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.