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Vue International launches £833m equivalent refinancing and acquisition financing
Vue International (“Vue”), one of the world’s leading cinema operators, today announced the launch of a £833m equivalent financing (the “Financing”), through Vue International Bidco plc (the “Borrower”).
The Financing follows the recently announced CineStar acquisition and will fully refinance Vue’s capital structure with the objective of increasing maturities, reducing cost of debt and increasing flexibility in addition to raising proceeds for the CineStar acquisition.
The new financing package of term loans due December 2025 will be comprised of:
- €480m (c. £430m) EUR Senior Secured Term Loan B
- £300m GBP Senior Secured Term Loan B, and
- €114m (c. £102m) EUR Senior Secured Term Loan B (delayed draw tranche)
The existing £60m equivalent Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility will also be refinanced on a senior secured basis and upsized as part of the Financing.
The proceeds of the transaction will in part be used to refinance Vue’s existing indebtedness including its €120m EUR Senior Secured Term Loan B, €360m EUR Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes, and £300m GBP Senior Secured Notes in their entirety (the “Refinancing”). In addition, the proceeds of the transaction will be used to finance the majority of the initial purchase consideration of the recently announced CineStar acquisition (€130m), fund Cinestar new site capital expenditures and pay associated fees and expenses. The transaction will be leverage neutral to Vue’s last reported quarter ended August 2018.
Concurrent to the launch of the Financing, Vue is also issuing a conditional redemption notice on its existing notes.
J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Bank and Morgan Stanley are acting as Joint Global Coordinators, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners on the Financing.
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