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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Jonathan Schwarzberg' s stories

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  • The entrance to the Toys "R" Us Times Square store is seen in New York

    Playtime over for Toys 'R' Us

    Top News | 22 September 2017

    Toys ‘R’ Us has agreed a US$3.125bn debtor-in-possession financing as it seeks to restructure US$5bn of long-term debt.

  • McAfee lines up giant dividend payment

    Loans | 15 September 2017

    Software security firm McAfee is raising US$4.75bn of leveraged loans to finance a dividend payment of around US$2bn, which is one of the largest dividend payments on record, according to Thomson Reuters LPC data.

  • US leveraged loans ready for strong second half

    Loans | 25 August 2017

    The sizzling US leveraged loan market is expected to maintain its breakneck pace in the second half and potentially set new volume records, despite lower merger and acquisition activity, as the strength of investor demand continues to see off concern about mounting macroeconomic and geopolitical risks.

  • Petsmart store

    US retailers' woes worsen as loan prices slump

    Top News | 25 August 2017

    Pet supplies firm PetSmart is the latest US retailer to see its loan fall below 90% of face value as technology disruption threatens to boost borrowing costs in the struggling US retail sector and raises solvency and liquidity concerns.

  • Jumbo US buyout loans launch before summer slowdown

    Loans | 04 August 2017

    More than US$6.3bn of acquisition loans hit the US leveraged loan market last week as private equity firms launched three jumbo buyout loans to beat the summer slowdown and take advantage of favourable market conditions.

  • Appetite for second-lien increases as yields fall

    Loans | 14 July 2017

    The success of mobile phone insurance provider Asurion’s US$1.8bn second-lien loan may encourage more US companies to tap the market for US$1bn-plus junior loans to reduce their borrowing costs.

  • Senior leverage on buyouts surges to record levels

    Loans | 30 June 2017

    Senior leverage on buyouts reached record highs in the second quarter as companies including online education provider Ascend Software and secondary ticket seller Vivid Seats took on large chunks of first-lien debt to back their acquisitions.

  • Issuers walk as lenders resist aggressive refis

    Loans | 23 June 2017

    Virgin Media and plastic packaging company Berry Global have withdrawn their attempts to refinance loans to spreads in the 200bp-250bp over Libor range amid signs of resistance among leveraged lenders.

  • Hope springs eternal for LBO activity

    Loans | 23 June 2017

    US bankers say the summer may be busier than usual for sponsor-driven mergers and acquisitions, which would be good news for loan investors clamouring for leveraged buyouts to provide opportunities to put money to work.

  • Veritas comes full circle with repricing

    Loans | 16 June 2017

    Nearly a year to the day after banks finally sold the loans backing Veritas Software’s buyout at a discount of 85 cents on the dollar, the issuer has lowered the interest rate on the debt with a repricing exercise.

  • Institutional market lures middle market borrowers

    Loans | 09 June 2017

    Middle market lenders are losing higher-yielding assets to the institutional loan market as companies such as US Anesthesia Partners, attracted by the lower spreads, opt to tap the broadly syndicated market, leaving private credit managers to reinvest repayment proceeds at lower yields.

  • Love-hate reception for lev loans

    Loans | 19 May 2017

    Companies with strong earnings and good trading records, including telecoms provider CenturyLink and food company Post Holdings, are tapping the US leveraged loan market at ever-tighter spreads as investor demand remains strong for floating-rate assets.

  • Panera Bread

    Hearty demand for Panera financing

    Top News | 12 May 2017

    A US$3bn loan backing the US$7.2bn takeover of bakery chain Panera Bread by JAB Holding has already benefited from strong demand from lenders with a big appetite for the deal.

  • Companies boost financial firepower with add-on loans

    Loans | 12 May 2017

    Four US companies, including consumer goods company Spectrum Brands, launched add-on loans last week to boost the size of existing facilities, as lenders compete to offer additional debt to familiar names amid a lack of supply in 2017 so far.

  • Second-lien loans become first choice

    Loans | 05 May 2017

    Strong investor demand is allowing US private equity firms to use increasingly large second-lien loans to maximize the amount of debt and leverage that they can raise to finance buyouts such as financial software provider Misys.

  • Lenders welcome M&A surge

    Loans | 28 April 2017

    US companies have lined up at least US$42.5bn of loans to back a flurry of US mergers in sectors ranging from healthcare to food and software in the second quarter, as companies try to grow by acquisition.

  • Highly leveraged US loans still in demand

    Loans | 13 April 2017

    Traditional banks and alternative lenders are still underwriting highly leveraged US loans, despite regulatory scrutiny, as red-hot investor demand shows no sign of abating and new buyout loans remain scarce.

  • Qlik Technologies slashes loan cost

    Loans | 07 April 2017

    Data analytics firm Qlik Technologies is in the market with a US$1.07bn loan refinancing that will halve the interest margin on a highly leveraged loan that it raised from direct lenders less than a year ago, to finance its US$3bn sale to private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

  • Price cuts extend to lowest-rated B3 loans   

    Loans | 24 March 2017

    Low-rated US buyout loans are pricing with razor-thin margins not seen since the financial crisis of 2008 as a dearth of new deals allows companies to dictate terms in a borrower’s market.

  • Hilton

    US lev loan refi wave tops US$200bn

    Top News | 17 March 2017

    More than US$200bn of US leveraged loans have been refinanced or repriced so far this year and, with two weeks to go before the end of the quarter, volume is approaching the US$245m of redone loans written in the second quarter of 2013, the last peak of activity.

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