Private credit is lending to private companies, by non-bank entities (typically private credit funds), in bilaterally negotiated arrangements between the lender and borrower, based on the specific requirements of the borrowers.
Private debt has experienced unprecedented growth since 2009, going from $320bn in 2010 to $875bn at the end of 2020, according to Preqin. It is now the third-largest asset class in the alternatives space, measured in assets under management (AUM) figures - only behind private equity and real estate. Preqin also forecasts an 11.4% compound annual growth rate which would increase the total AUM to nearly $1.5tn in 2025.
There is a wide range of strategies that fall under the umbrella of private debt: direct lending, specialty lending and credit opportunities, mezzanine and distressed. It also includes other strategies including infrastructure and real estate debt, as well as more derivative instruments such as CLOs/ CDOs.
Direct landing has the largest slice of the private credit market by AUM. The strategy consists of senior loans and limited junior loans made directly to companies, with lenders often choosing to specialise in particular industries and/or geographies.
Why credit is attractive for private investors
We argue that private debt can be a good addition to a mature portfolio inclusive of private equity for its lower volatility, diversification benefits and downside protection offered through the attractive risk-return profile, and income generating abilities of the asset class.
The attractiveness of the added diversification that private credit’s returns bring to a portfolio, coupled with access to well-seasoned managers with proven track records, means that Moonfare is in prime position to offer you privileged access to this important part of the private markets universe.
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