Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase are holding one-to-one meetings with banks for a $1.3 billion credit forAmeriSource-Bergen , the distributors of pharmaceuticals and related healthcare products and services. A banker said the credit is set to go into retail syndication next week. Pricing on the pro rata is LIBOR plus 13/4 %, and consists of a $1 billion revolver and $300 million "A" term loan. Calls to officials at AmeriSource were not returned by press time.
AmeriSource-Bergen is the combination of AmeriSource Health of Valley Forge and Bergen Brunswig of Orange, Calif. The two pharmaceutical giants are merging, in a deal valued at $7 billion, to create a wholesale pharmaceutical supply company with annual revenues of $35 billion.