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Debt Capital Markets Review Q1 2020

04 February 2020

Gambit announces the publication of its Debt Capital Markets review for Q1 2020.

Report Summary:

  • Central banks have continued to adopt ‘easy’ monetary policies which have supported growth, although there is caution surrounding the lack of stimulus options available to fight any potential recession.
  • The low interest rate environment continues to attract corporates to debt markets, with the sustained rise of alternative funders presenting prospective borrowers with a myriad of options to navigate.
  • The amount and diversity of capital available to businesses in 2020 is at unprecedented levels, with private debt funds raising records amounts in 2019.
  • Ever increasing competition between lenders has led to concerns around lending standards, with ‘cov-lite’ loans continuing to feature in larger private equity and upper mid-market transactions.
  • Mid-market valuation multiples held up well over the course of 2019 as private equity funds continued to deploy dry powder into UK assets.
  • The UK continues to be Europe’s largest M&A market and activity in 2020 is expected to be healthy, bouncing back from a fall in deal volumes in 2019.
  • Closer scrutiny of Entrepreneur's Relief and its cost to the Exchequer has led to business owners expediting their exit plans in 2020.

To read the full report, click here.