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The MNI Markets team expects gross issuance to be around E24bln lower in May than in April. We look for E122bln of issuance, down from E148bln in April. However, May will see much lower redemption and coupon payments, leaving net issuance substantially higher at E65bln.
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- The MNI Markets team expects gross issuance to be around E24bln lower in May than in April. We look for E122bln of issuance, down from E148bln in April.
- However, May will see much lower redemption and coupon payments, leaving net issuance substantially higher at E65bln. This is up from E20.0bln in April but broadly in line with March's E68bln.
- We think there will probably less fewer syndications in May than April. We look for transactions from Finland (either 10y RFGB or USD bond), Germany (new 30y Green Bund), Italy and the EFSF. We also see a good chance of the EU via its SURE programme and possibly Spain.
- See page 2 for a comparison of issuance with last year for both April and YTD.
- See pages 3-12 for country-by-country overviews of issuance so far this year, plans for the rest of the fiscal year and MNI's expectations of May issuance for each country.
- See pages 13-14 for overviews of the 2021 calendar year in comparison to 2020.
- See page 15-22 for bond and T-bill auction calendars for 2021.
- See page 23-25 for a schedule of coupons and redemptions by country for 2021.
- A total of E148bln of EGB and EU issuance took place in April 2021, marginally lower than the E153.0bln of April 2020.
- There was heavy issuance in the 11-21-year area of the curve, with the Netherlands, Spain, EU and Slovakia all issuing new 15-year benchmarks via syndication while Italy launched a 16-year retail-only BTP Futura.
- Note that after the heavy issuance of ultra-long bonds in January and February, there were no bonds issued with a longer than 30-year maturity in March.
- Spanish, Irish and Belgium issuance was notably less in April 2021 than in April 2020, as was issuance from the smaller Eurozone countries (after a glut of syndications by smaller countries to issue during the first phase of the pandemic in April 2020).
- Italy and the Netherlands saw the largest increases in issuance relative to last April.
- Issuance through the first four months of the year has been around E90bln higher in 2021 than 2020, with cash raised this year at E580bln.
- The EU accounts for over E40bln of the increase, Italy over E35blln, Germany E23bln and the Netherlands and France both over E10bln.
- Issuance is notably lower in Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Finland and the smallest Eurozone countries.