By Steve Gelsi
Schwab plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes
Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) on Thursday disclosed an investment-grade $2.5 billion bond offering as the corporate-bond market continues to pick up steam.
The brokerage firm on Wednesday offered $1.2 billion of 5.643% fixed-to-floating-rate senior notes due in 2029, as well as $1.3 billion of 5.853% fixed-to-floating-rate senior notes due in 2034.
In trading on Thursday, the bond spread tightened by three to five basis points from their new issue level, to about 205 basis points above five-year U.S. Treasurys, according to data provider BondCliq.
The tightening spread on the bonds is seen as a sign of health in the regional-bank space, sources said.
"They priced it right and they're holding their spreads and they're even three to five points tighter," a source said.
Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Citigroup Inc. (C), Credit Suisse Group AG , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) are joint book-running managers on the Schwab debt deal.
Schwab plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including to make investments in subsidiaries and to support business growth.
Schwab's stock fell 1% on Thursday.
The offering comes a day after Pfizer Inc. (PFE) disclosed plans to raise $30 billion in debt, in a sign of liquidity and revived deal making on Wall Street.
Optimism around a debt-ceiling deal and an announcement from Western Alliance Bancorp. (WAL) that its deposits have grown by $2 billion in the second quarter continued to fuel gains in bank stocks early Thursday, after big gains in the previous session.
Investors have been pouring money into corporate bonds as a way to generate more yields than other asset classes, with that pattern expected to continue in the second half of this year, according to market observers.
As of May 17, this week has been the second-busiest of the year for new investment-grade corporate-bond issuance, with $57 billion, including the Pfizer deal, as issuers try to get deals done ahead of the debt-ceiling deadline and potential higher interest rates.
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