Hastings show high yield market will finance insurance LBOs

Hastings Insurance Group raised £415m with high yield bonds on Monday to finance the takeover of 50% of its business by Goldman Sachs’s Merchant Banking division. Bankers claimed the deal was the first European insurance LBO to be financed in the high yield market.

  • By Stefanie Linhardt
  • 15 Oct 2013

The transaction furthers 2013’s trend of new sectors of the economy turning to high yield bonds.

“Financial institutions is a sector where the high yield investor base hasn’t seen buyouts,” the banker said, adding that it reminded him of the early days of the market when many deals introduced ...

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