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  • Syndicated Loan Market Commentary 07/06/2010 1 comment
    Jul 6, 2010 10:04 PM
    Overnight Asian and European equities bounced back from recent lows helping U.S. equity futures to trade up around 1%. At the open equities rallied moving up around 2% on strong buy interest. It was noted that long-term investors stepped in buying ‘quality names’ on the cheap as many shares are trading at their cheapest level to earnings since 2009. But the rally was short lived. The ISM non-manufacturing number signaled slowing growth in the services sector, coming in at 53.8 verses the expected 55.0. The market stalled out and fast money jumped to get out of positions while the market was still in positive territory. Most of the mornings’ gains were quickly pared and the bears started growling. The most notable being Robert Prechter, who was out calling for DOW 1,000 as he expects the U.S. economy to slip into a deflationary depression. Also, yesterday Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff warned of a Chinese property market collapse that could affect their banking system. Given that statement, it doesn’t seem like the best time but China’s largest lender, AgriBank, announced today that they are trying to raise $19.2 billion through an IPO. Maybe it’s me, but something doesn’t smell right when the largest lender in a country that is speculated to be headed for a correction is trying to pull off, what could be, the largest IPO in history. Anyways, the U.S. equity markets still finished up around half a percent; DOW 9743.62 (+0.59%), S&P 1028.06 (+0.54%).
     
    In the loan world, it was another slow day. A lot of people are still away on holiday and with minimal news flow and account activity, there just isn’t anything out there to drive trading. The only paper that did anything were the high-beta names, which moved with equities, and they were up a quarter to half of a point in early morning trade. The LCDX 14 went out a quarter point firmer at 94.125-94.5. After equities sold off following the ISM number, most names held their ground but a few gave back an eighth and the LCDX 14 returned to unchanged. For the most part the market was flat and volume was extremely light. In the morning the market felt a little better, but in all there was not a bias in either direction as advancers matched decliners. I don’t expect the market to pick up much this week. The conditions remain the same, slow and volatile but we shouldn’t have too much to worry about, most institutional guys have plenty of cash, so we shouldn’t have to worry about redemptions sparking any forced selling. Hopefully after the World Cup ends and as earnings season gets under way, volumes will pick up.
     
    News
    • Wall St logs modest gains after sell-off         
    • US svc sector grows more slowly, employment weak 
    • China's AgBank prices IPO to be world's largest
    • World stocks rise on value play; euro climbs     
    • Obama admin. sues Arizona over immigration law 
    • Obama, Israel's Netanyahu in fence-mending talks
    • Robert Prechter was out calling for DOW 1,000 as he expects the U.S. economy to slip into a deflationary depression           
    • ECB to hold rates, seek to reassure on recovery
    • Spain sells 6 bln euros of 10-yr bonds, Demand exceeds 13 bln euros, Non-resident demand seen high
          
    New Issue – Syndicated Loans:
    • AES Corp is seeking a refinancing, sources said. Proceeds could replace a $605 million Citi-led revolving credit facility due July 2011. That outstanding facility from 2009 pays LIB+400 based on BB- rating. AES announced plans to redeem $400 million of its outstanding 8.75% second priority senior secured notes due 2013 on a pro rata basis at a redemption price equal to 101.458% of the principal amount to be redeemed.
    • Guardian Healthcare has sealed a $90 million financing backing its buyout by Enhanced Equity Fund. GE Capital is lead. The deal consists of a $15 million, five-year revolving credit facility priced at LIB+475 and a $75 million, five-year term loan priced at LIB+475 with a 1.5% Libor floor and a 98 OID.
    • Exopack is in the market with a $95 million term loan B backing its acquisition by Sun Capital. Price talk is LIB+925 with a 2% Libor floor. Goldman Sachs is lead. Exopack makes packaging products.
    Price Flex
    • Hearthside Food Solutions has flexed pricing on its $280 million financing to LIB+600 from LIB+550 and the Libor floor is also increased to 2.25% from 1.75%, sources said. The OID is 98. Allscripts' $720 million acquisition financing is offering LIB+350. The leverage ratio is 2.1 times. The corporate family rating is Ba2/BB+ and the facility rating is Ba2/BBB. the financing backs the acquisition of Consolidated Biscuit Co and the cereal division of Golden Temple. Rabobank is lead left and is joined by GE Capital as co-lead arranger, joint bookrunner and syndication agent. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has also joined as co-lead arranger and co-documentation agent, and Fifth Third Bank is co-documentation agent.
     
    Amendment
    • ProLogis announced that it has sealed the fourth amendment to its credit facility. Under the amendment, the deal size is reduced to roughly $2.25 billion, the borrowing base covenant is eliminated and replaced with a debt yield covenant, and the leverage ratio is tested at each quarter.
     
    New Issue – High Yield:
    • Fidelity National Information Services Inc (NYSE:FIS) USD1.1bn 144A sr notes two-part. Split between 7y NC3 (3/4 1st call); 10y NC5 (3/4 1st call). Both with MWC T+50bp, and equity claw: 3y 35%. Expected ratings: mid to low double-B. Via BAML/JPM/GS/WFS joint books, BNPP, RBS, STI, USB as lead managers, CA, ING, MUS, Miz, PNC, Scotia, TD as co- managers. With reg rights. Roadshow starts today. Pricing later this week. UOP: along with a USD560m increase in its existing term loan A, USD216m draw on its revolver (also increased by USD141m), and a new USD1.4bn term loan B, to fund leveraged recap plan. FIS will repurchase via a modified Dutch Auction up to USD2.5bn of its cmn stock at a price range of USD29.00-USD31.00 per share; and repay its existing Metavante USD794m term loan. Biz: provides banking and payment technologies. HQ: Jacksonville, FL.
    • Price talk of 11.75% is out on CKE Restaurants (CKR) USD600m 144A sr sec 2nd lien notes due 2018 (8y). NC4. B2/B (stable/stable). Via MS/Citi/RBC joint books. W/reg rights. Books close at 1pm today.
    • Postmedia Network (Canwest) USD 275 mln 8yt NC4 ] Toronto, June 30 (IFR) Postmedia Network (CanWest) has announced a new USD 275 mln 8yr NC4 issue of 144a senior secured 2nd lien notes (with reg rts). Rated B3/B-. Road show starts today, with pricing anticipated July 7. JPM and MS are joint leads/books. Proceeds (along with a USD 300 mln and CAD 100 mln sr. sec loan) will fund the acquisition of CanWest Global Communications" newspaper publishing operations. Canwest Global Communications, which is currently emerging from bankruptcy protection, will sell substantially all the assets of Canwest LP to an ad hoc committee of holders of Canwest LP"s 9.25% sr sub notes for CAD1.1bn (CAD950m in cash).
     
    What to Watch Tomorrow July 7
    • Treasury to auction four-week bills
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    Sikhs alarmed about Use/Sale of the Golden Temple Brand

     

    Sikhs are dismayed over Hearthside Food's use of the Sikhs' central place of worship, the Golden Temple, for commercial profit.

     

    July 13, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- The recent sale of the Golden Temple brand to Hearthside Foods with $700 million in total revenue, ignites Sikhs' unease over what they claim was Yogi Bhajan's commercialization and trivialization of their religion. Amidst the complex battle between Bhajan's family and students in Oregon courts over the control of Bhajan's empire, the Golden Temple name and logo recently sold to Hearthside Foods upsetting many mainstream Sikhs. Hardev Singh Shergill, editor of the Sikh Bulletin explains:

     

    "The Golden Temple is the English name for Darbar Sahib located in Amritsar India. The Golden Temple is a central Gurdwara (house of worship) for Sikhs everywhere. Yogi Bhajan was dead wrong to use the Golden Temple to sell breakfast cereal, to feed his wallet and ego. Sikhism teaches to never mix faith with commerce. Sikh teachings are offered freely. No one should profit when sharing the Sikh religion. And no one should trivialize other's religious traditions, much less profit from cheapening us. The executives at Hearthside Foods are innocent and ignorant. They know nothing about Sikhism. They are just more victims of Bhajan's cult."

     

    "We ask Hearthside Foods to respect Sikhs and stop selling the Golden Temple brand. We've started an online petition to ask Hearthside to stop using the Golden Temple brand name," says Gursant Singh, editor of Gurmukhyoga.com, a former Yogi Bhajan student who left Bhajan's group after travelling to India and meeting with mainstream Sikhs there. "I didn't know I was in a cult. Yogi Bhajan was more like Jim Jones than a Sikh. It is important to repair the damage he caused. "If a company used a brand name like "Vatican Vermicelli" or "Paul's Last Supper Wine", you'd find religious people everywhere rising up in protest. Give the Golden Temple back. Sikhs welcome Hearthside employees to visit Darbar Sahib, or any Gurdwara, where people are fed delicious food free of charge daily. Eat at the Golden Temple. Don't eat The Golden Temple."

     

    "The Golden Temple should not be branded. Gurdwaras, including The Golden Temple, are places of worship; they are to stay open, and to feed people," says Harmander Singh of Sikhs of England, coach of Fauja Singh, 99 year old marathon runner, and London's 'Sikhs In the City' team. "Many Sikhs have arrived in the West since 1984, escaping from religious persecution and genocide in India. We feel shame over how Yogi Bhajan conned young people - we Sikhs live by the principles of remembering God, working hard and sharing with others - nowhere is there any promotion of sex tantra and yoga gimmicks in the Sikh scriptures. Rather, for Sikh's perhaps the most sinful act imaginable is to fleece innocents in the name of the Divine."

     

    Back in the early 1970s when Yogi Bhajan and his students named their Eugene Oregon bakery, The Golden Temple and started selling Wahe Guru Chews (Waheguru is Sikh's primary word for the Divine, literally, 'wondrous teacher') there were few Sikhs in the West to protest. Dr. Trilochan Singh in his book Sikhism and Tantric Yoga written in 1977 stated, "In England last year a firm advertised some blue jeans as Jesus Jeans. The whole religious world of England rose in one protest and stopped the manufacture of these jeans. The word Golden Temple has become an instrument of commercial affairs of Yogi Bhajan."

     

    Dr. Iqbal Singh who lives a few miles from of the Golden Temple in India and has written five books on Sikh history agrees, "The Golden Temple is not a brand name for any trade. This is the Almighty's temple...a place of devotion, equality, love, service, and protection for all, not to be used for commercial profit."

     

    Media Contacts:

     

    Hardev Singh Shergill
    editor@sikhbulletin.com

     

    Gurusant Singh
    London UK Ph. 011447507897373
    Gurusant@hotmail.com
    Gurusant.com
    Gurmukhyoga.com

     

    Harmander Singh from Sikhs in England
    harmanders@btinternet.com
    17 Jul 2010, 10:41 PM Reply Like
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