The most recent collateralized debt obligation (CLO) rated by Standard & Poor’s would bring total issuance in the sector to $23.8 billion, according to a research note from the agency.
The entire transaction amounts to $404 million, divvied up among six floating-rate tranches, and one fixed-rate class, with a range of ratings. Perched at the top of the capital structure are triple-A notes in the A-1 class for $255 million. At three-month Libor plus 153 basis points, the pricing benchmark for that tranche contained in the pre-sale is a touch wider than in recent deals, S&P said.
Jefferies & Co. is the sole bookrunner on the deal. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities is the co-lead manager and initial purchaser of the class A-1 notes.
As of Aug. 24, the transaction had 133 obligors, with the largest obligor representing 1.94% of the collateral, which consists mostly of broadly syndicated, sub-investment-grade, senior secured loans. The industries with the heaviest weighting in the transaction are health care, containers and glass products, and telecommunications.