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Oct 23, 2014

TRLPC: OCC signals flexibility with leverage loan ratio

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Limits on loans that regulated banks handle for companies with high amounts of junk-rated debt are not set in stone, an official from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday.

A debt-to-Ebitda leverage ratio of 6.0 times, which U.S. regulators have determined would raise concern, is not a hard line when considering compliance with federal leveraged lending guidance, Darrin Benhart, deputy comptroller for Credit and Market Risk at the OCC, said Thursday at the Loan Syndications and Trading Association’s annual conference in New York.

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. regulators to mandate CLOs hold 5 percent of new deals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. regulators including the Federal Deposit Insurance Deposit Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are mandating that collateralized loan obligation (CLO) managers hold a stake of each deal on their books.

Final risk retention rules require CLO managers to retain capital equal to 5 percent of any new deal done starting two years from the rules’ effective date. CLO managers now have no such restriction.

Oct 14, 2014

Outflows from loan mutual funds could last until mid 2015

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Outflows from loan mutual funds
have hit $17 billion since April when the threat of US interest
rate rises receded, and will extend through year end and
possibly until mid 2015, bankers and analysts said.

This exodus of retail investors is expected to continue
until they see evidence that the Federal Reserve is set to raise
interest rates and Treasury yields finally climb.

Oct 9, 2014

Banks wary of refinancing highly leveraged U.S. loans

LONDON (Reuters) – Private equity-owned companies face difficulties refinancing billions of dollars of existing buyout loans and raising extra debt for acquisitions as U.S. regulators tighten the screws on banks making highly leveraged loans, investors and bankers said.

Banks may be unwilling or unable to lend more money or extend revolving credits to existing borrowers that were put in place during the bull market which may now contravene US leveraged lending guidelines issued in March 2013.

Oct 9, 2014

RLPC/IFR-Banks wary of refinancing highly leveraged US loans

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Private equity-owned companies
face difficulties refinancing billions of dollars of existing
buyout loans and raising extra debt for acquisitions as U.S.
regulators tighten the screws on banks making highly leveraged
loans, investors and bankers said.

Banks may be unwilling or unable to lend more money or
extend revolving credits to existing borrowers that were put in
place during the bull market which may now contravene US
leveraged lending guidelines issued in March 2013.

Aug 8, 2014

GE’s energy investing business fires up power project funding

NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) – GE Energy Financial Services
(EFS), General Electric’s energy investing business, expects to
close Friday on the third in a growing stream of financings it
has led for new gas-fired plants as U.S. environmental
regulations steer power generation away from coal.

EFS, through GE Capital Markets, led 14 other lenders
providing $550 million in senior secured credit facilities
backing construction of a natural gas-fired plant in Maryland
for Competitive Power Ventures and its partners Marubeni Power
and Toyota Tsusho.

Jul 29, 2014

TRLPC: Sankaty sops up JPM loan portfolio, targets asset-shedding banks

NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – Sankaty Advisors swooped in to
buy $1.3 billion of loans and other securities from J.P. Morgan
in its biggest portfolio takeover yet, and sees opportunity to
soak up more from European banks shedding assets to meet
regulatory requirements.

J.P. Morgan’s global special opportunities group unloaded
mezzanine loans from companies in North America and Europe, as
well as loans and related special situations investments in
Australia and across Asia. The sale was part of a broader effort
to get rid of non-core holdings, including its physical
commodities business, sources familiar with the transaction
said.

Jul 1, 2014

TRLPC: U.S. leveraged buyout loans may reflect Fed, OCC disparities

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scrutiny by U.S. regulators is reshaping the leveraged loan market as bankers complain that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency enforces leveraged lending guidance more stringently than the Federal Reserve.

U.S. commercial banks, which are under tougher OCC scrutiny, have slipped in the underwriting ranks in the second quarter versus a year earlier whereas investment and foreign banks, regulated by a seemingly more lenient Federal Reserve, have climbed in the standings.

Jun 13, 2014

Apollo issues post-crisis record CLO

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. CLO issuance is on track to set a new record in 2014, boosted by a new $1.5 billion CLO from Apollo Global Management which is the biggest CLO for seven years and the largest since the financial crisis.

Managers have already priced more than $52 billion of CLOs this year, which is already 27 percent higher than 2013 and is expected to beat 2007′s annual record of $101 billion, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.

May 15, 2014

TRLPC: Food and drink M&A binge dishes up new loans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Food and beverage company tie-ups are heating up, feeding the market for loans backing these mergers in quantities that test 2008 peaks.

A planned $4.8 billion senior secured term loan B helping fund Hillshire Brands Co’s (HSH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pending takeover of Pinnacle Foods Inc (PF.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lifts issuance of loans completed or in process to at least $10 billion in this sector so far this year, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.