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2022 Vintage EU CLO Achieves New High with Stunning IRR

In essence, this deal functioned as a classic principal-driven CLO, aiming to generate returns primarily through asset price appreciation rather than ongoing income. This strategy effectively capitalized on market volatility, leading the deal to perform as expected as the loan market rallied.

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EU CLOs: Fixed Rate Exposures By Vintage

Please refer to the table below for the latest data on underlying fixed-rate exposures in EU CLOs, categorised by vintage year and presented in percentiles (75th, 50th, and 25th). These percentiles illustrate the distribution of fixed-rate exposures across the CLO portfolios, while the 'Deal Count' denotes the number of deals for each vintage. In fact, the latest fixed-rate exposures across EU CLOs have largely remained the same compared to those at the end of 2022. The latest median exposure was 8.6%, compared to 8.5% at the end of 2022. In terms of EUR notional exposure, fixed-rate exposure has increased by EUR 1.6 billion, due to the issuance of more CLOs since the beginning of 2023.

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Distribution of EU CLO Equity Latest Payments

Please see the chart below for the distribution of the latest EU CLO equity payments across 481 EU CLO deals. The median deal's latest distribution was at 4.2%. At least 10 seasoned deals from the 2013–2017 vintage are well-positioned for redemption. These deals have exited their reinvestment period and have achieved at least 110% of total equity distributions plus NAV on their last reporting dates.

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An Outstanding Recently Redeemed US CLO Equity

Madison Park Funding XLI (formerly Atrium XII) deal was recently called. This deal, managed by CSAM, was closed in late 2015. The deal’s average equity distribution was very impressive, at 19.1% over a period of around 8 years. This deal did a reset in late 2017, reduced its cost of funding significantly, and distributed excess par upon reset. The deal's solid first distribution of 17.2% certainly helped boost the average annual distribution too. Without the par distributions, the deal's annual distribution would likely be around the 17% mark rather than in the 19% area.

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League Table: EU CLO Manager AUM (as of 31 December 2023)

Please refer to the table below for a list of EU CLO managers and their assets under management (in billions). In addition, the table indicates the number of years since each manager last priced a primary deal, as of 31 December 2023. Twenty-three managers have not issued a primary deal in over one year, and ten managers have not issued one in over two years.

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Ranking of EU CLO Managers’ by Prepayment Rates in the 1st and 2nd Year Post-Reinvestment-Period (Freemium)

Several conclusions can be drawn from the chart. In particular, it appears that debt investors did not really price in the different post-reinvestment prepayment rates given the generic pricing assumptions for new issue deals. This raises the question: Should managers with higher post-reinvestment prepayment rates be priced tighter than those with lower rates?

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