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Sears CEO Places Hail Mary Bid to Save Company, And His Wallet

Posted by David Diggins on Dec 11, 2018 11:32:52 AM

Sears CEO, Edward Lampert stands to lose a fortune if SEARS Holdings Corp. goes under. Analysts increasingly predict that will indeed be the case.

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Topics: High Yield, bonds, Losers, Restructuring, sears, Fixed Income, News, bankruptcy

One Step Ahead: Identifying Distress In The Middle Market

Posted by Alex Buzby on Nov 28, 2018 11:31:34 AM

Analyzing PIK and Coupon Spread changes can be a great way to identify middle market companies that are beginning to feel pressure from lenders.  Whether you're sourcing investments, consulting distressed borrowers or analyzing BDCs, utilizing alternative signs of distress as leading indicators is a great way to get ahead of the market - Download the data sample below!

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Topics: Middle Market, BDC, Spreads, First Lien, Distressed Investments, debt, business development company, Distress, Distressed Debt, Finance, Restructuring, Fixed Income, download

Sears: Down for the Count?

Posted by David Diggins on Oct 16, 2018 3:29:01 PM

Many reports are claiming the death of Sears, but is it really dead or just dead as we knew it?

Sears started life in 1892 as a mail-order catalog that sold watches and jewelry. In 1894 the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog had grown to 322 pages and included sewing machines, bicycles, sporting goods, automobiles and other new items. In the following years the catalog would eclipse 500 pages and adding dolls, stoves and groceries.

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Topics: Loans, bonds, Distressed Debt, Restructuring, sears, News, default, bankruptcy

The Middle Market Loan Advantage: A Look Behind The Curtain

Posted by David Diggins on Sep 18, 2018 5:01:01 PM

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Introducing the Middle Market Loan Advantage. The newest edition to AdvantageData’s suite of credit data products. The Middle Market Loan Advantage complements our syndicated loan and BDC Advantage modules. With [~4500**] middle market loans, the Middle Market Loan Advantage shines a bright light on this opaque market.

How do we do it? AdvantageData aggregates information from news sources, trading desks, buy and sell-side filings, and more.

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Topics: Loans, Middle Market, Analytics, BDC, business development company, Valuation, Restructuring, Direct Lending, Investment Banks, Syndicated Bonds

The Middle Market Loans Advantage: The Tools and Data to Source Your Next Deal

Posted by David Diggins on Sep 13, 2018 12:25:09 PM

An effective deal sourcing process is crucial to successful investing. Deal sourcing involves generating leads and managing relationships with intermediaries. Strategies for deal sourcing vary among firms. Some firms prefer to employ specialist teams while others prefer using in-house resources.

Regardless of a firm’s strategy, access to the proper tools and the right data are essential for effective deal sourcing. In March, Mergers & Acquisitions published an article that illustrated this concept with Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book details how the Oakland Athletics baseball team successfully used statistics and analytics to their advantage. The same can be done in the world of deal sourcing.

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Topics: Middle Market, Analytics, market analytics, Distressed Debt, Finance, Restructuring, Fixed Income


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