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19 December 2012

Sydney-based Equity Partners buys controlling stake in AMH

AHM-bolt Australia and New Zealand-focused private equity firm Equity Partners has reportedly bought a 70 per cent stake in DIY, garden and electrical product distributor Amalgamated Hardware Merchants.

17 December 2012

Sycamore Partners backs Naude’s $555m offer for Billabong

surfing2_sq Stricken Australian surfwear brand Billabong has received a takeover offer from director Paul Naude backed by Sycamore Partners – reigniting a protracted sale process that has also seen interest from global buyout titans TPG and Bain Capital.

14 December 2012

KKR to take on Providence for Australian fibre optic network NextGen

US private equity giant KKR has decided to take on rival firm Providence Equity Partners in the auction for Leighton Holdings’ Australian fibre-optic network NextGen, it is understood.

12 December 2012

Providence proceeds to second bid round for Australia’s NextGen

Media-focused buyout house Providence Equity Partners has reportedly made it to the second round of bidding for Leighton Holdings’ Australian fibre-optic network NextGen.

7 December 2012

Harbert Australia Private Equity buys 80% Cardioscan stake

Harbert Australia Private Equity has reportedly picked up more than 80 per cent of Melbourne-based cardiac testing company Cardioscan, in a deal that values the business at A$13m ($13.6m).

6 December 2012

Blackstone pulls out of Ingham Chickens auction

eggs-10_sq Global buyout giant Blackstone has reportedly pulled out of the sale process for Ingham Chickens, Australia’s largest poultry producer, as the asking price for the business was too high.

6 December 2012

TA backs Speedcast buyout of Australian Satellite Communications

Global private equity firm TA Associates has backed new portfolio company SpeedCast’s buyout of Australian Satellite Communications.

27 November 2012

Australia’s fundraising environment remains tough for private equityp

Australian private equity has found it a tough fundraising environment in 2012, as limited partners continue to be constrained by the decline in value of listed assets, as well as by tough exit conditions.

26 November 2012

KPS Capital backs Australian bolt-on for Chassis Brakes

welder_sq US turnaround investor KPS Capital Partners’ portfolio company Chassis Brakes has Australian-based Autocast and Forge.

26 November 2012

Bain to see return on investment with MYOB loan note sale

Bain Capital’s only Australian portfolio company hopes to raise at least $125m of new loans to repay existing debt and return capital to its private equity owner.

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