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Nuveen leveraged finance

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An integrated and robust leveraged finance platform

Nuveen’s leveraged finance platform is one of the industry’s largest and robust providers of high yield credit, broadly syndicated loans, CLOs and alternative credit strategies1. With $40 billion in assets under management, including $14 billion in CLO products, our 40+ investment professionals provide enhanced access to an asset class where scale, research depth and a focus on active management are critical to producing better results. As part of the broader Nuveen global fixed income platform, the leveraged finance team has access to substantially additive resources across various asset classes which provides the team a holistic view of global fixed income markets. Additionally, the firm's long history of investing materially alongside our clients ensures strong alignment with their interests.

We believe our market presence, sector expertise and active approach provide an advantage for our clients

Size and scale

  • Significant resources: 40+ investment professional team dedicated to leveraged finance
  • Leading scale: Top-5 global fixed income manager 1; $1T parent organization aligned with clients

Deep sector expertise

  • Cycle-tested team: 25+ year heritage and 15+ average years of industry experience across leveraged finance
  • Integrated platform: One investment committee across high yield credit, broadly syndicated loans, CLOs and alternative/hedged strategies leveraging a singular research process

Disciplined research process

  • Differentiated approach: Daily re-underwriting of credit risk and valuation, from both a long and short view, which permeates throughout the team's process, enhances underwriting, and leads to proactive risk management
  • ESG integration: Proprietary ESG scores and transparency ratings, systematically produced and integrated within the fundamental credit underwriting process, results in identification of potential risks and targeted opportunities to engage with issuers

Active management

  • Long-term perfomance: Downside risk mitigation and proactive management of credit risk to uncover total-return opportunities within liquid issuers
  • Engagement: Market presence within leveraged finance enables the team to actively engage with issuers in order to identify risks and uncover opportunities

Depth, breadth, and scale in leveraged finance

$40B
Assets under management*
40+
Dedicated professionals*
25+
Year history in leveraged finance

Our leveraged finance capabilities

Seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted return within the liquid, broadly syndicated loan market by focusing on downside risk mitigation and proactive management of credit risk. Carry is expected to be main driver of return however opportunistic use of catalyst driven investments may result in additional total return.

Seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted return within the liquid, broadly syndicated loan market by focusing on downside risk mitigation and proactive management of credit risk, while intentionally allocating at least 85% of capital to a higher standard for ESG and transparency factors based on the team's proprietary ESG framework. Carry is expected to be main driver of return however opportunistic use of catalyst driven investments may result in additional total return.

High yield

Seeks to generate attractive income and total return with lower volatility than the broader high yield market. Invests primarily in the higher quality segments of the high yield corporate bond market, with tactical exposure to senior loans during changing market conditions. Income serves as the primary source of total return.

High yield ESG

Seeks favorable long term total return through income and capital appreciation within the broader high yield market while intentionally allocating at least 85% of capital to a higher standard for ESG and transparency factors based on the team's proprietary ESG framework. Invests across the full credit spectrum of the high yield corporate bond market, with tactical exposure to senior loans and convertible bonds during changing market conditions. Price appreciation along with carry are expected to drive total return.

High yield income

Seeks favorable long-term total return through income and capital appreciation. Invests across the full credit spectrum of the high yield corporate bond market, with tactical exposure to senior loans and convertible bonds during changing market conditions. Price appreciation along with carry are expected to drive total return.

CLO issuance

Seeks to generate an attractive, cash flow-driven return profile by primarily providing investors with majority positions in the equity of newly issued Nuveen managed CLOs.

Seeks to generate attractive return by primarily investing in debt and equity tranches of third-party CLOs purchased in the secondary and primary markets.

Convertible arbitrage

Seeks to provide attractive risk adjusted returns through convertible arbitrage along with tactical investments in high yield, loans, and CLO liabilities.

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Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.

ESG integration is the consideration of financially material ESG factors in support of portfolio management for actively managed strategies. Financial materiality of ESG factors varies by asset class and investment strategy. Applicability of ESG factors may differ across investment strategies. ESG factors are among many factors considered in evaluating an investment decision, and unless otherwise stated in the relevant offering memorandum or prospectus, do not alter the investment guidelines, strategy or objectives.

All investments involve risk and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. There is no assurance that downside risk mitigation will be achieved.

* Assets under management data is as of 31 Mar 2023 and includes investments within multi-sector accounts.

1 Pensions & Investments, 06 Jun 2022. Nuveen was ranked #2 in senior loans and #3 in high-yield securities. Rankings based on total worldwide assets as of 31 Dec 2021 reported by each responding asset manager, with 444 firms responding; updated annually.

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