Private credit is where a non-bank lender provides loans to companies, typically to small and medium size enterprises that are non-investment grade. Private credit can serve as a diversifier in a private markets portfolio as debt is less correlated with equity markets. Plus, it allows for a shorter J-curve due to the periodic income component from repayments.
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Private credit in a nutshell
As regulatory changes have led to traditional lenders - such as banks - stepping away from lending to middle-sized enterprises, private credit managers have seized the opportunity to enter the market, lending to small and medium size enterprises that are non-investment grade.
Target companies are often sourced from a credit manager’s proprietary network. The manager has the flexibility to set its preferred lending terms, typically arranging for protective covenants and collateral to protect against defaults.
Returns are achieved by charging a floating rate spread above the reference rate, allowing the lender and investors to benefit from increasing interest rates. Unlike private equity, private credit agreements have a fixed term, meaning that the “exit strategy” for an investment is pre-defined.
Proprietary network. A private credit firm’s proprietary network of target companies and entrepreneurs allows them to screen for the best opportunities based on demand, geography, market position, cash flows and management.
Risk management. Enhanced due diligence is fundamental in screening out risky borrowers. Private credit managers will leverage their strong market expertise to provide robust private credit analysis.
Structuring expertise. In case of a default, managers can deploy the required resources to assist companies in the bankruptcy process, helping to extract maximum value for the fund.
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