Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2023, 8:00 PM

Riskiest Borrowers Left in Lurch by Bank Mayhem: Credit Weekly

Olivia Raimonde
Olivia Raimonde
Bloomberg News

It’s getting harder for the riskiest corporate borrowers to raise cash.

As the banking crisis this past week largely brought corporate bond and loan offerings to a halt, borrowing costs for junk-rated issuers surged, tipping the market value of debt for some of the most vulnerable companies into distressed levels.

The average yield spread — extra money investors demand for holding weaker debt — on US bonds with the worst credit ratings vaulted past 1,000 basis points. Leveraged loans — the other main financing option for risky companies — plunged to a 10-week low, and companies pulled ...