Perilous Credit

Jamie Dimon is skeptical of private credit, PE recruiting continues to lag, Cleveland Fed named a Goldman exec as president, CalPERS opposed Musk's pay package, and food delivery apps are drowning in losses.

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Jamie Dimon is skeptical of private credit, PE recruiting continues to lag, Cleveland Fed named a Goldman exec as president, CalPERS opposed Musk's pay package, and food delivery apps are drowning in losses.

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Before The Bell

As of 05/29/2024 market close.


  • US stocks fell yesterday on pressure from rising yields, driven by weak demand in yesterday's US Treasurys auction

    • The Dow hit its lowest level in nearly a month

  • US 10Y yield hit a four-week high

  • Pound hit to a 21-month high versus euro as rate cut bets fade

  • OJ futures hit an ATH, up ~100% YoY


  • Salesforce shares plunged 16% after reporting it's first revenue miss since 2006 and a weak Q2 forecast due to weak client spending on cloud and enterprise products (CNBC

  • HP beat on Q1 top and bottom lines thanks to recovering PC demand (YF)

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: Costco, Dell, Dollar General, Kohl’s

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Cleveland Fed named Goldman's ex-head of lending as president (FT)

  • PE execs tout industry comeback, but hiring lags (WSJ)

  • Dimon warns 'could be hell to pay' if private credit sours (BBG)

  • Europe bond sales exceed €1T in record time (BBG)

  • US firms grow more pessimistic on economy (RT)

  • US bank profits jump 80% as lenders shake off failed bank costs (RT)

  • BoE QT blamed for cash shortage (FT)

  • HSBC making mideast wealth push after hiring 100 bankers (BBG)

  • Wells Fargo CEO blames asset cap for stagnant growth (RT)

  • Banco Sabadell rules out M&A defense against BBVA bid (RT)

  • BOJ hints at rate hike if yen value leads to inflation (RT)

  • CalPERS opposed Musk's $56B Tesla pay package (RT)

  • Food delivery apps racked up $20B in losses since going public (FT)

  • Exxon prevailed in their shareholder revolt (FT)

  • Invesco launched fixed maturity bond ETFs in Europe (FT)

  • PwC set to become largest ChatGPT enterprise customer (WSJ)

  • Toyota unveiled new combustion engines in challenge to Tesla (FT)

  • Visa and Mastercard will settle consumer ATM fee lawsuit for $197M (RT)

  • Activist Peltz sold entire Disney stake after losing proxy battle (CNBC)

  • Tyson Foods was accused of hiring migrants over US citizens (RT)

  • Yale named Stony Brook's Maurie McInnis as new president (BBG)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • BHP Group abandoned a $49B bid for miner Anglo American after Anglo refused further talks (BBG

  • US oil giant ConocoPhillips agreed to buy Marathon Oil in a $22.5B all-stock deal (RT

  • Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský agreed to acquire the Royal Mail-owner International Distribution Services at a $6.7B valuation (FT

  • Oil and gas developer Double Eagle is exploring a $6.5B sale of its latest Permian Basin-based producer Double Eagle Energy Holdings IV (RT

  • US pharmaceutical giant Merck agreed to acquire privately held biotech EyeBio for ~$3B (RT

  • $2.6B IT software provider N-Able is exploring a sale after attracting interest (RT

  • Dubai-based engineering firm Sidara raised its proposed takeover offer for UK’s John Wood Group for a third time to $2.03B, its final offer (RT)  

  • Sony Music is in talks to acquire Queen’s music catalog in a potential $1B deal (BBG

  • REIT Host Hotels & Resorts will acquire Hawaiian hotel Turtle Bay Resort from Blackstone REIT for $725M (BW

  • Independent British producer Viaro Energy is nearing a ~$500M deal to acquire jointly-owned gas fields in the southern North Sea from Shell and ExxonMobil (RT

  • Oil and natural gas company Aethon Energy will acquire Tellurian's upstream assets for $260M (RT


  • Solutions by Text, a platform for compliance-first messaging and payments, raised a $110M round led by Edison Partners and StepStone Group (PRN)

  • Natural Cycles, a developer of the world's first contraceptive app for women, raised a $55M Series C led by Lauxera Capital Partners (EU)

  • Relay, a business banking platform providing cash flow clarity to SMBs, raised a $32.2M Series B led by Bain Capital Ventures (PRN)

  • TraceAir, a startup providing site intelligence software for builders and developers, raised a $25M Series B led by PeakSpan Capital (PRN)

  • AI customer support startup Maven AGI raised a $20M Series A led by M13 (FN)

  • Authentic, an insurtech helping SaaS platforms and franchisors offer captive insurance policies to SMBs, raised an $11M Series A led by FirstMark Capital (FN)

  • GaiaNet, a startup building a decentralized AI infrastructure, raised a $10M seed round from Generative Ventures, Republic Capital, and more (FN)

  • Odyssey, a startup helping families access high-quality education, raised a $10M Series A led by Tusk Venture Partners (VC)

  • AI-powered 'auto-aiming' defense tech startup ZeroMark raised a $7M seed round led by Ground Up Ventures and a16z (BW)

  • SmartPM Technologies, a construction project controls platform, raised a $5.5M Series A led by Building Ventures (BW)

  • Crypto asset financial services firm SCRYPT raised a $5M strategic round led by Braza Bank (BW)

  • AI-powered second hand shopping assistant Faircado closed a $3M pre-seed round from World Fund, Slush VC, and more (EU)

  • IoT sensing and data analytics platform Wavelogix received a $3M investment from Rhapsody Venture Partners (FN)

  • Spanish treasury management software startup Banktrack raised a $2.2M seed round led by Kfund, 4 Founders Capital, and LifeX (EU)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Saudi Arabia is preparing to launch a ~$10B share sale of Saudi Aramco as soon as Sunday (BBG

  • Greyhound bus owner Flix postponed its Frankfurt IPO that was originally planned for June (BBG

  • Battery maker Northvolt is aiming to list in Sweden next year (BBG


  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management raised ~$20B for its latest direct lending fund targeting PE-backed global businesses (WSJ

  • Early stage VC Clean Energy Ventures closed its Fund II at $305M to invest in decarbonization technology (AX

Crypto Corner

  • BlackRock’s ~$20B Bitcoin ETF is now the world's largest Bitcoin fund (BBG

  • Bankrupt crypto lender Genesis and crypto exchange Gemini returned over $2B in crypto to over 232k retail customers (RT

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