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Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 10/19/2020

Middle market syndicated non-sponsored volume dropped in 3Q20 Non-sponsored syndicated loan issuance of US$10.2bn in 3Q20, was down 24% from already low 2Q20 figures. 3Q20 issuance was spread over 80 deals, the lowest level of transactions in a quarter for at least 13 years. Refinancings plummeted once again in 3Q20....

DL Deals: News & Analysis  - 10/19/2020

Sun Life’s $338M acquisition of Crescent Capital underscores confidence in direct lending Sun Life Financial’s $338 million acquisition of Los Angeles-based Crescent Capital underscores investor confidence in direct lending, even as the Covid pandemic has upended global economies. Sun Life, a Toronto-based insurance company that has a small direct lending team within its $193 billion

The Pulse of Private Equity – 10/19/2020

Not everyone is buying Download PitchBook’s Report here. Private equity enjoys some advantages over corporate acquirers right now. PitchBook’s latest North American M&A Report, now available, visualizes this trend in the chart above. Third quarter numbers show a small uptick in PE deals and a small slowdown in corporate M&A, resulting in a sharp spike in

Private Debt Intelligence - 10/19/2020

Record Amounts of Funds and Capital in the Private Debt Market The number of private debt funds in market and the capital targeted have reached new records at the beginning of Q4 – 521 funds in market seeking for a combined $295bn. This is a 54% increase compared to January 2020, when funds on the

PDI Picks – 10/19/2020

Fundraising has not been stopped in its tracks Senior debt strategies lead the way as capital accumulation manages to retain some forward momentum. Private debt funds raised a total of $109.8 billion during the first nine months of 2020, the lowest figure since 2016, according to PDI data (see chart above)....

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 10/12/2020

3Q20 MM sponsored loan issuance picks up from 2Q20’s low, but still quite anemic Sponsor-backed middle market volume showed a pick up in 3Q20 to US$5.6bn, up 120% from 2Q20’s post credit crisis low. But volume was still quite dire and over 62% behind 3Q19’s level. While pricing has been tightening dramatically month after month,

The Pulse of Private Equity – 10/12/2020

Carveouts – up but not booming Download PitchBook’s Report here. One of the earliest predictions back in March was that PE-led carveout activity would go up. PEGs had dry powder to spend and corporate sellers had liquidity concerns—they were also going to need to concentrate on their core businesses, so it made intuitive sense than ancillary

Private Debt Intelligence - 10/12/2020

Direct Lending and mezzanine strategies gathered most of the capital in Q3 2020 In Q3 2020, private debt fund managers were able to secure $8.4bn by 20 funds closed. What fund types stood out? Direct lending and mezzanine strategies secured the bulk of capital, raising $3.8bn and $2.6bn respectively....

PDI Picks – 10/12/2020

What to make of direct lenders’ prospects? Direct lending has enjoyed years of tailwinds – now it must confront the headwinds. Direct lending has experienced enormous growth since the global financial crisis (see chart showing fundraising for various direct lending-relevant strategies), filling a gap that retrenching banks left behind....

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 10/5/2020

1-3Q20 Leveraged volume up 6% y-o-y; Asset mix skews toward HY bond issuance US Leveraged borrowers pushed nearly US$839bn of issuance through the market during the first nine months of 2020, a 6% increase over the same time last year. Although the totals did not shift dramatically year over, the mix of loans and bonds