Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 7/19/2021

Middle market cov-lite volume reaches highest level since 4Q19


Middle market covenant-lite volume was tracked at US$1.71bn in 2Q21, the highest level since 4Q19’s mark of US$1.75bn. Totals represented a 155% increase over the $670m tracked in 1Q21. The jump comes as the middle market lending arena remains ultra-competitive, characterized by lower pricing, higher leverage thresholds, and looser documentation in 1H21.