Capital MarketsD&I
May 29, 2024

Bonding With Diverse-Owned Firms: Debt Deals and Stock Buybacks

A NeuGroup survey report highlights capital markets transactions where diverse-owned firms are most active. A surge in investment-grade corporate bond deals this year is good news for Wall Street underwriters—including firms whose owners are Black, Hispanic, women and veterans. A new NeuGroup Peer Research report shows that bond underwriting ranks first among the types of capital markets transactions where corporations engage with these diverse-owned firms, with 62% of respondents saying they currently use them in debt deals and another 17% considering it.…
Capital Markets
May 8, 2024

A Real Share Repurchase Alternative to ASRs and OMRs: eOMRs

Matthews South, a leading advisor on buyback programs, has developed an enhanced open market repurchase solution that gives companies a compelling option to traditional methods.Companies planning stock buybacks in 2024 and beyond may do themselves a real favor by considering a compelling alternative to standard open market repurchases (OMRs) and accelerated share repurchases (ASRs). It’s a buyback program offered by Matthews South, a capital markets advisory firm that has transformed enhanced open market repurchases (eOMRs)—which banks have offered for years—by significantly lowering…
Capital Markets
April 10, 2024

NeuGroup Members on 3 Fed Rate Cuts in 2024: Fuhgeddaboudit!

In a late March poll, Capital Markets members expected one, two or no cuts—a view increasingly held by the market. On the same day in late March that the Federal Reserve signaled it still expected to cut interest rates three times this year, almost none of the members of NeuGroup for Capital Markets polled at their spring meeting sponsored by HSBC believed that would happen. Call them prescient, perhaps: the poll came weeks before March jobs data and Wednesday’s hot inflation report pushed more investors and economists…
BankingCapital MarketsD&I
February 21, 2024

Shifting Tides: The Role of DEI Firms in Capital Markets

New NeuGroup Peer Research shows DEI firms enjoy support among corporates but face headwinds in the current ESG climate. A new NeuGroup survey reveals that 66% of corporate treasuries include diverse-owned firms in their capital markets deals, including bond underwriting, commercial paper (CP) and open market repurchase (OMR) programs. The survey, conducted in collaboration with Sustainable Fitch and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) in December 2023, explored the level of engagement between treasury and diverse-owned firms.Shifting winds. NeuGroup members who responded to the survey cited…
Capital MarketsFX
January 10, 2024

Designing a Net Investment Hedging Program That Makes Sense

How one NeuGroup member company tackled hedging net investments denominated in foreign currencies.The process of preparing to launch a net investment hedging (NIH) program to manage risk requires assessing necessity and exposure, a determination of hedge accounting capacity, deciding between instrument alternatives, and early, effective communication between treasury, tax, outside auditors and other stakeholders. Those insights emerged from a member presentation at the fall meeting of NeuGroup for Mega-Cap Assistant Treasurers. The NIH process followed by the presenting member’s company may…
Capital MarketsRisk Management
December 20, 2023

Don’t Ignore the Halo Effect in Credit Ratings for Subsidiaries

Why ratings used to set rates for intercompany loans should factor in ‘ordinary’ support parents provide subsidiaries. The internal credit ratings of subsidiaries that a parent company may use to help determine the interest rate for an intercompany loan need to reflect a halo effect that incorporates any day-to-day, ordinary support the subsidiary receives from the parent. That is among the key takeaways from a presentation by Societe Generale at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Mega-Cap Assistant Treasurers sponsored by the…
Capital MarketsRegionalRisk Management
November 29, 2023

Recession and Rates Rank High on Treasurers’ 2024 Risk Lists

New NeuGroup Peer Research reveals the risk of an economic downturn and high interest expense loom large. As treasurers look ahead to 2024, the results of the NeuGroup 2024 Finance and Treasury Agenda Survey reveal two intertwined risks—headwinds which may also appear at odds with each other—looming on the horizon: the continuing threat of recession, paired with interest rates that may remain higher for longer. Normally, of course, economic weakness brings about lower rates. But the last few years have…
Capital MarketsRisk Management
November 16, 2023

Natural, Synthetic, Go Now, Not Yet: Exposure to Floating Rates

Corporates weigh when to swap fixed-rate debt to floating as inflation cools and the rate outlook shifts. Growing conviction that the Federal Reserve is at the end of its interest rate hike cycle and may cut rates next year has turned up the heat on the simmering issue of whether and when corporates with debt should swap some of their fixed-rate exposure to floating rates. Many companies in the NeuGroup Network say nearly all their debt is fixed—a byproduct of very low…
Capital Markets
November 8, 2023

PE Firms’ Hunt for IG Assets May Feed Corporates Seeking Capital

Deutsche Bank on what corporates need to know when Apollo and other PE firms that own life insurers come calling. Private equity (PE) firms that control the balance sheets of insurance companies are actively seeking investment-grade (IG) assets, a trend that’s unlocking a flexible and customizable source of alternative capital for some corporates—including those that considered PE firms largely irrelevant to them except in cases of outright asset sales. “This is a now a new option in the toolkit that…
Capital Markets
October 25, 2023

Mixed Signals: Do Recent Unicorn IPOs Mean the Window Is Open?

Recent IPOs of unicorns ended a nearly two-year drought, but CFOs and market participants don’t expect a flood—yet. The September IPOs of Arm Holdings, Klaviyo and Instacart ended a long drought of debut stock offerings from so-called unicorns—privately held startup companies that have reached a valuation of $1 billion or more. NeuGroup for Growth Company CFOs brought together chief financial officers of other fast-growing firms, including some unicorns, to discuss whether the recent crop of IPOs means corporates that have been standing by for the…