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BNP Preps Maidenform LBO Credit

01 Apr 2004

BNP Paribas is preparing a $180 million facility backing the acquisition of bra manufacturer Maidenform by Ares Management's private equity arm, the Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund.

BNP Paribas is preparing a $180 million facility backing the acquisition of bra manufacturer Maidenform by Ares Management's private equity arm, the Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund. The credit comprises a $39 million revolver, a $90 million first-lien term loan and $60 million second-lien term loan.

The revolver and first-lien term loan are being talked at LIBOR plus 33/4% and the second-lien term loan is talked at LIBOR plus 61/2%. Syndication will launch later this month. Oaktree Capital Management is currently Maidenform's majority owner. UBS advised Maidenform. BNP bankers and Oaktree officials declined comment and Ares officials could not be reached by press time.

01 Apr 2004