Jumping on the bandwagon



With share prices struggling, interest rates at rock bottom and companies looking to spin off non-core businesses, it was only a matter of time before the leveraged buyout (LBO) returned in force.

Observers say the situation now is reminiscent of the late 1980s when LBOs – the tactic of using borrowed money secured against a target company’s assets to launch a takeover – exploded in the US. David Aberle, credit analyst at Baring Asset Management in Boston, says: “Equity valuations now

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