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Credit Ratings and ESG (Part III)

According to a 2018 UNPRI report, 86% of asset owners are considering ESG/active ownership when selecting asset managers – a 31% increase from 2017 – and 78% when monitoring their asset managers – a 25% increase YoY.

The Rise of Sustainability Linked Loans Article

ESG and sustainability are two buzzwords that crop up more and more in the financial markets – the loan market included. According to Refinitiv LPC, $167 billion in green loans and sustainability linked loans came to the global loan market in 2019. Of that activity, more than $135 billion in volume represents sustainability linked loans.

ESG Integration Into Credit Rating Analysis Presentation

Making the link between ESG risk relevance and materiality to credit rating decisions at a sector and entity specific level. The focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is intensifying across financial markets – the loan market included.   This presentation was done be Andrew Steel, MD and Global Head of Sustainable Finance of Fitch […]

Sustainability-Linked Loans: Financing the Green Transition

This practice note provides an overview of sustainability-linked loans (SLL). Sustainability-themed debt instruments represent one response of the financial community to the need to channel capital towards facilitating a carbon transition.  A Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note by Amara Gossin, Barclays and Robert Lewis, Sidley Austin.

S&P and ESG: Credit Ratings and Beyond Presentation

The focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is intensifying across financial markets – the loan market included. Whether investors are focused on the ESG impacts of their investments or wish to ensure that ESG risks are properly understood in the credit analysis of a company, end investors are seeking increased disclosure about the […]

The Rise of Sustainability Linked Loans

ESG and sustainability are two buzzwords that crop up more and more in the financial markets – the loan market included. According to Bloomberg, $97 billion in green loans and sustainability linked loans have come to the global loan market in the first three quarters of 2019. Of that activity, more than $55 billion in volume represents sustainability linked loans.

What is ESG-Linked Lending and Why Do We Care?

That is the question answered by the sustainable finance panel at the 25th Annual Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference. Moderated by Maria Dikeos (Refinitiv LPC), the panel explored the recent growth of sustainability-linked loans (or ESG loans) in the U.S. Panelists included Sean Colvin (Louis Dreyfus), Gary Herzog (Credit Agricole), Carolyn Kee (Citiggroup), Claire O’Connor (Barclays Capital), Cara Younger (BBVA) and Tess Virmani (LSTA). The speakers outlined the benefits that these loans can have for the right borrower and also flagged some of the important considerations to be mindful of in structuring these loans.

S&P and ESG: Credit Ratings and Beyond

LSTA Webinar on S&P and ESG: Credit Ratings and Beyond presented by S&P Global Ratings. To get more insight open to see the presentation and replay which is available to our Members.

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Secondary Trading & Settlement Monthly January Summary

On Monday, February 24, U.S. stock indices recorded their worst decline in two years on concerns the coronavirus outbreak would continue to spread and begin to undermine global economic growth. In the loan market, bid levels indiscriminately dropped 18 basis points to begin the week, which worsened February’s price decline to 32 basis points.

LSTA Newsletter: February 21, 2020

This week, we start off in the markets, comparing defaults (low but rising), leverage (high but edging down), and yields (low and lowering). We move to LIBOR, announcing the new SOFR Index and Averages, and reminding members of our weekly call. We shift to the courts, providing an update on our Madden vs Midland amicus. […]

Market: Defaults, Structure & Pricing

Loan defaults climbed (slightly) this month and leveraged M&A structures have been more conservative in the last three months. These two facts likely are unrelated.