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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Dec 15 2017

Petsmart's loan under pressure after weak third quarter earnings

NEW YORK Pet supplies retailer Petsmart’s US$4.2bn leveraged loan has fallen in the US secondary market after the company reported sluggish third quarter results on Monday and investors anticipate a weak fourth quarter, two sources close to the matter said.

Dec 13 2017

LPC: Banks provide US$650m of loans for SMG buyout

NEW YORK, Dec 13 US venue management firm SMG's leveraged buyout by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp will be backed by a US$650m loan package, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Dec 08 2017

Primavera lines up US$220 million of loans for Stratford School LBO

NEW YORK China-based private equity firm Primavera Capital has secured US$220m of loan commitments from Macquarie Group to back its leveraged buyout of US private schools system Stratford School, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Dec 06 2017

Baring Private Equity Asia nears $1 billion deal to buy Prometric: sources

Hong Kong-based buyout firm Baring Private Equity Asia is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. educational services company Prometric Inc for roughly $1 billion, including debt, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Nov 29 2017

LPC: US trucking company Western Express pulls refinancing loan

NEW YORK, Nov 29 US truck carrier Western Express Inc has withdrawn a proposed US$250m leveraged loan refinancing from syndication after investors demanded higher pricing, sources said on Wednesday.

Nov 28 2017

Banks provide $835 million loan package for Barracuda Networks' take-private

NEW YORK U.S. publicly traded cloud-based security company Barracuda Networks Inc’s acquisition by private equity firm Thoma Bravo will be backed by an US$835m loan package, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Nov 22 2017

Apollo nears deal to buy Qdoba from Jack in the Box-sources

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is nearing a deal to buy Qdoba Mexican Eats from restaurant chain Jack in the Box Inc for more than $300 million, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Nov 17 2017

LPC: Thoma Bravo lines up US$375m of loans for ABC Financial buyout

NEW YORK US health club software and payment processor ABC Financial Services’ leveraged buyout by private equity firm Thoma Bravo will be backed by US$375m of loans, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Nov 16 2017

LPC: U.S. loan issuers lean on bond market to refinance parts of jumbo loans

NEW YORK US companies with rocky histories in the leveraged loan market, including vitamin and supplement retailer GNC Holdings Inc, weight loss company Weight Watchers International and specialty drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, are turning to the high-yield bond market to help refinance large existing loans, sources said. 

Nov 08 2017

LPC: Auto parts maker Chassix seeks fix for struggling dividend loan

NEW YORK, Nov 8 US auto parts manufacturer Chassix is exploring revisions to a US$320m leveraged loan backing a dividend to shareholders, following investors' lack of interest amid concerns over declining earnings, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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