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5 Things to Know (5/22/17)

  • Mergers and takeovers by US high-grade companies and billions of dollars of acquisition loans are ramping up after a sparse first quarter.
  • Companies with strong earnings and good trading track records, including CenturyLink and Post Holdings, are tapping the US leveraged loan market at ever-tighter spreads as investor demand remains strong.
  • Thomson Reuters LPC’s Loan Market Scorecard provides a snapshot of key statistics in the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets.
  • The US CLO market is targeting Chinese banks and insurance companies in the hope that a more diversified investor base will help to offset the effects of falling returns and the introduction of new rules.
  • Barclays has appointed Jill Schwartz as global head of leveraged finance as part of a series of changes in its capital markets business.

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What to Watch (5/22/17)

  • At just over US$55bn, the institutional pipeline marks a three-year high compared to the same period in 2015 and 2016. Refinancings and repricings continue to dominate the calendar.
  • There have been 28 downward price flexes so far in 2Q17. This is lower than the 95 recorded in 1Q17.
  • With not enough large transformative M&A deals in the broadly syndicated market, both large corporate and middle market investors are piling into the institutional middle market deals hitting the market resulting in increased leverage levels in 2Q17.
  • The upward march of BDC share prices in 2017 seems to have come to a halt in May on the back of mixed earnings announcements for 1Q17.

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