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US Leveraged Loan Market Analysis - November 2010

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The US economy might be tentative, but it was full speed ahead for the leveraged loan market in October. Returns hit a six-month high, loan prices continued to rise and volume kept on. Defaults? There …

The US economy might be tentative, but it was full speed ahead for the leveraged loan market in October. Returns hit a six-month high, loan prices continued to rise and volume kept on. Defaults? There weren't any, bringing YTD rates to recent lows. These and other trends are detailed in Leveraged Commentary & Data's November US Loan Market Analysis.

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  • 1. Leveraged Loan Update November - 2010 Steve Miller - Managing Director
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  • 3. The loan market in October • Loan prices hit 3-year high • Loans return 1.57% • New-issue yields narrow further as demand continues out • Some aggressive structures (PIK-toggle, cov- lite) emerge •Light M&A activity; dividends, refinancings, bond take-outs rule • Default rates drop to two-year lows
  • 4. Average bid, loan flow names, 2010 to date 97 96.18 95 outro 92 90 01/05/10 03/04/10 05/4/10 07/01/10 09/07/10 11/02/10 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 5. New-issue clearing yields 9.00% Double-B: 4.5-5.5% B+/B1: 5.5-6.5% 8.13% B/B2: 6.0-7.5% 7.25% 6.38% October: 6.7% 5.50% 9/09 2/10 7/10 10/10 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 6. Loan returns (S&P/LSTA Loan Index) 9.00 October 2010: +1.54% 2010 thru Oct: +8.4% 6.00 out HY Bonds +14.5% S&P 500: +7.8% 3.00 0 -3.00 1/09 4/09 7/09 10/09 1/10 4/10 7/10 10/10 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 7. Leveraged loan volume ($bils.) 20 15 outro 10 5 0 6/09 8/09 10/09 12/09 2/10 4/10 6/10 8/10 10/10 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 8. Loan default rate (principal amount) 12 Why the slide? 9 • Most troubled cos. already have filed • Recovery, cost-cutting helping EBITDA 6 • Liquidity = extended maturities outro 3 2.3% 0 1/05 3/06 5/07 7/08 9/09 10/10 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 9. Market Outlook • Loan volume looks to continue at recent pace • Investors continue to embrace loans, along with HY bonds, emerging market bonds, hi-dividend stocks • Repayments continue to fuel demand by out refilling CLO coffers • Default roller-coaster ride appears over, though accounts eyeing 2012-13 with caution
  • 10. Leveraged Loan Update November - 2010 Steve Miller - Managing Director