Santander Consumer eyes $8.4B valuation in IPO

Santander Consumer USA Holdings is seeking a valuation of as much as $8.4 billion in its initial public offering. The auto loan company owned by Spain's Banco Santander as well as private equity firms expects to raise $1.56 billion in the listing.

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KKR & Co. leads Dealogic's list of most active private equity firms in M&A

Private equity firm KKR & Co. takes the top spot in Dealogic's list of most acquisitive investment firms, spending about $174 billion in 34 companies this year.

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Chemicals maker BASF prepares bid for RWE's oil and gas exploration and production unit

BASF SE, the largest chemicals company in Germany, is working on a bid for RWE DEA AG. DEA is the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) unit of German electric utilities company RWE AG.

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Carlyle, KKR advance in the bidding for Transpacific Industries' waste management unit

US-based private equity firms Carlyle Group and KKR & Co and Australian investment firm Archer Capital have advanced in the sale of Transpacific Industries Group's waste management business. The three firms are working with banks to put together loan packages to back their bids.

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KKR to buy KKR Financial Holdings for $2.6 billion in stock

Private equity firm KKR & Co. on Monday announced that it will acquire specialty finance company KKR Holdings LLC for $2.6 billion in an all-stock deal. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year.

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Hellman & Friedman, JMI Equity mull over Kronos sale

Private equity firms Hellman & Friedman LLC and JMI Equity are reportedly looking to sell workforce management software company Kronos Inc. The two investment firms privatized Kronos in 2007 for $1.8 billion.

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Top deals of the day - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Wednesday, including Fortum, National Vision, Saipem, CTT, MTS, Southern Pacific, Warrnambool, Verbund, Bakkafrost, Popular and Marathon Oil.

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KKR, Carlyle vie for optical retailer National Vision -sources

KKR & Co LP and Carlyle Group LP are competing for National Vision Inc, the fourth-largest U.S. retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, in an auction that could fetch up to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said this week.

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Gerresheimer drops out of bidding for Rexam's healthcare packaging business

German medical supplies manufacturer Gerresheimer on Wednesday confirmed that it is no longer vying for UK-based Rexam's healthcare packaging unit. The company said the healthcare business did not fulfill its acquisition requirements.

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Top deals of the deay - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Friday including Statoil, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, ThyssenKrupp, Mercator, Avivasa Emeklilik, Hayat Sigorta, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Telus Corp, Atrium Innovations and John Hardy

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KKR to acquire minority stake in Gland Pharma for USD200 million

American private equity firm KKR & Co LP reportedly agreed to commit USD200 million in Indian injectables manufacturing company Gland Pharma. The deal could put the company's valuation around USD600 million to USD650 million.

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Australia's Bis Industries defers planned IPO

Bis Industries on Wednesday announced that it has scrapped its planned initial public offering. The KKR-backed Australian logistics company had been looking to raise AUD500 million (USD456 million) in the IPO.

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KKR exits, private equity firms find partnerships for IMG bid

People who were familiar with the auction process told Reuters that KKR & Co LP had dropped out of the race to acquire talent agency IMG Worldwide Inc, while buyout firms have partnered up in the hopes of gaining a strategic advantage in the auction.

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Sycamore negotiating Jones Group buyout for USD1.3 billion

New York's Sycamore Partners LLC is nearing a deal to acquire apparel retailer Jones Group Inc. The private equity firm is reportedly offering a price of USD16 per share, totaling the size of the deal to USD1.3 billion.

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Three rivals compete to buy Rexam packaging unit

UK-based company Rexam received offers to buy its healthcare packaging unit from Silgan Holding Inc, Berry Plastics Group, and Gerresheimer for less than USD1 billion.

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