RidgeWorth Seix Floating Rate High Income Fund – 2nd Quarter 2016
RidgeWorth: Welcome to RidgeWorth Investments Fund Podcast Series. It's Monday, July 11th, and we're speaking with George Goudelias of Seix Investment Advisors, subadviser to the RidgeWorth Seix Floating Rate High Income Fund. George, can you share some highlights from the leveraged loan market during the second quarter?
Goudelias: Overall, I'd call it another solid month for the asset class, picking up from the momentum from the back half of the first quarter. Loans continued to perform well during the quarter with April and May being the stronger months. June was more of an unchanged month, but for the quarter, the market was up almost 3% and now over 4% for the year.
RidgeWorth: What type of an impact is Brexit having on the leveraged loan market?
Goudelias: The initial impact was confusion, higher volatility, and with that came lower pricing which was one of the reasons why the aforementioned weaker June occurred. I would say that after having some time to digest the news, the impact has been more muted. We have seen a little bit of an impact on the few companies out there that have specific exposure to the UK [United Kingdom], namely some European companies and some UK companies with a lot of business in the UK, but in many cases the liabilities they have are also denominated in sterling, so again, the impact was relatively muted. The majority of the leveraged loan asset class is very much U.S.-focused, your typical broadcaster cable company, hospital company don't really have international exposure, so overall I would say it's been a very minimal impact.
RidgeWorth: How are the rebounding commodity markets influencing the leveraged loan market?
Goudelias: They certainly helped to bring the markets back from the big sell-off that we saw in the fourth quarter of last year, so for the Energy exploration companies, the midstream companies, in addition to Metals & Mining, in particular iron ore, we've seen very nice rebounds, so those two sectors continue to be the top performers in 2016.
RidgeWorth: Do you expect the relatively light pace of issuance to continue into the second half of the year?
Goudelias: I think for the third quarter, I think it will be relatively light. We could see a little more issuance towards the back half of the year, but right now we continue to see fewer LBOs [leveraged buy outs], less M&A [mergers & acquisitions] and quite frankly less need for imminent refinancing needs as corporate America has done a pretty good job of extending maturities over the last couple of years into the back half of this decade, into the next decade. I think companies will continue to be opportunistic, so when the capital markets feel good, they'll continue to push maturities that might be 2018, 2019, into 2020 and beyond, but I would say for the very short term, I would expect relatively light issuance and then picking up most likely after Labor Day.
RidgeWorth: What sectors or areas are looking attractive to you as we head into the third quarter?
Goudelias: Right now, we’re seeing some relative attractiveness in the Healthcare space, Aerospace and Defense also have some select names that I would say look attractive. The Cable sector continues to look good, and then we're seeing a little bit of good relative value as well in several Energy names, in particular the mainstream companies.
RidgeWorth: Thanks so much for your time today, George.
Goudelias: Thank you very much.
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