July HY TTM Default Rate Dips Below 2%; Energy Rate Lowest Since August 2015
July Default Rate Below 2%: The July U.S. TTM high yield default rate stands at 1.9%, down from 2.2% at June 30. This represents the seventh straight month the rate will have fallen and marks the lowest level since March 2014. Chinos Intermediate Holdings’ (J. Crew Group Inc.) distressed debt exchange (DDE) and Armstrong Energy Inc.’s missed payment were the two July defaults registering $766 million. The month’s total is well below the $4.7 billion rolling off the TTM universe.