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Friday, 21 September 2018

Jonathan Schwarzberg' s stories

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  • Thomson Reuters

    US investors take initiativ on Refinitiv

    Top News | 14 September 2018

    The US$13.5bn buyout financing for Refinitiv, the financial data and technology division of Thomson Reuters, has had a strong response from the US loan and bond markets, resulting in an oversubscription and potentially lower pricing.

  • Jumbo deals push buyout loans over US$100bn

    Loans | 07 September 2018

    A pair of huge buyout loans backing deals for Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk division that includes IFR, and Akzo Nobel’s chemicals business hit the transatlantic loan markets after Labor day, pushing year-to-date volume over US$100bn along with other jumbo loans in the pipeline.

  • US leveraged loans to do heavy lifting in jumbo buyouts

    Loans | 31 August 2018

    The US leveraged loan market is expecting to take the lion’s share of the jumbo debt financings that are lining up for a post Labor Day launch, as investors continue to favour higher-yielding loans over bonds.

  • Lower recovery rates to haunt leveraged loans

    Loans | 17 August 2018

    Overwhelming demand for floating-rate leveraged loans has eroded credit quality and will lead to more defaults and lower recovery rates in an economic downturn, according to ratings agency Moody’s.

  • Repricings resurface despite new issuance

    Loans | 10 August 2018

    At least three US companies including warehouse retail store BJ’s Wholesale Club are cutting borrowing costs on existing term loans after a surge in new money issuance put a brake on opportunistic repricing and refinancing transactions in July.

  • Current loans hold key to post-Labor Day appetite

    Loans | 10 August 2018

    Bankers and investors are looking to payment processor Verifone’s buyout financing and a deal backing healthcare data analytics provider Verscend’s acquisition of payment accuracy provider Cotiviti to set the tone for leveraged loans when bankers return to work after the Labor Day holiday.

  • Higher oil prices fuel M&A boom in energy

    Loans | 03 August 2018

    The US$1.2bn purchase by private equity firm KKR and energy infrastructure company Williams of natural gas and oil processing and transporting company Discovery Midstream has added fuel to thriving oil and gas lending, only two years after low oil prices made the sector a no-go area.

  • US shrugs off financing protests

    Loans | 27 July 2018

    The US leveraged loan market has appeared to shrug off protests at the centre of a national immigration debate that saw illegal immigrants separated from their children, as advocates take aim at banks financing companies that run detention centres.

  • Rising pricing creates challenges for big buyouts

    Loans | 06 July 2018

    Rising pricing is creating a more challenging environment for large US buyout loans that were underwritten earlier this year, including a US$13.5bn loan and bond financing for Thomson Reuters’ Finance and Risk unit and a US$8.05bn financing for Envision Healthcare.

  • PetSmart files suit against Citi over Chewy

    Loans | 29 June 2018

    Private equity-backed retailer PetSmart’s US$4.2bn Term Loan B dipped to 82.5-83 on Wednesday, a day after the company filed a lawsuit against Citigroup, the administrative agent of its term loan and asset-based revolving credit facility.

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