Credit Suisse First Boston will launch syndication tomorrow of the $130 million facility backing management and Gilbert Global Equity Partners' acquisition of True Temper Corp. from Cornerstone Equity Investors. The facility comprises a five-year, $20 million revolver and seven-year, $110 million "B" loan. Pricing on the deal could not be determined. The purchase price is reportedly $284 million or around eight times the company's 2003 EBITDA.
Cornerstone acquired True Temper in 1998 and the business had about $125 million of debt outstanding as of September 2003. True Temper is the parent company of True Temper Sports, which manufactures golf shafts. Gilbert and True Temper officials could not be reached by press time and Cornerstone officials declined comment.