Herbst Gaming, a Nevada casino and gas station operator, planned to sell $150 million in senior subordinated notes due in 12, with the proceeds being used to refinance an existing deal. Price talk is 8 to 8 1/4%. At a rating of B3/B-, that level is rather low, according to a buy-side gaming analyst. Lehman Brothers is the sole underwriter for the deal.
Autocam Corp., an auto parts maker, sold $140 million of 10-year senior subordinated notes through Goldman Sachs and Citigroup Global Markets. The B3/B- notes were priced at 10.875%. Diane Keefe, portfolio manager at Pax World Management in New York, said she did not participate because Autocams capital expenditure to EBITDA ratio is too high. Other investors said they are concerned the auto supply sector will go through a slow period because car inventory is currently high.