Investor appetite in the U.S. leveraged loan market was on full display last month.
Credits backing dividends and recapitalizations, practically non-existent in the first quarter of the year, made a serious comeback in May, with $7.6 billion of activity during the month, up from $2.5 billion in April.
The May tally is the most for dividend activity since the $10.8 billion last July.
Dividend credits - through which an issuer takes on debt to fund a cash distribution to a private equity sponsor or shareholders - are a good gauge of how hot the leveraged loan market is: The greater the investor appetite for loan paper, the more willing lenders are to undertake transactions that can weaken a company's balance sheet.
You can read more about how dividend loans work here, in LCD's Loan Market Primer/Almanac.
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