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DLD chats with Art Penn of PennantPark about Direct Lending: It’s Not Some Exotic ‘Alternative Asset Class.’ By: Kelly Thompson – Direct Lending Deals PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn recently had a conversation with Kelly Thompson of Direct Lending Deals. Art discussed PennantPark’s definition of the middle market, portfolio evaluation during the coronavirus outbreak, and his definition of direct lending, among other topics. “It’s not some exotic ‘alternative asset class,'” he said. “It’s...
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Middle-Market Tech Expected to Stay Hot Amid Global Uncertainty, Advisors Say By Darcy Reddan – Reorg PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was recently featured in an article by Darcy Reddan of Reorg, which evaluated the increasing amount of middle market tech deal activity. Art commented on the growing number of investments in the cybersecurity and data platform space and highlighted the importance of investing in technologies that would not be impacted by potential...
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The U.S. Small and Medium-sized Lending Markets Are Rapidly Expanding: An interview with Art Penn, Founder of Pennant Park, an Investment Company Specializing in U.S. SME Financing By: Momoe Ban – Nikkei Newspaper: “World Plus” Edition Momoe Ban and Nikkei Asian Review conducted a Q&A with PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn, delving into the expansion of investment opportunities and strategies for SME financing. Specifically, Art provided his perspective on Japanese institutional investors’ expansion...
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Direct Lenders Weigh Impact of Aggressive EBITDA Add-Backs By” David Brooke – Reuters PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn was recently quoted in a Reuters article examining the growing prevalence of EBITDA add-backs and their impact on middle market lenders. “Some of the add-backs that are synergies are not as tangible and more of a hope that they will occur,” Art said. “They also won’t be immediate so it’s a lot harder for a...
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Loans for Small and Medium-Sized Companies Rapidly Expanding in the U.S.Seeking High Yield via a Fund Structure by Momoe Ban – Nikkei Newspaper December 5th, 2019 Last month, PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn discussed the growth of the private debt market in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, noting that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are seeking new opportunities for private debt to raise funds. Click here to see the full article...
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Private Credit Squeezes Leveraged Loan Market: November Wrap By Kelsey Butler – Bloomberg PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn notes in a recent Bloomberg article that the quality of borrowers coming to the core middle market has improved recently, which is partially being driven by M&A and buyout activity.   Click here to read full article
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PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner Art Penn attended the Private Debt Investor Seoul and Tokyo Forums last week and participated in multiple panels that evaluated how investors can find value in private credit and assessed the global factors impacting the private debt market. In both Tokyo and Seoul, Art provided an overview of the robust opportunities and strategies institutional investors can capitalize on to preserve capital and maximize performance throughout the current credit cycle and...
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Two Roads Diverged in the CLO Wood By Charlie Dinning – Creditflux In November, Art Penn spoke with Creditflux about the effect regulation changes had on BDC managers’ choice to launch middle market CLOs. “After the rule change that allows BDCs to lever debt to equity at a 2:1 limit, middle market CLOs became an efficient financing tool for BDC managers,” he said.   Click here to read the full article
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PennantPark Founder and Managing Partner, Art Penn, participated in the Private Markets panel at the 17th Annual Global ARC conference last week. Art provided an overview on some of the credit-focused strategies that institutional investors can leverage during the current cycle. Art was joined on the panel by Gordon Bajnai of Campbell Lutyens, Theodore Koenig of Monroe Capital LLC, Jonathan Dorfman of Napier Park Global Capital, and Dan Sparks of Shelter Growth Capital Partners |...
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Direct Lending Managers Fire Up ESG for Credit Funds By Tom Stabile – FundFire Direct lending managers are increasingly applying ESG criteria to their strategies. PennantPark adopted a formal ESG policy at the end of 2018 and Art Penn spoke with FundFire about the impact it has had in working with investors. Click here to read full article  
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