It would appear that the distinct lack of confidence that I alluded to yesterday, (see here) has led to one or two interesting developments in the primary markets (the market for new debt issuance). Private equity houses KKR, Clayton and Dublier & Rice were, yesterday, forced to drop their bond offering funding the acquisition of US Foodservices. Covenant weak leveraged loans have also been receiving short shrift of late. Earlier this week Arcelor Mittal were also forced to pull their bond offering “pending more stable conditions.”
These developments will be a concern, especially to those banks who will have provided bridging finance and now have their capital tied up, at least until investors can be persuaded to part with some cash.