LONDON Jan 10 HSBC, JP Morgan and Societe
Generale have joined a 1.85bn-equivalent loan financing backing
US-based website domain name provider GoDaddy's 1.69bn
acquisition of peer Host Europe Group, banking sources said on
GoDaddy, owned by private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake,
announced last month it will buy Host Europe from private equity
firm Cinven, which acquired the business in 2013 for £438m,
following a report from Thomson Reuters LPC in November that the
two companies were in exclusive talks.
HSBC, JP Morgan and Societe Generale have joined the
financing as mandated lead arrangers, alongside lead banks
Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and RBC, the sources said.
The loan is expected to launch for syndication to investors
this month, the sources said.
Go Daddy was not immediately available to comment.
The fully committed debt financing includes a
1.3bn-equivalent incremental term loan, split into a
dollar-denominated tranche and a euro-denominated tranche, set
to pay 275bp-300bp over Euribor/Libor.
There is also a 500m-equivalent bridge loan, which will pay
275bp over Euribor, as well as a US$50m revolving credit
facility, the company said.
The bridge is expected to be repaid in order for the company
to reduce debt in 2017, if it sells part of the business.
GoDaddy said it would explore options for HEG's PlusServer
managed hosting business, including a possible sale.
HEG, whose customer base is similar to GoDaddy's, is one of
Europe's largest independent web hosting firms, and operates
brands such as 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet and Host
(Editing by Christopher Mangham)