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First Data was the Highest Junk Bond Issuer: Week to August 7

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Aug. 13 2015, Published 2:56 p.m. ET

Pricing trends

Junk bond issuance activity rose in the week ending August 7 after two weeks of subdued activity. The broad market conditions improved.

ETFs like the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) invest in junk bonds.

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Deal highlight of the week

First Data provides e-commerce solutions to financial institutions and card issuers. It issued junk bonds worth $1.21 billion last week. The bonds were rated B1/BB- and carried a coupon of 5.375%. The bonds will mature on August 15, 2023. They were issued at 100% of their par value with a yield-to-worst of 6%. First Data intends to use the proceeds of the sale for refinancing older debt.

Issuance by Pharmaceutical Product Development

Contract research company Pharmaceutical Product Development raised junk bonds worth $1.125 billion last week. The bonds were rated Caa1/B- and carried a coupon of 6.375%. The bonds will mature on August 1, 2023. They were issued at 100% of their par value with a yield-to-worst of 6.375%. Pharmaceutical Product Development intends to use the proceeds of the sale for refinancing older debt.

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Issuance by Anixter International

Anixter International (AXE) issued senior notes worth $350 million last week. The bonds were rated Ba3/BB and carried a coupon of 5.50%. The junk bonds will mature on March 1, 2023. They were issued at 100% of their par value with a yield-to-worst of 5.50%. Anixter will use proceeds of the sale to acquire HD Supply Holdings’ (HDS) power solution business.

Issuance by HealthSouth

HealthSouth (HLS) operates rehab hospitals. It issued senior add-on notes worth $300 million last week. The bonds were rated B1/B+ and carried a coupon of 5.75%. The junk bonds will mature on November 1, 2024. They were issued at 100.50% of the par value with a yield-to-worst of 5.626%. HealthSouth issued these junk bonds to use the proceeds to acquire Reliant Hospital Partners.

Issuance by RSP Permian

Oil and natural gas company RSP Permian (RSPP) issued senior add-on notes worth $200 million last week. The bonds were rated B3/B- and carried a coupon of 6.625%. The junk bonds will mature on October 1, 2022. They were issued at 99.25% of their par value with a yield-to-worst of 6.757%.

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