JBS plans for US unit IPO may be scrapped
December 27, 2010
by Meat&Poultry Staff
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Plans for an initial public offer of JBS SA’s US unit may be scrapped as the world’s largest beef producer seeks to extend the terms of a convertible debt sale to Brazil’s development bank – BNDES, according to Bloomberg.
According to a regulatory filing, JBS SA is in an advanced stage of negotiations to sell $2.3 billion of 8.5% local bonds to BNDES that must be converted into shares in five years. If the agreement is reached, the notes would replace $ 2.05 billion of debt BNDES already holds and eliminate the need for the planned IPO of JBS USA Holdings Inc.