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 Deutsche Bank 3,229.16 18 7.69%
2 Goldman Sachs 2,807.00 13 6.69%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2,528.72 11 6.03%
4 Citi 2,239.46 7 5.34%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 2,223.61 14 5.30%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 1,686.47 13 9.63%
2 BNP Paribas 1,305.75 15 7.46%
3 Deutsche Bank 1,263.77 9 7.22%
4 Goldman Sachs 1,225.64 11 7.00%
5 Citi 1,134.67 10 6.48%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 9,636.80 71 10.46%
2 Citi 9,049.24 65 9.82%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,185.97 48 6.72%
4 Goldman Sachs 6,080.77 44 6.60%
5 Morgan Stanley 5,699.31 38 6.19%