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Saturday, 21 October 2017

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  • The entrance to the Toys "R" Us Times Square store is seen in New York

    Playtime over for Toys 'R' Us

    Top News | 22 September 2017

    Toys ‘R’ Us has agreed a US$3.125bn debtor-in-possession financing as it seeks to restructure US$5bn of long-term debt.

  • McAfee lines up giant dividend payment

    Loans | 15 September 2017

    Software security firm McAfee is raising US$4.75bn of leveraged loans to finance a dividend payment of around US$2bn, which is one of the largest dividend payments on record, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.

  • US leveraged loans ready for strong second half

    Loans | 25 August 2017

    The sizzling US leveraged loan market is expected to maintain its breakneck pace in the second half and potentially set new volume records, despite lower merger and acquisition activity, as the strength of investor demand continues to see off concern about mounting macroeconomic and geopolitical risks.

  • Petsmart store

    US retailers' woes worsen as loan prices slump

    Top News | 25 August 2017

    Pet supplies firm PetSmart is the latest US retailer to see its loan fall below 90% of face value as technology disruption threatens to boost borrowing costs in the struggling US retail sector and raises solvency and liquidity concerns.

  • Jumbo US buyout loans launch before summer slowdown

    Loans | 04 August 2017

    More than US$6.3bn of acquisition loans hit the US leveraged loan market last week as private equity firms launched three jumbo buyout loans to beat the summer slowdown and take advantage of favourable market conditions.

  • Appetite for second-lien increases as yields fall

    Loans | 14 July 2017

    The success of mobile phone insurance provider Asurion’s US$1.8bn second-lien loan may encourage more US companies to tap the market for US$1bn-plus junior loans to reduce their borrowing costs.

  • Senior leverage on buyouts surges to record levels

    Loans | 30 June 2017

    Senior leverage on buyouts reached record highs in the second quarter as companies including online education provider Ascend Software and secondary ticket seller Vivid Seats took on large chunks of first-lien debt to back their acquisitions.

  • Issuers walk as lenders resist aggressive refis

    Loans | 23 June 2017

    Virgin Media and plastic packaging company Berry Global have withdrawn their attempts to refinance loans to spreads in the 200bp-250bp over Libor range amid signs of resistance among leveraged lenders.

  • Hope springs eternal for LBO activity

    Loans | 23 June 2017

    US bankers say the summer may be busier than usual for sponsor-driven mergers and acquisitions, which would be good news for loan investors clamouring for leveraged buyouts to provide opportunities to put money to work.

  • Veritas comes full circle with repricing

    Loans | 16 June 2017

    Nearly a year to the day after banks finally sold the loans backing Veritas Software’s buyout at a discount of 85 cents on the dollar, the issuer has lowered the interest rate on the debt with a repricing exercise.

  • Institutional market lures middle market borrowers

    Loans | 09 June 2017

    Middle market lenders are losing higher-yielding assets to the institutional loan market as companies such as US Anesthesia Partners, attracted by the lower spreads, opt to tap the broadly syndicated market, leaving private credit managers to reinvest repayment proceeds at lower yields.

  • Love-hate reception for lev loans

    Loans | 19 May 2017

    Companies with strong earnings and good trading records, including telecoms provider CenturyLink and food company Post Holdings, are tapping the US leveraged loan market at ever-tighter spreads as investor demand remains strong for floating-rate assets.

  • Panera Bread

    Hearty demand for Panera financing

    Top News | 12 May 2017

    A US$3bn loan backing the US$7.2bn takeover of bakery chain Panera Bread by JAB Holding has already benefited from strong demand from lenders with a big appetite for the deal.

  • Companies boost financial firepower with add-on loans

    Loans | 12 May 2017

    Four US companies, including consumer goods company Spectrum Brands, launched add-on loans last week to boost the size of existing facilities, as lenders compete to offer additional debt to familiar names amid a lack of supply in 2017 so far.

  • Second-lien loans become first choice

    Loans | 05 May 2017

    Strong investor demand is allowing US private equity firms to use increasingly large second-lien loans to maximize the amount of debt and leverage that they can raise to finance buyouts such as financial software provider Misys.

  • Lenders welcome M&A surge

    Loans | 28 April 2017

    US companies have lined up at least US$42.5bn of loans to back a flurry of US mergers in sectors ranging from healthcare to food and software in the second quarter, as companies try to grow by acquisition.

  • Highly leveraged US loans still in demand

    Loans | 13 April 2017

    Traditional banks and alternative lenders are still underwriting highly leveraged US loans, despite regulatory scrutiny, as red-hot investor demand shows no sign of abating and new buyout loans remain scarce.

  • Qlik Technologies slashes loan cost

    Loans | 07 April 2017

    Data analytics firm Qlik Technologies is in the market with a US$1.07bn loan refinancing that will halve the interest margin on a highly leveraged loan that it raised from direct lenders less than a year ago, to finance its US$3bn sale to private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

  • Price cuts extend to lowest-rated B3 loans   

    Loans | 24 March 2017

    Low-rated US buyout loans are pricing with razor-thin margins not seen since the financial crisis of 2008 as a dearth of new deals allows companies to dictate terms in a borrower’s market.

  • Hilton

    US lev loan refi wave tops US$200bn

    Top News | 17 March 2017

    More than US$200bn of US leveraged loans have been refinanced or repriced so far this year and, with two weeks to go before the end of the quarter, volume is approaching the US$245m of redone loans written in the second quarter of 2013, the last peak of activity.

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals logo

    Valeant rallies support with key refi

    Top News | 10 March 2017

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals has taken advantage of a welcoming US leveraged market to refinance, repay and extend the maturity on its creaking US$30bn debt pile with a mix of new loans and bonds as the troubled Canadian drugmaker’s equity price remains under pressure.

  • Cyxtera adds protection to loans against looming tax changes

    Loans | 10 March 2017

    Data centre operator Cyxtera is the first leveraged loan issuer to try to protect itself from moves by the US government to cut tax deductibility on interest payments that would make buyout financing more expensive.

  • Coal companies return to leveraged market

    Loans | 03 March 2017

    Rising coal prices and a more favourable outlook for the industry under the Trump administration are allowing US coal companies to sign new leveraged loans after being shut out of the market since mid-2015, despite a declining long-term outlook for the industry.

  • Premiere Global Services logo

    Once struggling loans draw red-hot demand

    Top News | 24 February 2017

    Web conferencing provider Premiere Global Services is considering a return to the loan market to reprice its debt and even add a little more to pay a dividend after struggling to sell the same buyout-related debt last year, illustrating growing demand for US leveraged loans.

  • US Foods delivery truck

    Lev loan issuers dump covenants at record pace

    Top News | 17 February 2017

    Investors’ appetite for leveraged loans is allowing companies to line up debt with few safeguards on an unprecedented scale.

  • ABC Supply shelves repricing

    Loans | 10 February 2017

    Construction supply company ABC Supply has postponed its attempt to lower pricing on a US$1.875bn term loan after investors pushed back on aggressive pricing, in the first sign that investors are being more selective on repricing requests.

  • Alternative lenders gaining ground

    Loans | 10 February 2017

    Red-hot investor demand for US leveraged loans is helping institutions not bound by federal lending guidelines to lead and sell aggressive deals that traditional arranging banks are unable to provide.

  • TransDigm logo

    Short seller delays TransDigm refi

    Top News | 27 January 2017

    A US$3.5bn loan refinancing and repricing for aircraft components maker TransDigm has been delayed after a report by short seller Citron Research said that the company’s “dangerous” business model was potentially vulnerable to criticism from President Donald Trump.

  • A H-IIA rocket, Telesat's broadcast and telecommunication satellite, lifts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima

    Lev loan repricing turned up to 11

    Top News | 20 January 2017

    Almost a third of the US leveraged loan market has taken advantage of huge demand for floating-rate assets to cut pricing on existing debt over the last year, shaving interest payments by millions of dollars, and the floodgates are still wide open.

  • MEG ties up loan as market reopens to oil and gas

    Loans | 20 January 2017

    Canadian oil and gas company MEG Energy has completed a US$1.235bn deal that will be used to refinance debt and is part of an overall capital restructuring, potentially opening the door for other leveraged energy borrowers to tap the loan market.

  • Market expects more leveraged M&A

    Loans | 13 January 2017

    Bankers and investors are expecting US merger and acquisition activity to pick up in 2017 as fiscal stimulus, tax reform and other policies supporting economic growth are introduced by President-elect Donald Trump and the new Republican administration.

  • Uber

    ​Regulators criticise banks for Uber loan

    Top News | 13 January 2017

    Federal regulators have criticised several Wall Street banks in relation to the handling of a US$1.15bn leveraged loan they arranged for internet-based taxi service Uber Technologies last summer.

  • Uber

    Regulators criticize banks over Uber loan - sources

    Ticker | 11 January 2017

    Federal regulators criticized several Wall Street banks over the handling of a $1.15 billion loan they helped arrange for Uber Technologies this past summer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

  • Hopes rise that high-risk lending curbs will ease under Trump

    Loans | 16 December 2016

    US leveraged lending guidelines could ease if a Wall Street-friendly Trump administration tells regulators to take a more lenient line on enforcing the rules, bankers, investors and lawyers said.

  • US Leveraged Loan: Uber's US$1.15bn term loan

    All Special Reports | 16 December 2016

    Internet-based car pick-up service Uber, itself already a byword for disrupting established industries, confounded lenders in the leveraged loan market accustomed to mature and staid companies with its US$1.15bn term loan.

  • North America Leveraged Loan: Uber's US$1.15bn term loan

    All Special Reports | 16 December 2016

    Internet-based car pick-up service Uber, itself already a byword for disrupting established industries, confounded lenders in the leveraged loan market accustomed to mature and staid companies with its US$1.15bn term loan.

  • Repricing loans saves companies millions of dollars

    Loans | 09 December 2016

    Home security systems company ADT Group has returned to the US leveraged loan market to slash its borrowing costs by repricing its buyout loan from April for the second time, as a lack of loans leaves investors with few options but to agree.

  • Leveraged loan returns hit four-year highs

    Loans | 02 December 2016

    Floating-rate leveraged loans issued to highly indebted US companies are seeing the highest total returns in four years, propelled by a secondary loan price surge since February when prices dropped to four-year lows.

  • Shoppers exit Macy's Herald Square store during early opening for Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 24, 2016

    Retailers count on holiday cheer

    Loans | 25 November 2016

    Loan investors are watching the holiday shopping season for signs of respite as struggling US retailers, including ‎sporting goods retailer Bass Pro Shops, face resistance and higher financing costs in the leveraged loan market.

  • CenturyLink logo

    Leveraged market welcomes M&A deals

    Loans | 04 November 2016

    US companies eager to pull the trigger on large leveraged acquisitions before the end of the year are looking beyond Tuesday’s presidential election in a bid to take advantage of investors’ need for new deals after a glut of refinancings in recent months.

  • Bass Pro Shops logo

    Bankers try to boost post-election M&A activity

    Loans | 14 October 2016

    US bankers desperate to book revenue before year-end are trying to boost leveraged M&A activity by pushing deals through after the looming presidential elections, which could create a busy finale for a volatile year.

  • Weak supply sparks borrowers to increase refis

    Loans | 07 October 2016

    A lack of new loan issuance and heavy demand for leveraged loans have created opportunities for issuers with strong credit profiles to increase the size of new refinancings by huge sums, extend maturities and lower borrowing costs.

  • Dell logo

    Investors braced for repricing wave as secondary prices soar

    Loans | 16 September 2016

    Rising secondary prices have prompted a new repricing wave in the US leveraged loan market, leaving investors to deal with the pain of reduced yields as issuers line up to take advantage of lower borrowing costs.

  • US Federal Reserve building

    Loans to float again as Libor rises

    Loans | 09 September 2016

    After eight years of fixed interest rates, leveraged loans are poised to be allowed to float freely once more, pegged to Libor, with the rate that borrowers pay lenders increasing as the benchmark rises.

  • Monitronics sign

    Refi loans overtake new deals for mergers, LBOs

    Loans | 09 September 2016

    US companies are borrowing more to cut costs, extend loan maturities and pay down junior debt than to raise new money for mergers or leveraged buyouts, in a growing trend that could extend until year-end.

  • Marketo logo

    PE firms put more capital into LBOs

    Loans | 26 August 2016

    Higher company valuations and lenders wary of risky investments are pushing private equity firms to increase the size of equity contributions for leveraged buyouts to near historic highs in the face of fierce competition from cash-rich corporate buyers.

  • Growing pipeline suggests post-Labor Day M&A pick-up

    Loans | 19 August 2016

    A growing pipeline of deals – buoyed by rising chief executive confidence, a stronger consensus about interest rate hikes, and an abundance of available capital – points to a post-Labor Day pick-up in M&A-related leveraged loan issuance.

  • Asurion picks rare debt structure

    Loans | 12 August 2016

    Mobile phone insurance provider Asurion has joined the ranks of private equity-backed companies looking to secure aggressively structured leveraged loan transactions with favourable pricing, leaving investors struggling to grasp yield.

  • Firms cut Libor floors on leveraged loans as rates rise

    Loans | 05 August 2016

    Companies including chipmaker Avago Technologies and food product producer Pinnacle Foods are issuing leveraged loans without Libor floors as the key benchmark rate rises.

  • Sponsors take advantage of yield void to sell UFC loans

    Loans | 29 July 2016

    The private equity buyers of mixed martial arts franchise Ultimate Fighting Championship are taking advantage of a thin supply of leveraged loans and investors’ increasingly desperate hunt for yield to win extra concessions on the financing backing the US$4bn acquisition despite aggressive leverage and sector concerns.

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