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Buyout Debt Multiples Climbed in 2018

Can the momentum continue despite heavy year-end volatility?

  • March 08, 2019

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Buyout Debt Multiples Climbed in 2018

Buyout leverage in 2018 hit levels not seen since the run-up to the global financial crisis. Lenders eager to fund new deals were encouraged by the Trump era’s more relaxed regulatory environment. High-yield markets crashed at year-end, however, only to snap back in early 2019. The extreme volatility left analysts wondering how long the favorable market for leveraged loans will last.

Bain partner Hugh MacArthur is a director in the firm’s Boston office and head of Bain’s Global Private Equity practice.

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