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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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