Just The Facts

Just The Facts

  1. Leveraged loans provide over $1 trillion in financing to American companies.
  2. Roughly three-quarters of American companies that are rated are considered non-investment grade.
  3. With regulation increasingly limiting what banks can provide, non-bank lenders – like CLOs and mutual funds – have stepped into the gap to provide financing to those who might not otherwise have access.
  4. Non-banks provide more than $900 billion of loan to US businesses.
  5. Companies that receive financing from non-banks employ over 7 million people.
  6. CLOs are the biggest non-bank lender to companies.
  7. CLOs provide over $440 billion in financing to more than 1,200 American companies.
  8. CLOs are a critical source of credit for mid-sized businesses.
  9. CLOs provide financing for companies that generate over $1.8 trillion in sales revenue annually.
  10. Historically CLOs have suffered practically no losses. No Aa or Aaa rated tranche of a CLO has ever suffered impairment.

What They Are Saying

  • “CLOs are primarily used by small, midsize, or challenged businesses as a non-investment grade vehicle.” (Letter to The Honorable Andy Barr, March 10, 2014)

    R. Bruce Josten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    “While they may not have a high profile, CLOs provide a valuable function that our recovering economy cannot do without” (Floor speech during consideration of “Restoring Proven Financing For American Employers Act,” Congressional Record, p. H3257, April 29, 2014)

    U.S. Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
  • “The Barr-Scott bill’s lower risk retention requirement would significantly reduce the financial burden for managers bringing new deals to market. This would encourage new CLO issuance, thereby adding liquidity to the leveraged loan market. It would also formalize objective credit criteria for qualified CLOs, which in turn would discourage the issuance of riskier types of CLOs.”

    Lana Deharveng; Senior Analyst, Moody's

    “CLOs are important tools to expand credit availability.” (Rob Blackwell, Volcker Fix Leaves Some Small Banks Out in the Cold, “American Banker,” January 16, 2014)

    Jaret Seiberg, Guggenheim Securities
  • “[CLOs are] an important part of the economy overall and the single-largest lender to corporations beside banks.” (Stephanie Armour, Lenders, Companies Balk at Proposed Loan Rules, “The Wall Street Journal,” November 28, 2013)

    Josh Terry, Highland Capital Management LP

    “CLOs represent a vital source of credit and remain an important financing resource for small to mid-size businesses across the country. Losing or restricting CLOs will make it not only harder to access capital, but it will make the loan process more expensive, ultimately reducing funds needed to build businesses and stifling future economic growth.” (Joe Dutra, Congress can help small Reno businesses with taxes, “Reno Gazette-Journal,” March 23, 2017)

    Joe Dutra, CEO of Kimmie Candy
  • “CLOs performed extraordinarily well, yet risk retention rules don’t seem to acknowledge the fact that these securities, which performed well, helped finance more than 1200 companies that employ more than 600 million people.” (House Financial Services Committee Hearing, “The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III on the Fixed Income Market and Securitizations”, February 24, 2016)

    U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO)

    “The reduced financial burden would allow less-capitalized managers to comply with the retention rules and issue new CLOs, and could allow other managers to issue a greater number of CLOs without external financing.”

    Lana Deharveng, Senior Analyst at Moody's
  • “CLOs are products that help provide large amounts of credit to small businesses. They are debt securities, and they performed well through the greatest financial crisis of our time, and they continue to perform well.” (House Financial Services Committee Hearing, “The Impact of the Volcker Rule on Job Creators, Part II,” January 15, 2014)

    U.S. Representative David Scott (D-GA)

    “There has to be a revisitation of the regulation that had been introduced in the past few years about Asset Backed Securities to eliminate some of the undue discriminations toward this specific product when this product is simple, real and transparent” (Jim Brunsden, Basel Pushes Risk Realism as Draghi Prepares to Buy ABS, “Bloomberg Business,” June 11, 2014)

    Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank
  • “The asset-backed market matters because it fuels lending to the real economy.” (Jody Shenn, It’s Like 2009 for Some Asset-Backed Securities Rattled by the Fed, “Bloomberg Business,” August 17, 2015)

    Jody Shenn, Bloomberg Business

    “[W]e should be mindful of the fact that CLOs provide financing to businesses that cannot access the debt markets affordably, if at all. For many of these companies term loan financing is their only recourse.” (Testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “The Impact of the Volcker Rule on Job Creators Part 1,” January 15, 2014)

    David Robertson, Treasury Strategies, Inc.
  • “Collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, have proven to be a critical source of funding for U.S. businesses over the last 20 years.” (Floor speech during consideration of “Restoring Proven Financing For American Employers Act,” Congressional Record, p. H3258, April 29, 2014)

    U.S. Representative Andy Barr (R-KY)

    “[T]he historic default rate of CLOs is under 1.5%, and the loss given default much lower than that. These are assets that withstood the stress of the financial crisis and continue to trade at or close to par.” (Testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “The Impact of the Volcker Rule on Job Creators Part 1,” January 15, 2014)

    David C. Robertson, Treasury Strategies, Inc.
  • “Having grown over the course of time, CLOs provide business financing to companies in 47 states and the District of Columbia that collectively employ over five million Americans. … A broad swath of corporate America participates in this market, including companies from the health care, energy, retail, entertainment, and telecommunications sectors, to name just a few.” (Testimony to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, “The Dodd-Frank Act’s Impact on Asset-Backed Securities, February 26, 2014)

    Tom Quaadman, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness

    “We need a healthy leveraged loan market. The country needs it to finance capital investment.” (Glen Fest, Babson CEO Finke: CLOs Often Unfairly Judged, “Asset Securitization Report,” April 24, 2014)

    Tom Finke, Babson Capital Management

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