Leveraged Finance

Finra Targets Loan Funds in Review of Liquidity Risk

January 12, 2015

The brokerage industry’s watchdog is intensifying scrutiny of funds that buy speculative-grade loans as concern mounts that smaller investors will struggle to get out of illiquid fixed-income assets when sentiment sours. Finra is targeting loan funds after individuals piled into the debt — which offers floating-rate coupon payments —as a way to protect themselves from rising

Pier 1, Dick’s Are Retail LBO Picks After PetSmart

January 6, 2015

For private-equity investors who missed out on PetSmart, there’s more where that came from. BC Partners offered $8.6 billion for the pet-supplies chain last month, beating at least two other financial suitors to clinch the biggest leveraged buyout of 2014. The bidding war signals an appetite for more LBOs this year as firms

Communications May Give Junk Bonds a Needed Buzz

January 5, 2015

BY KELLY BLESSING Refinancing by communications and consumer companies will be bright spots in an otherwise lackluster year for high-yield bond issuance, according to investors. M&A may add to sales in a market that underwriters expect to contract by as much as 20 percent. “There will be pretty decent refi activity earlier in

RadioShack Seeks Credit Pact After Breach Claim

December 8, 2014

RadioShack will continue seeking an amendment to its credit agreement after lenders claimed the retailer defaulted on a $250 million loan agreement so that it can implement a turnaround plan, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The company will ask Salus Capital Partners to renegotiate terms of its loan to allow it to close more underperforming

Level 3 Eyes $2B Loan Refinancing, May Target Bonds

November 24, 2014

BY KELLY BLESSING Level 3 Communications is likely to refinance a $2 billion loan signed last month, said CFO Sunit Patel. “Over the next year, we should hopefully be able to refinance some of the debt with lower interest rates,” Patel said in a phone interview Nov. 21, referring to a loan used

‘Compelling’ Value in High-Yield Energy, Investors Say

November 17, 2014

BY KELLY BLESSING After a 5.8 percent drop in junk energy bonds since mid-August, investors and strategists see relative value. “The baby is getting thrown out with the bathwater,” said Mike Kirkpatrick, high-yield senior portfolio manager at Seix Investment Advisors. “From a long term perspective, there are some good opportunities in the sector,” said Kirkpatrick, who manages $16 billion in assets and is market weight high-yield energy. Energy

Banks Burned by Riskiest Loans as Investors Sour

November 17, 2014

Wall Street banks are either absorbing losses or getting stuck holding some of the riskiest loans they agreed to underwrite before the biggest rout in more than two years. BAML is among banks that syndicated a $1.3 billion loan for Micro Focus International at a deeper discount than planned. Jefferies

Agencies See Problems in Leveraged Lending, Plan Increasing Frequency of Reviews

November 17, 2014

  Federal regulators, finding serious deficiencies in underwriting standards and risk management of leveraged loans, say they will increase reviews of those transactions by banks. The Fed, the FDIC, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a report on the annual Shared National Credits review, which looks at the largest and most complex credits shared by multiple

Scientific Games Finds Funds to Sweeten Borrowing

November 10, 2014

BY LAURA J. KELLER Scientific Games, whose banks were unable to syndicate initial funding for its purchase of Bally Technologies, has found $30 million of annual savings that may help woo investors to a $2.9 billion junk-bond sale for more permanent financing. The slot-machine maker can use the cost benefits from the $5.1

Investors Push Back on Terms as Volatility, Risk Aversion Rises

October 27, 2014

The European leveraged loan market is choppier than three months ago and greater risk aversion means borrowers are offering concessions on some syndications. “Investors want to invest and there is a lack of paper,” said Paul Gibbon, managing director, leveraged capital markets, at UBS. “At the same time investors have recognized the market has changed and they are pushing back