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River Rock Entertainment Plans Bond Offering: New Issue Alert

River Rock Entertainment Authority, a Native American casino operator, is among borrowers planning to sell at least $3.96 billion of bonds in the U.S., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Companies sold $225 million of bonds in the U.S. on Oct. 21, Bloomberg data show. They’ve issued $940.6 billion of bonds this year, compared with $940.9 billion in the similar period of 2010.

Following is a description of pending sales of corporate and other bonds.

Investment Grade

BANCO DE BOGOTA SA, the unit of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, plans to sell $1 billion of 10-year senior unsecured notes denominated in U.S. dollars, Moody’s Investors Service said on Sept. 22. Moody’s said that it would rate the proposed notes Baa2.

TRITON CONTAINER INTERNATIONAL LTD, the world’s largest owner-lessor of marine intermodal cargo containers, plans to sell $180 million of senior notes, according to a statement distributed by Standard & Poor’s. S&P assigned a BBB issue-level rating to the notes from the San Francisco-based company, which leases dry van, open top and flat rack containers.

Split-Rated

UNION BANK OF INDIA LTD., the Mumbai-based lender that went public in 2002, hired banks to help it arrange a series of credit investor meetings in Asia and Europe, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. The bank may consider a sale of dollar bonds thereafter subject to market conditions, the person said, asking not to be identified as details are private. Bank of America Corp., Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc., HSBC Holdings Plc, Deutsche Bank AG and Standard Chartered Plc are helping to arrange the meetings, the person said. The bank is rated Ba1 by Moody’s and BBB- by S&P.

Not Rated

CHESAPEAKE OILFIELD OPERATING LLC, a unit of Chesapeake Energy Corp., plans to issue $500 million of senior notes due in 2019, according to a person familiar with the offering. Proceeds may be used to redeem intercompany debt owed to Chesapeake Energy, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set.

BANCO BICE plans to sell $120 million of five-year bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, said Diario Financiero, citing the Santiago-based lender.

UCO BANK, a Kolkata, India-based state-owned bank, plans to meet with debt investors in Hong Kong, London and Singapore ahead of a possible sale of bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. BNP Paribas, Citigroup Inc., HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Standard Chartered Plc will arrange the so-called non-deal roadshows, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak on the matter.

PRONACA will sell $50 million in bonds to help refinance existing debt, the Bolsa de Valores de Quito said. Ecuador’s biggest food processing company will sell the bonds, which have maturities ranging from 3.2 years to 5.9 years, to yield between 6.25 percent and 7.25 percent, the exchange said in an e-mailed statement.

AKKORD INDUSTRY CONSTRUCTION I, a civil engineering firm based in Baku, Azerbaijan, plans to sell $100 million of bonds in U.S. dollars, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The notes will be due in three years, the data show.

(Added Aug. 8. See {http://www.akkord.az/}.)

High Yield

RIVER ROCK ENTERTAINMENT AUTHORITY, a Native American casino operator, plans to sell $205 million of senior notes due in 2018, it said in a statement. S&P assigned a grade of B- to the notes, which will be used to refinance debt, the rater said in a statement. River Rock also said it will sell $27.6 million of 6.5 percent senior subordinated notes due 2019 in a private placement.

ACADIA HEALTHCARE CO., the operator of behavioral health centers, plans to sell $150 million of senior unsecured seven- year notes to help fund its merger with PHC Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. Jefferies Group Inc. is managing the sale, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. Moody’s gave a B3 grade to the proposed debt while S&P assigned a B- preliminary rating to the securities.

ATLANTIC POWER CORP., the power producer that’s acquiring Capital Power Income LP, plans to sell $460 million of senior notes due in 2018, according to a statement. Proceeds will be used to fund a cash portion of the acquisition, to pay outstanding debt under Capital Power’s revolving credit line, and possibly to fund additional growth opportunities and general corporate purposes, the Boston-based company said in the statement.

KINETIC CONCEPTS INC. (KCI), the wound-care company that’s being purchased by Apax Partners Inc., plans to sell $1.65 billion of senior secured notes denominated in euros and dollars. The company canceled plans to issue $900 million in unsecured bonds denominated in dollars, according to a person familiar with the offering who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. Moody’s assigned the debt a grade of B3 and S&P ranked them.

(Added Oct. 11. See KCI US .)

VIETNAM JOINT STOCK COMMERCIAL BANK FOR INDUSTRY AND TRADE, or VietinBank, may offer a coupon of 5 percent to 6 percent on its planned $500 million overseas bond sale, Chairman Pham Huy Hung said in an interview in Hanoi on Sept. 15. The lender is “determined to sell the bonds within this year,” said Hung.

MANNKIND CORP., the biotechnology company founded by billionaire investor Alfred Mann, plans to raise $370 million by selling senior secured discount notes due 2017, the Valencia, California-based firm said in a Sept. 23 statement distributed by Business Wire. Proceeds may be used to complete Phase 3 clinical trials of MannKind’s lead product candidate, Afrezza, preparing for the commercialization of Afrezza, continuing to build out a Danbury, Connecticut, factory and for research and development, according to the statement.

EMPRESA DE ENERGIA DE BOGOTA SA, Colombia’s second-biggest electricity transporter, hired Deutsche Bank AG and Banco Santander SA to sell bonds overseas, according to a person familiar with the offering. Bogota-based EEB, as the utility is known, may seek to sell bonds that mature in 10 years, said the person who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set.

YPF SA, Argentina’s dominant integrated oil company, may sell $300 million to $600 million of dollar-denominated eight- year notes, according to a July 8 note from Fitch Ratings, which rates the bonds BB-. The proceeds of the offering of senior unsecured notes may be used for general corporate purposes, mainly capital investments and working capital needs, according to the note.

PROBUSINESSBANK hired BCP Securities LLC and UBS AG to arrange meetings with investors in Asia and Europe for a possible sale of bonds in dollars, said a banker with knowledge of the deal, who declined to be identified because terms aren’t set. The Russian lender is rated B2 by Moody’s.

Offerings in Pipeline

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. (UTX), the maker of Pratt & Whitney jet engines, may raise $12 billion of debt to help finance its $16.5 billion acquisition of Goodrich Corp., Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes told analysts on a conference call on Sept. 22. Most of the debt will mature within five years, he said.

CODELCO, the world’s largest copper producer, will look to sell bonds to help finance a record $4 billion investment in its Chilean mines next year, Chief Executive Officer Diego Hernandez said.

ENTERGY LOUISIANA LLC, the unit of the New Orleans-based power company, plans to sell about $206 million of bonds, according to a company statement. The offering was delayed and reauthorized after the utility violated regulations by publicizing the sale in the wrong newspapers, the Associated Press said on Aug. 11.

ISLAMIC BANK OF THAILAND, the nation’s state-owned bank, may sell $150 million of Sharia-compliant bonds overseas, the bank’s president Dheerasak Suwannayos, told reporters.

DOLPHIN ENERGY LTD., the Dubai-based natural gas producer, will be “actively monitoring the market” and will release terms on its planned dollar benchmark bond issue in an “appropriate window of execution,” the company said in an e- mailed statement.

ABU DHABI may sell an international bond, Lars Boman, senior adviser at Abu Dhabi’s Debt Management Office, told a Euromoney conference in London.

ROMANIA has started work on upgrading its medium-term note program to include dollar-denominated notes, Deputy Finance Minister Bogdan Dragoi said at a conference in Bucharest. The ministry will have the option to sell bonds in either dollars or euros, he said.

THE NETHERLANDS may sell “a few billion” of dollar- denominated bonds this year, according to the Dutch State Treasury Agency. The securities are likely to have five-year maturities, Peter Nijsse, the head of cash management, issuance and trading at the agency, said in an interview following a media presentation in London on June 10. The Netherlands is rated AAA by Standard & Poor’s and Aaa by Moody’s Investors Service.

CODERE SA (CDR), Spain’s only publicly traded gambling operator, may sell its first dollar-denominated bonds to refinance existing debt in euros, Chief Financial Officer David Elizaga said in an interview. Codere, which has 760 million euros ($1.1 billion) of bonds maturing in 2015, will sell “certainly a minimum of $400 million” in the securities that will help the company buy back debt and extend maturities to 2018 or 2019, he said.

EL TEJAR SA, the world’s largest grain producer, plans to sell as much as $300 million of bonds in the U.S. this year before a planned initial public offering, according to the company’s chief financial officer. The Buenos Aires-based company could accelerate plans for the IPO depending on investor reaction to the sale of between $200 million and $300 million of bonds maturing in seven to 10 years, Chief Financial Officer Mario Lorencatto said.

BHARTI AIRTEL LTD., India’s biggest mobile-phone operator, plans to raise $750 million selling its first overseas bonds, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch graded the notes BBB-, the lowest investment grade, according to a statement from the ratings company.

CHINA AUTOMATION GROUP LTD. plans to issue $200 million of senior notes due 2016 to yield 7.75 percent, the company said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on April 14. UBS AG will lead the sale of the issue, for which conditions and terms are yet to be decided, it said.

ASTON RESOURCES LTD., the Australian mineral exploration company, is considering selling bonds in the U.S. to help raise funds to develop its Maules Creek coal project in New South Wales, Chief Executive Officer Todd Hannigan said at a business luncheon in Sydney on March 3. Aston may raise $300 million to $500 million, he said.

MONGOLIA is planning its first sale of sovereign bonds, seeking about $500 million, to establish a benchmark that would help companies from the resource-rich nation located between China and Russia raise funds from credit markets. The issue will be used to finance expansion of the mining industry and build roads and bridges, President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York.

AVG TECHNOLOGIES, the Czech maker of Internet security software, plans to sell bonds to U.S. investors to raise money for dividends and acquisitions, Siobhan MacDermott, AVG’s Prague-based investor relations officer, said in an interview Feb. 10. The producer of a free antivirus program that competes with McAfee Inc. and Symantec Corp. is seeking to raise $300 million of debt, MacDermott said.

TATA STEEL LTD., India’s biggest producer of the alloy, plans to sell $500 million of debt by the middle of this year, CNBC-TV18 news channel reported, without saying where it got the information.

GAIL INDIA LTD., the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, plans to borrow $300 million overseas, P.K. Jain, director of finance, said in a telephone interview on Sept. 12.

AL BARAKA BANK EGYPT ESC, a unit of Bahrain-based Albaraka Banking Group (BARKA), may sell dollar-denominated Islamic bonds in the second half of 2011, the bank’s chairman said Sept. 29. The bank hasn’t decided on the size of the bond, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zeke Faux in New York at zfaux@bloomberg.net.

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