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EMEA Primary Market Wrap 2023
Tue Mar 12, 2024 10:10 am High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

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Issuance of Bonds Doubles YoY, Loans Triple Boosted by A&E; Average YTM Jumps to 8%; €76.5B of 2024/25 Bond Maturities Left to Tackle; Wave of Repricings Expected

In this edition of the EMEA Primary Market Wrap, we cover 2023 and use data from Reorg’s bonds and loans database to examine the key trends in the high-yield bond and leveraged loan primary markets.

Some comparisons are drawn to the 2021 market, as a result of a partial closure of the market in 2022.

Key Takeaways

  • Bond issuance in the European market more than doubled year over year to €55.8 billion in 2023, though this was half the €118.5 billion volume in 2021 and below the 10-year average. Term loan B issuance volumes rose three-fold to €87.75 billion in 2023.
  • 2023 saw solid investor appetite, as 38% of bond issuances upsized in syndication and only 5% downsized.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals, Dana, Ams-Osram, Schaeffler, Worldpay, Solenis, Air France-KLM were among top performing bonds since launch in 2023. Isabel Marant, Amara Nzero, iQera, Cerved and Media and Games were among the worst performers.
  • Refinancing drove 2023 high-yield issuances, as takeover activity was limited. Dividend recaps, which were absent in 2022, made a resurgence in 2023.
  • Amend-and-extend dominated the loan market. In terms of use of proceeds, M&A activity in the loan market was more pronounced than in the bond market.
  • The average implied yield to maturity, or YTM, at issuance for fixed rate bonds almost doubled to 8% in 2023 from 4.5% in 2021, but early 2024 issuances show signs of tightening.
  • Average pro forma interest coverage ratio, or ICR, fell to its lowest level in five years to 4.1x, but is still reasonable.
  • B rated bond issuances (fixed and floating) priced at an average implied YTM of 9%, representing a 208 bps spread on BB rated issuances, which priced at an average of 6.9%.
  • The rating spread on TLB issuances was lower, at 100 bps, with a 476 bps margin above the reference rate on B rated issuances, compared with 376 bps for BB rated issuances.
  • Lower credit quality issuers may have opted for loans rather than bonds as bonds demand higher rates and offer less flexibility. Similarly, margin on floating rate notes was slightly higher than the margin on equally rated floating rate loans.
  • Significant work needs to be done to address the €76.5 billion of 2024 and 2025 bonds maturities.
  • Takeover activity is expected to increase in 2024 as the gap in expectations between buyers and sellers reduces and private equity firms are under pressure to deliver returns. It will remain subdued compared with historical periods though.
  • In the near term, repricings are expected to be a prominent feature of the loan market. CLO issuance is expected to provide support to the European loan market.

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European High Yield Bonds Wrap 2023
Thu Feb 22, 2024 11:05 am High Yield Bonds

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Aggressive Terms Swamped by Wave of Refinancings but Overall Covenant Capacities Increase

This year-end wrap examines covenant trends seen in the European high-yield bond market in 2023, and what we expect to see in 2024. We will cover trends in 2023 European sustainability-linked high-yield bonds and in 2023 leveraged loans in separate reports. An analysis of the trends seen in the European restructuring market is available HERE.

Key Takeaways

  • Aggressive covenant terms generally retreated, driven by a wave of refinancings that recycled existing covenant terms. Somewhat counterintuitively though, overall general use covenant capacities largely increased. However, the two don’t always move together, as we explain below.
     
  • Some new aggressive terms appeared, despite the overall retreat of aggressive features, including a “no worse than” test for ratio debt. Some other aggressive terms, such as 2x contribution debt, held steady.
     
  • Investor pushback declined and was concentrated in a relatively small number of deals. Value leakage and debt incurrence remained the principal areas of focus for pushback.
     
  • The outlook for 2024 likely involves more of the same, but a variety of macroeconomic and political factors may turn the dial one way or the other. Sponsors in particular will be looking for a revival in the M&A market, which could change things considerably.

Covenant Capacities and Investor Pushback

We saw a general tightening in bond covenant terms, although aggressive terms continued to appear in good credits. Covenant terms were tempered somewhat by the large number of refinancings, which tended to use substantially similar covenant terms to the bonds being refinanced to encourage existing investors to roll into the new bonds. They were also affected by the decrease in M&A financings, which tend to feature more aggressive terms – a prime example being Synlab’s 2031 SSNs backing its LBO by Cinven, which had some of the most aggressive covenant terms seen in 2023.

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Gaming Sector Review
Thu Jan 4, 2024 4:20 pm High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

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Daily Rates and Online Businesses Support Growth in Global Gaming Companies in Third Quarter While Retail Decelerates, Leverage Declines Across Most Borrowers, Interest Coverage Holds up

Reorg is launching a quarterly global report focused on the gaming sector, highlighting key data points and developments relevant to high-yield and leveraged loan issuers. To see the report in a print-friendly format, click HERE. A relative value discussion will follow.

Despite subdued consumer confidence, the global sub-investment grade gaming market continues to demonstrate resilience, posting continued growth in the third quarter. However, a closer look reveals emerging signs of deceleration.

In Reorg’s Gaming Sector Review, our team of credit analysts delves into critical data points and industry developments tailored for high-yield and leveraged loan issuers. Our comprehensive report explores advancements in key sectors, covering U.S. and Asian casinosonline gamingsports bettinggaming technology, and the European gaming landscape.

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Reorg EMEA Webinar: BVI’s Overlevered Structure, Eroding Liquidity, Maturity Runway Require Support
Thu Jan 4, 2024 4:18 pm High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

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Reorg will host another episode of our deep-dive webinar series on Jan. 10, 2024. BVI Medical, a U.S.-headquartered manufacturer of eye surgery products, is struggling with an overlevered  balance sheet and persistent cashburn, which has caused its liquidity to dwindle, while its maturities are edging closer. As a result, the group looks likely to need additional support from sponsor TPG Capital to fortify liquidity and create a sustainable capital structure.

Join our team of experts for a deep dive into the causes of BVI’s underperformance, how the sponsor might deal with the group’s capital structure and what the potential outcomes are for lenders.

Panelists:

  • Robert Schach, deputy managing editor, EMEA Credit
  • Chetna Mistry, senior legal director
  • Wayne Jambawo, credit analyst

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When: Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET 

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Reorg London Credit Seminar

Exploring current themes and what lies ahead for the primary and distressed markets.
In-person only event at the Biltmore, Mayfair.

November 2, 2023
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Agenda at a Glance

  • Registration: 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Welcome by Global Head of Editorial, Mario Oliviero: 4:00 – 4:05 p.m.
  • Performing Credit Panel: Debut Issuers Return as Sponsors and Investors Embrace New Normal, moderated by Bart Capeci, including audience Q&A: 4:05 – 4:55 p.m.
  • Spotlight on ESG by Luke Wood: 4:55 – 5:05 p.m.
  • Distressed Panel: Lenders Take Charge as Sponsors Run Out of Options in High Interest Rate Market, moderated by Magnus Scherman, including audience Q&A: 5:05 – 5:55 p.m.
  • Cocktails, Canapes and Networking: 5:55 – 7:45 p.m.

Bart Capeci will moderate the performing panel ‘Debut Issuers Return as Sponsors and Investors Embrace New Normal’ featuring guests Camille Mcleod-Salmon from Fidelity International, Jamie Cane, CFA from Muzinich & Co, Natalie Day Netter from J.P. Morgan and Pieter Staelens from CVC Capital Partners.

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Magnus Scherman will moderate the second panel ‘Lenders Take Charge as Sponsors Run Out of Options in High Interest Rate Market’ which will be moderated by Magnus Scherman. This panel includes experts Christian Herrmann from Polus Capital Management, Gani Diwan from Triton Partners, Sam Whittaker from Lazard and Toby Smyth from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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Asia Credit Daily

Chinese regulators take further steps to cut down payments for home buyers and encourage banks to lower interest rates on existing mortgages, according to joint statements issued by the People’s Bank of China and National Administration of Financial Regulation on Thursday, Aug. 31. The minimum down payment will be uniformly reduced to no less than 20% for first home purchases and no less than 30% for second home purchases. The lower limit of mortgage interest rate for second home purchase had been adjusted to the level of related LPR+20 bps while the lower limit of mortgage interest rate for first home purchases remained at the level of related LPR-20 bps.

India’s GDP surged by 7.8% in April-June, surpassing predictions of 7.7% and up from 6.1% in the previous quarter and marked the highest in four quarters, driven by strong services sector and government capital spending. However experts suggest faster expansion in the first half of the financial year might give way to slower growth in the latter half, Nikkei Asia reported.

Shanghai Composite Index went up 0.34% to 3,130 as of 2:04 p.m. Beijing Time. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index went up 0.28% to close at 32,711, while Australia’s S&P/ASX200 went down 0.36% to close at 7,279. Hong Kong market is closed today due to No. 9 Typhoon.

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H1 2023 European Sustainability-Linked Bonds Wrap
Fri Aug 18, 2023 3:01 pm High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

An Overview of the Sustainability-Linked Bond Market

Following the issuance of the first European sustainability-linked high-yield bond by Paris-headquartered aluminum maker Constellium in 2021, the European high-yield SLB market has grown considerably. New issuance in the first half of 2023 was €4.2 billion, nearly double the €2.8 billion issued in the first half of 2022. While it is tempting to attribute this increase to a heightened awareness of sustainability among issuers and investors, it needs to be considered in the context of the growth in the size of the European high-yield bond market as a whole. Within Reorg’s coverage universe, a total volume of €33.3 billion of European high-yield bonds was issued in H1’23 – more than double the €15.5 billion volume of bonds issued in the same period last year. Consequently, the SLB market has maintained a similar overall position in H1’23 in terms of share of the European high-yield bond market compared with the same periods in 2022 and 2021. SLBs made up 13% of H1’23 European high-yield bonds compared with 15% in H1’22, 11% in H1’21 and 13% in 2022 and 16% in 2021.

In terms of the number of SLB deals, the picture is slightly different. While five SLBs were issued in each of the first halves of 2023 and 2022, there were 15 SLB deals in H1’21 and only one in H2’22. So while the size of the SLB market has grown, its share of the broader European high-yield bond market has remained relatively constant, with the number of SLB deals in any period fluctuating with the broader market. Although we would have liked to see SLBs grow their share of the broader European high-yield market, we’re happy to settle for a show of resilience in a turbulent market.

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Americas Primary Quarterly: Credit Spreads, Rates and Mixed Macro Messages
Wed Aug 2, 2023 7:30 pm High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

Every quarter, our Americas Performing Credit Research team compiles a comprehensive primary report showcasing key highlights from the preceding quarter.

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The unusual market conditions in the second quarter, discussed in more detail in the report, were not associated with any obvious across-the-board improvement in covenant quality. As deal volume picked up, the second quarter’s high-yield issuances included several sponsored LBO deals, which generally featured aggressive covenant packages. However, in a number of deals, investor pushback resulted in meaningful improvements in covenant protections for noteholders, potentially indicating a more hospitable climate for noteholders seeking to reduce risk through stronger covenants.

In this report, our team highlights deals by Copeland, Cvent, Citrix/Cloud Software, Univar, MoneyGram and more. Also, we suggest that there may be opportunities for investors to seek better covenant protection in the current market.

For a detailed analysis, the full report can be downloaded below.

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EMEA Primary Market Half-Yearly Wrap: Primary Market
Fri Jul 21, 2023 11:37 am High Yield Bonds  Leveraged Finance

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The European leveraged finance primary market recovered from its 2022 lows during the first half of this year. Term loan B amend-and-extend transactions, add-ons and refinancings formed the bulk of issuance and helped to push out maturities but resulted in higher interest costs and squeezed interest coverage ratios.

The second half of this year is expected to see similar activity, with high levels of primary issuance and large investor appetite for the high yields on offer, but M&As will remain suppressed. Interest rates remain stubbornly high and new supply will continue to be limited given private equity firms are unwilling to sell portfolio companies at valuations below their expectations.

We examine the bond and loan issuance trends from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2023, using data available on Reorg platforms.

High-Yield Bond Issuance Doubles Amid Rate Hike Fears

Within Reorg’s coverage universe, a total volume of €33.3 billion has been issued in the European high-yield bond market in the first half – more than double the €15.5 billion volume of bonds issued in the same period last year. A major upswing in issuance came in May this year, during which €11.2 billion of paper was issued, double the volume of the prior two months combined. Issuance volume in the month was dominated by names at the highest and lowest end of the sub-investment grade rating range from BB+ to B-. The bulk of the issuance was within the first two weeks of the month, coinciding with an expectation of an increase in rates set by the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, which came on May 10 and May 11, respectively. With this in mind, we could expect to see a similar wave of conveniently timed issuances should inflation expectations remain elevated, prompting a need for further increases in rates set by the central banks.

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