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February 2012, US Leveraged Loan Market Analysis

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Market’s technical bias improved further in January, sending secondary prices higher, new-issue clearing yields lower. Most players expect market to continue its good health, barring unforeseen …

Market’s technical bias improved further in January, sending secondary prices higher, new-issue clearing yields lower. Most players expect market to continue its good health, barring unforeseen Eurozone complications.



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  • 1. Leveraged Loan Update February - 2012Steve Miller - Managing Director
  • 2. S&P/LSTA Index Returns3.00%1.00%-1.00%-3.00%-5.00% 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 8/11 9/11 10/11 11/11 12/11 1/12 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 3. Volume of Leveraged Loan Breaks ($ bil) 50 3825130 1/11 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 8/11 9/11 10/11 11/11 12/11 1/12Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 4. Average Leveraged Loan Price (LCD flow names) 100 97 95 92 90 87 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 9/11 10/11 11/11 1/12 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 5. Average New-Issue Loan Clearing Yield 8% 8% 7% 6% 5% 12/10 2/11 4/11 6/11 8/11 10/11 12/11Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 6. Yankee HY Bond issuance by European Issuers $12B High Yield Bonds Loans $9B Text $6B$3B$0B 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 8/11 9/11 10/11 11/11 12/1 1/12
  • 7. Loan Loan Default Rate (%)1.51.10.80.4 0 2/11 4/11 6/11 8/11 10/11 12/11 Source: LCD - Leveraged Commentary & Data
  • 8. Upcoming Trends• M&A deal making still light• Issuers focused on opportunistic deal flow -- Dividends -- Amend to extend -- Bond takeouts• CLO activity could rise as AAA spreads fall• More Yankee issuance
  • 9. Follow LCDwww.lcdcomps.comnews, analysis, research, archiveswww.linkedin.com/groups/LCD-Leveraged-Loan-Group-2092432LCD Leveraged Loan Group ...7,000+ contactswww.twitter.com/lcdnewsHeadlines, market chatterwww.facebook.com/lcdcomps/Daily Playbook, headlines, video analysis
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