Papa John’s Secured Debt Allowance Analysis

Analyzing the Papa John’s secured debt, our Americas Covenants team took a look at the company’s new unsecured notes, leverage-based restricted payments and investment baskets accessible at issuance with 2.5x, 2.75x headroom. After launching $400M of senior unsecured notes due 2029, the company is expecting to repay in full their existing term loan and revolving credit facilities.  Also, with plans to amend their credit facility, Papa John’s secured debt allowance is likely to increase. The amendments to their credit agreement will increase revolving commitments from $400M to $600M and extend the maturity for an additional five-year term. Click through for...

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Americas Core Credit Podcast: Purdue Chapter 11; Fraudulent Transfer Claims and Third-Party Claims

Americas Core Credit Podcast: Purdue Chapter 11; Fraudulent Transfer Claims and Third-Party Claims

Each episode of Reorg’s weekly podcast series features a look back at highlights and top stories from the week in review and a preview of what's to come in the week ahead, followed by a deep dive on issues and companies in the distressed and high-yield space. For this week’s deep dive, Reorg’s Karen Leung and David Zubkis discuss the $4.6 billion settlement with the Sackler family in the Purdue chapter 11 cases and explore the releases of fraudulent transfer claims and third-party claims against the Sacklers. Purdue has been taking up a lot of headlines and with the opioid...

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Spanish Direct Lending Analysis, Opportunity to Expand

Spanish Direct Lending Analysis, Opportunity to Expand

Spain is an increasingly attractive market for private debt investors. As the country’s banking sector faces another wave of mergers, direct lenders will have the opportunity to expand on the back of the banks’ reduced capacity to cover the mid-market space. As the economy recovers from Covid, we expect the number of Spanish direct lending deals in 2021 to bounce back to 2019 levels, or even higher. Pemberton opened its Madrid office in 2020 to support all our local clients, and Spain is an important part of our strategy to build pan-European portfolios for investors. Spain is the fifth-largest economy in...

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Private Equity Seek High Returns From Gaming Companies Expected to Auction in September

Private Equity Seek High Returns From Gaming Companies Expected to Auction in September

Mid-market funds are monitoring a spate of video game developers expected to come to market in September after the robust performance of gaming companies during the Covid-19 crisis was noted. About 82% of global consumers played video games during the height of the Covid-19 lockdowns last year, analysis from data and market measurement firm Nielson showed. Traditionally, the video games sector has been dominated by venture capital and large game studios such as Microsoft and Sony, but now both direct lenders and private equity have started to enter the sector in pursuit of attractive returns. Click through to read the full story.

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China Huarong in Talks with Potential Strategic Investors

China Huarong in Talks with Potential Strategic Investors

Management of China Huarong Asset Management, said on an earnings call Aug. 30, that Huarong is also in talks with other potential strategic investors, including Chinese and foreign firms, who had shown interests in investing in the company and joining CITIC, China Insurance Investment, China Life, Cinda, Sino-Ocean as its strategic investors. Of the dozens of earnings calls our Asia Core Credit team has covered this season, the Huarong call was noteworthy due to the topical nature of the controversial credit. Click through to read the full story.

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Leveraged loan lender protections weakening continues…

Leveraged loan lender protections weakening continues…

Written by Peter Washkowitz, Senior Director and Head of Americas Covenants || The dog days of summer did not slow down activity in the bankruptcy and restructuring world. In the United States, August came to a close with a mix of real estate, healthcare and consumer services companies filing chapter 11, including Tix Corp., Brown Industries, Regional Housing & Community Services Corp., Advanced Tissue and New England Sports Village. After the reduction of revolving commitments under its asset-backed lending facility in the wake of a pipeline leak at the Inglewood Oil Field, E&B Natural Resources may seek a replacement for...

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