Diversified private credit portfolios allow DB and DC pension schemes to access private market assets that would traditionally have been the preserve of banks. Encompassing direct lending to infrastructure projects, real estate projects and corporate entities such exposures can dampen portfolio volatility and enhance the overall risk/return profile of the pension scheme.
At BNPP AM, we believe a portfolio of secure private credit and real assets provides investors with a better match of liabilities as well as other tangible benefits that liquid strategies do not. The incremental benefits of a private credit approach can be summarised as follows:
- Additional returns above gilts and investment grade credit
- Cashflows backed by high quality collateral
- Cashflows that provide inflation linkage, long-term cashflows
- Highly covenanted, secure income streams
- Limited market exposure, lower default rates
- Improved overall portfolio sharpe ratios
BNPP AM’s Diversified Private Credit strategy leverages the specialist investment teams that comprise the Private Debt and Real Assets (PDRA) investment group of over 50 investment professionals, in addition to privileged access to the origination capabilities of the wider BNP Paribas Group. With origination teams focused on corporate lending, infrastructure debt and real estate across the globe. BNPP AM’s investment teams have privileged access to this pipeline. In addition, BNPP AM is able to structure loans with the bank to suit client portfolios e.g. converting typically short-dated, floating rate commercial real estate debt to long-dated fixed rate tranches.
BNPP AM’s approach to Diversified Private Credit relies on specialist investment teams accessing the underlying asset classes, namely Global Loans, SME Lending, US Mid-Market Lending, Structured Finance, Infrastructure Debt and Commercial Real Estate Debt. Each team offers a long-term track record in the technical under-writing of private credit with established networks of project sponsors offering sustainable origination, supplemented by proprietary BNP Paribas Group origination partners.