Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Incisive breaches Covenants

Incisive Media breached its bank covenants in December. With £400m of debt and weakening trading the options are limited. Either Apax will have to inject more capital or there will be a debt for equity swap.

Either way all media businesses with high leverage will be sweating. On smaller deals banks have been prepared simply to rewrite the covenants (for a fee) but on this one, the bank will want to make sure it does nothing to increase its risk exposure.

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