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Subway suitors to fund buyout with $3bn securitisation

A $3 billion “whole-business securitisation” is being considered as a funding option by private equity firms vying to acquire sandwich chain Subway, according to a report by Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter.

A $3 billion “whole-business securitisation” is being considered as a funding option by private equity firms vying to acquire sandwich chain Subway, according to a report by Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter.

As well as the asset-backed financing, which would see Subway effectively mortgage all of its assets, including royalties, fees and intellectual property, the firms would look to raise an additional $2 billion from traditional bonds and loans, according to Bloomberg’s sources.

Subway is being advised by JPMorgan Chase & Co on the potential deal, with the bank reportedly offering interested buyers a $5 billion, one-year bridge financing package. 

According to the sources, discussions are still preliminary and there is no guarantee that a deal will be completed.

About half-a-dozen parties are thought to be interested in acquiring Subway as part of an auction that should conclude early next month and value the business at more than $9 billion.

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