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When a company announces that it is increasing the amount paid out to shareholders, it is not typically greeted with enthusiasm by credit investors. But Glencore is no ordinary company in the CDS world, and its announcement on December 1 wasn’t a standard chance in financial policy.
The Swiss firm said that it would be resuming dividend payments after a hiatus of more than a year. Back in September 2015, Glencore was under enormous pressure as it groaned under the weight of its high debt burden and struggled to cope with falling commodity prices. Five-year CDS spreads widened from 350bps to 850bps in the space of two weeks...
U.S. CLO portfolio trade prices climb
U.S. CLO portfolio trade prices have climbed from their early 2016 levels. The weighted average purchase was 98.92 in September, with the average sale price at 97.31. For the October trades collected so far, the weighted average purchase price is at 99.24, while selling prices average 97.67. Selling prices were more dispersed than purchase prices in 3Q16, as a higher share of portfolio sales were in the sub-98 and par-plus categories. CLOs sold loans at higher prices in the third quarter, with 50% of sales in the par-plus category, up from 37% in 2Q16...
How long will recent PE fund vintages keep returning at a fast clip?
One of the ongoing narratives presented by recent private equity fund returns data has been the recovery of vintages most impacted by the recession. As is evidenced by the chart above, the average distributions-to-paid-in multiple of 2007 and 2008 vintages have benefited considerably from the past few years’ selling frenzy, with a high-priced M&A ...
Credit Strategies Asset Flows
Credit strategy hedge funds have recorded strong recent performance in 2016 YTD, making gains of 7.03% as of the end of October. Despite this, the strategy has struggled to attract investor capital, and suffered net outflows through the first two quarters of the year. This has led to a diminution of the strategy’s total assets under management (AUM) from the end of 2015, but net inflows in Q3 suggest that recent returns have been bolstering investor confidence
Review of Current Market Conditions/ Analysis of Capital Markets Metrics Including Covenants, Pricing, and Leverage/ Review of Credit Quality/ Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2016
Liquidity and Credit Appetite/ Middle Market Pricing and Leverage/ BDCs and Middle Market CLOs/ 2016 Predictions and Trends
Banks vs. the Non-Banks/ Hurdles: Legal, Cultural, and Logistical/ Opportunities and Challenges/ A Path to Success/ Outlook for 2016…and Beyond