Half-Time Report (Second of a Series)

“July 4th is the worst holiday,” one of our friends declared as our families sat watching the jaw-dropping fireworks display last Wednesday evening in Newport, RI. Huh?

“Think about it,” he explained. “Now the summer will zoom by. Kids back in school last week of August. Then Labor Day. A month later, Halloween. Before you know it, bingo – Thanksgiving, Christmas, the whole winter thing.” He sighed. ”See what I mean?”

It did seem like just yesterday we were changing our snow tires. But we aren't ready to throw in the beach towel quite yet. At any rate not with the leveraged loan market demonstrating such uncharacteristically investor-friendly exuberance.

For the first six months of 2018, middle market sponsored loan volume weighed in at more than $40 billion, according to Thomson Reuters LPC. That’s better than 2017’s $37 billion and is on pace to beat last year’s total of $78 billion...


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Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 7/16/2018

Middle market non-sponsored issuance jumps on the back of strong refi activity Middle market non-sponsored issuance jumped to US$27.3bn in 2Q18. This was up 29% from 1Q18 and was flat year-over-year. More refinancings drove the increase in loan issuance in this market. At US$21.3bn, non-sponsored middle market refis reached their highest level in three and

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Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 7/9/2018

Middle market sponsored syndicated volume reached US$20.9B in 2Q18 Middle market sponsored syndicated loan activity was pretty solid in 2Q18 reaching US$20.9bn, similar to 1Q18 issuance of $21.7bn. However, refinancings and repricings drove close to 40% of activity in 1Q18 and 2Q18 which is much higher than the mid 20% area in 2017. Furthermore, compared

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The Pulse of Private Equity – 7/9/2018

Heading west: PE sourcing more from the valley than public market Download PitchBook’s 2Q 2018 US PE Breakdown report here. We’ve remarked in the past that PE firms are warming to VC-backed targets. Younger tech companies are increasingly becoming viable buyout targets, or at least intriguing add-on candidates for their platforms. Meanwhile, we’ve also seen

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PDI Picks – 7/9/2018

Private debt keeps it global Managers with the capability to deploy capital around the globe are rounding up more capital than those focused on a specific geographic area. Private debt has had global ambitions in 2018; multi-regional funds locked down the plurality of capital so far this year, with credit managers raising $30.37 billion for

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Private Debt Intelligence – 7/9/2018

Private Debt: Distressed Debt Dominates Q2 2018 In Q2 2018, 22 private debt funds held a final close, securing a total of $25bn in capital. Although this marks a significant decrease from the 33 private debt vehicles which held a final closure in Q1 2018, Q2 saw an increase of over $5.0bn in capital raised.

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