News, details on corporate bond issues in the European markets on Friday:
Mandate: Unitymedia Hessen plans 1.9 billion euro equivalent 8-year senior secured bond, non-call three years, made up of two tranches one 1.4 billion euros and $750 million, an official at one of the banks involved said. Rating: Moody's B1, S&P BB-.
Unitymedia GmbH plans a 600 million euro 10-year senior bond, non-call five years. Rating: Moody's B3, S&P B-.
Roadshows are planned in Europe and the United States on Friday and Monday. Pricing expected early next week.
Managing banks: Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.
International cable operator Liberty Global (LBTYA.O) has agreed to buy Unitymedia
Mandate: The unrated Spanish industrial group plans a 5-year benchmark euro bond, as reported by IFR.
Guidance: to be priced after investor calls on Monday. 125 basis point coupon step if not rated in one year from launch.
Managing banks: BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Santander and Societe Generale.
Mandate: plans 4-year euro bond, likely to be 500 million euros, IFR reported.
Yield guidance: 6.5 percent
UNITED BUSINESS MEDIA (UBM.L)
Mandate: plans 7-year benchmarket sterling bond, as reported by IFR.
Guidance: gilts plus 325 basis points area
Managing banks: Barclays and BNP Paribas
Rating: Moody's Baa3, S&P BBB-
Mandate: Caja de Ahorros de Murcia plans a debut covered euro bond, IFR reported.
Managing banks: ACF, BBVA and Natixis.
Issue: Britain's BAA, owned by Spanish infrastructure firm Ferrovial, plans a bond issue in the first quarter of 2010.
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BATS.L)
Issue: An 11-year 650 million euro bond and 25-year 500 million pound bond as part of a liability management exercise, as reported by IFR.
Guidance: 11-year bond at mid-swaps plus 135 basis points, refined from an earlier plus 140 basis points area, 25-year at gilts plus 185 basis points, refined from earlier plus 190 basis points area, as reported by IFR.
Managing banks: Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, RBS and SG
Ratings: Moody's Baa1, S&P BBB+, Fitch BBB+
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