BlackRock Inc.’s Amanda Lynam says the rebound in junk bond issuance is set to accelerate, as companies work to get ahead of a wall of maturities starting in 2025.
The high-yield market has sprung to life in September, with firms taking advantage of improved investor appetite to refinance debt or raise cash for buyouts. Canadian fast-food operator Restaurant Brands International Inc. last week sold the largest leveraged loan since 2022, part of a wave of deals that lifted global issuance for leveraged loans and high-yield bonds to over $40 billion this month. That’s more than double the amount that companies raised during the same period in 2022.
Junk issuance is likely to increase through the fourth quarter, said Lynam, who heads up BlackRock’s macro credit research for its portfolio management group. Geopolitical risks and a “higher for longer” outlook for interest rates will lead chief financial officers and treasurers to look for financing opportunities for their firms, she added.
“I think corporates are coming around to the idea that debt financing costs might not be any better, really, later this year or into early 2024,” she said in an interview at the firm’s office in Toronto. “We’ve got some political events coming up. We have a backdrop that is pretty uncertain.”
Among the key market risks is lingering inflation that is forcing central banks to keep rates at elevated levels even longer. Policymakers in some countries are looking at labor markets and wage pressures that remain surprisingly strong.
In the U.S., the Federal Reserve is expected to hold interest rates steady at the FOMC meeting this week, but further rate hikes are still on the table after the core consumer price index advanced 0.3% in August fromRead more on investmentnews.com