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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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Recovery Begins, But Is It U, V Or Even W? By Oliver Newton – Creditflux PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn participated in Creditflux’s report on the outlook for the credit market in 2020, providing his expertise on direct lending in the United States specifically. Art noted that due to the shift toward lender friendly terms, there have been higher yields, lower leverage, better structures, and potential equity coinvestments. He also noted the challenges...
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Credit Funds Look To Take Advantage Of Great Dislocation By David Graubard – International Financing Review PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was featured in David Graubard’s International Financing Review piece on credit funds’ strategy during the current market disruption. Art provided insight into how PennantPark has adapted to the current market. “We are looking at potential bargains in the broadly syndicated loan space non-impacted by Covid-19,” he said.   Click here to read...
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PennantPark Sees Lower Leverage, More Covenants in Private Debt (April 6, 2020) By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg Bloomberg’s Kelsey Butler talked to Managing Partner Art Penn for an article covering PennantPark’s outlook on middle market lending, highlighting that the firm expects “lower leverage levels and juicier yields in private credit once the market gets back up and running.” Though the private credit sector is facing a market disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak, Art provided...
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PennantPark Seeks $1bn For A New Syndicated Loan Fund By David Graubard – Alternatives Watch PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with David Graubard of Alternatives Watch about the firm’s newly-planned syndicated loan fund. “We are looking at potential bargains in the broadly syndicated loan space because there are some solid companies that do not seem to be impacted by Covid-19 at discounted prices,” Art said.   Click here to read the full...
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US Direct Lenders Hope For Helping Hand From Private Equity Lobbying By James Harvey – Alt Credit PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was featured in a story by Alt Credit’s James Harvey, which examined how private equity’s lobbying efforts for coronavirus relief loans could alleviate pressure on direct lenders. Specifically, Art provided insight into the small business investment company exceptions, noting that they will allow some borrowers to access SBA loans. “We’re still...
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Direct Lenders Support Existing Investments But Open For Opportunities By Kristen Haunss – Reuters PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Reuters’ Kristen Haunss to discuss strategies BDCs are employing to simultaneously support existing investments while remaining open to new opportunities. Art provided insight on companies using revolving lines of credit to ensure ample liquidity – though he noted that none of PennantPark’s portfolio companies have made such requests yet – and offered...
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The Bankruptcy Lawyers Are Smiling By Robin Blumenthal – Private Debt Investor PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn spoke with Private Debt Investor’s Robin Blumenthal about the impact of the coronavirus on private lending, specifically in the distressed debt market. Art highlighted that PennantPark is working off the assumption that the majority of new deals are being postponed, as companies aren’t committing capital in the current environment – adding that the firm has long...
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Dealmaking in a Pandemic By Julie Segal – Institutional Investor PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently discussed the impact of the coronavirus on deal activity with Julie Segal of Institutional Investor. Art emphasized the importance of patience and focusing on its existing portfolio companies, given that overall activity has slowed. “It’s hard to price risk right now, whether you’re a lender, in private equity, or a shareholder,” he said. “People are pivoting to...
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