Private investors eye slice of lucrative SME market

International institutional investors are eyeing the lucrative Australian small to medium-sized enterprise business lending space, seeking relatively higher returns than in the more developed US market. Small and medium-sized business lending has been growing at the...

New fund raises $50m to offer early-stage venture loans

Fast-growing Australian companies will have the option of taking out loans, rather than selling equity in their companies to venture capital backers, after Leap Capital raised a $50 million fund targeted at backing firms as they look to scale up. The debt funding...

Private debt continues to offer attractive risk-adjusted returns

According to specialist asset ratings firm, Evergreen Ratings, run by Angela Ashton, who also operates the growing investment consultancy business, Evergreen Consulting, private debt markets continue to offer “one of the most attractive risk-adjusted return profiles”...