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The 2020 global corporate default tally has reached 88 after six companies defaulted this week. Missed interest and principal payments have led defaults so far in 2020, with 37. However, bankruptcy-related defaults led additions this week with three, including Illinois-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Akorn Inc., Oklahoma-based oil and gas exploration and production company Unit Corp. and Chile-based transportation service provider Latam Airlines Group S.A.

As we have seen in previous times of economic stress, companies facing unforeseen financial burdens do not immediately resort to bankruptcy. Rather, they look at options for out-of-court balance-sheet management, as well as ways to preserve liquidity, and often miss interest payments in the process. The majority of bankruptcy defaults we have seen so far in the second quarter of 2020 were at companies that were facing idiosyncratic challenges before the COVID-19 and oil price shock. However, both bankruptcy-related defaults and defaults due to distressed exchanges will invariably rise as the year progresses (see "Risky Credits: Hanging On The Edge," published May 26, 2020).

This Week's Observations

  • The global corporate default tally is now more than double the tally at this point in 2018--At this point in 2019 and 2018, there were 49 and 43 defaults, respectively.
  • Missed interest and principal payments are the leading cause of defaults in 2020 so far, with 37, followed by distressed exchanges, with 24, and bankruptcy-related defaults, with 22.
  • By sector, media and entertainment leads the global default tally, with 14, followed by oil and gas and consumer products, with 13 each.
  • The 12-month-trailing speculative-grade default rate has increased for the U.S. to 4.1% in April 2020 from 3.5% in March 2020, while the same rate for the European region has increased to 2.7% from 2.4% in the same period.

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Table 1

The U.S. Leads The 2020 Default Tally With 59
Region 12-month-trailing speculative-grade default rate (%) 2020 year-to-date 2019 year-to-date 2019 Weakest links
U.S. 4.1 59 33 78 424
Emerging market 2.3 13 7 22 50
Europe 2.7 10 6 15 98
Other developed 4.6 6 3 3 28
Global 3.4 88 49 118 600
Note: Trailing-12-month default rates from April 30, 2019 to April 30, 2020, are preliminary and subject to change. Year-to-date data as of May 27, 2020. Weakest link data is as of May 11, 2020. Other developed region includes Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. Default counts may include confidentially-rated issuers. Sources: S&P Global Ratings Research and S&P Global Market Intelligence’s CreditPro®.

Table 2

The 2020 Global Corporate Default Tally Reaches 88
Date Parent company Country Subsector To From Reason
1/2/2020

Constellis Holdings LLC

U.S. Aerospace and defense SD CC Missed principal payments
1/7/2020

TOMS Shoes LLC

U.S. Consumer products D CCC Distressed exchange
1/9/2020

Moran Foods LLC (SAL Acquisition Corp.)

U.S. Retail/restaurants SD CCC Missed interest payments
1/13/2020

Lecta S.A.

Luxembourg Forest products and building materials SD CC Missed interest payments
1/14/2020

Qinghai Provincial Investment Group Co. Ltd.

China Metals, mining, and steel D CCC- Missed interest payments
1/19/2020

Krystal Co. (The)

U.S. Retail/restaurants D NR Chapter 11
1/21/2020

Panda Green Energy Group Ltd.

Bermuda Utilities SD CC Distressed exchange
1/22/2020

Deoleo S.A.

Spain Consumer products SD CC Distressed exchange/ out-of-court restructuring
1/29/2020

Doncasters Group Ltd.

U.K. Capital goods SD CCC- Distressed exchange/ out-of-court restructuring
1/30/2020

Pinnacle Operating Corp.

U.S. Chemicals, packaging, and environmental services SD CCC Distressed exchange/ out-of-court restructuring
2/7/2020

Commercial Barge Line Co.

U.S. Transportation D CC Chapter 11
2/12/2020

RentPath LLC

U.S. Media and entertainment D NR Chapter 11
2/13/2020

The McClatchy Co.

U.S. Media and entertainment D CC Chapter 11
2/14/2020

Moby SpA

Italy Transportation SD CCC- Distressed exchange/ out-of-court restructuring
2/14/2020

NPC International Inc.

U.S. Retail/restaurants SD CCC- Missed interest payments
2/18/2020

Pier 1 Imports Inc.

U.S. Retail/restaurants D CCC- Chapter 11
2/21/2020

Tunghsu Group Co. Ltd.

China High technology SD CCC- Missed principal and interest payments
2/24/2020

VIP Cinema Holdings Inc.

U.S. Consumer products D CCC- Chapter 11
2/25/2020

Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

Canada Oil and gas SD CC Distressed exchange
2/28/2020

PFS Holding Corp.

U.S. Consumer products SD CCC- Missed interest payments
3/3/2020

Pioneer Energy Services Corp.

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC- Chapter 11
3/9/2020

Bluestem Brands Inc.

U.S. Retail/restaurants D NR Chapter 11
3/12/2020

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

U.S. Consumer products SD CCC Distressed exchange
3/12/2020

Optimas OE Solutions Holding LLC

U.S. Capital goods SD CCC+ Distressed exchange
3/12/2020 Confidential Confidential Metals, mining, and steel SD CCC- Confidential
3/16/2020

Frontier Communications Corp.

U.S. Telecommunications SD CCC- Missed interest payments
3/17/2020

Internap Corp.

U.S. Telecommunications D CCC+ Chapter 11
3/19/2020

Geo Energy Resources Ltd.

Singapore Metals, mining, and steel SD B- Distressed exchange
3/20/2020

Grain Insurance Co. JSC

Kazakhstan Insurance D B Missed interest payments
3/27/2020

Optiv Inc.

U.S. High technology SD CCC+ Distressed exchange
3/27/2020

Yida China Holdings Ltd.

Cayman Islands Homebuilders/real estate companies SD CC Distressed exchange
4/1/2020

PGX Holdings Inc.

U.S. Media and entertainment D CCC Missed principal and interest payments
4/1/2020

Steak n Shake Inc. (Biglari Holdings Inc.)

U.S. Retail/restaurants SD CCC- Distressed exchange
4/1/2020

Whiting Petroleum Corp.

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC+ Chapter 11
4/2/2020

KCA DEUTAG Alpha Ltd.

U.K. Oil and gas SD CCC+ Missed interest payments
4/3/2020

CDS Group

Canada Media and entertainment D CCC- Missed principal and interest payments
4/3/2020

New Millennium Holdco Inc

U.S. Health care D CC Missed principal and interest payments
4/6/2020

BW Homecare Holdings LLC

U.S. Health care SD CCC Distressed exchange
4/6/2020

FE Investments Ltd. (FE Investments Group Ltd.)

New Zealand Finance companies D CCC Missed interest payments
4/7/2020

Gavilan Resources LLC

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC- Missed interest payments
4/7/2020

Jason Inc.

U.S. Capital goods SD CCC Missed interest payments
4/7/2020

Quorum Health Corp.

U.S. Health care D CCC- Chapter 11
4/7/2020

Speedcast International Ltd.

Australia Telecommunications D CCC Missed principal and interest payments
4/8/2020

North American Lifting Holdings Inc.

U.S. Capital goods SD CCC- Missed interest payments
4/8/2020

SPR Holdings LLC

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC+ Missed interest payments
4/9/2020 Confidential Confidential Media and entertainment SD CC Confidential
4/10/2020

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.

Turkey High technology SD CCC+ Distressed exchange
4/10/2020 Confidential Confidential Media and entertainment D CCC- Confidential
4/12/2020

Pace Industries Inc.

U.S. Consumer products D NR Chapter 11
4/14/2020

LSC Communications Inc.

U.S. Media and entertainment D CC Chapter 11
4/14/2020

Libbey Inc.

U.S. Consumer products SD CCC Missed interest payments
4/14/2020

NMC Health PLC

U.A.E. Health care D CCC- Missed interest payments
4/15/2020

Intelsat S.A.

Luxembourg Telecommunications SD CCC+ Missed interest payments
4/16/2020

O1 Properties Ltd.

Cyprus Homebuilders/real estate companies D CC Missed interest payments
4/16/2020

J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

U.S. Retail/restaurants D CCC Missed interest payments
4/17/2020

Mister Car Wash Holdings Inc.

U.S. Retail/restaurants SD CCC+ Distressed exchange
4/17/2020

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC- Missed interest payments
4/21/2020

Engine Holding LLC

U.S. Media and entertainment D CCC- Missed principal and interest payments
4/22/2020

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC

U.S. Retail/restaurants D CCC- Missed interest payments
4/23/2020

Northwest Acquisitions ULC

Canada Metals, mining, and steel D CCC+ Foreign Bankruptcy
4/24/2020

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.

U.S. Oil and gas D CC Chapter 11
4/24/2020

Enjoy S.A.

Chile Media and entertainment D B- Bankruptcy
4/28/2020

Envision Healthcare Corp. (Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc.)

U.S. Health care SD CC Distressed exchange
4/29/2020

CSM Bakery Solutions LLC

U.S. Consumer products SD CCC Distressed exchange
4/30/2020

Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd.

Australia Transportation D CC Chapter 15
5/4/2020

J. Crew Group Inc.

U.S. Consumer products D CCC- Chapter 11
5/5/2020

Evergreen Skills Lux S.ar.l.

Luxembourg High technology D CCC- Missed interest payments
5/6/2020 Confidential Confidential Media and entertainment D CCC Confidential
5/7/2020

Hertz Global Holdings Inc.

U.S. Transportation SD CCC- Missed principal and interest payments
5/8/2020

Petra Diamonds Ltd.

Bermuda Metals, mining, and steel D CCC+ Missed interest payments
5/11/2020

Avianca Holdings S.A.

Panama Transportation D CCC- Chapter 11
5/11/2020

Yihua Enterprise (Group) Co. Ltd.

China Consumer products SD CCC Missed interest payments
5/12/2020

Fieldwood Energy LLC

U.S. Oil and gas D CCC Missed interest payments
5/12/2020

Revlon Inc.

U.S. Consumer products SD CC Distressed exchange
5/13/2020

Outerstuff LLC

U.S. Consumer products SD CCC Missed principal and interest payments
5/14/2020 Confidential Confidential Media and entertainment SD CCC- Confidential
5/15/2020

Extraction Oil & Gas Inc. (Extraction Oil & Gas Holdings LLC)

U.S. Oil and gas D CC Missed interest payments
5/15/2020

Forum Energy Technologies Inc.

U.S. Oil and gas SD CC Distressed exchange
5/19/2020

Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.

Argentina Utilities SD CC Distressed exchange
5/19/2020

Takko Fashion S.a.r.l.

Luxembourg Consumer products SD CCC+ Missed interest payments
5/20/2020

Downstream Development Authority

U.S. Media and entertainment SD CCC Missed principal payments
5/20/2020

Equinox Holdings Inc.

U.S. Media and entertainment SD CCC Distressed exchange
5/21/2020

Akorn Inc.

U.S. Health care D CC Chapter 11
5/21/2020

Centennial Resource Development Inc.

U.S. Oil and gas SD CC Distressed exchange
5/21/2020

Guitar Center Inc. (Guitar Center Holdings Inc.)

U.S. Retail/restaurants SD CCC Distressed exchange
5/25/2020

Travelex Holdings Ltd.

U.K. Media and entertainment SD CC Missed interest payments
5/26/2020

Unit Corp.

U.S. Oil and gas D CC Chapter 11
5/27/2020

Latam Airlines Group S.A.

Chile Transportation D CCC- Chapter 11
NR--Not rated. SD--Selective default. Data as of May 27, 2020. Sources: S&P Global Ratings Research and S&P Global Market Intelligence’s CreditPro®.

Related Research

  • Unit Corp. Downgraded To 'D' On Chapter 11 Filing, May 27, 2020
  • Latam Airlines Group S.A. Ratings Lowered To 'D' On Chapter 11 Filing, May 27, 2020
  • Downgrade Potential Rises To All-Time High On Sharp, Deep Economic Slowdown, May 27, 2020
  • Travelex Holdings Ltd. Downgraded To 'SD' On Missed Interest Payment On Senior Secured Notes, May 25, 2020
  • U.S.-Based Akorn Inc. Downgraded To 'D' From 'CC' On Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing, May 22, 2020
  • Guitar Center Inc. Downgraded To 'SD' On Exchange Of Senior Unsecured Notes Resulting in Non-Payment of Cash Interest, May 22, 2020
  • Centennial Resource Development Inc. Downgraded To 'SD' on Unsecured Note Exchange, May 21, 2020

Default Studies

More analysis and statistics are available in our annual default studies, published on RatingsDirect:

Corporate (financial and nonfinancial)
  • 2019 Annual Global Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • Japanese Issuer Credit Rating Transitions Study 2019

2018 Annual Infrastructure Default And Rating Transition Study

  • 2018 Annual Mexican National Scale Corporate And Public Finance Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Latin American Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Global Financial Services Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Greater China Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Taiwan Ratings Corp. Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual U.S. Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Asia Corporate Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2017 Annual Australia And New Zealand Corporate Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual Emerging Markets Corporate Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual European Corporate Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual Canadian Corporate Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Inaugural Nordic Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual Brazil Corporate Default Study And Rating Transitions
Structured finance
  • 2019 Annual Taiwan Structured Finance Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2019 Annual Japanese Structured Finance Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Mexican Structured Finance Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual European Structured Finance Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Global Leveraged Loan CLO Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual Global Structured Finance Default Study And Rating Transitions
U.S. public finance
  • 2018 Annual U.S. Public Finance Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual U.S. Public Finance Not-For-Profit Health Care Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 U.S. Public Finance Utility Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 U.S. Public Finance Transportation Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual U.S. Public Finance Housing Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual U.S. Public Finance Charter School Default Study And Rating Transitions
  • 2017 Annual U.S. Public Finance Higher Education And Nonprofit Organization Default Study And Rating Transitions
Sovereign and international public finance
  • 2019 Annual Sovereign Default And Rating Transition Study
  • 2018 Annual International Public Finance Default And Rating Transition Study

This report does not constitute a rating action.

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