- The loan market remained steady amid another volatile week in bond and equity markets, as the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (the “Index”) advanced 14 bps during the period.
- While March's primary market was notably busy with approximately $45 billion of issuance, April is shaping up to be a quieter month. With a large chunk of last month's volume tied to buyout and acquisition deals, such transactions accounted for only 22% of new-issue volume this week. As a result, arrangers turned to repricing deals to fill the void.
- In the secondary market, loan prices were generally firm, with the average bid of LCD’s flow-name composite moving up 13 bps to 99.75, from 99.62 last week.
- Looking ahead, net of the $11.1 billion of anticipated repayments, net new supply expected to enter the market was down, totaling about $21.1 billion, versus $32.7 billion last week.
- Four CLOs priced this week, and retail loan fund flows continued to experience healthy inflows ($358 million for the five days ended April 11; Lipper FMI universe*).
- There was one default in the Index this week (Nine West, footwear retailer).
Source: S&P/LCD, S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index and S&P Global Market Intelligence. Additional footnotes and disclosures on back page. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index.
Unless otherwise noted, the source for all data in this report is Standard & Poor’s/LCD. S&P/LCD does not make any representations or warranties as to the completeness, accuracy or sufficiency of the data in this report.
1 – Assumes 3 Year Maturity. Three year maturity assumption: (i) all loans pay off at par in 3 years, (ii) discount from par is amortized evenly over the 3 years as additional spread, and (iii) no other principal payments during the 3 years. Discounted spread is calculated based upon the current bid price, not on par. Please note that Index yield data is only available on a lagging basis, thus the data demonstrated is as of April 6, 2018.
2 – Excludes facilities that are currently in default.
3 – Comprises all loans, including those not tracked in the LPC mark-to-market service. Vast majority are institutional tranches. Issuer default rate is calculated as the number of defaults over the last twelve months divided by the number of issuers in the Index at the beginning of the twelve-month period. Principal default rate is calculated as the amount defaulted over the last twelve months divided by the amount outstanding at the beginning of the twelvemonth period.
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