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Flashforward: LSTA Releases Draft SOFR “Concept Credit Agreement”

On October 1st the LSTA took the next step in its efforts to educate market participants on replacement benchmarks by distributing a draft “concept credit agreement” referencing a compounded average of daily SOFRs calculated in arrears (“Compounded SOFR in Arrears”).

LSTA Advocacy Update

Over the past two weeks the LSTA has continued its political advocacy with legislators and regulators on issues of importance to the loan market. Last week, Meredith Coffey and Elliot Ganz, Co-heads of the LSTA’s Public Policy Group, had the opportunity to join Congressman Greg Meeks (D. NY) for a free-ranging discussion over breakfast.

Primary Delayed Comp: Revised Drafts Released

The LSTA released revised drafts this week of the LSTA trading documents to be used in connection with the new Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol. Below are links to the clean drafts and blacklined documents marked to show changes since the last versions sent to you for your review.

SOFR Tools: Averages and Indices

We’d be the first to acknowledge that transitioning from LIBOR to SOFR is hard. But LIBOR will end and we must prepare. Recognizing that, the September 5, 2019 Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) minutes introduced two tools to help ease the transition.

Secondary Market Monthly September Executive Summary

After returning more than 4% during the two-month rally that began the year, the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) has failed to sustain any meaningful momentum. Since March, monthly returns have flipped from positive to negative while market value returns were positive just twice – the last time being July. In September, despite market value losses that were negative yet again (albeit at just -0.02%), the LLI sported a total return of 0.47%.

LSTA White Paper: Addressing Loan and CLO Misperceptions

Broadly syndicated loans to non-investment grade U.S. Corporations are widely misunderstood outside of the loan industry. A number of commentators imply that leveraged loans are shadowy corporate equivalents to pre-crisis sub-prime mortgages. This is clearly not true and, to respond to such conflations, the LSTA recently published a white paper addressing these views.

2019 Leveraged Loans: Hot or Not?

Headlines notwithstanding, it doesn’t seem like the U.S. leveraged loan market is that hot. Admittedly, S&P/LCD says lending picked up 15% between second and third quarter. But in the year-to-date, leveraged lending is down across the board, according to S&P/LCD and LPC.

The LSTA Meets with the SEC on Volcker

As we noted recently, because of recent litigation over whether term loan Bs should be considered securities, the implications for CLOs of the current interpretation of the Volcker Rule have suddenly become a critical issue. Fortunately, the SEC and a number of banking agencies are currently deliberating over potential amendments to the Volcker Rule providing an opening to address this potential issue.

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Flashforward: LSTA Releases Draft SOFR “Concept Credit Agreement”

On October 1st the LSTA took the next step in its efforts to educate market participants on replacement benchmarks by distributing a draft “concept credit agreement” referencing a compounded average of daily SOFRs calculated in arrears (“Compounded SOFR in Arrears”).

LSTA Advocacy Update

Over the past two weeks the LSTA has continued its political advocacy with legislators and regulators on issues of importance to the loan market. Last week, Meredith Coffey and Elliot Ganz, Co-heads of the LSTA’s Public Policy Group, had the opportunity to join Congressman Greg Meeks (D. NY) for a free-ranging discussion over breakfast.

Primary Delayed Comp: Revised Drafts Released

The LSTA released revised drafts this week of the LSTA trading documents to be used in connection with the new Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol. Below are links to the clean drafts and blacklined documents marked to show changes since the last versions sent to you for your review.

SOFR Tools: Averages and Indices

We’d be the first to acknowledge that transitioning from LIBOR to SOFR is hard. But LIBOR will end and we must prepare. Recognizing that, the September 5, 2019 Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) minutes introduced two tools to help ease the transition.

Secondary Market Monthly September Executive Summary

After returning more than 4% during the two-month rally that began the year, the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) has failed to sustain any meaningful momentum. Since March, monthly returns have flipped from positive to negative while market value returns were positive just twice – the last time being July. In September, despite market value losses that were negative yet again (albeit at just -0.02%), the LLI sported a total return of 0.47%.

LSTA White Paper: Addressing Loan and CLO Misperceptions

Broadly syndicated loans to non-investment grade U.S. Corporations are widely misunderstood outside of the loan industry. A number of commentators imply that leveraged loans are shadowy corporate equivalents to pre-crisis sub-prime mortgages. This is clearly not true and, to respond to such conflations, the LSTA recently published a white paper addressing these views.

2019 Leveraged Loans: Hot or Not?

Headlines notwithstanding, it doesn’t seem like the U.S. leveraged loan market is that hot. Admittedly, S&P/LCD says lending picked up 15% between second and third quarter. But in the year-to-date, leveraged lending is down across the board, according to S&P/LCD and LPC.

The LSTA Meets with the SEC on Volcker

As we noted recently, because of recent litigation over whether term loan Bs should be considered securities, the implications for CLOs of the current interpretation of the Volcker Rule have suddenly become a critical issue. Fortunately, the SEC and a number of banking agencies are currently deliberating over potential amendments to the Volcker Rule providing an opening to address this potential issue.