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Strong investor appetite supports institutional issuance but tougher credits command better terms Despite robust market technicals including two weeks of retail fund inflows and a steady CLO pipeline, institutional lenders are reconciling strong demand for assets with discipline around credit quality. Roughly $34Bn of institutional loan volume has come to market early in 4Q17 andView Article
Private Equity’s Amazon Problem Nordstrom, thought to be a prime buyout candidate, is now having trouble securing debt commitments for a would-be deal. It opted this week to wait until after the holiday season to assess any PE buyout, even with an investor waiting in the wings. Following the bankruptcy of Toys R Us, anotherView Article
Private Debt Dry Powder Reaches New Record The capital available to be deployed by private debt fund managers has reached a new record in October 2017, peaking at $226bn. This is in part due to record fundraising in Q4 2016, followed by robust quarterly fundraising in 2017 so far – over the 12 months toView Article
Lender Survey: How are you feeling about portfolio performance? Issuers are showing flat to very slow growth but performance is stable, said 72% of the buyside and sellside respondents in TR LPC’s Quarter-End Survey. The remainder are split with 14% reporting that issuers are showing strong financial performance and growth has picked up while 14%View Article
Beginning in July 2017 The Lead Left published a series of articles on the size of middle market. This report consolidates those articles.
Review of Current Market Conditions/ Analysis of Capital Markets Metrics/ Review of Credit Quality/ Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2017
Beginning in May 2017 The Lead Left published a series of articles on Covenants. This report consolidates those articles.