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Bain Capital’s Skylark Loan Said to Reach Financial Close

Bain Capital LLC’s loan to finance the acquisition of family restaurant chain Skylark Co. has reached financial close and is now being marketed to other lenders, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The loan’s nine mandated lead arrangers have been joined by three other lenders, Aozora Bank Ltd., GE Capital and Tokyo Star Bank Ltd., the person said, asking not to be identified as details are private. Syndication is expected to close before the end of the year, the person said.

The size of the senior loan backing Bain’s acquisition of Skylark is 157.5 billion yen ($2 billion), consisting of a 150 billion yen term loan and a 7.5 billion yen revolving credit facility, the person said. Bain agreed to buy Skylark from Nomura Holdings Inc.’s private equity units in October. Skylark operates some 3,700 outlets in Japan and overseas under such names as Bamiyan, Gusto and Jonathan’s, as well as its flagship Skylark chain.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., Bank of America Corp., BNP Paribas SA, Development Bank of Japan, Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd., Nomura Capital Investment Co., Shinsei Bank Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and Sumitomo Trust & Banking Corp. arranged the loan, Bain Capital said in a statement today.

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