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 18,944.37 86 7.87%
2 JPMorgan 15,967.87 54 6.63%
3 Deutsche Bank 15,191.25 54 6.31%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 13,287.71 61 5.52%
5 Goldman Sachs 12,997.24 58 5.40%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,404.19 42 7.74%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 7.04%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,345.09 43 6.22%
4 JPMorgan 3,950.54 44 5.65%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.38%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 20,123.74 153 10.15%
2 Goldman Sachs 15,830.49 107 7.98%
3 Credit Suisse 13,629.27 97 6.87%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,267.41 122 6.69%
5 Citi 13,132.03 109 6.62%