Pinsent Masons advises Bank Trio on Johnson Service Group Loan

17 Jan 2012 | 09:55 am |

International law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Lloyds Banking Group, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander on a new term and revolving facility loan to Johnson Service Group PLC for £78.5 million.

The Cheshire based business operates a workwear and textile rental, dry cleaning and facilities management business. The group has continued to reduce its debt over the last year despite tough trading conditions on the high street and the new facility is expected to provide increased headroom for strategic bolt-on acquisitions. The loan comprises of a £53.5 million amortising term loan and a £25 million revolving loan, which includes an overdraft facility of £5 million.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by the Head of Financial Institutions, John Cleland assisted by Philip Scott and Tim Fearn. Commenting on the deal, John said: "We are very pleased to have advised the banks with this facility and look forward to working with them on further transactions in the coming year".

John Talbot, Executive Chairman of Johnson Service Group PLC, said: “We are delighted with the new bank facilities, which demonstrate continued support from the three banks and provide increased headroom to make strategic acquisitions for the long term benefit of the business.”

Beverley Bentley of Hill Dickinson LLP advised Johnson Service Group PLC.

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