DE Master Blenders M&A faces challenge from impatient investors

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By Ross Lancaster
26 Jun 2014

A merger of the coffee businesses of DE Master Blenders and Mondelez International, backed by €7.5bn of debt, could take up to 12 months to complete, prompting some investors to question whether returns on financing the deal are worth the wait.

The companies will need to ensure compliance with competition legislation before completing their transaction. The merger is "expected to be completed in the course of 2015", according to Mondelez.

This probably means April or May 2015, said one loans banker, while an investor considering ...

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