Private Equity

Subprime Pet Rental Company Files For Bankruptcy

Less than two months after Wags made waves around Wall Street with a viral Bloomberg story about the first "subprime" pet rental company, the predatory lender which charged as much as a 70% APR has filed for bankruptcy.

Frontrunning: April 19

  • As Trump warned N. Korea, 'armada' headed to Australia (Reuters)
  • Threat of Carrier Heading to Koreas Wasn’t All It Seemed (WSJ)
  • Markets Start to Ponder the $13 Trillion Asset Gorilla in the Room (BBG)
  • Investors’ Nightmare Scenario Takes Shape in French Election (WSJ)
  • Venezuelan opposition to hold 'mother of all marches' against Maduro (Reuters)

Frontrunning: April 18

  • Britain's May seeks snap election to boost Brexit hand (Reuters)
  • Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans (Reuters)
  • Trump appointee Gorsuch energetic in first U.S. high court arguments (Reuters)
  • Pence Reaffirms U.S.-Japan Alliance Amid North Korea Provocations (WSJ)
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team (BBG)

Median LBO Multiple Rises To 10.8x, Highest Since The Financial Crisis

According to a new report by PitchBook, after reaching new highs in 2016, acquisition multiples inched even higher in the first quarter of this year, and as a result the median EV/EBITDA multiple hit 10.8x in 1Q 2017, up from 10.7x last year. That was the highest median multiple paid since the financial crisis.

Financialization & The Erosion Of Growth

"As fees go up by half-a-percent, we reach into the client’s balance sheet, snatch the half-a-percent, and turn it into income; it’s almost magic - capital into income... but we lower the savings rate of our clients (savings and investment rate) by half-a-percent as our fees go up, so we get short term GDP kick from our income, at the expense of lower long-term growth on the part of the system."

This Economy Is Ruined For Many Americans

In the dazzling glitter and excitement of soaring asset prices that central banks around the world, and particularly the Fed, have tried so hard to engineer, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has those assets, that a lot of people can’t get “rich” just sitting on inflated assets, that they have to work long hours in measly jobs just to stay one paycheck ahead of hunger and homelessness.

Will The Oil Price Slide Lead To A Credit Crunch For U.S. Drillers?

The recent drop in oil prices, which has almost wiped out the price gains since OPEC announced its supply-cut deal, is coming just ahead of the spring season when banks are reassessing the credit lines they are extending to support drillers’ growth plans.

Howard Marks Redux: "There They Go Again" - Why Stock Investors Develop Amnesia

"Contributing to... euphoria... is the extreme brevity of the financial memory... There can be few fields of human endeavor in which history counts for so little as in the world of finance. Past experience, to the extent that it is part of memory at all, is dismissed as the primitive refuge of those who do not have the insight to appreciate the incredible wonders of the present."