Demand for aggressive buyout debt routs covenant defence

Leveraged finance investors in the US and Europe have scrambled for the bonds and loans backing leveraged buyouts of Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business and Dutch chemical company AkzoNobel this week, with demand driving pricing tighter despite aggressive covenant packages. David Bell and Victor Jimenez report.

  • By David Bell, Victor Jimenez
  • 20 Sep 2018

The $13.5bn of debt backing Blackstone’s acquisition of Financial & Risk, which will be renamed Refinitiv, was priced on Tuesday while AkzoNobel’s €6.5bn equivalent funding package for its buyout by Carlyle was closed on Thursday.

Both deals saw bonds and loans priced well inside initial price thoughts, on ...

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 BNP Paribas 5,789.90 38 7.23%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 5,356.91 28 6.69%
3 Deutsche Bank 5,287.08 28 6.60%
4 JPMorgan 5,144.14 22 6.43%
5 Goldman Sachs 4,189.40 23 5.23%

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1 Deutsche Bank 2,970.40 18 8.08%
2 Citi 2,605.77 18 7.09%
3 BNP Paribas 2,567.12 24 6.98%
4 JPMorgan 2,522.43 19 6.86%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,128.73 17 5.79%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

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1 JPMorgan 14,933.58 120 9.99%
2 Citi 13,421.25 109 8.98%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 11,061.94 93 7.40%
4 Goldman Sachs 10,888.23 82 7.28%
5 Morgan Stanley 8,845.88 67 5.92%