basis points from 2.64%, according to a read of MMD’s triple-A scale.
U.S. Treasuries were also weaker on Tuesday. The yield on the two-year Treasury rose to 1.84% from 1.83%, the 10-year Treasury yield gained to 2.42% from 2.39% and the yield on the 30-year Treasury decreased to 2.80% from 2.78%.
On Monday, the 10-year muni-to-Treasury ratio was calculated at 84.3% compared with 82.2% on Friday, while the 30-year muni-to-Treasury ratio stood at 95.3% versus 92.4%, according to MMD.
MSRB: Previous session's activity
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board reported 41,429 trades on Monday on volume of $10.80 billion.
Barclays Capital priced the Regents of the University of California’s $614.49 million of tax-exempt general revenue bonds for institutions after holding a one-day retail order period.
The Series AZ taxable portion of the deal, which was priced for retail on Monday, was eliminated.
The Series AY tax-exempts were priced on Tuesday to yield from 1.51% with a 3% coupon in 2022 to 3.23% with a 3% coupon and 2.73% with a 5% coupon in a split 2037 maturity; a 2041 maturity was priced as 4s to yield 3.16%.
The deal is rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.
Citigroup priced the Virginia College Building Authority's $566.92 million of educational facilities revenue refunding bonds for the 21st century college and equipment programs.
The bonds were priced to yield from 1.15% with a 5% coupon in 2018 to 1.58% with a 5% coupon in 2020 and from 1.73% with a 5% coupon in 2022 to 2.82% with a 4% coupon in 2032.
The deal is rated Aa1 by Moody's and AA-plus by S&P and Fitch.
RBC Capital Markets priced Washington, D.C.’s $508.55 million of Series 2017D general obligation bonds.
The issue was priced to yield from 1.60% with a 4% coupon in 2020 to 2.83% with a 5% coupon in 2038. A split 2042 maturity was priced as 5s to yield 2.87% and as 4s to yield 3.17%.
The District of Columbia GOs are rated Aa1 by Moody’s and AA by S&P and Fitch.
Wells Fargo Securities priced the Florida’s JEA’s $415 million of Series 2017A water and sewer system revenue bonds and water and sewer system subordinate revenue bonds.
The $356.28 million of water and sewer system revenue bonds were priced to yield from 1.62% with a 5% coupon in 2020 to 3.48% with a 3.375% coupon and 3.15% with a 4% coupon in a split 2037 maturity. A 2039 maturity was priced as 4s to yield 3.18% and a 2041 maturity was priced as 3 3/8s to yield 3.53%.
The $59.285 million of water and sewer system subordinate revenue bonds were priced to yield from 1.77% with a 5% coupon in 2021 to 3.43% with a 3.25% coupon in 2034.
The revenue bonds are rated Aa2 by Moody’s, AAA by S&P and AA by Fitch while the subordinated revenue bonds are rated Aa2 by Moody’s, AA-plus by S&P and AA by Fitch.
UBS priced Bexar County, Texas $413.13 million of refunding bonds.
The $384.745 million of limited tax refunding bonds were priced to yield from 1.23% with a 3% coupon in 2019 to 2.83% with a 5% coupon in 2037. A term bond in 2041 was priced to yield 3.18% with a 4% coupon and a term bond in 2043 was priced to yield 2.90% with a 5% coupon.
The $28.385 million of flood control tax refunding bonds were priced to yield from 1.23% with a 2% coupon in 2019 to 3.13% with a 4% coupon in 2037.
The deal is rated triple-A by Moody's, S&P and Fitch.
PNC Capital Markets priced Cape Coral, Fla.'s $249.095 million of water and sewer refunding revenue bonds.
The bonds were priced to yield from 1.91% with a 5% coupon in 2022 to 3.41% with a 4% coupon in 2037. A term bond in 2039 was priced to yield 3.11% with a 5% coupon and a term bond in 2042 was priced to yield 3.49% with a 4% coupon.
The deal is rated A1 by Moody's and A-plus by Fitch, with the exception of the 2034 maturity, that is insured by Build America Mutual and is rated AA by S&P.
Wells Fargo priced Washington Healthcare Facilities Authority's $171.385 million of revenue and refunding bonds for Overlake Hospital Medical Center.
The $87.755 million of revenue bonds were priced to yield from 3.27% with a 5% coupon in 2035 to 3.68% with a 4% coupon in 2037. A term bond in 2042 was priced to yield 3.74% with a 4% coupon and 3.39% with a 5% coupon in a split maturity.
The $83.63 million of refunding bonds were priced to yield from 2.21% with a 5% coupon in 2022 to 3.23% with a 5% coupon in 2034.
The deal is rated A2 by Moody's.
JPMorgan Securities priced the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority’s $142.82 million of tax-exempt Series 2017D revenue bonds for the University of Maryland Medical System.
The issue was priced as 4s to yield 3.84% in a 2048 bullet maturity.
The deal is rated A2 by Moody’s, A by S&P and A-minus by Fitch.
Citi priced the New York State Housing Finance Agency’s $153.52 million of Series 2017M affordable housing revenue bonds.
The issue was priced at par to yield from 1.45% in 2019 to 2.80% and 2.85% in a split 2028 maturity, 3.15% in 2032, 3.50% in 2037, 3.65% in 2042, 3.75% in 2047 and 3.80% in 2050.
The deal is rated Aa2 by Moody’s.
Loop Capital Markets is set to price the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s $795 million of Series G turnpike revenue bonds.
The deal is rated A2 by Moody’s, A-plus by S&P and A by Fitch.
Since 2009, the Turnpike Authority has issued roughly $12.81 billion of bonds, with the most issuance before this year occurring in 2009 when it sold $2.49 billion of bonds. The authority did not come to market in 2011.
In the competitive arena on Tuesday, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority sold $142.39 million of Series 2017 lottery refunding revenue bonds.
Morgan Stanley won the deal with a true interest cost of 3.26%. Pricing information was not immediately available.
The deal is rated A1 by Moody’s and AAA by S&P.
The Florida Department of Transportation sold $138.24 million of Series 2017A turnpike revenue refunding bonds.
Morgan Stanley won the bonds with a TIC of 1.89%. Pricing information was not immediately available.
The deal is rated Aa2 by Moody’s and AA by S&P and Fitch.
Bond Buyer 30-day visible supply at $21.39B
The Bond Buyer's 30-day visible supply calendar decreased $2.08 billion to $21.39 billion on Tuesday. The total is comprised of $3.58 billion of competitive sales and $17.81 billion of negotiated deals.
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