Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 4/3/2017

1Q17 M&A volume down 32% year over year as market waits on policy guidance out of Washington

M&A loan issuance declined dramatically year over year to log less than US$70Bn in 1Q17, down 32% compared to the year ago results (US$102Bn). This represented the lowest quarterly results since 1Q13. Although some of the market shortfall on a percentage basis should be qualified in that jumbo financings for Avago Technology and Kraton Polymers which were completed in 1Q16 were in fact structured in 2015, the market took a very real pause in 1Q17 as issuers waited on the new administration in Washington…