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 Swedbank 160.81 1 11.11%
1 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 160.81 1 11.11%
1 SEB 160.81 1 11.11%
1 Nordea 160.81 1 11.11%
1 Natixis 160.81 1 11.11%

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 544.58 5 11.06%
2 JPMorgan 482.08 5 9.79%
3 Wells Fargo Securities 374.58 3 7.61%
3 Goldman Sachs 374.58 3 7.61%
5 SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc 366.66 4 7.45%