2019 US Syndicated loan volume down 20% compared to 2018 record high At US$2.1trn 2019 U.S. syndicated loan volume was down 20% compared to the record setting US$2.6trn raised the prior year amid a thinner pipeline of deals, higher market valuations and the long – if tangential – shadows cast by geopolitical and economic unease.
Yields bifurcate within the single-B category Investors took a cautious approach and became more selective in the latter part of 2019. In turn, the yield premium between double-B and single-B rated issuers widened significantly. The bifurcation has also trickled down into the single-B category as there has been a wide differential between higher-rated B1/B+ issuers
US secondary loan bids get a boost from improved single-B sentiment Average bids in the US secondary loan market have been on the upswing of late. The LPC 100, Refinitiv LPC’s cohort of the 100 largest and most liquid loans, closed Monday bid at 98.02, its highest level since August 2. The LPC 100 was
Defaulted loans ticked down slightly for BDCs in 3Q19 Lenders and investors are exhibiting growing concerns surrounding slowing growth and where the economy is headed. Yet non-accruals within BDC portfolios are not yet showing any accelerating signs of deterioration. As of the September 30 filing date, the share of BDC loans on non-accrual status as
Oil and gas lending follows oil prices down The oil and gas industry is facing many challenges – recession fears, the ongoing trade war, regulatory shifts and excess global supply amid slowing growth in demand – all of which have curtailed any expectations of a meaningful increase in oil and gas prices. Oil prices have
Distressed percentage accelerates on BDC loans For several years in an asset and yield starved market, BDCs stretched up the risk spectrum in an effort to keep up their lofty dividend yields. As the credit environment becomes tougher this year amid slowing global growth, more cracks are beginning to surface in BDC holdings. So far
BDC leverage on the rise, one tool to combat falling Libor After peaking in December 2018 at over 2.8%, 3-month Libor has since fallen to 1.9% and BDCs are reporting lower weighted average yields in 3Q19 as a result. Following this steep decline, BDCs are taking advantage of their flexibility to increase leverage under the
Average US second-lien secondary bids at lowest levels since 2016 US second-lien loans have traded down considerably in the secondary market over the past few months. The last round of risk-off behavior by secondary market loan players sent second-lien bids as low as the 87.01 level on October 18th, over a five-point decline from the
Total leverage on large corporate US LBO loans remains high in 4Q19, but senior leverage declines At a time when investors have been pushing back on pricing and structure on riskier loans, total leverage on US LBO deals remains high. So far this quarter the average total debt to EBITDA level for large corporate LBO
Flight to quality continues on in the US leveraged loan market Looking at year-to-date average secondary bids along with loan volume highlights the flight to quality seen in the US loan market over the past few months. Corporates with a rating of single-B or lower peaked in 2019 monthly volume with US$24bn back in May.