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01 November 2005

The rapid turnover of power assets in the US has led to a spate of leveraged financings for new entrants. Meet the new owners – familiar names, familiar management, and often the old lenders. By Tom Nelthorpe.

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US power bankers are much more cheerful than they have been in several years. A number of banks are hiring new staff, and some institutions are expanding out of niche products and into general power finance. Investment banks are devoting more resources to the sector, if only to enhance their profitable trading operations.

Since bankers returned from holidays in early September, there have been several leveraged acquisition financings, as well as some refinancing, and one restructuring. All of these have been achieved on terms that, while frequently less attractive than the 1999-2000 boom years, are much better than would have been expected two years ago.

But these financings...

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