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Private Capital in an Age of Scarcity

For over a decade, the tide of capital has flowed mostly in one direction: into markets. That’s because since the Great Recession the Fed has kept interest rates low. Public credit, both loans and bonds, benefited from this support… ▶︎ Read Sept 12 2022 newsletter: here ▶︎ Chart of the Week: here (by Leveraged Commentary […]

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 9/19/2022

Unitranche minimum spread threshold shifts higher While volatility led to a significant increase in pricing in the broadly syndicated institutional loan market early in the year, it took longer to have an effect in the direct lending space. For unitranches, the average blended spread in 2Q22 was flat relative to 1Q22 at 596bp. However, direct…

The Pulse of Private Equity – 9/19/2022

More add-ons in the MM Download PitchBook’s Report here. The ratio of add-ons in the middle market is increasing, according to PitchBook’s Q2 2022 US PE Middle Market Report. That’s been an evergreen trend for the past decade, but it appeared to go into overdrive in 2022. Add-ons now account for 73% of all middle market…

Debtwire Middle-Market – 9/19/2022

Leveraged loan & high yield bond default rate creeps up from recent lows Source: Fitch Ratings, Debtwire Par One area to watch as the Federal Reserve maneuvers a soft landing from inflation will be the credit health of leveraged borrowers in the face of prolonged economic pain caused by tightening monetary policy. August saw an…

Private Debt Intelligence - 9/19/2022

APAC private debt fundraising steadies after record Q2 After a record 2019, when APAC’s private debt fundraising hit $12.1bn, the following years saw a drop in comparison. However, the ship appears to be steadying, as the $6.7bn raised in 2022 so far matched the $6.7bn raised during the same period a year earlier, thanks to…

Private Credit in an Age of Scarcity (Second of a Series)

Supply chain issues aren’t limited to bikes and baby formula. As the Fed withdraws liquidity from the banking system and investor cash exits public credit, it’s more challenging to deliver capital to traditional buyouts and M&A. In pivoting from a world of abundance to one of scarcity, credit markets are struggling to adjust. Direct lenders…