Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone axed a takeover of listings group Scout24, after too few investors accepted. Rising valuations for peers like Auto Trader made the offer look stingy. Buyout groups want assets that promise growth, but frothy markets mean they’d have to overpay.
Sales of new collateralised loan obligations are taking off in Europe for the first time since the financial crisis. These packages of high-yield debt were a major culprit behind the last credit bubble. But this time round, lower leverage has made CLOs safer. They even have a useful role to play in refinancing.