Frustration in Europe’s levfin market as Berry triumphs in RPC acquisition

News that UK plastic packaging producer RPC’s board had approved the bid of US rival Berry Global Group has been met with disappointment in Europe’s leveraged finance market, which had been gearing up to finance a £3.32bn leveraged buyout of RPC by US private equity firm Apollo.

  • By Silas Brown
  • 11 Mar 2019

“It’s disappointing — there was going to be a whopping LBO in Europe and now there isn’t,” said a banker involved in Apollo’s bid.

In January RPC’s board unanimously approved a £3.32bn offer by Apollo to buy the company at 782p a share. Barclays and Citigroup were ...

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 5,388.55 35 7.45%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 5,167.13 26 7.14%
3 Deutsche Bank 5,163.07 27 7.14%
4 Goldman Sachs 4,132.89 22 5.71%
5 JPMorgan 4,083.96 19 5.65%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Deutsche Bank 2,970.40 18 8.44%
2 Citi 2,605.77 18 7.40%
3 BNP Paribas 2,567.12 24 7.29%
4 JPMorgan 2,467.56 18 7.01%
5 Goldman Sachs 1,928.73 16 5.48%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 13,711.91 110 9.94%
2 Citi 12,738.91 102 9.24%
3 Goldman Sachs 9,904.15 73 7.18%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,863.78 84 7.15%
5 Morgan Stanley 8,144.98 61 5.90%