TPG Capital acquires Australian poultry group Inghams for A$880m


chickens_sqPrivate equity firm TPG Capital has won the bidding war to acquire Australian poultry group Inghams in a deal that valued the business at a reported A$880m ($900m).

The parties did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, but The Sydney Morning Herald said TPG agreed to pay $A880m.

Last Thursday it was reported that TPG and peer Blackstone Group made their final bids for Inghams. At the time it was said the offers valued the group at A$800m.

A report by Reuters said the final bids were backed by bank financing with Blackstone sourcing their financing from US markets and TPG using a consortium of commercial banks.

Blackstone was thought to have ducked out of the process in December amid company founder Bob Ingham asking for about $1.4bn for the business, but had had its interest reignited with the entry of TPG.

At the time it was thought that offers for the business would value it at less than A$1bn after Ingham reduced his asking price. The previous figure was based on the business fetching seven-times its fiscal 2013 earnings.

The report added that Ingham could consider an IPO if the trade sale does not come off.

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