Lpc kerneos to raise _505m loan refinancing

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Nov 30 French aluminates company Kerneos is set to raise a 505m loan to refinance existing debt and repay a vendor loan that was used to finance the company's 2014 buyout by private equity firm Astorg, banking sources said on Wednesday. BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs are leading the loan financing and a bank meeting is set to take place on Wednesday to show the deal to investors, the sources said. The loan includes a 445m seven-year covenant-lite term loan B, expected to pay 400bp over Euribor with a 0% Euribor floor at 99.5 OID, the sources said.

There is also a 60m six-year revolving credit facility, guided to pay 3.75bp over Euribor.

The loan will refinance Kerneos' 375m senior secured notes, a super senior RCF, and remaining vendor loan that totals around 50m, as well as fees and expenses, the sources said. Lenders have been asked to commit to the deal, which has estimated net leverage of 4.25 times, by December 14.

Earlier this year, Astorg put Kernoes up for sale, hiring investment bank Lazard on the process. A sale could have valued the firm at around 1bn. Paris-based Kerneos makes calcium aluminate cements, used as tile adhesives and furnace insulation among other functions.