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CVC Credit Partners European Opps

Seeking opportunities in leveraged credit

Review | Investment Companies | 19 Mar 2018

CVC Credit Partners European Opportunities (CCPEOL) seeks to achieve gross returns of 8-12% a year by investing in a portfolio of high-yielding debt investments with a bias towards Western Europe. The majority of the portfolio is in floating rate, senior secured loans, which, while rated below investment grade, rank higher in the capital structure than equities or bonds. The strategy blends performing credit, where returns come mainly from income, with more opportunistic investment in credits that are priced below par, offering a yield pick-up as well as capital growth potential. In spite of sustained strong issuance and refinancing, which puts downward pressure on yields, the managers see opportunities from accelerating disposals of non-core assets by banks, industry dislocations in areas such as retail, and expected periods of volatility around interest rate rises.

Paysafe Group

Formal bid made at 590p

Flash note | Technology | 09 Aug 2017

Paysafe has confirmed that the Blackstone/CVC consortium has made a formal bid for the company at 590p per share (all cash). The board is recommending the offer, which should complete in Q417 if approved by shareholders and all other regulatory requirements are met. The disposal of the Asia Gateway business for up to $308m has also been agreed, and is anticipated to complete on the same day.

CVC Credit Partners European Opps

Income and growth from credit portfolio

Initiation | Investment Companies | 14 Jul 2017

CVC Credit Partners European Opportunities (CCPEOL) seeks returns of 8-12% a year by investing mainly in high yielding sub-investment grade loans. A focus on senior secured assets mitigates the higher risk from lower credit quality. The bias to floating rate credits means rising interest rates should be a benefit rather than a drag. The portfolio is split roughly 50/50 between performing credit, where returns come mainly in the form of income, and credit opportunities, where assets are priced below par and thus offer potential for capital appreciation and downside protection due to the discounted price. There are relatively few alternative ways for individual investors in Europe to access the senior loans market, since loans are not permitted investments in open-ended UCITS funds. Sterling and euro share classes are available, and a recent placing of treasury shares has increased the market cap of each class by £77.55m and €13.87m, respectively.