Leverage Lending, Dividend Recaps, and Solvency Opinions

The market for corporate loans and high yield bonds remains torrid in spite of the move higher in intermediate- and long-term Treasury rates since May. Leveraged loan issuance totaled $736 billion through August vs. $387 billion last year-to-date. High yield bond issuances totaled $208 billion, up from $189 billion. The majority of activity reflects refinancing-related volume rather than new money borrowing. A sub theme within the refinancing trend is the dividend recap. This presentation examines the pros and cons of such transactions that unlock value for equity holders, create incremental risk for lenders, and the importance of solvency opinions as part of the process.

Presented September 17, 2013