Americana Asks for $5B in Private Equity Boost

A Kuwait food company Americana Group, which is the operator of KFC, TGI Friday’s, Krispy Kreme and Red Lobster, is planning to attract the amount of $5 billion in private equity boost.

KKR, Carlyle, CVC Capital Partners, Advent International and TPG Capital were among those named as interested in acquiring the company, according to media reports.

Private equity firms have recently shown an increased appetite for investments in the Arabian Gulf, as healthy economic and demographic growth create expansion opportunities for scalable business models in the region.

PepsiCo and PineBridge Investments Middle East have both sought investments in the Mena region in the past year, while KKR and Carlyle both have offices based in Dubai.

The billionaire Al Kharafi family owns 66.8 per cent of the Kuwait Food Company, which trades under the name Americana, and hired Rothschild in April to explore the possibility of a sale, according to Reuters.

Source: The National

 

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CVC Capital Partners’ $750M Tech-Focused Fund

CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with approximately $46 billion in funds focused on management buyouts, is planning to launch CVC Capital Growth Investors LP, a $750 million technology-focused fund.

The fund plays into two themes sweeping the private equity industry: larger firms raising smaller funds to take advantage of deals that fall below their typical investment range; and a renewed emphasis on technology.

Although it is still in early days, the fund will focus primarily on “the unsexy part of the industry,” this person said. Rather than hot consumer start-ups such as Airbnb or Uber, which have also attracted private equity interest, CVC’s growth fund will target “tech-enabled businesses” such as human resources software, data centers or software as a-service, the person said.

Leading the effort is John Clark, the former Welsh Carson Anderson Stowe deal maker who joined CVC’s New York office earlier this year. At Welsh Carson, Mr. Clark was behind such deals as the now-public payroll software maker Paycom Software Inc., and Peak 10 Inc., an operator of data centers recently sold to GI Partners.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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Formula One’s $3.5B Debt Facility

Following to Thomson Reuters LPC data, Formula 1’s debt facilities under review for downgrade following its plans to raise a $1 billion loan to fund a payout to shareholders, which brings total shareholder payouts to around $3.5 billion in four separate debt deals.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is arranging the latest dividend recapitalisation, which refinances and increases existing debt to fund the $1 billion payment to shareholders which include private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, banking sources said on Wednesday.

The company’s first dividend payout was in 2007, when Formula One’s $2.1 billion 2006 buyout debt was increased to $2.92 billion. That was followed by two further shareholder payouts in 2012 in addition to the current $1 billion payout.

Source: Reuters

 

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CVC Capital is Raising a New Technology Fund

One of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms CVC Capital Partners, is launching a new vehicle that will target fast-growing technology companies.

The fundraising effort, made public in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, is led by John Clark, a former partner at Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, who joined the firm in New York this year to unearth such deals. CVC has approached investors to raise a total of $750m, according to people with knowledge of the talks.

The group, whose main office is in London, declined to comment on the fundraising.

CVC’s initiative underlines private equity groups’ growing interest in smaller, faster-growing companies that disrupt traditional sectors with new technologies. New York-based KKR is also considering a specialist fund to invest in technology-driven companies, after initially using its balance sheet to finance investments and setting up a team of dealmakers from California to London.

Source: Financial Times

 

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London-Listed Ashmore Raises $110M on Its Private Debt Fund

Ashmore Group plc, a large British investment manager dedicated to the emerging markets, has raised the amount of $110 million for its first private debt fund, one of the few to be focused on emerging markets.

London-listed Ashmore, an emerging markets specialist, said that it is targeting $250-300 million overall for the fund. Ashmore has around $14.4 billion invested in emerging markets corporate debt, but this is the first time it has raised a fund to invest in private debt, the fund manager said.

Christoph Hofmann, global head of distribution at Ashmore, said in a statement that the withdrawal of many western banks from these markets had “created a lack of access to global capital for emerging markets corporates” and that it was an “appealing opportunity”.

Financial News first reported the new fund in September. At the time Ashmore chief financial officer Graeme Dell said that the fund’s launch was “a recognition of the fact that as we see corporate debt become an asset class that’s gained scale, that you have the interest from clients to move out of public quoted debt into private debt instruments”.

The first close comes as several private equity firms, including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and CVC Capital Partners, step up plans to raise their own European private debt funds.

Source: Financial News

 

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Banks to Advise CVC on PT Link Net Sale

Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., have been appointed by CVC Capital Partners to advise the private equity firm on the sale of shares in PT Link Net Tbk, an Indonesian broadband and cable-TV operator, in a deal that could raise at least $500 million, sources told WSJ.

The sale of shares in Link Net, which is also owned by Indonesia’s Riady family, would be CVC’s latest divestment in Indonesia and could be the biggest so far this year in the country.

In March 2013, CVC sold part of its shares in Indonesian department-store operator PT Matahari Department Stores Tbk in a deal that raised $1.3 billion. In March of this year, the European private-equity firm sold an additional $214 million of shares in the same company.

CVC declined to comment Tuesday.

The share sale is likely to happen this year, said a person with knowledge of the plan.

The move to sell Link Net shares comes after CVC wrapped up fundraising for its fourth Asia fund. It raised $3.5 billion for the fund earlier this year, adding to a growing pile of private-equity capital chasing deals in the region. There was $138 billion of unspent capital in private-equity funds in Asia at the end of last year, according to Bain & Co., the most since the firm started keeping track in 2007.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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Private Equity Firms’ Record Values of Flotations and Debt Issuance in Europe during First-Half 2014

Despite a poor performance by some of the newly listed companies, private equity firms have this year carried out record values of flotations and debt issuance in Europe during first-half 2014.

Initial public offerings priced from January 1 to June 26 were worth $26.5 billion. This was up from $5.7 billion in the same period last year and 123% higher than the same period in 2007, which at $11.9 billion was the previous record since Dealogic started recording the data in 1995.

Piers Coombs, head of UK equity capital markets at Canaccord Genuity, said the combination of improved sentiment in the equities markets and a desire to launch IPOs before the “political risk” of the UK general election, due by May 2015, had helped drive flotation activity in London.

He said a busy first quarter had been followed by some “indigestion” in the second. He predicted the market would be back on “an even keel” over the third quarter.

Among shares that have underperformed since flotation by their private equity sponsors in recent months are motoring organisation the AA, over-50s holiday and insurance group Saga (both backed by Permira, CVC Capital Partners and Charterhouse Capital Partners), online travel firm eDreams Odigeo (Ardian and Permira) and retail chain Pets at Home (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts).

Source: Financial News

 

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CVC Capital Buying 61% Stake in Quiron

Private equity firm Doughty Hanson is selling 61 percent stake in Spanish hospital group Quiron to a $46 billion private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, according to Quiron announcement.

Private healthcare groups are taking hold in Spain following cuts to health and education spending by the government as it tries to hit tough budget targets.

Quiron did not give any financial details for the deal, which it said was expected to be completed this month.

The new group will manage 40 hospitals and will employ 17,000, it added.

Source: Reuters

 

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The Sale of Indonesia’s Link Net Might Bring at Least $500M to CVC

CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, said that the sale of shares in PT Link Net Tbk, an Indonesian broadband and cable-TV operator, might bring at least $500 million return to the private equity company.

The sale of shares in Link Net, which is also owned by Indonesia’s Riady family, would be CVC’s latest divestment in Indonesia. In March last year, CVC sold part of its shares in Indonesian department-store operator PT Matahari Department Stores Tbk in a deal that raised $1.3 billion. In March of this year, CVC sold another $214 million of shares in the same company.

The plan to sell Link Net shares also comes after CVC wrapped up fundraising for its fourth Asia fund. It raised $3.5 billion for the fund earlier this year, adding to a growing pile of private-equity capital chasing deals in the region. There was $138 billion of unspent capital in private-equity funds in Asia at the end of last year, according to Bain & Co., the most since Bain started counting in 2007.

Banks are due to start pitching to advise on the Link Net share sale beginning next week, one of the people said. The timing of the sale and volume of shares to be sold have yet to be finalized, the people said.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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CVC Capital Closes Latest Asia Pacific Fund

CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment firms, announced the close of its latest Asia Pacific Fund at$3.5 billion, the fund is being advised by Mourant Ozannes.

The latest fund launch brings CVC’s total fundraising to date through its Asia Pacific funds to over $10 billion, invested in over 46 businesses across various industries in the region. Fund IV will invest primarily in businesses in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea.

The project was led by partner Felicia de Laat and supported by Rachel Candler, associate and Matt McManus, paralegal. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as lead counsel on the matter.

Felicia de Laat commented: “It has been a pleasure to advise on the launch of CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific IV. This was a significant fund launch for us and we are delighted to see the fundraising so well supported and Fund IV off to such a successful start. We are very proud of our long standing relationship with CVC.”

Source: Businesslife

 

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CVC Capital Readies for Potential Vedici Takeover

CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, is preparing an estimated €400 million of debt packages, having entered into exclusive talks to acquire healthcare firm Vedici.

3i and NI Partners, the private equity division of the Natixis group, bought Vedici in 2010 from Apax Partners and have now decided to sell the company, entering into exclusive talks with CVC, the banking sources said.

A 400 million euro financing would equate to around 5.5-6 times Vedici’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of approximately 45 million euros, the banking sources said.

Debt will be in the form of leveraged loans and include around 250-275 million euros of term loan B and around 125 million euros of undrawn facilities, split between capital expenditure and revolving credit facilities, the banking sources said.

Source: Reuters

 

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The Exposure of Canada’s CPPIB in Asia More than Doubles

With total assets under management jumping to a record high of C$219.1 billion, the exposure of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) to Asian private equity more than doubled for the year ended March 2014.

The fund made four commitments to managers in the region, including $250 million and $200 million to the latest pan-Asian funds raised by CVC Capital Partners and TPG Capital, respectively. Another $200 million went to CDH Investments’ fifth China fund and $120 million to Anchor Equity Partners’ first Korean fund, according to the 2014 annual report.

There were two co-investments in Asia: South Korean pharmaceutical distributor Geoyoung Corporation and Indian IT outsourcer Hexaware Technologies.

The C$35.8 billion increase in total assets over the 12-month period comprised C$30.1 billion in investment income after operating costs and C$5.7 billion in net contributions. The portfolio delivered a gross investment return for the 12-month period of 16.5%, compared to 10.1% in 2013 and 6.6% in 2012. This is the second-highest annual return since inception.

Source: AVCJ

 

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Christopher Bown Lands in $46B Private Equity Firm

Christopher Bown, a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been appointed by CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with nearly $46 billion in funds, as its new senior partner.

He left the firm at the end of the financial year, taking up his new role in May 2014.

Bown’s resignation followed chief executive and global managing partner Ted Burke, who announced his departure from the firm to become general counsel and chief operating officer of private equity house ArcLight Capital on 30 September.

Bown joined Freshfields in 1998 and a year later helped to set up the firm’s private equity practice in London. Over the last few years he has worked extensively with CVC on acquisitions including an interest in Merlin Entertainments Group in 2010 and a controlling stake in Virgin Active in 2011. He also previously spent almost 20 years at Baker & McKenzie where he was a partner specialising in corporate and private equity work.

Source: Who’s Who Legal

 

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CVC Capital to Buy Asian Office Operator

CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, will make its first investment from its $3.5 billion Asia fund buying Asian office operator The Executive Centre Ltd.

Private-equity firms are facing growing pressure to invest, having raised a record amount of cash for the region.

CVC will buy a majority stake in the Hong Kong-based office operator from Asian private-equity firm Headland Capital Partners, according to a CVC news release Wednesday. CVC expects to complete the acquisition at the end of the month, after closing its fourth Asia fund earlier this week.

The deal size wasn’t disclosed.

CVC’s capital injection in The Executive Centre comes as investor appetite for initial public offerings–a common way for firms to raise funds and private-equity firms to exit their investments–has been lackluster in Asia. Headland, called HSBC Private Equity Asia Ltd. until 2010, bought the office provider in 2009 from New York-based alternative-investment management company Marathon Asset Management. Headland will keep a minority stake in the office provider, the statement said.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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Northwestern Mutual Explores the Sale of Russell Investments

The sale of Russell Investments, a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is attracting interests from London Stock Exchange Group.

Sources told Reuters last month that Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the fifth-largest bank in Canada, was considering a bid for Seattle-based Russell, which provides services including pension consulting, investment management and indexes such as the Russell 1000 Global Index.

Private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Silver Lake have also teamed up to pursue a bid, as have Warburg Pincus and TPG Capital, the sources said.

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) said on Tuesday it was evaluating the merits of a deal and was engaged in talks with Northwestern Mutual, but there was no certainty that any transaction would be forthcoming.

It said it would part-fund any deal through an equity raising.

The LSE already has a index business after it took over FTSE International in 2011 as part of a push into listed derivatives.

Source: Business Recorder

 

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Formula 1 Hands Hospitality Passes to CVC Capital

CVC Capital Partners Fund IV, which is managed by London-based private equity firm CVC, received thousands of free hospitality passes from Formula 1.

In March the following year F1 paid an estimated $400m (£237m) for Swiss company Allsport, which operates the corporate hospitality at all but three of the circuit’s 19 races.

F1’s hospitality area is known as The Paddock Club and it attracts some of the world’s wealthiest high-rollers including film stars Michael Douglas and Brad Pitt, and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Details of the free tickets given to CVC are buried in the 498-page prospectus for the stalled flotation of F1 planned for 2012.

It reveals that “Allsport shall provide to the CVC funds (i) a table and meals for 10 people (at no cost to the CVC Funds) and (ii) a table and meals for up to an additional 10 people at cost price plus 5pc”.

The deal began in 2006 and is still in place even though CVC has since sold half of its shares in the sport, giving it an approximate 35pc holding.

Source: The Telegraph

 

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CVC Capital Backs South Beauty Investment

CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with approximately $46 billion in funds, acquired majority stake in high-end restaurant chain operator South Beauty Investment Co.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But in October 2013, media reported that CVC was planning to acquire 69 percent of South Beauty for $300 million.

The company will tap the market in second- and third-tier cities in future, as its presence is mainly in first-tier cities, a staff member from the PR department surnamed Wu told the Global Times.

South Beauty founder Zhang Lan will remain the company’s chairwoman and is still one of the company’s shareholders.

Investment firm CDH Investments bought a 10.5 percent stake in the restaurant chain for 200 million yuan ($31.96 million) in 2008, and the investment only stands on condition that South Beauty could get listed by the end of 2012, media said.

Source: Ecns

 

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Busier-than-Normal Start for for Asian Private Equity Firms

CVC Capital Partners, Actis and Zoyi Capital reported deals in a busier-than-normal start to the week, the string of deals could signal a rise in private equity activity in the region.

After lackluster activity in 2013. Last year, investor uncertainty over the exit environment hampered deal making, especially as the market for initial public offerings slowed. However with IPOs ramping back up this year, specifically in China, confidence is creeping back into Asia’s private equity industry.

CVC Capital, which as of February had secured $3 billion of the $3.5 billion it seeks for a fourth Asian fund, purchased a majority stake in Chinese restaurant chain South Beauty, according to a press release issued by the investor. A CVC representative would not disclose any financial details.

The Wall Street Journal reported in October that London-based CVC was planning to invest $300 million for a 69% in South Beauty, whose other investors include Chinese private equity firm CDH Investments. CDH invested $29.3 million into South Beauty for an undisclosed stake in 2008, according to a Reuters’ report.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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CVC Capital Presents Best Offer to Take Control of Deoleo

Deoleo, Spain’s biggest olive oil producer, announced that the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners presented the best offer for a controlling stake in the Spanish firm.

The move puts at risk British-based CVC Capital Partners’ bid for the indebted Spanish firm, which sells one fifth of the world’s bottled olive oil and owns three of the top four brands, Spain’s Carbonell and Italy’s Bertolli and Carapelli.

Spain is by far the biggest world producer of olive oil, with the growing industry a major employer in the country’s impoverished south. The government has said that while it will not block foreign takeovers, it does not want to see the company broken up.

Deoleo said on Wednesday private equity firm CVC had made the highest offer for the company. CVC planned to maintain Deoleo’s brands and keep the company intact, a source close to the deal said.

Source: Reuters

 

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Lloyd’s Insurer Brit Announces £960M IPO

Apollo Global Management and CVC Capital Partners have priced the sale of stock in Lloyd’s of London insurer Brit PLC with a market capitalization of £960 million.

The specialty insurer Brit said Friday that it had raised 240 million pounds, or about $400 million, as part of an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Brit is the latest private equity-owned company to float its shares in recent months amid buoyant stock markets eager for new listings.

The insurer, which is based in the Netherlands, priced its offering at 240 pence a share, giving it a market capitalization of £960 million. The company’s shares were trading up slightly at 240.25 pence early Friday.

Brit was taken private by Apollo Global Management and CVC Capital Partners in 2010.

“I am pleased that our offering has been well received by investors,” said Mark Cloutier, the chief executive of Brit. “Having transformed Brit into a successful global specialty insurer operating solely through Lloyd’s of London, we have built a strong foundation for future profitable growth and continued success.”

Source: New York Times

 

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Nordic Eyewear Retail Chain Bought by CVC Capital

Synsam Nordic, an optical retailer in the Nordic region, has been acquired by a private equity firm CVC Capital Partners from Alipes, the investment firm controlled by Sweden’s Kamprad family, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The sale comes about seven years after Synsam was acquired by a group of former store owners and Alipes, an investment firm sponsored by Ikano and Inter Ikea. The Kamprad family controls the furniture retailer as well as Ikano and Inter Ikea.

Synsam was founded in 1968 when a group of independent opticians began operating under a common brand name. The company now has more than 420 stores and franchises in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, selling glasses and contact lenses and providing eye examinations.

“Synsam is our oldest portfolio company and we are proud of having worked together with former store owners and an excellent management team to develop it from a voluntary retail chain to the leading integrated optical retail chain in the Nordic,” said Gunnar Selving and Richard Silén, partners at Alipes.

Source: New York Times

 

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Symrise and Ajinomoto Both Submit Buyout Offers for French Food Ingredients Maker

French food ingredients maker Diana, received buyout bids from Symrise, a listed German aroma chemicals maker, and Ajinomoto, a Japanese producer of seasonings and curry sauces.

In moves highlighting the intense competition for deals in Europe the two groups have submitted bids valuing the Brittany-based company at more than €1.2bn including debt, people with knowledge of the talks said. They trumped Blackstone and BC Partners, which have not been retained by the seller, Ardian, for a second round of bidding in the next weeks. However, private equity groups CVC Capital Partners, Eurazeo and Pamplona remain in the race, they said.

The hard-fought auction underlines buyout investors’ struggle to compete for deals as prices rise and corporate buyers join the fray. Private equity groups have accumulated a record $1tn of cash from pension plans, insurers and sovereign wealth funds and are finding it hard to spend the money.

Rising equity markets have lifted price expectations while deal-flow remains about half of what it was before the crisis. The competition has heightened because a lot of private equity groups are opting to float their portfolio companies rather than sell them because public market investors are ready to pay more, drying up a large source of potential deals for other buyout houses.

Source: Financial Times

 

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Brit Insurance Expects IPO Later this Year

Brit Insurance, the former FTSE 250-listed insurance group, announced its plans to return to the London market after just a three-year absence later this year, hoping investors will put a price tag of £1bn on the business.

Brit Insurance is the latest example of a company owned by private equity to announce a plan to publicly float stock in recent months.

The insurer, which is based in the Netherlands, was taken private by Apollo Global Management and CVC Capital Partners in 2010.

The company intends to offer at least 25 percent of its shares. The offering is expected to be completed by April.

Since going private, the company has sold several business lines, including its general insurance business in Britain in 2012.

It now focuses on specialty insurance and reinsurance for businesses, and it has a large presence in the Lloyd’s of London underwriting marketplace.

“We are very pleased to be bringing Brit to the market following a period of successful change for the business,” said Mark Cloutier, the company’s chief executive.

Source: New York Times

 

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CVC Capital Lifts $3B for Its Fourth Asian Fund

CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with approximately US$46 billion in funds focused on management buyouts, has lifted $3 billion for its fourth Asian fund, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

CVC expects to wrap up its fundraising efforts within the first half of this year, nine months after the firm kicked off its fundraising effort, one of the people said. The money adds to a growing pile of cash as private-equity firms around the region continue to close new funds. KKR & Co. raised a $6 billion Asia-focused fund last year, the largest private-equity fund ever raised in the region. Local players are raising large funds, too: Hong Kong-based Affinity Equity Partners recently raised $3.8 billion for its fourth fund.

CVC’s latest fundraising effort was done at a swift pace, one of the people said. TPG, for example, has been raising a new Asia fund since the latter half of 2012 and the firm doesn’t expect to close its fund until the second quarter of this year, people familiar with that fundraising process have said. TPG’s fund looks like it will end up being $3.5 billion in size, which is $500 million shy of its original target.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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CVC Capital Partners Closes Skrill Buyout

CVC Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of a controlling stake in Skrill Group, one of Europe’s leading online payments companies, from a consortium of investors led by Investcorp, which remains as a shareholder.

Founded in 2001 and with operations across Europe and in the US, Skrill is among the world’s largest providers of digital wallet technology, with 36 million account holders and revenues of over EUR220m in 2013.

Using Skrill, customers can make mobile and online payments conveniently and securely, without revealing personal financial data. It also provides a safe way to send and receive money instantly, online.

Skrill’s worldwide payment network offers businesses access to direct payment processing via 100 payment options in 200 countries and in over 40 currencies, through just one integration. Also part of Skrill Group is paysafecard, a prepaid payment card that can be bought from one of 450,000 sales outlets across Europe and used to make safe online payments, without a bank account or credit card, at 4,000 participating online outlets.

Source: PrivateEquityWire

 

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CVC Capital is the Number One to Spend on Leveraged Buyout

Topping the American adversaries Apollo Global Management and Carlyle Group, a London-headquartered private equity firm with approximately US$46 billion in funds CVC Capital Partners, is the giant to spend on leveraged buyouts, as the industry prepares for an acceleration of deals in 2014.

The Luxembourg-headquartered fund manager, whose main office is in London, has an estimated $20bn of “dry powder” – unspent commitments from investors – according to data compiled by Preqin, the research company, in its annual report.

The sum includes €10.75bn raised last year for European and US deals, $2bn amassed for Asian investments and older commitments yet to be spent from the group’s previous flagship European fund, raised in 2008. Buyout houses have typically five to six years to invest cash that investors commit. If they fail to do so, they have to return it or seek an extension.

Private equity dry powder is piling up again after four years of decline following the financial crisis, when cash-constrained investors reduced new commitments. Preqin estimates the total cash available for leveraged buyouts globally surged to nearly $400bn last year, from $354bn in 2012, even though dealmakers found it hard to unearth bargains as stock markets reached all-time highs. After adding in other types of funds, targeting real estate, credit, infrastructure and venture capital, “dry powder” stands at a record $1.07tn.

Source: Financial Times

 

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CVC Capital Backs China Education Company EIC Group with $200M

Actis Capital LLP, a private equity firm focused on investments in emerging markets, has sold $200 million shares in China education company EIC Group to its private equity rival CVC Capital Partners, two sources told Reuters.

The deal will give CVC Capital a substantial stake and a greater level of management control over EIC than Actis had, the sources said, without disclosing the exact stake CVC would own.

EIC, which specialises in providing coaching services to students in China seeking an overseas education, becomes the latest in a series of China buyouts where business owners have sold their shares to give more control to incoming investors.

The trend is fuelled by lengthy waits to get to a public listing in China, where the securities regulator has lifted a freeze on IPOs this month after a 15-month hiatus.

Actis and EIC did not respond to request for comments. CVC declined to comment. Sources declined to be named as the deal was not public.

Source: Reuters

 

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CVC Capital Sells Minority Stake in Danish Matas

Matas, a Denmark-based beauty retailer, announced that CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with nearly $46 billion in funds focused on management buyouts, has sold 19.4 percent stake in the company.

CVC paid 5.2 billion crowns for a 66 percent stake in Matas in 2007. On Friday it sold 7,918,186 shares at 150 crowns per share, up 30 percent from the price when Matas was listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in June.

Carnegie, Morgan Stanley and Nordea acted as joint bookrunners on Friday’s transaction.

By 0818 GMT, shares in the company were up 3.3 percent at 155.50 crowns, against a 0.2 percent rise for the Danish benchmark index.

Source: Reuters

 

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Travelex Stake Up for Sale

One of Europe’s biggest private equity firms Apax, announced it has been approached over a potential sale of the foreign exchange business Travelex, in a deal that could fetch as much as £1 billion.

Apax Partners, the London-based buyout house, had hired JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Rothschild to prepare for an exit, which would probably take the form of an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the decision said.

The UK-based company was estimated to be valued at about £1bn including debt, they said.

Buoyed by rising equity markets, private equity fund managers have been screening their portfolios to see which companies they could list to return cash to their investors, as they seek to catch up with years of relatively weak distributions following the financial crisis.

The London Stock Exchange experienced a flurry of flotations last year, including theme park operator Merlin Entertainments, backed by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners, and Terra Firma’s wind farm operator Infinis. The same trend has been observed in the US, where Blackstone listed hotel group Hilton, as well as in continental Europe, where Carlyle and Eurazeo floated Moncler, the Italian luxury ski jacket designer at the end of last year.

Source: Financial Times

 

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CVC Capital Raises $2 Billion for Asia Fund

CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm with approximately US$46 billion in funds, had a first close for its fourth Asian fund, lifting the amount of $2 billion from investors for what should eventually end up being a $3.5 billion fund.

Private-equity firms typically raise money in stages, also known as “closes” on a fund. CVC expects to wrap up fundraising early next year, with the aim of bringing in $3.3 billion from investors and the rest from internal contributions, the people said. The fundraising—which comes as private-equity firms have raised billions for Asia investments, most of it unspent—is the latest success for CVC in the Asian-Pacific region after a high-profile loss in Australia last year.

CVC doesn’t have a foothold in India or Australia anymore and has instead focused on investing in Southeast Asia and Greater China, people familiar with the company say.

CVC successfully exited Indonesian retailer Matahari Department Store at a multiple of around 27 times this year’s expected earnings, and raised around $1.3 billion earlier this year. The firm has made investments this year in the Philippines, where it bought outsourcing firm SPi Global Holdings Inc. for around $300 million, and Malaysia, where it took private fast-food operators QSR Brands and KFC Holdings in January with Employees Provident Fund Board and Johor Corp.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 

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