Hooters Pays Up to Attract ABS Investors

October 07, 2015

One dealer was offering a slice of the original Hooters A2 bond on Wednesday at a spread of Swaps plus 375bp - a full 30bp beyond its offer of 345bp on a similar parcel at the end of September, according to market data provider Empirasign.

IFR Markets


September 23, 2015

A senior slice of the issuer's VALET deal from 2014 was offered at about 60bp over swaps versus 40bp earlier this month, market data provider Empirasign's data showed.

IFR Markets


September 15, 2015

"If the Fed does hike, and interest rates rise and margins get compressed, banks will feel compelled to retain less of their loans – even if net origination is lower. That could actually help kickstart the resi MBS market." – Adam Murphy, chief executive, Empirasign.



September 11, 2015

Wednesday saw US$930m of ABS up for sale, according to data from Empirasign. Some $635m hit the market on Thursday.

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BWICs Fail as Credit Concerns Worry CLO Equity Investors

September 09, 2015

Six dealers distributed price talk averaging a price of around 52 for the equity piece for the post-crisis mezzanine of one manager, according to data from Empirasign Strategies. In mid-August the same equity tranche received price talk from seven dealers averaging about 65.

LCD News


August 28, 2015

As a sign of this alarm, a virtual blackout took hold in a CLO bid list trading between Monday 2pm and Wednesday 1pm New York time, according to data provider Empirasign.

IFR Markets

Investors Cool on New ABS Deals as Sell-Off Deepens

August 15, 2015

And though 16.8% did not trade, the volume was more than the combined US$7.5bn tally of bonds out for bid during the same week in August 2014, according to data provider Empirasign.


Wave of consolidations reshapes student loan ABS

August 13, 2015

Only eight BWICs included student loan ABS this week, according to data from Empirasign.


New US$2.8bn CMBS lineup to test clearing levels

July 22, 2015

In the secondary market, the total volume of CMBS out for bid has dropped 31% in the past 15 days of trading versus the prior three-week period, according to data from Empirasign.


Legacy non-agency RMBS widens on big sales

July 20, 2015

A series of large BWICs were sold entirely, including one totalling around $635m, according to data from Empirasign. A $1.22bn list of interest-only legacy non-agency paper was also sold in full, by a syndicate of 17 dealers.


Student loan ABS facing headwinds on ratings

July 13, 2015

Data from Empirasign showed US$412.7m in student loan ABS paper out for bid in the past week - nearly double the US$219m seen in the week of the Moody's decision on June 22


SoFi sells triple-B tranche in latest and largest ABS

June 02, 2015

A chunk of CCOLT 2015-1 traded today at a dollar price of 101.21, according to Empirasign, although there was no data on MPLT 2015-CB1.


Distressed Diva Tilton Has More Than Just the SEC to Worry About

April 01, 2015

The $532 million Zohar I, assembled in 2003, comes due starting in November. The $1 billion Zohar II matures in January 2017, and the $1.01 billion Zohar III in April 2019. Pieces of the third Zohar CLO were recently trading at about 71.5 cents on the dollar, according to Empirasign Strategies.

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Investors sell SDART following disclosure

March 31, 2015

As of midday on Tuesday, some 35 BWICs that were placed on Monday and Tuesday remained outstanding for securities issued off of Santander's SDART shelf, according to data from Empirasign.


S&P error junks 30 bonds — so far

March 30, 2015

Most of the bonds downgraded below investment grade have not been offered in the secondary market since the downgrades, according to data from Empirasign.


Student loan trading active despite legislative attention

March 27, 2015

At USD 653.1m in BWIC volume, student loan ABS trading had its heaviest week since July 2014, buoying a week bogged down by a heavy CMBS pipeline and a looming quarter-end, according to data from Empirasign Strategies.


Settlements could be driving non-agency RMBS liquidations

March 25, 2015

Some of the non-agency bonds that money managers have sold recently have been completely paid down, according to trading data from Empirasign, suggesting investors might have held them with the intention of seeking recoveries through litigation.


Large resecuritization BWIC moving RMBS markets

March 18, 2015

The BWIC includes 156 non-agency bonds with a current face value of $1.6bn, according to data from Empirasign. The notes are broken up into three pools, which are scheduled to trade at 10am on Friday and settle on March 24.


US SF WRAP-GM and Prestige clear ABS issues, focus on Fed

March 18, 2015

Overall volumes of non-agency RMBS out for bid have been particularly intense this week, according to data provider Empirasign. Some US$863.4m in these bonds were out for bid on Tuesday, a 167% increase in bid list volume versus the daily average for March. And there was little let up today with US$575.39m showing up on lists.


Investors Seeking Liquidity Get Craigslist for MBS From Vendor

March 17, 2015

Empirasign Strategies LLC this month started testing a service in which investors can anonymously post securities they want to buy or sell and potential prices, and then chat online without divulging their names to seal the deals.

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