Debtwire Middle-Market – 5/16/2022

Institutional loan issuance shrinks
as issuers ride out higher pricing environment


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Source: BofA US HY Index, Debtwire Par

In the face of a host of macroeconomic headwinds, not limited to persistently high levels of inflation, rising interest rates, an ongoing war in Ukraine and supply-chain issues, and notwithstanding the emergence of the world economy from a two-year global pandemic, investors are demanding increased compensation to keep the loan market open for business. So far in May, average margins on first-lien institutional loans have soared to 454 basis points (bps), a fresh post-pandemic high from 432bps seen in March.