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  • Mitch Reznick
    The perceived divergence of priorities between bondholders and shareholders has led some to believe that these investors cannot engage with companies on the same issues. Some – remarkably - even question the legitimacy of bondholders (or other creditors) engaging with companies in the first place. However, given their financial stakes in a company, both types of investors not only have legitimate cause to engage, but also a professional duty to do so. So say, Mitch Reznick, Co-Head of Credit, and Dr. Hans Christoph-Hirt, Head of Hermes EOS, in We Can All Get Along, a new report dispelling myths surrounding joint company engagements between bondholders and long-term shareholders. Writing in the paper, the authors argue that the difference in the payoff profile of equities and bonds is sometimes cited as a reason that bondholders focus less on long-term factors, while shareholders want to see growth. However, there are strategic issues which the pair highlight as being relevant to a company’s current and likely future health and value creation, including the management of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors. Arguing that although the cash flows from bonds held to maturity will not alter unless operating cash flows are substantially impaired, the authors highlight that unmitigated risks can weaken a company’s ability to fulfil its debt-service obligations.
  • 09/01/2018
    Fixed Income
    Geoffrey Wan
    Valuations in the US public hospital sector are looking attractive, and that’s led us to reassess the investment opportunities within the US high-yield healthcare universe. But a highly selective approach is needed. New research by Mitch Reznick, Co-Head of Credit and Geoffrey Wan, Credit Analyst at Hermes Investment Management looks at the factors causing volatility as well as the opportunities in this market. Mitch and Geoffrey, said: “Although the sector is often viewed as defensive and non-cyclical, hospitals in the US are facing a structural, secular shift. US healthcare spend per capita is the third highest in the world, at around 18% of annual GDP. However, by most metrics the quality of healthcare in the US is not viewed as commensurate with this level of spending. As such, scrutiny of insurers and patients’ demands for lower costs have driven a move away from the fee-for-service model that healthcare providers are familiar with to a model that demands value and quality in exchange for payment.”
  • Mitch Reznick
    Hermes Investment Management, the £28.5 billion manager committed to delivering holistic returns – outcomes for its clients that go far beyond the financial, has today published research by its Credit and stewardship teams demonstrating the impact of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors on credit spreads, and developed a pricing model to capture the influence of these factors on credit instruments.