Hydro One Case Study
With CAD$12.445 billion of outstanding bonds as of April 2020, Hydro One had several challenges when it came to monitoring its credit spreads and those of its peers in order to issue bonds in the most cost effective manner. By working with the Overbond Treasury Debt Capital Service and automating its data intake and analytics, Hydro One can now identify opportunities to reduce the cost of funding faster and more efficiently. In short, “price tension” in markets, benchmarks, historical data and investor sentiment can now be identified more quickly. Going forward, Hydro One will be looking to incorporate Overbond’s COBI Liquidity scoring feature to strengthen understanding of the liquidity of their own bonds as well as their peers’ bonds in the secondary market. The COBI Liquidity module utilizes metrics such as bid-ask spreads, trade count and volume, and intraday price volatility for the wide spectrum of bonds to derive a daily liquidity score for each bond.
COBI-Bond Issuance International AI White Paper
Overbond’s primary fixed income prediction model for global issuance, COBI Bond Issuance International AI, combines the capabilities of COBI-Pricing, COBI-Issuance and COBI-Bond Buyer Matching and delivers on issuance discovery in all G-10 currencies with issuance opportunity monitoring and matching with institutional investment preferences. It is an advanced three phase AI algorithm engineered to measure best fit correlations with respect to company fundamental valuation and secondary market pricing for their bonds across sector peers and markets conditions at large and build relative value pricing curves in all G-10 currencies that issuer has bond denominated in (EUR, CAD, GPB, JPY, NOK, AUD, NZD, CHF, and SEK)
COBI-Matching White Paper
Overbond’s Bond Buyer Matching Algorithm, COBI-Matching, provides analytics platform for issuers, dealers and investors to discover traditional and non-traditional buyers for new bond issuances as well as profiling pricing tension in secondary market and risk appetite for target buyers, enabling systematic opportunity monitoring and market signal alerts.
COBI-Pricing White Paper
Overbond’s Primary Fixed Income Pricing model, COBI-Pricing, delivers on Price Discovery with competitive indicative new issue pricing. Clients can arrive at accurate indicative new issue pricing levels for issuers with only a fraction of the time and manual work required. Through this, clients can mitigate risk, increase efficiency and generate portfolio alpha.
COBI-Issuance White Paper
Overbond’s Primary Fixed Income Issuance Prediction model, COBI-Issuance, delivers on Issuance Discovery with issuance opportunity monitoring and matching signal alerts. Market counterparties can focus their pre-trade analytics on most likely new bond issuances with optimal pricing and supply-demand trend, resulting in increased efficiency and portfolio alpha.
Pension Plan Debt Issuance in Canada
On June 21st, 2017 AIMCo joined the list of pension funds issuing debt by launching its initial debt offering, a AAA rated C$400M 7-year note priced at 2.266%. This report analyzes the key trends and reasons for why large pension funds in Canada are starting to issue more and more debt.
Cross-Border Bond Issuance Dynamics
On April 7th, 2017, treasurers from some of Canada’s largest corporate and financial debt issuers gathered at the CFA Society Toronto luncheon to provide insight and share their considerable experiences in accessing international markets to meet their debt funding requirements. Overbond team engaged with the industry professionals to discuss key trends and considerations in cross-border bond issuance.
Mergers & Acquisitions Financing with Bond Issuance
Global M&A activity has been robust in recent years, fueling the growth of the acquisition finance market. Debt financing, in particular, has become increasingly common for M&A transactions, thanks to the record low interest rate environment. While bridge financing is often imperative for the success for an acquisition, acquirers are recommended to promptly contemplate long-term financing.
Cost of Funding Research Report
Overbond research team compared the cost of funding implications for an investment grade issuer using four different debt portfolio issuance strategies. The data utilized includes all U.S. treasury rates and generic “BBB” index spreads from 2002 to 2016. In aggregate, there are over 7,000 unique data points. The analysis concludes that issuing debt on a more frequent basis and in smaller issuance sizes has been shown to lower the average cost of borrowing and better diversify investor base.
Bond Market Simulation
Overbond team performed a bond market simulation that empirically demonstrated differences in market connectivity utilizing traditional communication channels and fintech enhancements. The simulation results demonstrate significant cost decrease and increased network connectivity by implementing a more versatile infrastructure through fintech providers such as Overbond.
Fixed Income Report
Overbond team engaged with the industry professionals at the CFA Society Toronto luncheon to uncover key trends and challenges in the fixed income markets. Treasurers stressed the importance of an engaged investor base and actively managing their new issue process to align investors’ goals with the issuers. In addition, it is critical to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders, including dealer syndicates, regulators, rating agencies and legal counsel.