Even before Mario Draghi starts his corporate-bond buying program on Wednesday, he’s pushed down borrowing costs in Europe toward unprecedented levels.
The average yield on investment-grade company notes in euros tumbled to 1.002 percent on Monday, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. That’s the lowest in more than a year and a smidgen away from dropping below 1 percent, something that’s happened in just one other period.
Companies benefiting from the lower borrowing costs are issuing bonds at an increasing clip. More than 50 billion euros ($57 billion) were sold in the single currency in May, the second-busiest month on record. Air Liquide SA, the investment-grade French industrial gas maker, issued 3 billion euros of bonds on Monday, with just one of five parts of the deal priced with a coupon above 1 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.