Travelodge to issue £360m high yield debt

Discount hotel-chain operator Travelodge Plc is looking to price the year’s first sterling high-yield bond. Previous issuance was last conducted in November 2015.

Investors were demanding a higher premium for the £360m seven-year senior secured debt, which, according to sources, could be priced at a high-8% yield on the fixed-rate tranche and 700 to 750bp over Libor on the floating-rate tranche.

Goldman Sachs and Barclays are the global coordinators on the transaction, which is scheduled to price later this week. 

Source: Reuters

Anbang abruptly pulls out of Starwood offer

China-based Anbang Insurance Group Co. surprisingly withdrew its $14bn bid for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., citing undisclosed market conditions as a cause of the withdrawal. This withdrawal provides rival bidder Marriott International Inc., a clear opportunity to proceed with its offer for Starwood.

In a long-drawn battle between Anbang and Marriott to acquire Starwood, Anbang emerged the preferred bidder with its offer of $82.75 a share. The sudden withdrawal, leaves investors speculating the cause of it.

Investors and sources attributed the withdrawal to various reasons ranging from potential regulatory hurdles that Anbang could face to the reluctance of Anbang to enter into a protracted battle with a rival bidder to lack of clarity on how Anbang could finance the deal.

Marriott would now proceed with its cash-and-stock offer of $77.9 a share, based on Thursday’s closing prices, as Starwood’s shareholders are scheduled to vote on 8 April 2016 on the acquisition. The value excludes Starwood’s pending timeshare spinoff.

Source: Bloomberg