RLPC-UPDATE 1-BHP jumbo loan margins tighter than for ABInBev

* Loan pays LIB+70-110 bps

* Pricing lower than for 2008 ABInBev loan

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By Alasdair Reilly and Tessa Walsh

LONDON, Aug 20 (BestGrowthStock) – BHP Billiton’s (BLT.L: )(BHP.AX: )
$45 billion loan backing its hostile bid for Canada’s Potash Corp
(POT.TO: ) pays margins of 70-130 basis points (bps) over EURIBOR,
according to a U.S. regulatory document filed on Friday.

As expected, the deal is priced inside the margins paid on
the last jumbo European acquisition financing for Belgian
brewing giant ABInBev (ABI.BR: ) in 2008 that paid 100-175 bps.

The loan comprises a $25 billion, 364-day bridge loan to
bond issue that pays 70 bps; a $10 billion, three-year term loan
that pays 110 bps; a $5 billion three-year revolving credit
facility that pays 110 bps; and a $5 billion, four-year
revolving credit facility that pays 130 bps.

The one-year term loan facility can be extended for a
further year.

Commitment fees of 30 percent of the applicable margins are
payable on undrawn amounts of the term loans, while commitment
fees of 35 percent of the margins on undrawn amounts under the
revolving credit facilities are also payable.

Margins on the one-year facility step up by 25 bps every
three months from utilisation, and once it is repaid the margins
on the other facilities step down by 15 bps.

Additionally, one the term loans and the three-year
revolving credit facility is repaid the margin on the four-year
revolving credit facility will be reduced by a further 25 bps.

Duration fees of 10-100 bps are also payable depending on
how long and how much of the one-year facility is outstanding.

Potash Corp is seeking a buyer willing to top BHP Billiton’s
$39 billion offer for the world’s largest fertiliser firm after
shareholders balked at a bid they considered too cheap.


BHP’s jumbo financing is the European loan market’s biggest
deal since ABInBev took a $45 billion loan to finance its
acquisition of Anheuser Busch.

The six arranging banks on BHP’s deal have approached
relationship banks for up to $2.5 billion each in a wider
syndication, bankers said on Thursday. [ID:nLDE67I1AJ]

Mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners Banco Santander
(SAN.MC: ), Barclays Capital (BARC.L: ), BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: ), JP
Morgan (JPM.N: ) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: ) equally
underwrote $8.4 billion each, while TD Securities (TD.TO: ) is
also acting as mandated lead arranger and bookrunner with a take
and hold commitment of $3 billion, bankers said.
(Editing by Michael Shields)

RLPC-UPDATE 1-BHP jumbo loan margins tighter than for ABInBev