French banks shine in rough year for leveraged finance

The global high yield bond market has produced $320bn of new issues in 2018, up to December 21, 43% down on last year’s total of $563bn, according to Dealogic. Sentiment has turned progressively more bearish as the year has worn on, with concerns about US-China trade hostility and overvaluation of US equities biting.

  • By Jon Hay
  • 21 Dec 2018

Meanwhile, leveraged syndicated lending has remained much more resilient, declining by 16%, to $2.15tr.

The high yield recession was most severe in the Americas, where issuance fell 48%, from last year’s record $346bn to $180bn, the lowest total since 2009.

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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%