This article provides an overview of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) as securitizations backed by diverse portfolios of senior secured leveraged loans, their historical performance and default rates, and how they differ from other securitization vehicles. It explains the resilience of the asset class, due in part, to covenants that limit risk exposure and offer early identification of stress.
This article also discusses the deterioration of covenant quality in leveraged loans and the benefits and drawbacks of covenant-lite loans. The European CLO market is well regulated, transparent, and has improved liquidity, with increasing interest in investment-grade tranches. Issuers have adapted and innovated in response to crises, leading to new structural modifications and ESG adoption. The market is expected to remain robust due to its ability to adapt and the improved investor base.
Volta Finance Ltd (LON:VTA) is a closed-ended limited liability company registered in Guernsey. Volta’s investment objectives are to seek to preserve capital across the credit cycle and to provide a stable stream of income to its Shareholders through dividends that it expects to distribute on a quarterly basis.