Top Ten Myths About Private Credit (Sixth of a Series)

We spent our winter break last week at an Arizona dude ranch. In the horse barn we spotted a sign: “There will be a $5 charge for whining.”

Heading into the home stretch of our special series on private credit myths, we like the cost for complaining. For faithful readers of The Lead Left, however, there’s no charge.

Myth #7: “Private credit recoveries will be worse than 2009”

The notion that leveraged loan performance will be worse during the next recession rests on the current prevalence of record high borrower leverage and cov-lite structures. If performance deteriorates, lenders have no triggers until a payment default. By then, the business could be worth much less than what the sponsor paid for it. And possibly less than the value of the senior debt.