April 2014: US Leveraged Loan Market Analysis
The big story of early 2014 was robust M&A-related volume, which hit a post-credit crunch high of $62 billion in the first quarter. That, in turn, lifted total leveraged loan activity to $162 billion from a 15-month low of $127 billion during the final three months of 2013. Looking ahead, most players expect the market to remain relatively balanced.
April 2014: European Leveraged Loan Market Analysis
Of note is the imbalance created by thin supply and vigorous demand, which is causing conditions in the market to become increasingly issuer-friendly. The loan market definitely felt livelier in terms of new issuance, with a mix of new buyouts and opportunistic refinancing and repricing activity coming over the horizon. The elephant in the waiting room is Numericable, which has lined up a huge covenant-lite M&A financing to back its bid for SFR.
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