Wenn man sich die Details des TXU Deals durchliest ist es nicht weiter verwunderlich das keiner diese waghalsigen Kredite aufnehmen möchte. Man kann aber gerade nichts anderes als die pure Schadenfreude empfinden wenn man sich den Kommentar des CEO der Citigroup Chuck Prince vom 10. Juli vor Augen führt
“When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing".
Thanks to Minyanville
Billion Dollar Breakup
Banks led by Citigroup (C) are considering whether they should pay a $1 billion break-up fee in order to get out of a deal to buy Texas Utilities (TXU) Thomson Financial is reporting.
- Why the cold feet?
- According to Thomson the lenders want to avoid being stuck with $37.2 billion in
debt to fund the purchase of TXU by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG.
- Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lehman (LEH) and Morgan Stanley (MS) had also committed to provide the debt financing for the acquisition.
- Yikes! But $1 billion just to get out of a financing arrangement? Pretty steep, no?
- Yes, it is pretty steep. But, according to Thomson, apparently not as steep as the current losses of upwards of 10% on traded loans and bonds of recent buyouts.
- According to First Data (FDC), there's an estimated $300 billion of total debt for buyouts that still need to be funded.
- Among the deals still pending, Blackstone's (BX) leveraged buyout of Hilton Hotels (HLT).
A separate article by Bloomberg this morning said banks led by Bank of America (BAC) have agreed to provide as much as $21 billion of debt financing to fund the buyout... at least for now.