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Monday, 24 September 2018

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  • Envision Healthcare

    Envision loan completes jumbo buyout trio

    Top News | 21 September 2018

    The US$5.05bn term loan for Envision Healthcare is the third massive leveraged loan to hit the market in September and also looks set to benefit from huge institutional demand, which has already seen multi-billion buyout loans for Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk business, Refinitiv, and Akzo Nobel’s chemicals busine

  • Flowers bloom in front of St Paul's Cathedral in central London

    PE heaven as jumbo buyouts bloom

    Top News | 21 September 2018

    The overwhelming response to the US$13.5bn buyout loan and bond financing for Refinitiv and the similar US$7.6bn debt financing backing Akzo Nobel’s spin-off of its chemicals business looks set to have far-reaching consequences for the debt markets.

  • healthcare, wellness, doctor

    Envision’s US$5.05bn loan marks jumbo buyout trio

    Ticker | 21 September 2018

    The US$5.05bn term loan for Envision Healthcare is the third massive leveraged loan to hit the market since the start of September and also looks set to benefit from huge institutional demand, which has already seen multibillion buyout loans for Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk business, Refinitiv, and Akzo Nobel’s speciality chemicals business successfully placed.

  • 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.

  • Second-lien, but first choice

    Loans | 22 June 2018

    US companies including cell phone insurance provider Asurion and production studio MGM are raising second-lien loans rather than cheaper high-yield bonds to take advantage of the flexibility that yield-hungry investors continue to offer.

  • KKR logo

    Envision LBO adds to deal bonanza

    Top News | 15 June 2018

    Private equity firm KKR’s US$9.9bn leveraged buyout of Envision Healthcare has helped boost private equity deal volumes to levels not seen since before the financial crisis.

  • Tensions rise as PE pushes limits

    Loans | 15 June 2018

    Investors are taking the fight against an assault on leveraged loan documentation to the courts as more private equity-backed companies, such as troubled retailer PetSmart, seek flexibility that could lead to raising new debt.

  • More companies shelve refis as markets turn choppy

    Loans | 08 June 2018

    At least two more US companies have postponed opportunistic leveraged loan refinancings after failing to attract investors at the proposed terms on heightened worries about global volatility.

  • Leverage nears pre-crisis heights

    Loans | 01 June 2018

    Leverage levels for buyouts are close to pre-credit crisis levels as banks are more willing to underwrite highly leveraged deals following the Office of the US Comptroller of the Currency’s softened stance towards lending risk.

  • Repricings lead to market fatigue as deals pulled

    Loans | 01 June 2018

    Repricing fatigue has settled over the US leveraged loan market after more than 275 companies have turned to the segment over the past three months - many to cut borrowing costs - leading some of the most aggressively priced deals to trade off or even be pulled.

  • Uber Technologies logo

    Uber looks to cut borrowing costs

    Top News | 01 June 2018

    Internet-based taxi service Uber Technologies is asking lenders to lower pricing on its US$1.13bn term loan that was agreed in July 2016 and matures in 2023.

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