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US Leveraged Loan Funds See $125M Investor Cash Inflow

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U.S. leveraged loan funds recorded an inflow of $125.4 million in the week ended Aug. 17, according to the Lipper weekly reporters only. This is the third straight week of increasing inflows to the asset class, following last week’s $96.4 million and $60.4 million in the week prior.

The reading was 37% attributable to the ETF segment, up from 20% of last week’s reading.

The trailing four-week average rose to $66.7 million, from $52.6 million last week, amid the increasing inflow.

Year-to-date outflows from leveraged loan funds now total $5.11 billion, based on outflows of $5.9 billion from mutual funds against inflows of $779 million to ETFs, or inverse 15%, according to Lipper.

The change due to market conditions this past week was positive $40.2 million, a negligible change against total assets, which were $59.2 billion at the end of the observation period. ETFs represent about 11% of the total, at $6.6 billion. — Jon Hemingway

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loanDepot Nets $150M in New Term Debt to Back Growth Plans

loanDepotIrvine, Calif.-based loanDepot announced yesterday that it has received $150 million in term debt financing to back technology and product development and leverage its balance sheet to hold certain loan assets.

The non-bank consumer lender had planned to go public last November, but the IPO was postponed. At that time, loanDepot disclosed it had an $80 million unsecured term loan outstanding with pricing of 11–12.75%, $15 million in subordinated notes priced at 15%, a $30 million revolver backing working capital, and a $150 million secured credit facility that served as a warehouse line.

The company, launched in 2010, has 5,200 employees and operates eight business centers and more than 150 loan stores across the U.S. Parthenon Capital sponsors the business.

The company said today that its second-quarter fundings reached nearly $10 billion in home, personal, and home equity loans, up 16% compared to the same time last year. — Kelly Thompson

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US Leveraged Loans Gain Another 0.02% Today; YTD Return: 6.41%

Loans gained 0.02% today after gaining 0.02% yesterday, according to the LCD Daily Loan Index.

The S&P/LSTA US Leveraged Loan 100, which tracks the 100 largest loans in the broader Index, was unchanged today.

In the year to date, loans overall have gained 6.41%.

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As CLO Market Shifts Gears, European Leveraged Loan Spreads Shrink in July

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With technicals heating up in the European leveraged loan market, all-in spreads for new-issue single-B rated leveraged loans shrank to E+491 in July from E+563 in 2016’s second quarter, and from E+601 in the first quarter, according to LCD, an offering of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

One factor driving the market last month: Relatively strong CLO issuance, which reached a “2.0 era” high of €4.56 billion in the second quarter. – Staff reports

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Chesapeake Energy Upsizes Leveraged Loan by $500M, Tightens Interest Rate

Joint bookrunners Goldman Sachs, Citi, and MUFG have upsized Chesapeake Energy’s first-lien, last-out term loan to $1.5 billion, from $1 billion, and tightened pricing, according to market sources. Pricing was expected later today.

Price talk for the five-year loan is now L+750 with a 1% LIBOR floor, offered at par. Recall initial guidance including a spread range of L+750–775 and an OID of 99. The loan is non-callable for two years, with a first call at par plus 50% of the coupon, stepping to 25% and par.

chesapeake energy logoProceeds from the deal will be used to fund a tender offer for up to $500 million of the borrower’s outstanding bonds in terms of purchase price. The tender prioritizes the company’s shortest-dated bonds. It will redeem up to $400 million (purchase price) of its 6.35% euro senior notes due 2017, 6.5% senior notes due 2017, and 7.25% senior notes due 2018.

Up to $250 million will be spent on the second-priority floating-rate senior notes due 2019 and the third-priority notes, which comprise the following paper: 6.625% senior notes due 2020; 6.875% senior notes due 2020; 6.125% senior notes due 2021; 5.375% senior notes due 2021; 4.875% senior notes due 2022; and 5.75% senior notes due 2023.

The new debt will be secured against the same collateral that is tied to the company’s revolver. In case of default, payments to new term loan creditors will waterfall down after the revolver is repaid. The loan will carry an unconditional guarantee from Chesapeake’s directly and indirectly held wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, with the same guarantee in place for the revolving credit.

Agencies assigned issue ratings of B–/Caa1 and the recovery rating from S&P Global Ratings is 1. S&P Global also downgraded the corporate rating to CC, from CCC. Moody’s affirmed the corporate rating at Caa2. Outlooks are negative and positive, respectively. — Jon Hemingway/Rachel McGovern

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Marketo’s $1.79B Take-Private Purchase Backed by Debt from Golub

Golub Capital punched upmarket to provide the debt financing behind the $1.79 billion take-private purchase of San Mateo-based digital-marketing company Marketo (NASDAQ:MKTO) by Vista Equity Partners.

The purchase closed today after shareholders approved the agreement on July 28, Marketo announced this morning.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati served as legal advisor to Marketo. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Vista. —Kelly Thompson

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