September 17, 2019 / 6:05 PM / a month ago

More banks join LSE bridge loan for Refinitiv buy

NEW YORK (LPC) - The full list of lenders to the multibillion dollar bridge loan backing the London Stock Exchange Group’s acquisition of data company Refinitiv has been revealed after banks received their allocations.

FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

The allocations total US$13.3bn and a further 14 banks have joined the deal in addition to the three leads. Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are the underwriters of the deal, which was launched to syndication in early August.

The acquisition, which will be financed with newly issued shares, will replace Refinitiv’s existing leveraged debt with a corporate financing, reflecting LSE’s investment-grade credit rating.

The loan refinances US$13.5bn of leveraged loans and bonds that backed the US$20bn purchase of a majority stake in Refinitiv last October by a consortium led by US private equity firm Blackstone.

The bridge loan is intended to be taken out entirely by bonds, but not until the fourth quarter of 2020, or the first-quarter of 2021. Timing of the bond issuance will be determined by the close of the acquisition.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange has bid US$39bn for LSE, which rejected the bid on September 13.

Refinitiv, the parent company of LPC, was created last year when a Blackstone-led consortium bought a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business in the largest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis. Thomson Reuters owns the remaining 45% stake.

(Allocation list: here)

LSE’s last corporate loan was provided by Banco Santander, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Bank, HSBC, Royal Bank of Canada and Royal Bank of Scotland, according to LPC data.

Editing by Tessa Walsh

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