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US CLO Managers: Varying Prepayment Rates in the Post-Reinvestment Period

While each CLO deal is different, understanding the historical prepayment rates based on the original collateral balance during the post-RI period for each manager remains highly beneficial. Analyzing these rates offers insights into the tendencies of different managers, highlighting those who consistently achieve lower prepayment rates and those who tend to experience higher rates in the post-reinvestment phase. To illustrate these trends, the following table presents the average first-year, second-year, and third-year annualized prepayment rates for each manager, based on data from their seasoned deals that have passed their reinvestment end dates. These historical post-RI prepayment rates could be useful as cash flow modeling inputs for each manager.

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US BSL CLO Managers: Top-Tier CLO Equity Performance Based on Deals Beyond Their Reinvestment Period

This study includes a sample of 602 seasoned deals that have concluded their reinvestment periods. Notably, CSAM has stood out as the most successful all-weather manager, consistently delivering good returns to equity investors. If you’re interested in learning about the pricing for premium content, please don’t hesitate to email me at

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Post-2012 US CLO Equity IRRs Categorised by Vintage

Based on 558 post-2012 US CLO deals that have been redeemed or paid off so far, those from the 2014 and 2018 vintages performed the worst. However, the sample size for the 2018 vintage deals is still relatively small. Deals from the 2020 and 2022 vintages performed the best, with median deals registering IRRs of...

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A Year-to-Date Review of US BSL CLO Resets

YTD, 70 BSL CLO deals have been reported to have undergone resets. Among these, 15 deals from the 2022–2023 vintages have reduced their cost of funding by an average of 61 bps, while also extending their reinvestment periods by about 2.7 years on average. 

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Top-Performing US CLO Managers: Equity Cumulative Distributions and NAV (Updated)

The table below shows the top-performing managers with the most 2013–2019 deals that are in the 90th percentile category. Notably, CSAM stood out as the most successful and consistent manager in delivering good returns to equity investors. Other successful managers include Oak Hill Advisors, KKR Financial Advisors, Goldentree Asset Management, Neuberger Berman, Generate Advisors, Fortress Investment Group, and Anchorage Capital Group.

Scoring EU CLO Managers Based on 2021 Vintage Deal Performance

This study includes a sample of 93 more recent deals (closed in 2021 and Jan 2022) managed by 46 managers, using the Morningstar European B Ratings Loan Index as the benchmark loan index. The table below illustrates the relative standing of each EU CLO manager based on their latest average total alpha metrics (as of 26th June 2023) . A score of 98%, for instance, indicates that the manager’s total return alpha is at the 98th percentile, meaning their total return alpha metric exceeds that of 98% of their peers.

Comparing the Performance of Seasoned US BSL and EU CLO Equity Tranches

Discover the main disparities between the seasoned US BSL and EU CLO equity tranches in relation to annual distributions and final equity net asset value (NAV) realisation values necessary to achieve a 12.0% internal rate of return (IRR) target. Explore the reasons why median EU CLO equity tranches have shown higher annual distributions compared to their US equivalents.

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Monitor: US BSL CLO New Issue Arb Trend Since 2017

The table below also highlights the fact that the arbitrage metric and issuance volume are not really correlated. The median arbitrage metric YTD is actually poorer than in both 2022 and 2023, but this year’s new issue volume has already exceeded the past two years’ volume on an annualized basis.

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EU CLO Manager Report: Blackrock

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Blackrock demonstrated resilience in its total performance. It consistently outperformed the loan index from January 2020 to July 2022, with the exception of April/May 2020. However, the firm’s performance began to decline from mid-2022, as its MV alpha decreased more significantly than that of its peers.