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Entertainment One Hires Banks for Alliance Acquisition Financing

Entertainment One Ltd., the distributor of The Lord of the Rings films, said it hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays Plc to arrange financing for its acquisition of Alliance Films Holdings Inc.

The banks are asking Entertainment One’s lenders to add a term loan of as much as C$150 million ($153 million) to its existing credit facilities, the London and Toronto-based company said in a statement today. JPMorgan and Barclays will provide the financing if the existing lenders don’t agree to expand the facility.

Entertainment One will also seek to extend the maturity of its revolving credit from October 2014, according to the statement.

The company will also raise 110 million pounds ($176 million) from share sales to fund the deal.

Entertainment One said today it agreed to buy Montreal-based Alliance Films from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Investissement Quebec for C$225 million to become the largest film distributor in Canada and the U.K.

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