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Blackstone and Blue Owl Lead $2 Billion Financing for Park Place Technologies

Blackstone Inc. and Blue Owl Capital Inc. have orchestrated a significant financing package of approximately $2 billion for Park Place Technologies, a leading provider of data center hardware maintenance services. The financing aims to refinance existing debt and facilitate a payout to Park Place's private equity owners, according to sources familiar with the matter.

 

The financing arrangement includes a loan of around $1.7 billion, along with a revolving credit facility and a delayed-draw term loan, as reported by individuals familiar with the transaction who requested anonymity due to the confidentiality of the deal.

 

This development marks a notable victory for private credit firms, signaling their ability to secure substantial deals in competition with traditional Wall Street lenders. While banks have been advocating loan swaps to reduce borrowing costs, direct lenders have successfully seized opportunities in the lending market. Notably, private credit firms recently secured a $1.2 billion loan package for CentralSquare Technologies, highlighting their growing influence in the industry.

 

Park Place Technologies, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, intends to utilize the proceeds from the new financing to refinance its existing debt structure. This includes replacing an $845 million first-lien loan initially provided by banks and syndicated to institutional investors, as well as addressing a privately placed $230 million second-lien loan. Additionally, the financing will enable dividend payments to GTCR and Charlesbank Capital Partners, the private equity owners of Park Place.

 

GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, acquired Park Place Technologies in 2015, demonstrating its long-standing interest in the company's growth potential. Subsequently, GTCR strategically partnered with Boston-based Charlesbank to further enhance Park Place's market position and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the data center services sector.

 

While representatives for Blackstone, Blue Owl, GTCR, and Charlesbank declined to comment, the significance of this financing deal underscores the confidence of leading investors in Park Place's business model and growth prospects.

 

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice. Readers are encouraged to conduct their own research and consult with a qualified financial advisor before making investment decisions.

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