New Look no Phones 4U, say high yield participants

The size of a radical debt restructuring proposed this week by New Look, the UK fashion retailer fighting for survival, caught some by surprise. But high yield bankers and investors agreed that this event will not shut the market as the Phones 4U debacle did four years ago.

  • By Victor Jimenez
  • 17 Jan 2019

New Look’s travails have sent tremors across the euro and sterling high yield markets this week. On Thursday, Moody’s downgraded all the borrower’s notes from Caa3 to C because of “higher than expected” losses for financial creditors if its new rescue scheme comes to fruition.

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 5,789.90 38 7.24%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 5,356.91 28 6.70%
3 Deutsche Bank 5,287.08 28 6.61%
4 JPMorgan 5,144.14 22 6.43%
5 Goldman Sachs 4,189.40 23 5.24%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Deutsche Bank 2,970.40 18 8.22%
2 Citi 2,605.77 18 7.21%
3 BNP Paribas 2,567.12 24 7.10%
4 JPMorgan 2,522.43 19 6.98%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,128.73 17 5.89%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 14,300.49 115 9.86%
2 Citi 13,126.25 106 9.05%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 10,825.27 91 7.46%
4 Goldman Sachs 10,521.81 79 7.25%
5 Morgan Stanley 8,720.88 66 6.01%