With bankers returning to syndication desks after the late-August doldrums, several new credits were announced this week, including a $1.5 billion loan for Beckman Instruments Inc.

Citicorp and Merrill Lynch & Co. were selected to lead the Beckman loan, which backs the acquisition of Coulter Corp. Beckman, based in Fullerton, Calif., is paying $875 million in cash and $175 million in debt, as well as assuming payments of about $100 million that Coulter is making to employees in connection with the acquisition, said a source close to the transaction.

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