Saturday, 23 June 2018

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  • Second-lien, but first choice

    Loans | 22 June 2018

    US companies including cell phone insurance provider Asurion and production studio MGM are raising second-lien loans rather than cheaper high-yield bonds to take advantage of the flexibility that yield-hungry investors continue to offer.

  • KKR logo

    Envision LBO adds to deal bonanza

    Top News | 15 June 2018

    Private equity firm KKR’s US$9.9bn leveraged buyout of Envision Healthcare has helped boost private equity deal volumes to levels not seen since before the financial crisis.

  • Tensions rise as PE pushes limits

    Loans | 15 June 2018

    Investors are taking the fight against an assault on leveraged loan documentation to the courts as more private equity-backed companies, such as troubled retailer PetSmart, seek flexibility that could lead to raising new debt.

  • More companies shelve refis as markets turn choppy

    Loans | 08 June 2018

    At least two more US companies have postponed opportunistic leveraged loan refinancings after failing to attract investors at the proposed terms on heightened worries about global volatility.

  • Leverage nears pre-crisis heights

    Loans | 01 June 2018

    Leverage levels for buyouts are close to pre-credit crisis levels as banks are more willing to underwrite highly leveraged deals following the Office of the US Comptroller of the Currency’s softened stance towards lending risk.

  • Repricings lead to market fatigue as deals pulled

    Loans | 01 June 2018

    Repricing fatigue has settled over the US leveraged loan market after more than 275 companies have turned to the segment over the past three months - many to cut borrowing costs - leading some of the most aggressively priced deals to trade off or even be pulled.

  • Uber Technologies logo

    Uber looks to cut borrowing costs

    Top News | 01 June 2018

    Internet-based taxi service Uber Technologies is asking lenders to lower pricing on its US$1.13bn term loan that was agreed in July 2016 and matures in 2023.

  • OCC head says LLG needs no revisions

    Loans | 25 May 2018

    Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said on Thursday that he does not expect to make changes to the federal leveraged lending guidance as he does not see revisions necessary, since the guidelines currently allow for flexibility for banks.

  • US dollar bills

    Regulated banks wary of Vertafore

    Top News | 25 May 2018

    US insurance software provider Vertafore has chosen banks that are not subject to leveraged lending guidance to lead an aggressive US$2.4bn dividend recapitalisation, showing that regulated lenders are still wary of highly leveraged deals.

  • Rising stars slash debt costs in robust US economy

    Loans | 18 May 2018

    Oil producer Continental Resources is one of several US companies that have been able to cut borrowing costs after their credit ratings were upgraded to investment-grade on the back of rising commodity prices and a robust economy.

  • Investors tighten loan documents with J Crew blocker

    Loans | 04 May 2018

    Lenders are tightening US leveraged loan documents to stop issuers from removing security by transferring intellectual property into new subsidiaries and raising additional debt, an issue which surfaced last year when retailer J Crew did precisely that.

  • Attendees pass by the GGP booth during the International Council of Shopping Centers meet

    GGP brings huge pro rata term loan

    Top News | 27 April 2018

    A US$7bn crossover loan package backing the US$15.3bn cash and stock acquisition of GGP, the second-largest mall owner in the US, by global commercial real estate giant Brookfield Property Partners, includes the biggest Term Loan A financing of the year so far.

  • High demand helps companies to cut pricing

    Loans | 26 January 2018

    The US leveraged loan market has opened with a bang, allowing junk-rated companies such as food packaging company Crown Holdings to reduce pricing further amid strong demand for floating-rate assets.

  • PetVet nets debt to back buyout: LPC

    Ticker | 28 December 2017

    Jefferies and KKR Capital Markets have agreed to provide financing commitments backing private equity firm KKR’s buyout of veterinary hospital PetVet, according to a statement.

  • Lower-rated firms at risk from tax changes

    Loans | 15 December 2017

    Proposed changes to the corporate tax system could hurt at least a quarter of highly-leveraged companies and cause more defaults in an economic downturn, ratings agency Moody’s said.

  • Corporate Issuer: Becton Dickinson

    Corporate Issuer: Becton Dickinson

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Becton Dickinson caught most market participants by surprise as it announced its multi-billion acquisition of CR Bard. For carefully managing investor expectations in the face of a downgrade to junk while successfully tapping the loan, bond and equity markets, Becton Dickinson is IFR’s Corporate Issuer of the Year.

  • North America Leveraged Loan: DigiCert's US$1.85bn financing

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Robust US leveraged loan market conditions in 2017 helped companies to slash borrowing costs in opportunistic deals but lesser-known borrowers and story credits were still subject to scrutiny and held to high standards despite investors’ strong appetite and ability to lend.

  • An olive branch is seen during harvest

    Regulators to soften US loan rules

    Top News | 08 December 2017

    US regulators said they are open to revising restrictions on leveraged lending, offering an olive branch to a Republican-controlled Congress keen to roll back banking regulations.

  • GNC on the hook after failed refinancing

    Loans | 08 December 2017

    Vitamin and supplement maker General Nutrition Centers’ third failed attempt to refinance an existing US$1.1bn term loan leaves the company with only a few months to avoid a potential technical default if it is unable to refinance before the loan turns current next March with a year until maturity.

  • EXCLUSIVE-US regulators offer Congress olive branch on loans

    Ticker | 07 December 2017

    US regulators said they are open to revising restrictions on leveraged lending, offering an olive branch to a GOP-controlled Congress keen to roll back banking regulations.

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