You have to look hard to find it, but it’s there in the notes on page 30 of the (printed) prospectus — what appears to be a key reason for Manchester United’s £500m senior notes offering and refinancing.
Emphasis ours… Read more
This is the second amended SEC complain in the ongoing rumpus over whether Bank of America adequately informed investors over the size of losses at soon-to-be-acquired Merrill Lynch, along with the fact that Merrill executives were about to trouser $5.8bn in bonuses.
Having been CEO of AIG since the 1960s, only to resign in 2005 amidst a major accounting scandal, you could perhaps forgive him if he doesn’t.
Gavan Nolan of Markit wrote this CDS report
After a brief pause on Friday normal service was resumed as the credit and equity markets continued to rally. The Markit iTraxx Europe index was about 2bp tighter at 65.5bp, while the Markit iTraxx HiVol tightened by a similar amount to trade at 92.5bp. The Markit iTraxx Crossover index was 12bp tighter at 384bp. All three indices gave back some of their gains in the afternoon after a weak US opening. Read more
We’ve got an outbreak of hegemony in the world of strategy research.
Andrew Garthwaite, and his global equity research macro team at Credit Suisse, have published a currencies outlook for 2010. Read more
Neutral, snowy, and tax-lite – Switzerland was supposed to be the destination of choice for outraged City-types and others in the financial sector intent on protecting their bonuses.
Whoops. Here’s something FT Alphaville missed last week.
A major mea culpa from the Federal Reserve on the legacy CMBS portion of its Talf programme. Read more
In case there was any doubt exchange-traded products were developing as the world’s fastest growing asset class, Deutsche Bank — an exchange-traded product issuer — has come out with its first dedicated analysis series observing the degree of the products’ recent ascent.
As the bank’s ETP research analyst Christos Costandinides observed on Monday (our emphasis): Read more
Live markets commentary from FT.com
Dubai-based Arabtec is among the bigger construction companies in the United Arab Emirates. It worked on Burj Khalifa skyscraper and many of the region’s other iconic projects.
This paper examines the issues of secession and expulsion from the European Union (EU) and Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). It concludes that negotiated withdrawal from the EU would not be legally impossible even prior to the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty . . .
Last week was an interesting one for commodities reporting.
In short, the mainstream press discovered the UK natural gas market. And while it’s very nice that they should care so much about a usually under-reported market (bar end-user price-hikes), it did show up some curious operational misunderstandings and err, slightly alarmist reaction. Read more
We’re wondering if it’s something in the Tokyo water — or perhaps it is all about the strange and increasingly vexing twists and turns of Japan’s new(ish) Hatoyama government. Or maybe it comes down to the old motive for just about everything in the big, wide world of investment banking: money.
Citigroup has just become the third big US bank (at least) in under four months to decide to pull its Japan chief out of the country. Read more
On sale today:
Issuer: MU Finance plc.
Sec Type: Senior Secured Notes Distribution: 144A and RegS (no Reg Rights)
Amount: £500,000,000 equiv.
Currency: GBP / USD Maturity: 7 Years NC3 (par + coupon)
Minimun denom: £50k + £1k / $100k + $1k
Ratings: None Business: Leading UK football club and global sports franchise Use of Proceeds: Refinance existing debt
Roadshow schedule: Asia – Jan 11-12th Europe – Jan 13-18th US – Week of Jan 19th Underwriters: JPM (b&d), BAML, DB, GS, RBS // KKR Read more
Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT,
Robert Barbera and Charles Weise: A jobs-rich US recovery?
Only one short year ago, the world was staring depression in the face. Now the economy is recovering but commentators warn of a “jobless recovery” of the kind that followed the last two recessions, in 1990-91 and 2001; they could well be wrong, write Barbera, chief economist, investment technology group, and economics department fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, and Weise, chairman and associate professor of economics at Gettysburg College. Read more
Asian stocks rose and commodities gained after China’s exports surged in December and imports rose to a record, amid signs of accelerating global economic recovery, reports Bloomberg. Japan’s markets were closed on Monday for a public holiday.
Asian markets (Mon – Japan closed)
Nikkei 225 (Fri) up +116.66 (+1.09%) at 10,798
Topix (Fri) up +11.00 (+1.65%) at 676.00
Hang Seng (Mon) up +304.64 (+1.37%) at 22,601 Read more
Chinese banks have cemented their position as the most highly valued financial institutions, taking four of the top five slots in a ranking of banks’ share prices as a multiple of their book values. China Merchants Bank, China Citic, ICBC and China Construction Bank lead the table, followed by Itaú Unibanco of Brazil, all with a price-to-book multiple of more than three. The changes reflect growing confidence in emerging markets, particularly in China and Brazil.
Part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland has started the sale process for over 300 of its British branches, reports Reuters. RBS has sent out a “teaser” document to interested parties and appointed UBS to handle the process. Potential bidders have been given until the end of the month to express an interest, one source said. RBS has been given up to four years to sell RBS-branded branches in England and Wales and NatWest branches in Scotland by the EU’s competition body for receiving government support.
Citigroup’s top executive in Japan is returning to the US to become chief operating officer of Citibank, North America, a commercial and retail banking arm. The move comes as Citi’s operations in Japan shrink with the sale of assets such as the lender’s Nikko unit. Darren Buckley, CEO of Citibank Japan, will replace Peterson as country head.
The state-backed fund in charge of Japan Airlines’ restructuring plans has indicated it opposes efforts by either Delta or American Airlines to inject capital into the struggling carrier. The development comes amid growing expectations that JAL will file for court-led rehabilitation, similar to America’s Chapter 11, within the next two weeks. It is thought that Japan’s Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp might want to avoid potential complications arising from a capital alliance with a US-based airline.
Hundreds of branches of Abbey and Bradford & Bingley will on Monday be rebranded under the Santander name as the Spanish bank embarks on a mass transformation of its UK businesses. Santander has spent £30m refurbishing 1,000 UK branches, launching a marketing campaign as it brings its UK brands under one name. It will on Monday unveil about 500 new Santander branches in London and south-east England.