The pandemic-fuelled deterioration in credit quality for many corporations may be coming to an end. Credit Benchmark noted early signs of improving credit quality last month. The latest consensus data update provides more evidence that corporate credit quality is improving across a number of sectors.
The rate of increase of Fallen Angels is slowing to a trickle. Now, only 1,070 firms out of a global sample of 6,895 (16%) have migrated from investment-grade to high-yield at some point since February of 2020, a modest change from 1,051 Fallen Angels in the last update. Of the 1,070 that have fallen into high-yield in this time period, only 718 (10% of total sample) retain this status compared to 734 in the last update. This means that a third of companies that became Fallen Angels during the COVID period have since migrated back to investment-grade [please continue below to access full report].
Fallen Angels – Sector Comparison
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