Harvest Capital is to merge into Portman Ridge, continuing a public BDC consolidation process. We analyze what we know about the merger but also look at the bigger picture of a changing BDC landscape.
In a much anticipated move both the shareholders of Portman Ridge and Garrison Capital formally agreed to a merger first mooted in mid-year. The BDC Reporter, though, has serious concerns about the post-merger balance sheet; leverage and liquidity of a super-sized Portman Ridge.
The IIQ 2020 results of Portman Ridge Financial contained both positive and less positive developments, as the BDC Reporter found on taking a first look.
BDC Fixed Income prices zigged when common stock prices zagged this week. We explain how but can’t help sharing our doubts with readers about a quarter of the public BDC universe and what that might mean for their debt prices down the road.
A third week of dropping BDC sector prices as market confidence falters. We review the three biggest losers and one of the few weekly winners and also discuss an update from New Mountain Finance and a buyback at THL Credit. We end with the inevitable review of BDC credit trends.
In a surprise development, Portman Ridge Financial and Garrison Capital announce plans to merge. The BDC Reporter analyzes what the two BDCs bring to one another and muses about the implications for the BDC sector in the quarters ahead.
“What goes up will come down” as BDC sector prices proved this week as volatility resumed. Also there were other notable developments including equity capital raised; a surprise dividend and important shareholder approvals. We also discuss the surprising change the size of the BDC sector is likely to take in the days and months ahead.
BDC common stocks prices are (almost) universally on an upward tear for a third week, and we’ve got the supporting data. Nonetheless, there’s a confusing mismatch between the mood and the fundamentals which leaves the BDC Reporter puzzled.
The second week of BDC earnings season boosts the sector’s overall price levels as BDC financial structures bend but do not break. However, the uncertainties surrounding the future direction of the economy could still change everything.
The huge BDC rally of the week before came to a halt, but there were plenty of interesting and unusual price and news developments. The BDC Reporter takes this opportunity to worry aloud about what may lie ahead from a credit standpoint in a very uncertain economic, political and financial environment. Read with a stiff drink.
The BDC Reporter describes the terrible, horrible, no good week just passed for the BDC sector, but cannot offer much in the way of immediate hope that we are at a turning point yet. As best we can, we look ahead as the extent of the damage to expect comes – very slowly – into focus. There are elegant solutions available here but will either the Federal government or Wall Street be up to the challenge.
The holiday shortened Christmas week was also the last full week of the year for the BDC sector. We recap where prices went in the few days the market was open and look back over the year as a whole. Yes, 2019 was a very good year overall for the BDC sector, but there’s more than that to consider, and we do.
The late-in-the-year BDC sector rally continues judging by most of the numbers, but the BDC Reporter remains skeptical of investor enthusiasm. Unavoidably with only two weeks to go, we begin to look ahead to price, dividend and leverage levels in the year ahead.
BDC sector prices break a 2019 record on the way up. We wonder, though, where’s the usual enthusiasm associated with stock rallies, which is not showing up in much of the data. What’s more, how do high prices mesh with growing credit concerns at borrowers ?