The Lead Left - A Special Report: Why BDCs Matter

  Beginning in June 2014 The Lead Left published a series of articles discussing the relative merits of investing in middle market senior debt and their broadly syndicated counterparts. This report consolidates those articles: What is a BDC? The BDC Structure BDCs and Leveraged Loans BDCs and the Investor

Wells Fargo Middle Market CEO BDC Forum

The Case for Senior Secured First Lien Loans presented by Kevin Burke at the Wells Fargo Middle Market BDC CEO Forum Why Middle Market Loans? Attractive Market Size Capital Structure Seniority 

The New Wave

Maybe it was the high caliber attendees and top-notch panels. Could have been the stellar master of ceremonies and sponsor. Whatever the reason, the Wells Fargo Middle Market BDC CEO Forum may have breathed new life into the leveraged loan industry. Led by Jonathan Bock, this gathering of gurus spent the day discussing the role

Why BDCs Matter (Last of a Series)

We conclude our series on business development companies by answering your questions: Is it better for a BDC to be internally or externally managed? The costs of running an internally managed BDC are typically less than externally managed ones. That’s because it doesn’t pay a fee (which includes a profit margin) to an outside manager,

Why BDCs Matter (Part Four)

When business development companies were created by Congress in 1980, they were designed in response to concerns about liquidity. Specifically, a provision in the 1940 Act limited the number of holders of investment company securities to 100 persons. That, of course, effectively eliminated public ownership. Private equity and venture capital firms argued this would put

Why BDCs Matter (Part Three)

One of the many benefits of business development companies is their ability to easily hold a wide range of investments. From senior term loans, to unitranche loans, second-lien term loans, mezzanine debt, and even preferred stock, BDCs are incredibly versatile asset management vehicles. Historically, BDCs allocated more capital to higher-yielding, thus more risky, assets; particularly

Why BDCs Matter (Part Two)

In the first installment of our special report on business development companies, we reviewed their history, summarized the basic precepts that govern them, and discussed some of their key features. This week, we take a closer look at BDC structures. As we wrote last week, BDCs are companies which issue stock to investors whose capital forms

Why BDCs Matter (Part One)

This past summer we ran a four-part series on collateralized loan obligations [“Why CLOs Matter”]. The excellent response to that special report encouraged us to publish another white paper, this time on business development companies. We will simultaneously be coming out with interviews with top players and experts in the BDC space. This week we

Are We Back to 2007? (Second of a series)

One of the most noted stories of the current loan market is the amount of investor cash that has re-entered the asset class since 2010. While it certainly has produced eye-catching frothiness, how does this liquidity compare with the definitional froth of 2007? In our just-published series on the role of CLOs in both past