Current Unit Price: (20 min. delayed price) ASX:MXT $1.91 0.00%
NAV as at COB: 04.08.20 $2.0023
Current Unit Price: (20 min. delayed price) ASX:MOT $1.74 -0.57%
NAV as at COB: 04.08.20 $2.0129

LATEST NEWS

Harnessing capital structure as a crisis buffer

With many income investments no longer offering the downside protection they once did, nestegg has taken a look at an alternative form of investment: corporate loans.

According to Metrics Credit Partners’ managing partner, Andrew Lockhart, investors of all sorts should currently be revisiting and gaining a better understanding of where investments sit in the capital structure, and the roles that they can and can’t play in generating returns.

Investments that are senior in a company in a company’s capital structure and rank ahead of equity will result “in less volatility and lower correlation to equity markets”, Mr Lockhart said.

Giving an example, the managing director raised how “regardless of conditions in equity markets, Australian corporates still have to borrow and refinance their loans and continue to pay interest on debt owing”.

Corporate loans are lower down the risk spectrum than growth assets such as equities because they come with a range of embedded protections, he outlined, explaining that they are generally secured by the borrower’s assets, and lenders are paid before equity holders in the event of business insolvency.

Corporate loans are made to businesses of scale for a specific purpose – whether it be working capital, real estate, capital expenditure or acquisitions.

Due to nature of such loans, they can provide investment exposure across a range of industries – from industrials to consumer staples, healthcare, IT and commercial real estate.

“As such, an investment in defensive asset classes such as corporate loans have historically provided an important source of downside protection and attractive alternative sources of income in previous downturns,” he stated.

And while preserving capital is a key priority for pre-retirees and retirees alike in a downturn such as the COVID-19 crisis, Mr Lockhart also emphasised the ability of corporate loans to provide an important source of income.

This is derived from the interest that corporate borrowers pay, he said, and can offer “attractive income returns” due to being slightly higher up the risk curve than government bonds.

The subset of fixed income generated from interest payable and fees is classified as a defensive investment, as its structure naturally contains embedded protections such as covenants, controls and security over the underlying asset.

“For those investors who require liquidity, an investment in an ASX-listed fund providing exposure to a diversified corporate loan portfolio can provide daily entry and exit – with income paid monthly,” Mr Lockhart offered.

He added that corporate loss rates are low, averaging just 0.32 per cent over the past 10 years.

“With the fall and continued volatility in equities markets, we believe corporate loans warrant a closer look for investors seeking downside protection,” the managing partner concluded.


Grace Ormsby, nestegg – 1 May 2020

Current Unit Price: (20 min. delayed price) ASX:MXT $1.91 0.00%
NAV as at COB: 04.08.20 $2.0023
Current Unit Price: (20 min. delayed price) ASX:MOT $1.74 -0.57%
NAV as at COB: 04.08.20 $2.0129

talk to us

Sign up for Metrics news and updates

Metrics - Australian Non-Bank Corporate Lender

Metrics. A new measure.

Disclaimer and disclosure

All website content in respect of the MCP Master Income Trust ARSN 620 465 090 (the Trust) is issued by The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited ABN 45 003 278 831 AFSL 235 150 (Perpetual) as responsible entity of the Trust and is prepared by Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd ABN 27 150 646 996 AFSL 416 146 (Metrics) as the investment manager of the Trust.

The information provided in this website is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making an investment decision in respect of the Trust, you should consider the current product disclosure statement (PDS) of the Trust and the Trust’s other periodic and continuous disclosure announcements lodged with the ASX, which are available at www.asx.com.au/, and assess whether the Trust is appropriate given your objectives, financial situation or needs. If you require advice that takes into account your personal circumstances, you should consult a licensed or authorised financial adviser.

Neither Perpetual nor Metrics guarantees repayment of capital or any particular rate of return from the Trust. Neither Perpetual nor Metrics gives any representation or warranty as to the currency, reliability, completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this website. All opinions and estimates included in this website constitute judgments of Metrics as at the date of website creation and are subject to change without notice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Cororate Governance
Personal Trading in Non-Perpetual Securities | RE Services Personal Trading in Non-Perpetual Securities | Unitholders Communications Policy | Continuous Disclosure Policy

The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned May/2019) referred to in this document is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at http://www.zenithpartners.com.au/RegulatoryGuidelines

Disclaimer and disclosure

All website content in respect of the MCP Income Opportunities Trust ARSN 631 320 628 (the Trust) is issued by The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited ABN 45 003 278 831 AFSL 235 150 (Perpetual) as responsible entity of the Trust and is prepared by Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd ABN 27 150 646 996 AFSL 416 146 (Metrics) as the investment manager of the Trust.

The information provided in this website is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making an investment decision in respect of the Trust, you should consider the current product disclosure statement (PDS) of the Trust, and the Trust’s other periodic and continuous disclosure announcements lodged with the ASX, which are available at www.asx.com.au, and assess whether the Trust is appropriate given your objectives, financial situation or needs. If you require advice that takes into account your personal circumstances, you should consult a licensed or authorised financial adviser.

Neither Perpetual nor Metrics guarantees repayment of capital or any particular rate of return from the Trust. Neither Perpetual nor Metrics gives any representation or warranty as to the currency, reliability, completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this website. All opinions and estimates included in this website constitute judgments of Metrics as at the date of website creation and are subject to change without notice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Cororate Governance
Personal Trading in Non-Perpetual Securities | RE Services Personal Trading in Non-Perpetual Securities | Unitholders Communications Policy | Continuous Disclosure Policy

The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned May/2019) referred to in this document is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at http://www.zenithpartners.com.au/RegulatoryGuidelines

Disclaimer and disclosure

All website content in respect of the Metrics Direct Income Fund ARSN 641 620 331 (the Fund) is issued by Evolution Trustees Limited ACN 611 839 519 AFSL 486 217 (Evolution) as responsible entity of the Fund. Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd ABN 27 150 646 996 AFSL 416 146 (Metrics) is the investment manager of the Fund.

The information provided in this website is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making an investment decision in respect of the Fund, you should consider the current product disclosure statement (PDS) of the Fund which is available at www.metrics.com.au, and assess whether the Fund is appropriate given your objectives, financial situation or needs. If you require advice that takes into account your personal circumstances, you should consult a licensed or authorised financial adviser.

Neither Evolution nor Metrics guarantees repayment of capital or any particular rate of return from the Fund. Neither Evolution nor Metrics gives any representation or warranty as to the currency, reliability, completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this website. All opinions and estimates included in this website constitute judgments of Metrics as at the date of website creation and are subject to change without notice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

© Copyright Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd 2019 | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Collection Notice | Award T&Cs