Investors Spurn US Foodservice Bond Offering

The WSJ reports that investors turned their backs on a leveraged-buyout debt offering for Columbia's U.S. Foodservice yesterday, "leaving banks holding the bag for more than $3 billion and raising concerns about the changing economics of the takeover boom."

"Underwriters pulled a $1.55 billion bond offering by U.S. Foodservice, the nation's second-largest food distributor. The company also postponed plans to sell $2 billion in loans to fund the deal, according to people familiar with the matter. For now, the banks involved in underwriting the deal will have to lend the $3.6 billion directly to U.S. Foodservice, which is being bought from Royal Ahold NV of the Netherlands."

By Dan Beyers  |  June 27, 2007; 7:39 AM ET  | Category:  Finance
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