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Bank of America Provides $4 Billion Debt for ABB’s Thomas Deal

January 31, 2012

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- ABB Ltd., the world’s largest maker of power-distribution equipment, said it obtained $4 billion of underwritten short-term debt from Bank of America Corp. to fund its acquisition of Thomas & Betts Corp.

The bridge financing will be repaid through cash and the sale of bonds, the Zurich-based company said in a statement. ABB said it’s buying Memphis, Tennessee-based Thomas & Betts for $3.9 billion to expand its North American distribution network and boost low-voltage equipment.

The Swiss company estimates the purchase will double its addressable low-voltage products market to approximately $24 billion in North America. Previously, its revenue in low-voltage in the region was just $240 million.

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