Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 2/20/2017

Repricing wave will push institutional issuance close to quarterly record

Strong demand for floating rate assets has caused a frenzy in the leveraged loan market this quarter where issuers have been flocking to market to lower the spread on their institutional facilities. This has in turn caused institutional loan volume to spike, reaching US$149.5bn in completed issuance through February 15th. With roughly half a quarter remaining, completed institutional issuance is the fifth highest on record and about US$50bn lower than the US$199bn record set in 1Q13. Breaking down the numbers highlights the refinancing boom…