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 269,123.34 749 11.01%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 257,678.35 786 10.54%
3 Citi 154,176.72 469 6.31%
4 Wells Fargo Securities 140,458.98 521 5.74%
5 MUFG 123,389.83 702 5.05%

Bookrunners of Middle East and Africa Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 3,696.09 10 8.40%
2 First Abu Dhabi Bank 3,439.28 15 7.82%
3 Standard Chartered Bank 3,038.82 11 6.91%
4 BNP Paribas 2,705.06 6 6.15%
5 Citi 2,349.19 11 5.34%

Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Deutsche Bank 8,575.51 45 6.89%
2 BNP Paribas 8,524.78 57 6.84%
3 Credit Agricole CIB 7,835.85 40 6.29%
4 Goldman Sachs 7,283.60 38 5.85%
5 JPMorgan 6,871.08 35 5.52%

Bookrunners of European Marketed Syndicated Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 34,500.40 147 7.60%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 33,214.96 138 7.32%
3 JPMorgan 24,833.56 67 5.47%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 23,368.44 65 5.15%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 22,509.71 104 4.96%

Syndicated Loan Revenue - EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 18 Apr 2016
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%