Pearson gives ESG loans new educational direction

Pearson, the UK educational publisher, has signed a $1.2bn bank facility with a novel margin link to the company’s progress in educational reach, but loans bankers say that this increasingly popular form of funding is unlikely to drag the market out of its low volume melancholy.

  • By Mike Turner
  • 07 Mar 2019

The multicurrency revolver is Pearson’s first foray in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) loan market. It matures in February 2024 and pays around 10bp either side of 50bp over Libor, according to James Kelly, group treasurer at Pearson.

“[The financing] is part of our 2020 sustainability plan that ...

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Global Syndicated Loan Volume

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 140,092.25 338 12.15%
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3 Citi 72,931.66 226 6.33%
4 Mizuho 60,586.11 297 5.26%
5 Wells Fargo Securities 58,309.33 217 5.06%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

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3 Citi 1,793.42 6 8.04%
4 Trade and Development Bank 1,125.64 2 5.05%
4 Standard Bank 1,125.64 2 5.05%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

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1 Deutsche Bank 3,736.52 21 7.15%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 3,101.01 16 5.93%
3 Goldman Sachs 3,092.70 16 5.92%
4 BNP Paribas 2,926.68 24 5.60%
5 Citi 2,758.74 10 5.28%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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3 UniCredit 11,196.47 58 5.73%
4 Citi 9,580.75 37 4.90%
5 Deutsche Bank 8,953.95 35 4.58%

Syndicated Loan Revenue - EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 35.45 69 6.71%
2 BNP Paribas 31.67 78 5.99%
3 ING 31.21 74 5.90%
4 Citi 22.60 36 4.27%
5 Deutsche Bank 21.89 32 4.14%