Mon, Aug. 24, 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.
Wed, Aug. 19, 3:24 PM
- "KKR levered their energy bets to the hilt and ended up in the woodshed," says University of Michigan professor Erik Gordon.
- Samson Resources is set to file for bankruptcy protection by Sept. 15. Combined with last year's bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings, it could cost KKR's investors about $5B.
- As a group, P-E firms since the middle of last year have seen about $17B in market cap erased from public energy producers they own, according to Bloomberg.
- KKR's $17.6B 2006 Fund LP put about $3B into the Energy Future and Samson LBOs, and KKR itself invested about $700M. A group of KKR's largest fund investors separately put up the remainder of the money for the P-E firm's stakes in those companies.
- Even with the two major stumbles, the fund has produced an annualized return of 9% after fees.
- Another $900M fund which began raising money in 2010 to invest in producing oil and gas operations has a minus 39% annualized return after fees, and a $2B fund which completed fundraising last year is now valued at 8.5% below investment costs.
- KKR hasn't made any new oil and gas private equity investments in North America since January 2014.
Tue, Aug. 18, 7:51 AM
- Buyout firms are dominating the bidding at Airbus's (OTCPK:EADSY) defense asset auction, according to Bloomberg.
- Carlyle (NASDAQ:CG), KKR and Blackstone (NYSE:BX) are among private-equity firms that bid in the first stage of the auction. Rheinmetall (OTCPK:RNMBY) and Thales (OTC:THLEY) also submitted proposals by a July deadline.
- The operations, which comprise Airbus’s defense sensors and border security businesses, are said to have operations with 2015 revenue estimated at €1.1B.
Fri, Aug. 14, 6:20 PM
- KKR -6.1% AH after Dow Jones reports Samson Resources plans to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy by mid-September after finalizing a restructuring plan with key creditors today.
- The move would wipe out the ~$4.1B investment of KKR and its partners, which led a $7.2B leveraged buyout of Samson in 2011 in the biggest-ever such deal for an oil and gas producer.
- Samson, which is primarily a natural gas producer, has lost more than $4.5B since the buyout, including a $490M loss during Q1, the most recent period for which it has reported results.
Mon, Aug. 10, 6:21 PM
- Samson Resources is close to entering an agreement with its lenders that will put it into bankruptcy court as soon as Aug. 15, Bloomberg reports, wiping out the $4B investment made by the KKR-led group that acquired the business in a $7.2B deal in 2011.
- Samson is said to be talking with loan holders led by Silver Point Capital and Cerberus Capital to iron out details on a proposal that would give the company a ~$300M loan to fund operations during Chapter 11 proceedings.
- If a restructuring plan is not complete by Aug. 15, when a $110M interest payment comes due on its bonds, Samson reportedly would skip the payment and continue talks during a 30-day grace period.
Thu, Jul. 23, 8:24 AM
Thu, Jul. 23, 8:21 AM
- Q2 economic net income of $839.9M vs. $501.6M a year ago. ENI after taxes per share of $0.88 vs. $0.57.
- Distributable earnings of $491.M or $0.42 per share vs. $701M and $0.67 one year ago.
- AUM of $101.6B; Fee-paying AUM of $83.7B.
- Private Markets segment revenue of $1B vs. $642.9M a year ago. Fair value of P-E portfolio up 7.4% for the quarter, up 11.8% in H1. ENI of $666.2M vs. $376.2M.
- Public Markets segment revenue of $188.2M vs. $157.2M a year ago. ENI of $136.6M vs. $105.6M. Strong gains were seen across a number of the company's public holdings, including HCA which gained 21% for the quarter.
- Conference call at 10 ET
- Source: Press release
- KKR +1.7% premarket
Wed, Jul. 22, 5:30 PM
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Mon, Jun. 29, 12:00 PM
- KKR (KKR -0.9%) agrees to pay nearly $30M to make the SEC go away in its investigation into so-called "broken deal" expenses. The SEC charged that the costs were all borne by KKR's funds' limited partners, but not co-investors (which included KKR executives).
- In reaching the settlement, KKR neither admitted nor denied the charges, but notes the deal relates to past, not current, practices. The SEC said the "one-sided" arrangement lasted for a six-year period ending in 2011.
- Source: Dan Primack
Fri, Jun. 26, 7:24 AM
- Results at Australia's largest supermarket chain haven't been so hot of late, and its CEO has announced his retirement, but the stock closed higher by 3.8% in Sydney today on a rumor KKR is ready to bid for the company.
- A buyout could be the largest cross-border P-E deal ever, given Woolworths' current enterprise value of about $30B, according to Bloomberg. Takeovers or large Aussie companies have averaged a multiple of 1.18x enterprise value.
- In 2006, KKR tried but failed to buy Woolworths' largest competitor, Cole Group.
Tue, Jun. 23, 9:18 AM
- 3M (NYSE:MMM) has agreed to acquire Capital Safety from KKR for a total enterprise value of $2.5B, including the assumption of approximately $0.7B of debt, net of cash acquired. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.
- On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.04 dilutive to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction. Excluding adjustments and one-time expenses, 3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.12 accretive to earnings over the same period.
- Capital Safety, a provider of fall protection equipment, had approximately $430M in sales for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.
- KKR +0.7% premarket
Mon, Jun. 15, 6:34 PM
- Coty (NYSE:COTY) +7.5% AH after the NY Post reports it has acquired three beauty products and fragrance lines from Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) for as much as $12B combined.
- The businesses are believed to include PG's Max Factor, CoverGirl and Wella hair care brands, and would catapult Coty into the big leagues in the consumer space.
- Other bidders reportedly had included Henkel (OTCPK:HENKY) and P-E firms KKR, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Warburg Pincus.
Wed, Jun. 10, 8:16 AM
- Singapore-based precision-engineering company MMI International is the latest victim of weakness in Southeast Asia, reports the WSJ, as KKR pulls its planned IPO of the company for the third time.
- A timeframe for try number four hasn't yet been set.
- Singapore is lower by 1.4% this year, and IPOs of just $41M compare to about $600M over the same time frame in 2014.
- KKR purchased MMI in 2007 for $700M and previously attempted to IPO the company in 2011 and 2012.
Wed, Jun. 10, 2:57 AM
- Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) has agreed to sell its Diabetes Care business to Panasonic Healthcare, a joint venture backed by buyout firm KKR, for €1B. The unit makes blood-glucose monitoring systems and lancing devices.
- Besides the diabetes sale, Bayer intends to list its plastics unit on the stock market, as it looks to focus on more lucrative life-sciences businesses.
- Previously: Rumored price for Bayer's diabetes device business continues to slide (Mar. 30 2015)
- Previously: KKR's Panasonic Health Care nearing deal for Bayer diabetes unit (Feb. 19 2015)
Tue, Jun. 9, 3:04 AM
- Stepping closer to shedding some more non-core assets, P&G (NYSE:PG) has received several binding offers for separate parts of its beauty business.
- Bidders, including Henkel (OTCPK:HENKY), Coty (NYSE:COTY) and P-E firms KKR (NYSE:KKR), Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Warburg Pincus, have made offers in the billions of dollars for P&G's haircare unit, cosmetics division and fragrance business.
- CEO Lafley said last August he would reverse the company's strategy of aggressive expansion and unload more than half of its brands.
- Previously: Personal care companies prep bids for P&G beauty brands (Apr. 16 2015)
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