Europe’s ‘market trap’ biggest threat to leveraged covenants

A combination of high demand, asymmetric advice and aggressive borrowers is crushing protection terms for leveraged loan investors in Europe, according to fund managers, analysts and lawyers. But the level of demand means that more cov-lite deals emerged this week.

  • By Victor Jimenez
  • 08 Nov 2018

There is little surprising about the new term loans from Stage Entertainment, a former CVC owned and now Advance portfolio musical producer and theatre operator with headquarters in the Netherlands. But this is precisely what is troubling market participants when they look into the next week’s deal pipeline.

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 21,063.54 101 7.76%
2 JPMorgan 16,658.31 60 6.14%
3 Deutsche Bank 16,649.26 62 6.13%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 16,001.24 81 5.90%
5 UniCredit 14,262.92 85 5.25%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 200.50 2 12.59%
1 Deutsche Bank 200.50 2 12.59%
3 UniCredit 113.00 1 7.09%
3 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 113.00 1 7.09%
3 Mediobanca 113.00 1 7.09%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 213.33 2 9.92%
2 UniCredit 130.00 1 6.05%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 130.00 1 6.05%
2 JPMorgan 130.00 1 6.05%
2 Citi 130.00 1 6.05%