NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a report which details U.S. broadly syndicated loan (BSL) collateralized loan obligation (CLO) exposure to sectors that have experienced negative credit migration as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
KBRA continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the issuers of corporate leveraged loans, including those in U.S. BSL CLOs. One of the biggest unknown variables that will influence economic conditions and corporate credit performance is whether the spread of new infections can remain muted as localities hit milestones in the phased economic reopenings underway. As more performance data materializes, trends may emerge that will indicate whether credit deterioration has hit some form of plateau or whether uncertainty persists.
In this report, we provide an update on U.S. CLO sector exposure and overall industry credit quality based on reported data from March through May 2020 trustee reports for a representative sample of transactions. The publication is a follow-up to prior KBRA reports which discussed corporate exposure within BSL transactions. Portfolio information was sourced from Intex on June 3. The sample uses the latest reported trustee data for approximately 500 BSL CLOs issued since January 2018. Key data points analyzed include minimum reported rating, par balance, and issuer name.
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