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Direct Lenders Suddenly Cut Risk Even With $413 Billion Warchest David Brooke and Lisa Lee – Bloomberg Law “There’s a lot of cross-currents in direct lending. On the one hand you are protected because you are floating rate, but on the other you have to be more cautious because everyone has to contemplate a higher probability of a recession sooner.” Art Penn, Founder and Managing Partner of PennantPark, was quoted in a @Bloomberg Law article...
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Is Wall Street South Here to Stay? Meghan Daniels – Middle Market Growth “We wanted to have a flexible culture but also wanted the benefits of being in the office together, while attracting excellent people.” Art Penn, Founder and Managing Partner, was quoted in Middle Market Growth, on the establishment of PennantPark’s headquarters in Miami. PennantPark currently has eight full-time employees in Miami and hopes to increase its headcount to 20 or 25 over the...
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PennantPark (PNNT) Founder On The NYSE Listing TD Ameritrade Art Penn, Founder and Managing Partner of PennantPark, spoke with Nicole Petallides of TD Ameritrade Network following the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange, where he discussed the on the value of lenders like PennantPark amid the current environment of rising rates, inflation and geopolitical tensions.   Read the Full Article
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At PennantPark, Art Penn says volatility turns investors’ attentions to middle-market CLOs John S. Hintze – Asset Securitization Report Middle market domestic companies, especially those owned by private-equity firms, face many of the same hurdles as their larger brethren, whether the tight labor market, supply chain snafus, inflation, interest-rate hikes, and the list goes on. However, their debt, often provided by a single lender or a small club, is arguably less volatile than much larger...
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PennantPark Investment Corporation Unconsolidated Joint Venture, PennantPark Senior Loan Fund, LLC Completes $304 Million CLO PennantPark Investment Corporation announced that PennantPark Senior Loan Fund, through PSLF’s wholly-owned and consolidated subsidiary, PennantPark CLO IV, LLC, has closed a four-year reinvestment period, 12-year final maturity $304.0 million debt securitization in the form of a collateralized loan obligation (“CLO”). The transaction is the fourth middle market CLO for PennantPark, which has issued CLO vehicles since 2019. “PennantPark remains...
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Dealmakers Look Forward to an Active but Slightly Cooler Market in 2022 Anastasia Donde – Middle Market Growth PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner, Art Penn, spoke with Middle Market Growth’s Anastasia Donde on the 2022 outlook for dealmaking. Art shared his positive outlook, noting that while it will still be a busy year for deals, he expects activity to slow down compared to the unprecedented activity in 2021.   Read the Full Article
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Rising inflation may spare smaller middle-market lenders Nell Mackenzie – Risk Art Penn, Founder and Managing Partner of PennantPark, was featured in Risk, following his conversation with reporter Nell Mackenzie, where he discussed the core middle market, the rise of lending by private credit firms, and how lenders like PennantPark will prevail amid rising inflation.   Read the Full Article
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PennantPark Continues To Grow Its Middle Market CLO Business with the Closing of a $300.8 Million CLO PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLC announced the closing of a $300.8 million debt securitization in the form of a collateralized loan obligation (“CLO”). The debt issued in the CLO, has a three-year reinvestment period and 11-year final maturity. “This transaction reinforces PennantPark’s commitment to the growth of our CLO platform, and our ability to access attractive, long-term financing well...
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Despite Losing Market Share, Smaller Asset Managers Keep Battling the Giants Jessica Hamlin – Institutional Investor PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner, Art Penn, spoke with Jessica Hamlin of Institutional Investor on how PennantPark differentiates itself from the larger asset managers. Art noted that by investing in smaller and middle markets, PennantPark targets investments in the core middle market, including companies that generate anywhere between $10 million and $50 million in EBITDA, which allows the company...
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Art Penn Featured on Bloomberg Markets: European Close “We’re as busy as we’ve ever been in 14 years in the business.” PennantPark’s Founder and Managing Partner, Art Penn, spoke with Bloomberg TV’s Alix Steel, Guy Johnson, and Sonali Basak, during “Bloomberg Markets: European Close,” where he discussed the factors contributing to the growth of non-bank lenders, the trend of big banks exiting the middle market, loan growth, global supply chain issues, and more. During this...
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“Where we’re seeing the best risk-adjusted return in the marketplace today, is not only below $50 million EBITDA, but below $20 million EBITDA. And that’s where we’ve had our most recent successes, lending money to companies that we believe are safe loans and where we can co-invest in the equity.” PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn, shared his insights on global debt, the shape of the company’s portfolio through the pandemic, and the current...
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PennantPark hires for fundraising role Susan Barreto – Alternatives Watch Susan Barreto of Alternatives Watch shared news announcing that Pete Mitchell has joined the company as Managing Director, Head of Private Capital Fundraising. In his new role, Pete will lead fundraising for the firm’s private vehicles as we continue to expand our middle market private credit investment business. Art shared the following on Pete’s addition, “We are pleased to welcome Pete to our team, as...
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PennantPark brings on head of private capital fundraising Arleen Jacobius – Pensions & Investments Arleen Jacobious of Pensions & Investments shared news of the hiring of Pete Mitchell as Managing Director, Head of Private Capital Fundraising. In his new role, Pete will lead fundraising for the firm’s private vehicles as we continue to expand our middle market private credit investment business. Art shared the following on Pete’s addition, “We are pleased to welcome Pete to...
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PennantPark Raises Levered Credit Assets Susan Barreto – Alternatives Watch Susan Barreto of Alternatives Watch shared news of the successful closing of our fifth comingled fund last week, PennantPark Senior Credit Fund Levered (“PSCF-Lev”), securing $460 million in additional investment capacity and taking another significant step forward in the growth of the firm’s middle market private credit investment business. From pre-COVID inception in mid-2019 through March 31, 2021, PSCF-Lev’s gross and net annualized returns were...
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New Commitments Increase Investment Capacity by $460 Million PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLC officially announced the successful closing of our fifth commingled fund, PennantPark Senior Credit Fund Levered, LP, which secured $460 million in additional investment capacity and marked another significant step forward in the growth of our middle market private credit investment business. From pre-COVID inception in mid-2019 through March 31, 2021, PSCF-Lev’s gross and net annualized returns were 17.7% and 15.3%, respectively, surpassing the...
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(NY) PennantPark Locks Down US$460m for Middle Market Lending – RLPC News Andrew Hedlund – Refinitiv Andrew Hedlund of Refinitiv shared news of the successful closing of PennantPark’s fifth comingled fund, PennantPark Senior Credit Fund Levered (“PSCF-Lev”), which secured $460 million in additional investment capacity. From pre-COVID inception in mid-2019 through March 31, 2021, the fund has posted annualized gross and net internal rates of return (IRR) of 17.7% and 15.3, respectively, surpassing the target...
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How Private Credit Survived Its First Test Julie Segal – Institutional Investor PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Julie Segal of Institutional Investor for her piece on how direct lenders defied gloomy forecasts for the asset class throughout the pandemic. Art noted highlighted the importance of substantial equity cushion and strong covenants throughout the downturn and offered his insight into why private credit avoided the major obstacles that many predicted. “There’s a...
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Direct lending weathers Covid storm, inspiring new fundraising push  Silas Brown – GlobalCapital PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Silas Brown of GlobalCapital for his piece on the resiliency of direct lending throughout the pandemic and the growth of private credit fundraising across Europe. Art noted that the asset class’ performance was primarily a reflection of managers’ tendency to avoid cyclical industries. “Covid was different because specific sectors of the economy were...
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“I think this COVID time period really has been extra validation for the space, and the learnings that we’ve all seen from COVID and the learnings that Asian investors have seen can now be put into place.” PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn briefly discussed the key takeaways for APAC investors interested in allocating to private credit strategies on the Private Debt After the Pandemic Webinar. Art highlighted the resilience and returns of PennantPark’s...
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Private Credit Lets Pet Sector Out of Doghouse During Pandemic  Sasha Padbidri – Refinitv PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Sasha Padbidri of Refintiv for her article on the growth of direct lending to pet-focused companies throughout the pandemic.  The industry benefited throughout Covid-19, but Art highlighted that it’s important to consider how the sector will be impacted as we return to normal circumstances. “We still don’t know how the sector will...
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Direct Lending Booms in Europe with Big Funds, Growth Outlook By Tom Stabile – FundFire PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Tom Stabile of FundFire for his piece on the growth of direct lending in Europe. Art noted that, while opportunities exist, the longstanding relationships between European banks and middle market companies has resulted in stronger competition and a slower adoption of direct lending allocations. “From the investor standpoint, it’s earlier days...
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“We, as an industry, we’re able to come to the table quickly to really help solve the problem and also protect the interest of our investors.” PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently discussed how middle market credit weathered the Covid-19 downturn on the Private Debt After the Pandemic Webinar. Art highlighted the similarities and differences managing through Covid-19 and the Global Financial Crisis, focusing specifically on the crucial role that equity support played...
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PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn discuss the historical leverage levels and vintages following the Global Financial Crisis through the Covid-19 disruption, highlighting how capital preservation protected PennantPark leading up to the 2020 market downturn.   Watch the full webinar here
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American Airlines Joins Debt-Market Behemoths By Matt Wirz – The Wall Street Journal PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Matt Wirz of The Wall Street Journal for his article on American Airlines’ activity in the debt markets since the onset of the pandemic. American Airlines serves as an example of how private lenders can provide capital solutions to companies that were heavily impacted by last year’s shutdown, but Art noted that it’s...
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Private Debt Seen Succumbing to Junk Frenzy as Yields Evaporate By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Kelsey Butler of Bloomberg for her piece on how borrower-friendly terms in the junk-bond and leveraged loan markets are impacting the upper middle market for private debt. The core middle market, where we are focused, has not seen that type of pressure. “We want to focus on an area where we...
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PennantPark banks strong Q4 with BDCs By Susan Barreto – Alternatives Watch Susan Barreto of Alternatives Watch recently highlighted PennantPark’s Q1 earnings, noting that the firm enjoyed a strong quarter across our portfolio, including the increase in net asset value across both PNNT and PFLT. Our excellent performance during the GFC a decade ago and now through COVID has differentiated us among direct lenders.   Read the Full Article
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Middle Market Movie Theater Industry Headwinds Exacerbated by Pandemic; Consolidation Remains in Question as Uncertainty Among Larger Players Plagues Industry By Millie Dent – Reorg PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Millie Dent of Reorg for her piece on the outlook for middle market movie theaters in 2021 and discussed some of the obstacles that middle market theaters are facing as they aim to access additional capital. Art noted that larger chains...
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PennantPark Senior Secured Loan Fund, LLC Completes $300.7 Million CLO In January 2021, PennantPark Floating Rate Capital officially announced that its joint venture, PennantPark Senior Secured Loan Fund, LLC (PSSL), completed a $300.7 million CLO. The transaction allows PSSL to grow with low cost, long-term financing, and its successful execution is a testament to the resiliency of the firm’s portfolio. “Having a three-year reinvestment period, an 11-year final maturity, and attractive pricing will enhance returns...
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Private Lender PennantPark Boosts Opportunistic Debt Firepower By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg Kelsey Butler of Bloomberg recently highlighted the successful closing of the PennantPark Credit Opportunities Fund III, LP, including a statement from Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn. As Art detailed, private debt investments provide “consistent absolute returns in a low-yield environment while also capitalizing on attractive opportunities during times of market volatility.”   Read the Full Press Release   The following story appeared...
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Nonprofit News Special Report: 2021 Alternative Investments Outlook By Justin Slaughter – FIN News PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Justin Slaughter of Financial Investment News for his piece on the outlook for alternative investments in 2021. Art discussed how private credit remained resilient as an asset class throughout the pandemic and highlighted how private debt managers will be in a position to help companies in the coming year. “This pandemic was...
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CLO Outlook: Managers Aim To Pace Issuance In An Uneven Recovery Driven by Covid Vaccine By David Graubard – LevFin Insights In December, PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with David Graubard for his piece in LevFin Insights, which evaluated the 2021 outlook for the CLO market. As detailed below, the best-case scenario is that vaccines begin diminishing Covid-19 in the first half of 2021, before CLOs normalize to 2018-19 spread levels and...
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DLD follows up with Art Penn of PennantPark: “There is a general belief that we’ve seen the worst” By Kelly Thompson – Direct Lending Deals PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Kelly Thompson of Direct Lending Deals to discuss how companies and direct lenders navigated the Covid-19 crisis, and the state of the current economic recovery. “There is a general belief that we’ve seen the worst,” Art said. “That’s not to say...
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U.S. Direct Lending Wrap: Firms Anticipate Year-End Deal Rush By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was recently quoted in Kelsey Butler’s Bloomberg piece on U.S. direct lenders’ expectations that deal flow will increase ahead of the new year, and potential tax changes under a new administration. Specifically, Art discussed the opportunities that are emerging in the direct lending space. “This upcoming vintage of loans is likely to be the...
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PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently participated in Private Debt Investor’s New York Forum, where he discussed trends in companies’ earnings and liquidity, leverage levels, changes in the CLO market and adjustments to covenants that he has seen across the market.
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Frozen Deal Market Turns Frenzied as Election Approaches By Julie Segal – Institutional Investor PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently spoke with Julie Segal of Institutional Investor to discuss his observations across the market. Specifically, Art discussed how November’s election will impact market activity, detailing that companies are exploring opportunities to invest in companies that have successfully weathered the Covid-19 downturn. “It’s going to be a busy three months here before year-end,” he...
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Federal Relief: Too Little Too Late? By Robin Blumenthal – Private Debt Investor PennantPark founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently spoke with Robin Blumenthal of Private Debt Investor about the federal relief efforts intended to help companies whose businesses were upended during the disruption of the U.S. economy. While previous iterations of the programs have provided an extensive amount of capital, the Congressional Oversight Commission has suggested that the Fed and Treasury consider lowering...
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PennantPark, Pantheon to Form Private Credit Joint Venture By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg Kelsey Butler of Bloomberg reported on our recently announced joint venture with Pantheon Ventures, highlighting that PennantPark Senior Loan Fund I LLC will hold $356 million in senior loans at fair value and provide a “more robust balance sheet and more flexible capital structure.”   Read the Full Article
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Joint Venture to Target Middle Market Financing Opportunities Pantheon Acquires a Stake in a Special Purpose Vehicle from PennantPark Pantheon to Contribute Additional Capital Transaction Boosts Buying Power and Scales Platform Click here to download a PDF version NEW YORK, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PennantPark Investment Corporation (“PNNT”) (NASDAQ: PNNT) today announced it has formed a joint venture with the private credit investment business of Pantheon (“Pantheon”) to create PennantPark Senior Loan Fund...
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(NY) Secondary: Traders Favor High-Quality Loans In Bid To Withstand Volatility By Aaron Weinman – Refinitiv PennantPark founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently spoke with Aaron Weinman of Refinitiv for a piece on activity across the secondary market.  Art provided insight into factors that continue to drive the market, such as Covid-19, prospects for a vaccine and actions from the Federal Reserve, and highlighted the secondary market opportunity that could present itself if there...
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Credit Managers To Exploit Market Dislocations By Arleen Jacobius – Pensions & Investments PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Arleen Jacobius of Pensions & Investments for a 2020 credit outlook piece, which highlighted the increased interest in private credit strategies emerging from the current market environment. Art provided insight into different opportunities that will prevent themselves in the credit sector and emphasized that the firm is currently focused on the secondary markets....
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Direct Lending Managers Scramble as Routine Deals Dry Up By Tom Stabile – FundFire PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was recently featured in Tom Stabile’s FundFire piece, which addressed how direct lenders are navigating the current market and which managers are best equipped to handle new deals. Art highlighted the value of exploring opportunities in the secondary market. “The middle market is lightly syndicated,” he said. “You can buy [loans] for a significant...
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Secondary: Douglas Dynamics’ US$275m loan ticks up as investors seek value – RLPC News By Aaron Weinman – Refinitiv PennantPark founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was quoted in Aaron Weinman’s Refinitiv piece on the secondary market, as credit investments in the space have seen an uptick alongside the wider recovery across the debt capital markets. Art noted that the secondary market has remained attractive for middle market lenders during the economic downturn. “Pricing has...
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Now Is the Time to Invest in These Debt Funds By Julie Segal – Institutional Investor PennantPark was featured in Julie Segal’s Institutional Investor piece, which analyzed a collection of opportunities in middle market lending funds and private equity. Though the recent market disruption has limited investment activity, Segal points to PennantPark’s research which highlights that money invested during crises is dedicated to deals that use less leverage and provide investors the opportunity to capitalize...
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Coronavirus: Private Equity’s Bailout Moment By Kaye Wiggins, Mark Vandevelde, and Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was featured in Kaye Wiggins, Mark Vandevelde, and Robin Wigglesworth’s Financial Times piece on private equity and the government’s current stimulus package. “This is the time for a bazooka,” Art said in reference to the Federal Reserve’s actions to revive the corporate debt market. “If you had the time and energy the...
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Direct Lenders Remain Open to Fund Deals By Anastasia Donde – Mergermarket PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Anastasia Donde of Mergermarket in April for a piece on direct lenders’ evaluation of fund deals in the current market environment. Art noted that although M&A activity is currently quiet, he anticipates more opportunity, particularly in defense and government service-related businesses going forward. “We’ve become more interested in defense-related and government services businesses, they...
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