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5 Things to Know (6/26/17)

  • A bridge loan for up to US$13.7bn to back Amazon.com’s purchase of Whole Foods Markets is stoking merger-related financing that has been stifled by prolonged uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policies.
  • US bankers say the summer may be busier than usual for loan investors clamoring for leveraged buyouts to provide opportunities to put money to work.
  • Virgin Media and Berry Global walked away from attempts to refinance their loans to spreads in the 200bp-250bp over Libor range amid signs of indigestion among leveraged lenders.
  • Thomson Reuters LPC’s Loan Market Scorecard provides a snapshot of key statistics in the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets.
  • People Moves: Goldman Sachs poached Douthit from Credit Suisse; Romanowski is joining Credit Suisse; Lawton joins Antares; Bank of Ireland promotes two.

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What to Watch (6/26/17)

  • Archroma will launch June 27 an US$880m dual-currency credit facility that will be used to refinance debt.
  • Investors pulled US$149.7m from loan funds and US$128.1m from high-yield bond funds in the week ending June 21, according to Lipper.
  • Apparel retailer loan bids have declined 17.5% over the last two years.
  • At over US$69bn, the institutional calendar hovers near highs last observed in February and is now supported by new money financings rather than refinancings and repricings.
  • US CLO issuance has reached US$46.5bn year to date.

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