The $9 billion acquisition of Salomon Brothers Inc. by Travelers Group would create a securities titan, but the outlook for the lending strength of the merged institution is less clear, lenders say.

Both Salomon and Travelers' Smith Barney Holdings Inc. are relative newcomers to the syndicated loan market, and neither has established itself as a major player in the highly competitive field.

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