- The U.S. loan market crossed over into positive total return territory for the YTD period this week, an impressive feat given where we stood in March following the unprecedented Covid-19 drawdown and energy price collapse. Overall, the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (the “Index”) returned 0.31% for the seven-day period ended September 17, and the average Index bid closed out the week at 93.94.
- The move into positive territory could be viewed as even more impressive when considering that the asset class has not enjoyed the same level of boost provided by Fed purchase programs in both investment-grade and high-yield bonds.
- With another relatively strong week of new-issue volume, the primary market saw $12.3 billion and is on track for September to be the busiest month for the primary market since January. Though repayments still outstrip expected supply by about $10.7 billion, the equation is showing signs of reversing when compared to last week’s figure of $16.1 billion.
- On the demand front, five CLOs priced, bringing YTD levels to roughly $50.7 billion. Inflows from loan mutual funds/ETFs totaled $290 million for the five business days ended September 16.
- There was one default in the Index during the week (Town Sports International; Entertainment & Leisure sector).
Source: S&P/LCD, S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index and S&P Global Market Intelligence. Additional footnotes and disclosures on back page. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index.
Unless otherwise noted, the source for all data in this report is Standard & Poor’s/LCD. S&P/LCD does not make any representations or warranties as to the completeness, accuracy or sufficiency of the data in this report.
1 – Assumes 3 Year Maturity. Three-year maturity assumption: (i) all loans pay off at par in 3 years, (ii) discount from par is amortized evenly over the 3 years as additional spread, and (iii) no other principal payments during the 3 years. Discounted spread is calculated based upon the current bid price, not on par. Please note that Index yield data is only available on a lagging basis, thus the data demonstrated is as of September 11, 2020.
2 – Excludes facilities that are currently in default.
3 – Comprises all loans, including those not tracked in the LPC mark-to-market service. Vast majority are institutional tranches. Issuer default rate is calculated as the number of defaults over the last twelve months divided by the number of issuers in the Index at the beginning of the twelve-month period. Principal default rate is calculated as the amount defaulted over the last twelve months divided by the amount outstanding at the beginning of the twelve-month period.
General Risks for Floating Rate Senior Loans: Floating rate senior loans involve certain risks. Below investment grade assets carry a higher than normal risk that borrowers may default in the timely payment of principal and interest on their loans, which would likely cause the value of the investment to decrease. Changes in short-term market interest rates will directly affect the yield on investments in floating rate senior loans. If such rates fall, the investment’s yield will also fall. If interest rate spreads on loans decline in general, the yield on such loans will fall and the value of such loans may decrease. When short-term market interest rates rise, because of the lag between changes in such short-term rates and the resetting of the floating rates on senior loans, the impact of rising rates will be delayed to the extent of such lag. Because of the limited secondary market for floating rate senior loans, the ability to sell these loans in a timely fashion and/or at a favorable price may be limited. An increase or decrease in the demand for loans may adversely affect the loans.
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