Lactalis, the French dairy firm, has signed loans of €7.5bn to back its €3.4bn takeover of Italy’s Parmalat. Crédit Agricole, HSBC, Natixis and Société Générale were bookrunners and underwrote the loans, which will also be used to refinance debt.
Syndication, which was launched at the end of May, was oversubscribed as 12 banks committed to the facilities. Lenders were offered tickets of €300m and €600m, but allocations were later scaled back.
The loan is split into a €1.65m one year term loan with a six-month term-out option,