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Crown Said to Seek $2.8 Billion of Loans to Back Mivisa Deal

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Crown Holdings Inc. is seeking $2.8 billion of loans to help pay for its purchase of Spanish food-can maker Mivisa Envases SAU from Blackstone Group LP, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Most of the debt will be dollar-denominated, consisting of a $1.2 billion revolving credit line, an $800 million term loan and a $300 million credit facility, said the person, who asked not to be identified because terms aren’t set. The deal also includes a 400 million-euro ($539 million) term loan.

Crown is buying Mivisa, the largest producer of cans for food in the Iberian peninsula and Morocco, from a group of investors including Blackstone in a cash deal valued at 1.2 billion euros, according to a company statement on Oct. 31. The acquisition is expected to close next year.

Philadelphia-based Crown proposed paying lenders 1.75 percentage points more than lending benchmarks for the two term loans it’s seeking, and 2 percentage points more than the London interbank offered rate for the $300 million portion, the person said.

Michael Dunleavy, a spokesman for Crown, declined to comment on the financing.

Citigroup Inc. is arranging the debt, according to the person. Under a revolver, money can be borrowed again once it’s repaid; in a term loan, it can’t.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Idzelis in New York at cidzelis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Faris Khan at fkhan33@bloomberg.net

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