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BC Partners to Split PetSmart, Chewy in $6 Billion Recap Deal

  • Transaction will trim leverage, extend maturities for PetSmart
  • New debt financing includes term loans and junk-rated bonds
A PetSmart Inc. Store After Company Announced Rachael Ray Nutrish Products
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Three years after saddling PetSmart Inc. with debt to acquire online rival Chewy Inc., a group led by private equity firm BC Partners is splitting them in two, betting that the companies will be better off on their own.

The group plans to recapitalize PetSmart with $1.3 billion of equity and $4.65 billion of debt raised from institutional money managers, according to credit grading firms and documents released to investors.