CLO Secondary Market Trends: April 2021 Edition
April’s Posted and Traded BWIC volumes were both slightly lower relative to March. Volumes fell $1.4 Bn and $500 mm respectively. Despite decreased volumes, over 93% of posted BWICs traded in April, indicating robust demand for the asset class.
CLO bond trading volumes in April remained steady at $13 Bn, just below the trailing 12 month average of $13.6 Bn. Non-IG rated bonds were up to $5.5 Bn from $4.0 Bn in March.
BWICs as % of TRACE
April saw IG-rated tranches executed via BWICs spike to 37%, the second highest in the last 12 months, while HY tranches dropped to a 12-month low of 10%.
Prices** Across the Stack
Prices increased modestly across the stack with BBB bonds being the largest movers.
BWIC Volumes By Rating
During April, AAA tranche trading dropped substantially to $1.13 Bn from the trailing 12-month average of $1.99 Bn. AA and A had similar trading volume decreases. The remainder of the stock was in line with 12-month averages.
Momentum from the start of 2021 continued with upwards of $1.1 Bn purchased by clients, a record amount in over a year.
DNT% plummeted across the capital stack, with 98% of AAA BWICs trading. All other tranches also decreased, pointing to strong demand.
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*TRACE reports all CLO trades involving FINRA members.
**Prices are based on trades that provided color and are likely to underestimate actual traded levels.