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  • Dia's backer LetterOne shops debt restructuring plan

    LetterOne, the private equity firm that is the largest shareholder in Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, the Spanish supermarket chain, has drafted a debt restructuring plan for the troubled company that echoes the latest attempt of renewable energy group Abengoa to survive by cutting its leverage.

    • 11 Dec 2018
  • EQT fund for DL four times bigger

    Private equity firm EQT closed its largest direct lending fund this week, as market participants forecast a busy year for the market in 2019.

    • 10 Dec 2018
  • Corp defaults to rise, says Moody’s

    Defaults among borrowers with speculative grade ratings are set to dive at the start of next year, but only for a while, Moody’s said in an outlook report for non-financial corporates this week.

    • 05 Dec 2018
  • Brexit anxiety kills refi loan from Vue

    Cinema operator Vue International cancelled its £833m-equivalent leveraged loan offering amid increasing investor aversion to sterling risk, as the UK government and Parliament descended into a full-blown clash over the conditions for separation from the European Union.

    • 06 Dec 2018
  • Fund outflows bring levfin to standstill

    Investors in European leveraged debt seem to be giving up for the year. Funds and financial vehicles that buy high yield bonds and leveraged loans have seen large volumes of cash outflows, leaving borrowers with no other option but to step back this week.

    • 05 Dec 2018
  • Distressed CMC Ravenna stokes HY’s Italian fears

    The risk appetite of high yield bond investors in Europe continues to pall, as Italian construction firm Cooperativa Muratori e Cementisti di Ravenna filed for creditor protection this week.

    • 04 Dec 2018
  • Element seeks add-on with flexible covs

    Element Materials Technology, the UK materials testing company owned by Bridgepoint, was looking for a small loan extension this week, and seeking consent from its investors for higher leverage ratios under the loan covenants.

    • 03 Dec 2018
  • Successful Stada deal soothes HY’s rocky month

    Triple-C rated high yield bond issues had disparate fates this week. While UK private schools group Cognita was pulling its new notes, adding to November’s list of failed deals, German pharma company Stada priced its bonds in line with guidance.

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Thomas Cook no canary in the Brexit mine

    Shares and bonds of UK holidays operator Thomas Cook took a beating this week, after it reported low earnings and high net debt, which it blamed on weak local demand and currency effects. But investors saw the company as a victim of poor management, rather than domestic Brexit turbulence.

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Central banks raise levfin risks with industry

    Several European central banks have contacted the Loan Market Association (LMA), raising concerns about the risks of the leveraged finance market. But following a round of private meetings in London, the authorities are not expected to bring forward new regulations.

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Euro CLO docs to weaken in 2019, warns Moody’s

    Moody's expects the supply of euro CLOs in 2019 to match 2018 levels, constrained by leveraged loan issuance, with no near term performance worries. However, the rating agency expects that collateral quality and transaction structures will weaken and notes that the European Central Bank’s guidelines to limit excessive leverage have had little impact.

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • It’s defaults, not the covs

    Leveraged debt fund managers seem resigned to a low-rated deal pipeline and aggressive documentation this week, with the market likely to accept these conditions, despite a sell-off which saw the iTraxx Crossover at its widest so far this year, 340bp, on Wednesday.

    • 28 Nov 2018
  • Stada seeks €1.5bn of debt to finish LBO

    Private equity firms Bain Capital and Cinven are financing their purchase of a further 28.3% stake in Stada Arzneimittel, the German pharmaceutical group, in the euro leveraged finance markets this week, and are having to contend with investors who are in a risk-averse mood.

    • 27 Nov 2018
  • Cognita breaks HY bond leg for Jacobs’ £2bn LBO

    Private school operator Cognita was the first borrower in a week to attempt an issue in the euro high yield market with a sub-benchmark size deal. It sought funding for its acquisition by Jacobs Holding, the Swiss investment and charitable firm, but pulled the bond deal after weak demand.

    • 26 Nov 2018
  • ADB Safegate bolts on for acquisition

    Belgium’s ADB Safegate has raised €59m in the leveraged loan market through a bolt-on transaction, with the airport services provider set for its acquisition of the UK’s Ultra Electronics Airport Systems.

    • 22 Nov 2018
  • Barings poised to price third euro CLO in 2018, First Citizen back with Irish auto ABS

    The €400m CLO deal, managed by Barings (UK) Limited, is set to price on Friday with spread talk on lower rated tranches indicative of a widening in CLO liability costs potentially pinching equity returns. Meanwhile, Magnetar Capital’s First Citizen Finance is marketing its second auto ABS deal backed by Irish loans.

    • 22 Nov 2018
  • TDC squashes euro TLB margin

    Denmark’s TDC is seeking to reprice its euro-denominated term loan ‘B’, as the telecoms company continues to slash at its debt costs and size in the wake of selling Norwegian cable firm Get.

    • 22 Nov 2018
  • Brexit’s DCM brain drain begins as banks get moving

    The next few months in the run-up to Brexit will bring upheaval for debt capital markets and syndicate teams at London’s investment banks, as they work out which roles will have to be done from the European Union and which staff to move. But the pressure will not cease on March 29, as national regulators have considerable scope to compel banks to relocate jobs. Jon Hay reports.

    • 22 Nov 2018

High Yield priced deals database

DateIssuerMaturityCur.SizeCoupon
05-Oct-18Playtech plc 12-Oct-235303.75%
02-Oct-18WMG Acquisition Corp 15-Oct-262503.625%
28-Sep-18El Corte Ingles SA 15-Mar-246003%
27-Sep-18Avis Budget Finance plc 30-Jan-263504.75%
26-Sep-18Guala Closures SpA 15-Apr-244553-mth Euribor +350bp


Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 19,416.85 91 7.59%
2 JPMorgan 16,386.55 57 6.40%
3 Deutsche Bank 15,760.57 59 6.16%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 14,532.27 68 5.68%
5 Goldman Sachs 14,155.41 61 5.53%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,527.11 43 7.80%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 6.94%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,372.15 44 6.17%
4 JPMorgan 4,226.28 46 5.96%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.30%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 19,416.85 91 7.59%
2 JPMorgan 16,386.55 57 6.40%
3 Deutsche Bank 15,760.57 59 6.16%
4 Credit Agricole CIB 14,532.27 68 5.68%
5 Goldman Sachs 14,155.41 61 5.53%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,527.11 43 7.80%
2 BNP Paribas 4,918.81 57 6.94%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,372.15 44 6.17%
4 JPMorgan 4,226.28 46 5.96%
5 Credit Suisse 3,757.05 40 5.30%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 19,901.51 153 10.02%
2 Goldman Sachs 14,830.49 106 7.47%
3 Credit Suisse 13,745.94 98 6.92%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,267.41 122 6.68%
5 Morgan Stanley 12,977.13 92 6.53%