Campbell Soup and Reebok International both recently turned to the
Credit Suisse led a $1.39 billion loan for Reebok's repurchase and
J.P. Morgan & Co. and Chase Manhattan Corp. are leading a $2.5 billion
Some bankers said, despite the robust stock market, they anticipate
"I expect this buyback trend to continue and in fact to accelerate,"
ABN Amro acted as a co-agent in the Reebok transaction.
"This is an area we are targeting," he said.
Mr. Rizzi said the buybacks have hit the market in the late stages of a
Some experts, particularly in areas like the banking industry, have said
Reebok executives, however, said that the buyback reflects a low stock
"The situation with the valuation of Reebok's stock has been different
Mr. Vannoni said that Reebok chose bank debt to fund the buyback because
Bank loans have set pricing and can be paid back quickly, he said.
The bank market is receptive to the deals.
Mr. Vannoni said 90% of Reebok's deal was closed within five days, and
"The fact that the bank deal was syndicated successfully gave a signal
The run-up in stocks that has sent the Dow Jones industrial average to
Additionally, using bank loans to repurchase equity typically puts a
Nonetheless, cash-generating companies like Campbell Soup and Reebok do
Mr. Rizzi said banks would have a harder time with cyclical corporations
Companies used to replace equity with debt in the 1980s to defend
"This was not a takeover defense measure," Mr. Vannoni said. "This was a