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5 Things to Know (3/20/17)

  • More than US$200bn of US leveraged loans have been refinanced or repriced this year as volume approaches the last peak of activity in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals saw no changes to its planned refinancing in the wake of billionaire William Ackman and his hedge fund Pershing Square selling its share of the company.
  • Thomson Reuters LPC’s Loan Market Scorecard provides a snapshot of key statistics in the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets.
  • Investors seeking to offset the effects of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike are pouring money into US loan funds, which is expected to keep the refinancing wave rolling.
  • Leveraged loan investors are set to welcome two sizeable cross-border acquisition deals totaling US$11.5bn, which will offer some from the raft of refinancings.

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What to Watch (3/20/17)

  • CCC Information Services Inc will launch March 22 a US$1.4bn first- and second-lien credit facility that backs the company’s buyout by Advent International. Jefferies leads.
  • Investors placed US$863.1m into bank loan mutual funds and pulled US$5.682bn from high-yield bond funds in the week ending March 15.
  • Sponsors are pushing the envelope with leverage levels on some of LBO deals. The share of buyout deals levered seven times and greater has risen to 26% in 1Q17, up from 21% in 2016.
  • Downward price flexes in March are on par with February levels. There have been 19 downward price revisions on first-lien institutional term loans this month, seven shy of the 26 logged in February.

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