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Old 18-03-2010, 03:17 PM
koppas
 
Post Glazers hope to cut down Red Knights in battle for Manchester United

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The Glazer family are considering a second round of refinancing in an effort to remove Manchester United’s huge debt burden.

The American owners also hope that the move would help to stave off a planned takeover by the Red Knights.

Initial talks have taken place within the Glazers’ inner circle about how to get rid of their payment in kind (PIK) loans that could total £588 million by the time they are due to be repaid in 2017, The Times has learnt.

No final decision has been taken and a deal could be many months away, but a second refinancing would represent an about-turn for the Glazers, who, publicly at least, have shown little concern about the PIK loans until now.

The debt, which stood at £202.1 million according to the latest accounts, is rolling up at an astonishing annual interest rate of 14.25 per cent.

The club’s £716.5 million total debt has been cited by the Red Knights, a group of City financiers-cum-United fans, as the key driver behind their plans to organise a takeover.

It also emerged yesterday that the multimillionaire boss of one of the UK’s biggest hedge funds is one of dozens of rich United fans considering joining the Red Knights. Jon Aisbitt, the Man Group chairman, has held talks with Nomura, the Knights’ investment bank, about signing up.

Despite the debt, United’s commercial revenues are soaring, with the club expected to announce today a sponsorship agreement with a mobile telecommunications company in southern Africa, their third such deal in a week.

The Glazers have yet to appoint a bank to oversee the planned refinancing, although it is likely that they will turn to J.P. Morgan, their trusted financial adviser, which drove through the recent £504 million bond issue.

There are a number of ways in which the Glazers could refinance the PIK debt. A source close to the Americans said they had already had several approaches from investors who would want to buy a stake in the club.

A well-placed banker told The Times: “The Glazers have been approached by lots of groups about a deal.” Rather than sell a stake, however, the Glazers would prefer to refinance the PIK at a more favourable rate of interest.

“Crazier things have been done than this,” the banker said. “What you will see in periods of buoyant global markets like this is that investors become anxious to get their hands on new bond issues.”

Because the interest rate could rise to 16.25 per cent if a debt threshold outlined in the PIK notes is exceeded by August 16, there is good reason for the Glazers to secure a refinancing package as quickly as possible.

Under the terms of United’s bond, the Americans will be able to use up to £70 million of the £117 million of cash on the club’s balance sheet to start repaying the PIK notes, for which they are personally responsible.

A spokesman for the owners declined to comment.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle7066291.ece
 
Old 18-03-2010, 04:11 PM
thatsfuctit
 
Default Re: Glazers hope to cut down Red Knights in battle for Manchester United

< simpleton mode on > but how would refinancing 'remove' the debt unless they actually lumped in the cash themselves - which i don't think we are expecting.
 
Old 18-03-2010, 05:28 PM
borsuk
 
Default Re: Glazers hope to cut down Red Knights in battle for Manchester United

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Originally Posted by thatsfuctit
< simpleton mode on > but how would refinancing 'remove' the debt unless they actually lumped in the cash themselves - which i don't think we are expecting.
i think the point is not to remove all the debt, just a certain kind of debt:
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Under the terms of United’s bond, the Americans will be able to use up to £70 million of the £117 million of cash on the club’s balance sheet to start repaying the PIK notes, for which they are personally responsible.
 
Old 18-03-2010, 10:01 PM
redloner
 
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Rather than sell a stake, however, the Glazers would prefer to refinance the PIK at a more favourable rate of interest.
No surprise there, then.
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