Airbnb secures new $1 billion loan on top of $1 billion bond deal – sources

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Airbnb, whose home rental business is suffering as the coronavirus pandemic freezes global travel, has secured a new $1 billion (793.08 million pounds) loan just days after closing a $1 billion debt deal, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

Parties to the new loan deal included private equity firms Silver Lake, Apollo Global Management, Sixth Street Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Owl Rock, several sources with knowledge of the discussions said.

Silver Lake, one of the two investors in the debt deal days ago, is “one of the biggest players” in this new deal, said one of the sources.

The terms of the new deal are first lien debt, meaning these creditors would be paid first if Airbnb were to default, the sources said. The loan is for five years, with an interest rate of 750 basis points over the Libor benchmark, they said, adding that it was sold at a slight discount to the loan’s par value which would see investors earn a rate of around 12%.

The sources requested anonymity as the matter is private. Airbnb, Apollo, Oaktree, Silver Lake, Owl Rock and Sixth Street declined to comment.

Last week’s $1 billion bond deal with Silver Lake and Sixth Street included warrants for the two private equity firms that can be exercised at an $18 billion valuation.

That figure is below the $26 billion Airbnb cited as an internal valuation in early March and well below the $31 billion valuation it gained in its 2017 Series F fundraising round.

Airbnb said in September it planned to list its shares in 2020. It has not commented publicly whether the turmoil in the travel industry will impact those plans.

Reporting by Joshua Franklin in New York, Lawrence Delevingne in Boston and Jane Lanhee Lee; Additional reporting by Chibuike Oguh in New York; Editing by Stephen Coates and Edwina Gibbs

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