Aristotle Credit Partners
High Yield Bond

Strategy Overview

The High Yield Bond strategy seeks strong risk-adjusted returns relative to the benchmark through a combination of high current income and capital appreciation.

  • The combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis leads to the most comprehensive perspective on the corporate credit market.
  • The integration of ESG factors into our analysis enhances our credit selection process.
  • Disciplined risk management is a critical component of investing in corporate credits and should be carried out at both the security and portfolio level.


Investment process includes the following tenets:

  • Focus on Quality: We seek credits with strong fundamentals, ample cash flow, solid capital structures and low default risk.
  • In-Depth Research: Our process blends economic and market analysis with industry and credit research.
  • ESG Considerations: ESG factors are incorporated into our bottom-up, research process, with an emphasis on corporate governance.

Strategy Inception Date : April 1, 2014

Benchmark: ICE BofA BB-B U.S. Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index

Minimum Security Rating: B/CCC

Cash: Maximum 5%

Issuer Max: BB: 4%; B: 3%; B/CCC: 2%

Minimum Issue Size: $150M Original Issuance

Maximum Allocation to Split B/CCC: 5%

Maximum Issue Holding: 10% of Original Issuance

Duration: +/- 25% of Index

Maximum Industry Allocation: 30.0%

Investment Grade Securities: Up to 25%

Portfolio Minimum Average Quality: B2

Maximum Allocation to Emerging Markets: 25%

As of: 6/30/2024


Trailing (%) QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yrs 5 Yrs 10 Yrs Since Inception1
High Yield Bond Composite (Gross) 1.54 3.22 9.85 2.50 4.07 4.04 4.16
High Yield Bond Composite (Net) 1.48 3.09 9.57 2.26 3.84 3.83 3.96
ICE BofA BB-B U.S. Cash Pay HY Const. Index 1.21 2.52 10.07 1.60 3.64 4.22 4.37
Calendar Year (%) 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
High Yield Bond Composite (Gross) 10.72 -7.26 4.30 6.01 13.61 -0.94 6.42
High Yield Bond Composite (Net) 10.44 -7.48 4.09 5.81 13.41 -1.12 6.24
ICE BofA BB-B U.S. Cash Pay HY Const. Index 12.55 -10.59 4.58 6.32 15.09 -2.04 6.98
1The Aristotle High Yield Bond Strategy has an inception date of April 1, 2014.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. Performance results for periods greater than one year have been annualized. Returns are preliminary pending final account reconciliation. Composite and benchmark returns reflect the reinvestment of income. Returns are presented gross and net of investment advisory fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Gross returns will be reduced by fees and other expenses that may be incurred in the management of the account. Net returns are presented net of actual investment advisory fees and after the deduction of all trading expenses. The Portfolio Data shown is based on a representative account. This material is not financial advice or an offer to buy or sell any product. Please see important disclosures at the end of the document.

Portfolio Data

  High Yield Benchmark2
Number of Issues 111 1,589
Average Credit Rating BB- BB-
Coupon (Avg., %) 5.90 6.20
Effective Duration (Yrs) 2.70 3.30
Effective Yield (%) 6.70 6.90
Maturity (Avg., Yrs) 4.40 5.00
Price (Avg., $) 97.40 96.40
Turnover (1 Yr, %) 39.0

Allocation by Credit Rating (%)

  High Yield Benchmark2
AAA 0.0 0.0
AA 0.0 0.0
A 0.0 0.0
BBB 6.0 0.5
BB 51.2 57.3
B 39.1 41.5
CCC or Lower 0.0 0.7
Not Rated 0.0 0.0
Cash 3.7 0.0
Total 100.0 100.0

Top 10 Holdings (%)

Security Coupon Maturity Weight
CCO Holdings LLC 4.500% 05/01/32 2.3
Air Lease Corp 4.125% 12/15/26 2.2
Energy Transfer LP 7.125% 05/15/30 2.1
Venture Global LNG Inc 9.500% 02/01/29 1.7
Air Canada 2020-1 Class C Pass Through Trust 10.500% 07/15/26 1.5
United Airlines 2019-2 Class B Pass Through Trust 3.500% 05/01/28 1.5
Endeavor Energy Resources LP 5.750% 01/30/28 1.4
Icahn Enterprises LP 5.250% 05/15/27 1.4
United Airlines Holdings Inc 4.875% 01/15/25 1.3
MGM Resorts International 6.500% 04/15/32 1.3
Total 16.7

Contribution to Duration (%)

Top 5 Overweights by Industry (%)

Industry High Yield Benchmark2
Energy 12.5 6.6
Transportation 6.4 2.6
Retailers & Restaurants 10.1 6.9
Brokerage & Asset Management 2.4 0.9
Gaming 3.9 2.7

Top 5 Underweights by Industry (%)

Industry High Yield Benchmark2
Technology 3.7 7.5
Telecommunications 0.0 3.6
Chemicals 0.0 2.7
DiversifIed Manufacturing & Construction Machinery 1.1 3.3
Insurance 0.0 1.9

2Benchmark represents the ICE BofA BB-B U.S. Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index.
All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including the possible loss of principal. Investments are also subject to political, market, currency and regulatory risks or economic developments. There are risks specifically associated with fixed income investments such as interest rate risk and credit risk. Bond values fluctuate in price in response to market conditions. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. This risk may be more pronounced for bonds with longer-term maturities. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments. High yield securities are generally rated lower than investment grade securities and may be subject to greater market fluctuations, increased price volatility, risk of issuer default, less liquidity, or loss of income and principal compared to investment grade securities. The material is provided for informational and/or educational purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be construed as investment, legal or tax advice and/or a legal opinion. Investors should consult their financial and tax adviser before making investments. The opinions referenced are as of the date of publication, may be modified due to changes in the market or economic conditions, and may not necessarily come to pass. Information and data presented has been developed internally and/or obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Aristotle Credit does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of such information. The Aristotle High Yield Bond Composite (the Composite) includes all discretionary accounts managed in this strategy. The objective of the Aristotle High Yield Bond strategy is to optimize long-term returns with a focus on mitigating market risk. The strategy is benchmarked to the ICE BofA BB-B U.S. Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index. The accounts in the Composite consist of all separately managed fee-paying discretionary portfolios invested mainly in high yield bonds. The Composite will include only accounts that do not utilize leverage and do not have significant tax treatment or cash flow needs. The accounts will likely contain a limited number of positions (roughly 100 to 150 securities), with investments focused on the most liquid securities. A list of composite descriptions is available upon request. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio Data, Allocation by Credit Rating, Top 5 Overweights and Underweights by Industry, Top 10 Holdings and Contribution to Duration figures shown are based on a representative account from the Composite. The representative account was chosen since, in our view, it is the account within the Composite that most closely reflects the portfolio management style of the strategy. Not every client’s account will have these exact characteristics. The actual characteristics with respect to any particular client account will vary based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: (i) the size of the account; (ii) investment restrictions applicable to the account, if any; and (iii) market exigencies at the time of investment. Aristotle Credit Partners, LLC (Aristotle Credit) reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs. This is not a recommendation to buy or sell a particular security. Recommendations made in the last 12 months are available upon request. The ICE Bank of America (ICE BofA) BB-B U.S. Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index measures the performance of the U.S. dollardenominated BB-rated and B-rated corporate debt issued in the U.S. domestic market, a fixed coupon schedule and a minimum amount outstanding of $100 million, issued publicly. Allocations to an individual issuer in the Index will not exceed 2%. The volatility (beta) of the Composite may be greater or less than that of the benchmark. It is not possible to invest directly in this index.

Yield to Worst is the lowest potential yield expressed as a percent that can be received on a bond without the issuer actually defaulting. Effective Duration is an approximate measure of the strategy’s sensitivity to interest rate changes taking into consideration any maturity shortening features. Maturity (Avg.) is a finite period of time at the end of which the financial instrument will cease to exist and the principal is repaid with interest. Coupon (Avg.) is the weighted average of the coupon of each bond in the strategy. Price (Avg.) is the weighted average of each bond price in the portfolio. Turnover is calculated by taking either the total purchases or total sales of portfolio securities (whichever is less), over a particular period, and dividing it by the monthly average market value of the portfolio during that period. Credit Rating is sourced from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s and Fitch. Ratings values are based on the middle of the three ratings if all three credit rating agencies rate the security; based on the higher rating if rated by two of three credit rating agencies; or based on the sole agency’s rating if rated by only one of the three credit rating agencies. The ratings represent their (S&P, Moody’s, Fitch) opinions as to the quality of the securities they rate. The ratings from AAA (S&P, Fitch) or Aaa (Moody’s) (extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitment) to D (S&P, Fitch) or C (Moody’s) (in default). Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality. The ratings provided relate to the underlying securities within the portfolio and not the portfolio itself. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low credit quality.

Aristotle Credit Partners, LLC is an independent investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about Aristotle Credit, including our investment strategies and objectives, can be found in our Form ADV Part 2, which is available upon request.


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