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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