Leverage in high yield hits 2007 highs, says SEB

Record numbers of speculative grade bonds have exceeded the limits of the European Central Bank's leveraged lending guidelines, research from SEB showed this week.

  • By Victor Jimenez
  • 13 Dec 2018
Leverage in the European primary market for high yield bonds has increased to 5.4 times this year, when measured as pro-forma debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). In a data report released this week, SEB said this was as high as in 2007, while ...

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Deutsche Bank 3,134.09 17 7.63%
2 Goldman Sachs 2,807.00 13 6.84%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2,528.72 11 6.16%
4 Citi 2,239.46 7 5.45%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 2,223.61 14 5.42%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 1,571.85 12 9.08%
2 Deutsche Bank 1,337.93 10 7.73%
3 BNP Paribas 1,305.75 15 7.54%
4 Goldman Sachs 1,225.64 11 7.08%
5 Citi 1,208.83 11 6.98%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 9,429.53 69 10.49%
2 Citi 8,913.64 63 9.92%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 6,050.36 46 6.73%
4 Goldman Sachs 5,765.16 41 6.41%
5 Morgan Stanley 5,492.04 36 6.11%