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The Pulse of Private Equity – 1/14/2019

Drawdown speeds and fund returns Download PitchBook’s Report here. US PE fundraising trended down in 2018. No surprise there—more than $200 billion was cumulatively raised in both 2016 and 2017, totaling nearly $442 billion altogether in the span of two years. As we’ve noted in the past, the current fundraising market bears a hint of opportunism,

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 1/14/2019

Non-sponsored middle market lending increased to US$102bn but new money collapsed The non-sponsored market continued to tread along in 2018. Issuance was up for the second year in a row to US$102.3bn, but that was still far from 2014’s record and was driven by increased refi activity. Refinancing volume of US$81.3bn, was up 36% from

PDI Picks – 1/14/2019

Investors want more info on fees LPs said they often have a hard time justifying them within their organisations. More than half of investors in the past 12 months have asked for greater fee transparency and disclosure from their general partners, according to PDI Perspectives 2019, our annual survey of limited partners....

Private Debt Intelligence - 1/14/2019

Overview of Private Debt Fundraising in 2018 Private debt fundraising remained strong in 2018, making it the fourth consecutive year in which funds raised over $100bn. In 2018, 162 funds were able to secure an aggregate $110bn in capital. While this was slightly lower than the $129bn in capital raised in 2017, 2018 nonetheless represented

Markit Recap – 1/7/2019

2018 ended on a sour note and spreads looked set to continue their ascent throughout this year and beyond. But here we are, a little over a week into 2019, and the Markit iTraxx Europe is 10bps tighter than Dec 31 levels. A bumper non-farm payrolls report, a more dovish stance from the Federal Reserve,

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 1/7/2019

 2018 US M&A loan volume sets new record at over US$648Bn At over US$648bn, US syndicated M&A loan volume set a new record in 2018, topping 2017’s high of US$537bn. The strong results were spread across market segments as corporate issuers looked to augment organic growth with strategic acquisitions and private equity sponsors aggressively looked

The Pulse of Private Equity – 1/7/2019

2018: Almost a record Download PitchBook’s Report here. Thanks to a massive Q4 to close out the year, 2018 came close to setting a new record for combined deal value. About $277 billion was invested in Q4, versus a relatively paltry $198 billion invested in Q3 2018. Fourth quarters typically see the highest numbers in any

Private Debt Intelligence - 1/7/2019

Direct Lending Fundraising Dips in 2018 Total private debt fundraising fell in 2018, with 162 funds securing an aggregate $110bn throughout the year. In comparison, in 2017, 186 private debt funds held a final close and raised $129bn. Although direct lending continued to represent the largest bulk of fundraising activity, direct lending fundraising dipped steeply

PDI Picks – 1/7/2019

The mightier they are, the harder they fall Private debt hit a fundraising peak in 2017, which has proved impossible to sustain. It was the year when private debt came of age as an asset class, shattering the previous global aggregate fundraising total as GPs raked in a combined $211 billion according to PDI figures.

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 12/17/2018

Discounts widen as volatility hits the primary loan market Loan market sentiment has shifted dramatically this quarter as broader market volatility sent waves into the leveraged loan market. Concerns about global growth, trade wars, Brexit worries, and uncertainty over future interest rate hikes have cast a shadow on confidence and investors are a lot more