Feb 28 The supply-starved U.S. municipal bond
market will get some relief next week when debt sales are
expected to jump to $5.16 billion from this week's $2.42
billion, with top-rated deals from Texas and Maryland on tap,
according to Thomson Reuters estimates on Friday.
February's $14.1 billion issuance was the lowest for a month
since January 2011, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Year-to-date sales of muni debt totaled $32.4 billion, down 35
percent from the same period in 2013.
Negotiated deals will total an estimated $3.78 billion next
The Texas Transportation Commission will sell $1.19 billion
of AAA-rated state highway fund tier revenue bonds in two series
through Piper Jaffray & Co on Thursday.
Nearly $892 million of new and refunding bonds carry
maturities from 2017 through 2024 and in 2031, 2033 and 2034,
according to the preliminary official statement. Another $300
million is made up of SIFMA Index floating-rate bonds maturing
in April 2032.
New York City will sell $650 million of general obligation
bonds with serial maturities of 2016 through 2039 and about $50
million of bonds that mature in 2024 through 2027, according to
the POS. Citigroup will hold a retail presale period starting on
Monday with formal pricing on Wednesday.
The city will also sell GO index rate bonds in three series
next week - $100 million through Siebert Brandford Shank & Co,
$100 million through Morgan Stanley and $50.25 million through
Loop Capital Markets.
Topping the week's competitive calendar is $741 million of
Maryland GO state and local facilities bonds in three series
selling on Wednesday.
The triple-A-rated debt will be offered as $450 million of
new bonds with serial maturities from 2018 through 2029, $241
million of refunding bonds maturing from 2014 through 2021 and
$50 million of taxable bonds due in 2017 and 2018, according to