Foster Wheeler, O&M To Allocate This Week

Commitments were due last Thursday on two BNP Paribas-led deals -- one well oversubscribed and another on its way, according to a banker.

  • 18 Aug 2006
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Commitments were due last Thursday on two BNP Paribas-led deals -- one well oversubscribed and another on its way, according to a banker. Both are expected to allocate this week. BNP was the sole lead for Foster Wheeler's oversubscribed five-year, $200 million revolver and five-year, $150 million multi-currency synthetic letter of credit. Both are priced at LIBOR plus 2%. Moody's Investors Service rated the loan Ba3 and gave the company a B1 corporate family rating. One investor said he liked the credit and that it seemed like a good company.

In 2004, Foster Wheeler investors reaped major gains when the company decided to do an out-of-court exchange offer, which reduced the company's $1 billion debt to $450 million through a debt-to-equity conversion (LMW, 10/22/2004). A Foster Wheeler spokesman could not be reached.

BNP teamed up with Lehman Brothers for O&M Star Generation's new eight-year, $259 million senior secured term loan and a $19 million funded letter of credit. The deal was expected to be fully subscribed as CIN went to press. Pricing launched at LIBOR plus 3%, but will not be set until the credit receives ratings, expected to be Ba3/BB-, according to a banker.

The company is owned by AIG Highstar Capital and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. Michael Walsh, managing director at AIG, and a spokeswoman for OTPP declined comment. A representative from O&M could not be reached.

  • 18 Aug 2006

GlobalCapital European securitization league table

Rank Lead Manager/Arranger Total Volume $m No. of Deals Share % by Volume
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) 6,665 23 12.97
2 Citi 5,781 17 11.25
3 BNP Paribas 3,715 15 7.23
4 Barclays 2,853 9 5.55
5 Credit Suisse 2,783 8 5.42

Bookrunners of Global Structured Finance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 99,250.27 279 13.11%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 92,153.61 267 12.17%
3 Wells Fargo Securities 72,661.39 222 9.59%
4 JPMorgan 52,367.24 169 6.91%
5 Credit Suisse 41,885.89 127 5.53%