Sixth Street closed its second fund dedicated to direct lending for middle market and growth companies across Europe. Sixth Street Specialty Lending Europe II (SLE II) reached its hard cap with €1 billion ($1.23 billion) in equity commitments.
Marathon Asset Management closed its Marathon distressed credit fund, which was oversubscribed with approximately $2.5 billion in commitments. The fund will pursue opportunities such as restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings.
According to a JPMorgan Chase survey, nearly half (44%) of small businesses have explored online lending in the past year, with 25% procuring an online loan. For the upcoming year, 56% said they would be open to procuring an online loan if they find themselves in need of capital.
The NACM’s Credit Manager’s Index held strong in December, with a combined score of 57.8, which was down a tenth of a point from November and 0.6 points from October. December’s score is more than three points higher than December 2019.
The U.S. Small Business Administration extended the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent COVID-19 relief bill.
Lendio, a U.S. small business solutions provider, will hire 500 employees by the end of January 2021, with 190 full-time, temporary-to-hire employees joining by Jan. 7. Positions are available in the Salt Lake City and Long Island, NY, regions.