Nielsen (NLSN) kicks off a surge of IPOs and may bring hefty profits to Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR...

|About: Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NLSN)|By:, SA News Editor

Nielsen (NLSN) kicks off a surge of IPOs and may bring hefty profits to Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR and Thomas H. Lee Partners. But in a far cry from the good ol' days, most private-equity firms can expect only muted gains in the coming IPO flurry, as several likely will use proceeds to pay down debt from deals made at the top of the market rather than reward investors.