FGN Bond Auction Undersubscribed by 11% Amidst Weak Investor Appetite

Proshare

Thursday, November 22, 2018/ 07:21AM / Zedcrest Capital


***Headline year-on-year (YoY) Inflation falls to 11.26% in October, compared to 11.28% in September***

KEY INDICATORS

Indicator

Value

Commentary

Inflation

11.26%

As at November 21, 2018. A c.2bps down from 11.28% recorded in September 2018

MPR

14.00%

Final MPC Meeting of the year rescheduled till after holiday break, set for 21st and 22nd November, 2018

External Reserves

$41.60bn

As at November 16, 2018. A c.0.05% decrease from $41.62bn on November 15, 2018

Brent Crude

$63.68pb

As at November 21, 2018. A c.4.24% decrease from $66.50pb on November 19, 2018

 

Bonds

The FGN bond market was scantily traded as market participants focused on the outcome of the Bond auction floated by the DMO today. While spreads in the market adjusted closer amidst bearish sentiments, yields consequently ticked marginally higher by c.1bp on the average across the curve.

 

The FGN Bond Auction conducted by the DMO today was undersubscribed, with an 89% bid to cover, showing weak investor appetite towards the auction. The DMO was only able to raise a total of c.N39bn out of the N115bn on offer as investors demanded for higher yields. Stop rates ticked higher than the previous auction to close at 15.20% (20bps higher) for the 5-yr, 15.50% (35bps higher) for the 7-yr and 15.83% (51bps higher) for the 10-year papers.

 

We expect market to remain risk-off on bonds in the interim, as investors look to fill demands for higher yields at the next auction which comes up in 3-weekstime.


FGN Bond Auction Result

Maturity

Rate (%)

Offer (N'bn)

Sub (N'bn)

Sale (N’bn)

Apr-23

15.20

35.00

3.80

1.10

Mar-25

15.50

35.00

18.667

4.267

Feb-28

15.83

45.00

80.229

34.146


Benchmark FGN Bonds

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

15.54 13-Feb-20

14.88

14.19

0.00

14.50 15-Jul-21

15.42

15.21

0.05

16.39 27-Jan-22

14.94

14.49

0.00

14.20 14-Mar-24

15.30

15.04

0.00

12.50 22-Jan-26

15.61

15.43

(0.05)

16.29 17-Mar-27

15.73

15.63

0.04

13.98 23-Feb-28

15.90

15.79

0.00

12.15 18-Jul-34

15.75

15.63

0.00

12.40 18-Mar-36

15.64

15.49

(0.02)

16.2499 18-Apr-37

15.66

15.53

0.04

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk

 

Treasury Bills

Trading activity picked up in the T-bills market after the break, albeit with a bearish bias. We witnessed sell-offs from local and foreign participants along the mid- to long-end of the T-bill curve, as the final MPC meeting of the year commenced today.  Yields consequently expanded by c.8bps across the T-bills curve, with the 03-Oct-2019 maturity hitting an intraday high of 14.80%.


With supply expected via an OMO auction tomorrow, we maintain our expectations for yields to trend upwards for the rest of the week.

 

Benchmark FGN Treasury Bills

Description

Bid (%)

Offer (%)

Day Change (%)

6-Dec-18

12.50

11.50

0.00

3-Jan-19

13.00

12.45

0.00

14-Feb-19

13.05

12.85

(0.15)

14-Mar-19

13.05

12.70

0.00

4-Apr-19

13.00

13.00

0.05

2-May-19

13.05

12.65

0.00

18-Jul-19

13.40

13.00

0.40

1-Aug-19

13.40

13.00

(0.20)

12-Sep-19

14.50

14.15

0.00

3-Oct-19

14.65

14.30

0.10

14-Nov-19

14.75

14.40

0.20

Source: Zedcrest Dealing Desk

 

Money Market

Money Market rates moderated a little today as there were no major inflows/outflows hitting the banking system. The OBB and OVN dropped by c.0.33bps to close at 9.67% and 10.67% respectively, as system liquidity remained stable at c.N250bn.

 

We expect rates to further drop tomorrow due to inflows of c.N408bn coming from OMO T-bills maturities. The CBN is however expected to mop up excess liquidity from the system through the sale of OMO T-bills to moderate inflationary pressures.


Money Market Rates

 

Current (%)

Previous (%)

Open Buy Back (OBB)

9.67

10.17

Overnight (O/N)

10.67

10.83

Source: FMDQ, Zedcrest Research


 

FX Market

At the Interbank, the Naira/USD rate remained unchanged at N306.75/$ (spot) and dropped by c.N1.04k to close at N360.85/$ (SMIS). At the I&E FX window a total of $348.02bn was traded in 220 deals, with rates ranging between N360.00/$ - N365.00/$. The NAFEX closing rate appreciated by c.0.16% to N364.26/$ from N363.69/$ previously.

 

At the parallel market segment, the cash and transfer rates both remained unchanged to close N364.00/$ and N366.50/$ respectively.


FX Market

 

Current (N/$)

Previous ( N/$)

CBN Spot

306.75

306.75

CBN SMIS

359.81

360.85

I&E FX Window

364.26

363.69

Cash Market

364.00

364.00

Transfer Market

366.50

366.50

Source: CBN, FMDQ, REXEL BDC

 

Eurobonds

The NGERIA Sovereigns continued to underperform amongst its Sub-Saharan Africa peers due to the recent bearish oil market and general election sentiment. We saw little interest on the NGERIA 27s and 49s as flows reduced ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving bank holiday set for tomorrow.

 

Similarly, we witnessed little interest across major NGERIA Corps tickers. The DIAMBK 19s bond holders were also credited coupon today. We believe this should spur more buying interest going forward as the yield on the bond remains the most attractive amongst its peers.


 

 Proshare Nigeria Pvt. Ltd.


Proshare Nigeria Pvt. Ltd.

 

 

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