McLaren to Raise $620 Million
(Bloomberg) -- McLaren Finance PLC plans to raise $620 million in a bond issue, ramping up its funding spree as it tries to claw back losses from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The supercar maker, which is seeking to refinance existing bonds and bolster its balance sheet with the additional debt, will hold investor presentations for the new financing at 3:30pm London time Monday.
Unofficial price indications for McLaren’s $620m notes are in the 8% yield range, according to investors looking at the deal.
The bond issue comes on top of $760 million raised from investors, including Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, as McLaren tries to recover from the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the Formula 1 racing series and caused the closely-held company to idle production. In April, the company sold and leased back its headquarters in Woking, near London, and has also sold as much as a third of its racing unit to a consortium of U.S.-based investors.
The new financing “provides the opportunity to significantly deleverage the business,” a McLaren spokesperson said Monday.
It also turns the corner on the company’s financial flexibility and puts the spotlight back on its manufacturing capabilities, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Joel Levington.
The new bond is expected to be rated Caa1/CCC+/B, among the lowest rated debt, and will add to the surge of challenged issuers raising financing in recent weeks amid soaring demand from investors for higher returns.
Even as the cost of insuring junk-rated companies climbed the most since March this month on fears that the pandemic will weigh on global demand, investors are still rushing to buy debt of high risk companies.
Earlier this month, investors piled into a new bond sale from PizzaExpress Ltd., placing around 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion) worth of orders just months after the U.K restaurant chain had to restructure. British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover also tapped the markets and sold a 500 million-euro ($592 million) bond.
McLaren will hold meetings until July 22 for the new financing, which will be led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and HSBC Holdings Plc, along with National Bank of Bahrain.
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