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  • Cerberus challenges market to digest flood of mezz

    Cerberus Capital Management auctioned off one of the largest ever portfolios of UK mezzanine mortgage bonds on Thursday, following a deterioration in the terms available in the ABS repo market after the Covid crisis made it uneconomic to continue to hold the deeply subordinated and risky positions.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • Permira splashes cash on Lowell rescue ahead of 2021 NPL splurge

    Permira opted to rescue its debt purchasing portfolio company Lowell from the restructuring that many thought was imminent, with the largest slug of equity support any sponsor has injected in Europe since the coronavirus pandemic began. Covid-19 has crushed cashflows for some debt purchasers, but next year should be a bumper year for NPL buying — for those firms with cash to do so, writes Owen Sanderson.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • eBay Classifieds underlines strength of final market window

    The €2.6bn financing for Adevinta’s purchase of eBay Classifieds looks set to be a blowout success, with sharp tightening across all tranches underlining the bid for quality credits enduring limited pandemic impact. The deal’s double-B rating helps attract rating-sensitive investors who have seen their portfolios pummelled this year by Covid-related downgrades.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • Permira digs deep to recap Lowell as NPL expectations build

    Permira and partners have injected £600m of equity into their debt collector portfolio company Lowell as part of a £2.2bn recapitalisation and refinancing effort for the troubled company, which saw its bonds heavily shorted and was widely expected to restructure its liabilities this year. The contribution is the largest equity injection from a sponsor in EMEA since the coronavirus pandemic began, and reflects what Lowell's management sees as a historic opportunity to buy NPL portfolios in the months ahead.

    • 21 Oct 2020
  • Cerberus launches monster mezz sale as repo terms worsen

    Cerberus Capital Management is selling one of the largest ever portfolios of UK mezzanine mortgage bonds on Thursday, following a deterioration in the terms available in the ABS repo market after the huge volatility seen in the Covid crisis. The sale comes the same week as the sale of the last tranche of mortgages by government bad bank UK Asset Resolution, which could also flood the market with mezzanine supply.

    • 20 Oct 2020
  • Blackstone gets real estate risk through high grade market

    Blackstone Property Partners, the pan-European real estate company, got solid demand for its April 2027 bond on Monday, after last week’s tepid reaction from investors to the sector that saw a deal pulled.

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • Closing primary window prompts leveraged credit rush

    Leveraged companies or sponsors seeking financing are moving quickly to fund in the immediate aftermath of the November 3 US election. Monday morning saw more than €3bn-equivalent of new supply across high yield bonds and loans announced, across six separate issuers.

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • CapVest unveils loan for Curium plan B

    Pre-pandemic, mid-market private equity firm CapVest was gearing up to sell its portfolio company Curium, in a €3bn auction which attracted interest from CVC, Bain and Nordic Capital. Covid collapsed the sale process, prompting a plan B for the asset — sell it to themselves.

    • 13 Oct 2020
  • EQT tightens pricing but concedes ticking fee on Colisée buyout

    The €875m acquisition loan for EQT Infrastructure’s purchase of French care home operator Colisée will come with a reduced original issue discount and at the tight end of guidance, but the buyout firm has conceded a ticking fee, as the deal must compete with secondary markets, which are still largely priced at a discount.

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • Issa no problem: Asda buyout vaults brothers to top of levfin borrower table

    Friday’s confirmation that the Issa brothers, backed by TDR Capital, had won the auction for UK supermarket Asda, catapulted them into the super league of borrowers in European leveraged credit — the handful of entrepreneurs whose appetite for debt surpasses market appetite to lend to a single capital structure.

    • 05 Oct 2020