Bond Jitters May Slow Deals

While a chilly response to recent bond offerings for U.S. Foodservice and Dollar General indicate there's a new caution around highly leveraged deals, observers disagreed as to whether it also signaled a slowdown for private equity buyouts in general, or even waning interest in acquisitions of food-related companies. As reported in SN last week, U.S. Foodservice scrapped plans to sell some $3.6 billion

While a chilly response to recent bond offerings for U.S. Foodservice and Dollar General indicate there's a new caution around highly leveraged deals, observers disagreed as to whether it also signaled a slowdown for private equity buyouts in general, or even waning interest in acquisitions of food-related companies.

As reported in SN last week, U.S. Foodservice scrapped plans to sell some $3.6 billion in bonds and loans intended to fund its sale from Ahold to private equity fi

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