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BDC Common Stocks Market Recap: Week Ended October 11, 2019

Posted by Nicholas Marshi, BDC Reporter on Oct 15, 2019 3:48:04 PM

BDC COMMON STOCKS

Proof Positive

Once again, the weekly performance of the BDC sector demonstrated that its ups and downs are tied to the broader markets.

We’ve watched for weeks now BDC prices rise and fall with the major indices, which are themselves apparently fixated on the progress of the trade war.

This week was no exception.

The S&P 500 moved up 0.62%, mostly late in the 5 day period, due to the promise of a trade armistice or partial deal of some sort.

“Hurrah” said the markets, but as CNBC is reporting, second and third thoughts are already running rife so the trade tease is likely to continue.

This week at least, though, the late-in-the-week optimism brought the Wells Fargo BDC Index up 0.73%, after two prior weeks in the dumps.

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Topics: Loans, Analytics, BDC, market analytics, business development company, News, bdc reporter, research

BDC Common Stocks Market Recap: Week Ended October 4, 2019

Posted by Nicholas Marshi, BDC Reporter on Oct 9, 2019 8:49:26 AM

BDC COMMON STOCKS

Surprised

Halloween is still a month away but the broader markets were spooked this week by a series of negative economic reports.

That caused all the major indices to drop in unison for several days.

Appropriately enough, a positive payroll report (unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years !) brought investors back in.

At the end of the 5 business day period the S&P was barely down: (0.33%).

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Topics: Loans, Analytics, BDC, market analytics, business development company, News, bdc reporter, research

BDC Common Stocks Market Recap: Week Ended September 27, 2019

Posted by Nicholas Marshi, BDC Reporter on Sep 30, 2019 8:45:21 AM

BDC COMMON STOCKS

Finished

Nothing lasts for ever – including BDC common stocks winning streaks – which ended this week in the red after 5 consecutive weeks in the black.

The UBS Exchange Traded Note with the ticker BDCS – which includes most of the sector’s public companies and which we use to measure price changes – was down (0.44%), closing at $20.16.

Likewise, the related Wells Fargo BDC Index – which provides a “Total Return” picture was off (1.01%).

31 individual BDCs dropped in price in the week while 15 were up or unchanged.

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Topics: Loans, Analytics, BDC, market analytics, business development company, News, bdc reporter, research

BDC Common Stocks Market Recap: Week Ended September 20, 2019

Posted by Nicholas Marshi, BDC Reporter on Sep 23, 2019 10:31:30 AM

BDC COMMON STOCKS

On A Run

For the fifth week in a row, the BDC sector ended up in price on the week. The upward push appeared to have taken on a life of its own.

In prior weeks, the hike in BDC prices seemed to be tied to the upward direction of the broader markets. This week, however, BDCS – the UBS Exchange Traded Note which includes most BDC stocks and which we use as our gauge of price change – was up 0.9% while the S&P 500 was down (o.5%).

Since Friday August 16, the last time the BDC sector was down for the week till this last Friday, BDCS is up 2.6% and the S&P 500 2.3%. We don’t know what’s more intriguing: that the two indices are so close or that BDCS is (slightly) ahead of the S&P. (That’s not traditionally the case: YTD the gap is 5% in favor of the latter and over 5 years 69%! Of course, distributions are much higher for BDCs than the S&P 500).

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Topics: Loans, Analytics, BDC, market analytics, business development company, News, bdc reporter, research

Unitranche: Integrity Marketing loan highlights better pricing for direct lenders

Posted by Kelly Thompson, Direct Lending Deals on Sep 17, 2019 9:04:55 AM

The $945M financing for Integrity Marketing that was put away quickly and quietly last month not only shows how direct lenders continue to log wins for larger mandates, but also the wider premiums they earn bypassing the syndicated market. 

Pricing on the unitranche loan that Owl Rock Capital, Crescent Capital and Antares Capital put together for the company closed at L+575, according to sources. That's 150 bps higher than the L+425 on the insurance broker’s previous first-lien debt. It's also well above current averages in the more broadly syndicated market. 

According to S&P Global LCD, the average all-in yield is 5.9% across large borrowers this month. With 3-month Libor at 2.14%, that puts the average spread at roughly L+375 for syndicated issuers.

Against other unitranche loans — the tool of choice for many direct lenders —the Integrity Marketing credit is right in the wheelhouse of where the majority of unitranches have priced in 2019, based on data provided by Advantage Data.

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Topics: Loans, Middle Market, BDC, First Lien, debt, business development company, Non-accruals, portfolio, Direct Lending, syndicated, underperformers, Direct Lending Deals


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