Private Equity

  • Financing firm for KKR’s Viridor buy despite market chaos

    Banks financing KKR’s £4.2bn purchase of waste management firm Viridor from Pennon were able to demonstrate certainty and deliverability of the financing for the deal to the Pennon board, despite chaotic markets which have seen rapid plunges in the prices of leveraged loans and high yield bonds.

  • CapVest cans Curium sale as carnage hits M&A

    CapVest cans Curium sale as carnage hits M&A

    CapVest has cancelled the planned sale of Curium Pharma, as market conditions wrecked the investment appetite of the three final round bidders and banks cut financing commitments. It was one of the larger M&A financings slated for syndication in the second quarter, but with the Crossover index now trading over 650bp, compared with close to 200bp when first round bids were due, the three sponsors in the final round would have struggled to get a deal away.

  • Levfin lurches wider but powers on

    The leveraged loan market has taken a leg wider as coronavirus fears sweep the capital markets. But the primary markets are sucking up the larger discounts and fatter margins and forging ahead, with Polynt-Reichold, Genesis Care, and Inspired Education pressing on and printing deals this week.

  • Pollen Street and investment trust board go to war over planned sale

    Pollen Street Capital and the board of an investment trust it advises are locked in a fight over the potential sale of the investment trust to Waterfall Asset Management, with the board describing Pollen Street’s data room as “of no meaningful use whatsoever and a complete waste of time”.

  • CDR bids for Huntsworth in mid-market take-private

    Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has launched a take-private bid for UK based healthcare marketing and PR firm Huntsworth, bidding an enterprise value of £524m for the company. The debt financing for the deal is a $295m term loan and a £35m revolver provided by Royal Bank of Canada.

  • Bankers fret over LBO pipeline as auctions dwindle

    Bankers fret over LBO pipeline as auctions dwindle

    After a furious start to the year, leveraged finance bankers are now worrying about what’s next for new money leveraged buyouts, with few corporate carve-outs on the horizon and a plethora of political pain points to keep sponsors on the sidelines. Owen Sanderson reports.

  • Credit Suisse starts syndication of Zayo buyout debt

    Credit Suisse starts syndication of Zayo buyout debt

    Credit Suisse has started general syndication of more than $5bn of debt funding EQT and Digital Colony’s acquisition of Zayo, one of last year’s largest LBOs. The dollar market will take the lion’s share of the acquisition loan, with $4.235bn of first lien on offer, but even the euro tranche is substantial, at $825m-equivalent.

  • Vivacom takeover package prints through tights but PIK lags

    Vivacom takeover package prints through tights but PIK lags

    Southeast European telecoms group United Group, a BC Partners and KKR portfolio company, is marketing an all-bond financing package for its takeover of Bulgaria’s Vivacom, marketing new senior secured bonds and an add-on to its existing 2025 PIK notes.

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