M&S shows opportunity in idiosyncratic risk

Seasoned credit investors are painfully familiar with shareholder-friendly actions. Leveraged buyouts, debt-financed share buybacks and special dividends can all deliver nasty surprises to bondholders.

  • By GlobalCapital
  • 28 Feb 2019

Gavan Nolan, IHS Markit

But idiosyncratic risk works both ways and companies can implement policies that favour bond investors, much to the chagrin of equity holders. 

Marks & Spencer is a good example. The UK retailer announced that it was creating a joint venture with Ocado to sell its groceries ...

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