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The opportunity in Australian private debt

Andrew Lockhart from Metrics Credit Partners explains exactly why investors should consider adding private debt to their portfolios – and how they can do it.

Australia is following US and Europe as private debt managers become a bigger part of the corporate lending market. In this Pinnacle Private Markets Series video, Metrics Credit Partners Managing Partner Andrew Lockhart explains how the asset class can replace part of an allocation to either equities or fixed income within a diversified portfolio. The benefit of doing so is a potential reduction in capital volatility and a consistent yield.

But a fund manager requires extensive relationships with borrowers – and sound credit skills – to achieve these twin goals on behalf of investors. Mr Lockhart argues such relationships allow Metrics to directly originate transactions with different types of borrowers and hence create a diversified portfolio that minimises the risk of loss.

Metrics’ range of both listed and unlisted funds caters to investors with different objectives, including both retail and wholesale clients.

Time stamps

0:15 Introducing Metrics Credit Partners

0:45 What is private debt?

1:34 How private debt is used in portfolios

2:27 Why invest in private debt?

4:00 Active risk management

4:59 Relationships are key

5:56 Direct origination capabilities

7:23 Metrics’ range of funds


Pinnacle  | 8 February 2024

The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited (ABN 45 003 278 831, AFSL 235 150) is the Responsible Entity of the Metrics Master Income Trust and Metrics Income Opportunities Trust (the Trusts). Equity Trustees Limited (Equity Trustees) (ABN 46 004 031 298, AFSL 240975) is the Responsible Entity for the Metrics Direct Income Fund ARSN 641 620 331 (the Fund). Equity Trustees is a subsidiary of EQT Holdings Limited ABN 22 607 797 615, a publicly listed company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: EQT). Metrics Credit Partners Pty Ltd (ABN 27 150 646 996, AFSL 416 146) (Metrics) is the investment manager of the Trusts and Fund.

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