Bloomberg Quotes McIntire Finance Professor David C. Smith on Covenant-Lite Debt

September 27, 2016

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With more than 75 percent of new loans in the leveraged loan market this year offering weak protections (according to a Moody’s Investors Service report this month), McIntire Finance Professor David C. Smith advises in a Sept. 27 Bloomberg article that with covenants, “lenders can come in and see what’s going on, kick the tires, and adjust things accordingly.”

Without covenants, however, creditors “are reduced to asking the owners, ‘Can we please agree or negotiate?’ And the owners can say no,” he says.

Read the full Bloomberg article, titled “Lenders Can Only Watch as Covenant-Lite Debt Strips Influence.”