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Wed, Jan. 20, 8:07 AM
- Citing "uncertainties developed regarding the transaction," Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and Carlyle (NASDAQ:CG) have amended the terms of Carlyle's purchase of Symantec's Veritas storage software unit to cut the purchase price from $8B to $7.4B, and double Veritas' offshore cash balance to $400M.
- Symantec will now be paid $6.6B in cash and left with a $400M equity interest in Veritas. After-tax cash proceeds are expected to total $5.3B, down from an original $6.3B.
- The deal is still expected to close on Jan. 29. The sale price cut follows a Nasdaq selloff, as well as November reports indicating banks had postponed marketing the debt Carlyle planned to use to finance the Veritas deal.
- Separately, Symantec now expects FQ3 revenue, op. margin, and EPS to be above the midpoints of the guidance ranges provided in its Nov. 5 FQ2 report. FQ3 results are due on Feb. 4.
- Symantec has dropped to $18.05 premarket, making new 52-week lows in the process.
Nov. 17, 2015, 11:43 AM
- Reuters reports banks have withdrawn financing for the $8B sale (announced in August) of Symantec's (SYMC -0.2%) Veritas storage software unit to Carlyle (CG +0.1%). The sale has been expected to close by Jan. 1.
- Symantec hasn't moved much on the report. The market's original reaction to the deal was lukewarm, with Symantec's $1.5B+ expected tax bill sparking criticism. Symantec has promised a large chunk of the deal's $6.3B in expected net proceeds to shareholders, and has suggested it will use some of the remaining funds to make security acquisitions.
Oct. 8, 2015, 7:47 AM
- Entergy (NYSE:ETR) agrees to sell its 583 MW Rhode Island State Energy Center to Carlyle Power Partners (NASDAQ:CG) for ~$490M.
- The facility is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating plant that entered commercial service in 2002.
- ETR says it expects to record a net gain of ~$0.50/share, to be classified as a special item, assuming the sale closes in Q4.
Sep. 23, 2015, 7:32 AM
- British aircraft services company BBA Aviation agrees to acquire U.S. competitor Landmark Aviation from Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) for $2.065B, a deal that would make the combined entity the biggest fixed-base operator in the world.
- The deal would merge BBA's Signature Flight Support business, which has the highest number of fixed base operations in the U.S., with Landmark's, which has the third highest.
Aug. 31, 2015, 7:13 AM
Aug. 24, 2015, 8:21 AM
- Private-equity firms have gathered into three separate packs to get enough juice to bid up to $6B on the South Korean business of Tesco (OTCPK:TSCDY), Reuters reports, in what could be Asia's biggest P-E deal ever.
- A combination of KKR and Affinity Equity Partners is in one group; Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) and GIC are another; and MBK Partners will look for funding from South Korea's National Pension Service to pursue it.
- Divesting its South Korean business, Homeplus, would be the biggest move the chain has made as it tries to reverse a decline resulting from an accounting scandal.
- The Homeplus unit has annual revenue of about $5.9B. Final bids for the business are due today. Along with pretty much everything else, Tesco shares are down 3.5% in London.
- Carlyle Group is down 1.1% and KKR down 3.8% in premarket trading.
Aug. 11, 2015, 2:55 AM
- Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) plans to sell its data storage business Veritas to Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) under a deal set to be announced this afternoon, when the former reports its quarterly results.
- Carlyle would pay on the high side of a range between $7B-$8B. At that price, the deal would be this year's largest private equity takeover of a tech company.
Jul. 7, 2015, 6:41 PM
- Bloomberg reports Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) is "nearing a deal" to sell its Veritas storage software unit (currently set to be spun off) to P-E firm Carlyle (NASDAQ:CG) for $7B-$8B. For reference, Symantec closed today with a $15.4B market cap.
- Deal terms are still being negotiated. Symantec hasn't been shy about its willingness to field offers for Veritas, which was acquired for $13B+ in 2005. Reuters reported in April tax concerns had hurt buyout interest.
- Symantec has risen to $23.40 AH. The company's Information Management ops had FY15 (ended in March) revenue of $2.56B (+1% Y/Y).
Jun. 16, 2015, 2:57 PM
- An earlier report from Reuters has Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) making a joint bid to take out NCR for more than $10B, and NCR is up 10.7% on the news. Also mulling a bid are Apollo Global (NYSE:APO) and Thoma Bravo, according to Reuters.
- Previously: NCR +14.8%; Blackstone, Carlyle reportedly making joint bid (June 16)
Apr. 6, 2015, 5:39 AM
- Chinese online game developer Shanda Games (NASDAQ:GAME) has agreed to be taken private by Capitalhold in a deal worth $1.9B.
- Capitalhold will pay $3.55 per ordinary share and $7.10 per ADS for Shanda, a premium of 46.5% to Shanda's 30-day average trading price.
- The deal brings to an end a year-long saga during which Shanda Games was courted by its parent Shanda Interactive, backed by Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) and Fountainvest Partners.
- Previously: Shanda M&A consortium gets more members (March 16)
- Previously: Carlyle, Fountainvest and others pull $1.9B bid for Shanda Games (Sept. 3, 2014)
Dec. 24, 2014, 7:09 AM| Dec. 24, 2014, 7:09 AM
Sep. 3, 2014, 6:44 AM
- Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) and Fountainvest Partners have pulled out of a consortium backing a $1.9B bid to purchase Shanda Games (NASDAQ:GAME). Perfect World (NASDAQ:PWRD) and private equity firm Primavera Capital have also exited the consortium.
- Shanda Interactive Entertainment and an affiliate of Primavera, which together held 76.2% of Shanda, in January had offered $6.90 per ADS to buy the company, valuing it at $1.9B.
- Fountainvest joined the Shanda consortium in April, while Carlyle joined in May.
Sep. 2, 2014, 3:52 AM
- Despite Akzo Nobel (OTCQX:AKZOY) CEO Ton Buechner's cost cutting agenda, the chief exec is being singled out for a deal to buy Axalta Coating Systems for more than $7B.
- Bloomberg reports that the company has not yet indicated if it will pursue the deal.
- Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) purchased vehicle-coatings company Axalta from Dupont for $4.9B in February 2013 and filed for its IPO last month.
Aug. 27, 2014, 4:32 AM
- Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) is said to be in advanced talks with China's largest developer, China Vanke (OTC:CVKEY), to buy stakes in nine of its shopping malls.
- The purchase would give Carlyle access to China's commercial real estate market and a non-binding memorandum of understanding could be signed as early as tomorrow.
- Sources say the deal could fetch between 6B-7B yuan ($976M-$1.1B) or even be valued at up to 10B yuan.
Jul. 29, 2014, 3:22 AM
- Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) has entered advanced talks to acquire Acosta Sales and Marketing, a consumer goods marketing agency, currently owned by private equity group Thomas H. Lee Partners.
- The deal could value the latter at almost $5B including debt, and Carlyle is likely to secure an agreement as early as this week.
Jul. 28, 2014, 5:15 PM
- FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT) and P-E firms including Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) and Silver Lake Partners are seeking to acquire payments processing company Comdata for more than $3B, Reuters reports.
- A potential takeover of Comdata would mark one of FLT's largest deals and expand its capabilities in electronic payment processing.
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