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Why Invest in Distressed Now?

Apr 2017

Why Invest In Distressed Now CoverPrivate equity commitments are not invested in one lump sum but rather deployed over 4-5 year investment periods, making it impossible to predict the predominant investment environment for a given fund or strategy. This underscores the need to build diversified private allocations across strategies and vintages to achieve optimal results.

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Private equity commitments are not invested in one lump sum but rather deployed over 4-5 year investment periods, making it impossible to predict the predominant investment environment for a given fund or strategy. This underscores the need to build diversified private allocations across strategies and vintages to achieve optimal results.

Waiting for a broad market shift before allocating to distressed ignores the fact that the best opportunities are often fleeting, and that pockets of distress exist in every market. Distressed managers accelerate their investment pace during downturns, so if investors believe a correction is likely in the next 12-24 months, now may be a very good time to commit to a top tier manager.


Record levels of low-grade debt

• $97 billion in high yield bonds were issued in Q1 2017 compared to $51 billion in Q1 2016, on top of record amounts of "junk" issuance since the financial crisis1

• There are now about $2 trillion worth of US dollar, non-investment grade bonds outstanding2

• The covenant-lite share of the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index now stands at over 70%, the highest level on record

Figure 1 - US $ HIGH YIELD MARKET SIZE

Figure 2 - Cov-Lite Share of US Market

Interest rates are widely expected to go up

• With inflation close to the Fed’s 2% objective and the economy at full employment, the Fed will need to keep raising interest rates or risk overheating the economy3

• According to Fed Chair Janet Yellen, the FOMC’s baseline forecast of two additional rate increases this year and three more in 2018 is not conditioned on expectations for fiscal stimulus4

• Rising rates will put pressure on a large universe of weak corporate borrowers

Figure 3 - Federal Reserve Benchmark Interest Rate

Cyclical Distress

• While energy has been a hot spot for distressed investors in recent years, the retail sector is now facing significant distress driven by changes in distribution models and consumer behavior

• Retail bankruptcies have hit a record pace this year, with 14 chains announcing they would seek court protection as of April 6, 20175

Figure 4 - Retail Bankruptcies Hit Record Pace in Q1 of 2017

END NOTES

(1) https://www.ftportfolios.com/commentary/insights/2017/4/11/senior-loan-high-yield-review---1st-quarter-2017

(2) Acciavatti, Peter, Tony Linares, Nelson Jantzen, CFA, Rahul Sharma, and Chuanxin Li. “Credit Strategy Weekly Update,” J.P. Morgan North American High Yield Research, January 6, 2017

(3) Guggenheim Second Quarter 2017 Fixed Income Outlook

(4) Guggenheim Second Quarter 2017 Fixed Income Outlook

(5) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-24/retailers-are-going-bankrupt-at-a-record-pace


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