Including direct lending loans, 2021 US LBO volume is at an all-time high
When including direct lending deals, US LBO loan volume has reached an all-time high this year. Year-to-date through November 22, there has been US$194bn in syndicated US LBO volume and US$34bn of middle market direct lending LBO volume (direct lending data as of September 30).
The combined US$228bn in US LBO loan volume easily surpasses the previous annual high of US$208bn set in 2007, before direct lending played a significant role in deal flow. The healthy environment for M&A has also allowed for larger LBO deals.