Hilton hires banking quartet for refinancing

The Blackstone-owned hotel group is looking to refinance its debt ahead of a potential listing next year, with four banks mandated to advise on the process.   

Hilton Worldwide, which is owned by alternatives manager The Blackstone Group, has hired Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Corp and Morgan Stanley to advise on a refinancing, according to Bloomberg. Blackstone could not be reached for comment by press time.

The refinancing, which would encompass bank debt, CMBS, high yield bonds and time-share financing, would take place later this year ahead of a potential IPO in early 2014.

The company has been proactive at managing its debt burden, buying back debt in 2010 and converting some loans to preferred equity to cut almost $4 billion off the total. It also extended loan maturities to November 2015.

The banking quartet have reportedly also been mandated to run the subsequent listing of Hilton once a refinancing has taken place, according to the Wall Street Journal.