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Q1 private credit returns were nearly double of PE, all major US banks passed the Fed's stress test, the US convertibles market is booming, consultants are reaping big from AI-related work, and an ex-Segantii trader's pay lawsuit took an embarrassing turn.

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Q1 private credit returns were nearly double of PE, all major US banks passed the Fed's stress test, the US convertibles market is booming, consultants are reaping big from AI-related work, and an ex-Segantii trader's pay lawsuit took an embarrassing turn.

More institutions are turning to private credit as a 'safe haven' downside hedge…and so can you. Check out Percent, a highly democratized market for exclusive private credit deals.

Let’s dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 06/26/2024 market close.


  • US stocks inched slightly higher as investors looked to fresh inflation data due Friday

  • Markets trimmed bets of a July BOC rate cut to 45% from 70%

  • EM currencies dropped to their lowest in two months, led by LatAm declines

  • Japanese yen fell to its lowest against the dollar since 1986


  • Micron beat Q3 EPS and revenue estimates on strength in its AI business, but shares fell ~8% as revenue forecasts failed to top estimates (CNBC

  • Jefferies reported a 12x jump in Q2 profit and a 59% YoY revenue increase on a surging rebound in dealmaking and underwriting (RT

  • General Mills fell ~5% after reporting a larger-than-expected drop in Q4 sales and forecasting below-estimate FY profit as consumer demand falters (RT

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: Nike

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Filings reveal 'daddy'-esq nepotism in Morgan Stanley insider trading case (FT)

  • Canada inflation unexpectedly rose in May, hurting rate cut bets (RT)

  • US banks are safe against market turmoil, but risk steeper losses (RT)

  • Private credit is trouncing PE so far this year (WSJ)

  • Surging returns are luring PE giants to India (BBG)

  • US firms have repriced ~$400B of junk loans at lower rates YTD (FT)

  • US convertibles issuance is expected to hit a Covid-era peak (BBG)

  • $54B long-bond ETF sees record inflows as traders 'fight the Fed' (BBG)

  • Mountain of asset sales loom after O&G M&A spree (RT)

  • Post-Covid sovereign debt crises risk is beginning to recede (RT)

  • Consultants are reaping profits from AI (NYT)

  • Bulgaria and Romania failed economic tests to adopt euro (FT)

  • Nvidia CEO laid out overall strategy at AGM (CNBC)

  • Amazon surpassed a $2T market cap (RT)

  • Amazon is launching a Temu and Shein rival (TI)

  • BlackRock directors keep seats at six funds in Saba proxy battle (RT)

  • Hyundai's India IPO advisory fees set to be country's second-highest ever (RT)

  • FASB will require listed firms to disclose worker compensation (WSJ)

  • US new housing supply is at the highest since 2008 (BBG)

  • US judge rejected the $30B Visa, Mastercard swipe-fee settlement (WP)

  • McDonald's' plant-based test failed (BBG)

  • Olam Agri warned of 'food wars' over geopolitical, climate risks (FT)

A Message From Percent

Survey Says: Investment Strategies Are Shifting Towards Private Credit

The stock market is burning red hot these days, which has many investors wondering: If a market correction happens, where can we ride out the storm? 

A Bloomberg survey1 reveals that many institutions now prefer private credit over bonds to hedge against economic downturns. 

Why? T. Rowe Price data2 suggests that allocating 10% to private credit historically reduces volatility and improves risk-adjusted returns

But this 'safe haven' asset class isn't just for Blackstone, KKR, and Morgan Stanley–now, everyday investors can diversify with private credit using Percent. 

  • Low minimums: Start with $500

  • Shorter durations: Maturity in 6-36 months (average ~9 months)

  • Monthly cash flow: Most deals offer cash flow through monthly interest payments.

  • Return potential: Percent boasts a net return over 14% in the last 12 months as of Q1 2024

Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • German engineering group Bosch is considering a bid for appliance maker Whirlpool, which has a ~$5.6B market cap (RT

  • Blackstone is exploring a sale or IPO of sustainability consulting firm Legence that may fetch a $5B valuation, including debt (BBG

  • Investment firm MNC Capital raised its offer for recreation products maker Vista Outdoor to ~$3.2B, intensifying a takeover battle with CSG (FT

  • $2.1B listed industrial technology manufacturer Barnes is exploring a sale (BBG)

  • Bain Capital and CVC are among PE firms considering indicative offers for French software firm Orisha, which could be valued at $2.1B (BBG

  • China Merchants Group bought a 40% stake in the fiber assets of HKT Trust & HK, a unit of Hong Kong telecom group PCCW, for ~$870M (BBG

  • Indian pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy's will acquire Haleon's non-US nicotine replacement therapy business for $633M (RT

  • Zurich Insurance will acquire AIG's travel business for $600M (RT

  • Blackstone will acquire UK hotel operator Village Hotels for reportedly ~$1.1B (RT

  • Qatar Airways is in talks to acquire an up to 20% in Bain-owned Virgin Australia (RT

  • UK investment trusts Alliance Trust and Witan will merge to create a $6.3B AUM asset manager (RT

  • UK communications firm WPP rejected KKR's approach to take majority control of corporate PR firm FGS; KKR acquired a ~30% stake at a $1.4B valuation last year (FT)


  • Formation Bio, a startup applying AI to drug development, raised a $372M Series D led by a16z (TC)

  • No-code CRM and workflow platform Creatio raised a $200M round at a $1.2B valuation led by Sapphire Ventures (TC)

  • Arrow, a healthcare tech startup, raised a $110M Series A led by Gradient Ventures (FN)

  • Film / TV studio A24 raised $100M at a $3.5B valuation led by Thrive Capital (FT)

  • Fetcherr, an AI demand forecasting and dynamic pricing platform for airlines, raised a $90M Series B led by Battery Ventures (TC)

  • Samsara Eco, a startup replacing plastic packaging with green alternatives, raised $65M in funding led by Temasek and Main Sequence (TC)

  • Health platform Function raised a $53M Series A led by a16z (PRN)

  • UroMems, a startup developing implantable mechatronics technology, raised a $47M Series C led by Crédit Mutuel Innovation (FN)

  • Data lakehouse platform Onehouse raised a $35M Series B led by Craft Ventures (TC)

  • Sensi.AI, a virtual care-monitoring platform for the elderly, raised a $31M Series B led by Insight Partners and Zeev Ventures (TC)

  • Rainforest, a startup embedding payments into other software platforms, raised a $20M Series A led by Matrix Partners (TC)

  • Climate X, a startup helping financial firms price the climate change impacts on physical assets, raised an $18M Series A led by GV (TC)

  • Ario, an AI-powered assistant for parents, raised a $16M seed round led by Wing Venture Capital, Floodgate, BCV, and more (BW)

  • Crypto market maker Crossover Markets raised a $12M Series A led by Illuminate Financial and DRW Venture Capital (PRN)

  • HydroX AI, an AI safety and security platform for LLMs, raised a $4M angel round led by Vitalbridge Capital and Atom Capital (PRN)

  • Viio, a software license management platform, raised a $3.3M round led by North Ventures (EU)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Musk's SpaceX launched a tender offer at a $210B valuation (BBG)

  • Storage and logistics REIT Lineage filed for a potential $3B IPO (BBG

  • E-comics company Webtoon Entertainment expects to price its $315M IPO at the top of a marketed range (BBG

  • Clinical stage biotech Zenas BioPharma plans to raise over $150M in a US IPO (BBG

  • Bain-backed Japanese chipmaker Kioxia plans to file for a Tokyo IPO after postponing a 2020 IPO that targeted a ~$13B valuation (RT)


  • Carlyle and KKR won an auction for a $10B student loan book from Discover Financial (FT)

  • Spanish football club Real Betis is nearing $128M debt refinancing in a deal arranged by Goldman Sachs (BBG

Bankruptcy / Restructuring / Distressed

  • Sri Lanka reached a restructuring agreement for $5.8B of debt to end default (FT)

  • A rescue bid for troubled French tech group Atos led by its largest shareholder Onepoint collapsed (BBG


  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management raised $3.4B to acquire stakes in private real estate funds (WSJ

  • German investment firm DTCP raised $450M across its third growth fund and early-stage fund / Porsche JV (TC

  • Blackhorn Ventures raised $150M for its third fund to invest in early stage digital infrastructure and energy startups (AX

Crypto Corner

  • Crypto market maker GSR Markets named Rosenblum and Song as co-CEOs (BBG)

  • Trump is expected to speak at the Bitcoin 2024 convention in July (AX)

  • A Florida man was convicted for stealing millions in crypto at gunpoint (FR)

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