Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Riverdeep Syndication Gone Awry

As mentioned a few weeks ago, Riverdeeps banks (Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Citigroup) conducted a roadshow to sell the debt associated with the Riverdeep acquisition of Harcourt. According to the Irish Times, the banks have suspended this process and will hang on tooth and nail to the debt themselves until the markets improve.

This will have limited impact on the operations of Riverdeep/Houghton Mifflin and while this is not positive news it could only reflect a desire for the banks to maintain a decent margin on the syndication rather than judgements about the risk of the underlying loans. At least that's what I would be saying if I were Riverdeep.

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