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5 Things to Know (7/27/15)

  • Antares Capital is lining up a $13.9B financing package that backs CPPIB’s purchase of the middle market sponsor finance platform from GE Capital and raises funds for future growth.
  • Thomson Reuters LPC’s Loan Market Scorecard provides a snapshot of key statistics in the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets.
  • The SEC said it will allow some Collateralized Loan Obligations to refinance without complying with risk retention rules that require managers to hold 5% of their deal.
  • Issuers are increasingly tapping banks not subject to the leveraged lending guidance implemented by federal regulators, which led to a slight increase in leverage levels in the second quarter.
  • U.S. insurer Anthem Inc has lined up an approximately $27B bridge loan facility to help finance its $54.2B acquisition of Cigna Corp, sources said.

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What to Watch (7/27/15)

  • SITEL Worldwide will launch July 29 a $545M credit facility to back its acquisition by French customer relations company Groupe Acticall. Societe Generale leads.
  • Year-to-date CLO issuance stands at $63.4B. Issuance in July, while low at $4.7B, does include the largest CLO of 2015, Apollo’s $1.1B CLO.
  • The U.S. speculative grade default rate edged higher to 2% for the third consecutive month in June, from 1.9% the month before, and in line with the 2% rate recorded in 1Q.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development launched July 24 a $2.875B credit facility that funds a dividend recapitalization. Commitments to the Credit Suisse-led deal are due August 5.

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