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Bain, KKR to Reap More Gains from HCA

HCA Holdings continues to give back to its private equity owners. HCA shareholders, mainly KKR and Bain Capital, are selling 50 million HCA shares in a secondary that could raise as much as $1.86 billion.

Week’s Top 10 Hub Posts Feature Powerful Women in PE, Zynga’s IPO and Big Biotech Deals

Here are this week’s top 10 posts based on number of pageviews from peHUB’s regular readers. Hot topics included powerful women in private equity, details of Zynga’s upcoming IPO and the biggest biotech deals of Q4 so far.

1. Slideshow: Five Powerful Women In Private Equityby Bernard Vaughan
2. Zynga’s IPO By The Numbers And A Look At Its Three Classes Of Stock: Slideshowby Mark Boslet
3. Slideshow: Where the Biotech & Device Investors Are–Q4 Editionby Jonathan Marino
4. Founders Fund on Monday Meetings, Patience, and That New $625 Million Fundby Connie Loizos
5. Wanted: Private Equity High-Flyers in Growth Areasby Reuters
6. Slideshow: A Selection of Euro Buyout Fund Terms and Conditionsby Angela Sormani
7. Eight Steps To Mastering Small Company Acquisitionsby Ben Smith
8. The Uniforms of Silicon Valley, a Slideshow (subscribers only) – by Connie Loizos
9. Quien Es Mas Macho? A Slideshow of the Top 5 U.S. PE Funds this Year (subscribers only) – by Luisa Beltran
10. Moody’s: Most Bubble-era LBOs Struggle, while Dollar General, HCA Shineby Luisa Beltran

Moody’s: Most Bubble-era LBOs Struggle, while Dollar General, HCA Shine

Many bubble-era LBOs have turned in poor performances, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Moody’s looked at 40 LBOs from 2006 to early 2008, the go-go days for buyouts. While a majority of the companies have seen their financial leverage drop, earnings and revenue growth for most have been “significantly below” projections, Moody’s said.

Exits for the bubble group have also been rare. In fact, most are still owned by their PE owners, the report said. Seven have completed IPOs and only one target has been sold (that’s Alltel. Verizon Wireless acquired Alltel in 2009; it had been owned by TPG and Goldman Sachs PE unit). Only five of the companies have paid “material dividends,” while three companies–Chrysler, Aleris International and Station Casinos– have filed for bankruptcy, Moody’s said.

Vanguard IPO Breaks Below $18 IPO Price But Blackstone Still Sitting Pretty

Not every IPO can be LinkedIn. Or HCA, apparently.

Today, shares of Vanguard Health Systems fell below their $18 IPO price. Nashville-based Vanguard sold 25 million shares at $18 each earlier this week via bookrunners BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citi, Deutsche Bank Securities and JP Morgan. The underwriters have the option to buy an additional 3.75 million shares.

Vanguard’s stock yesterday stayed barely above water, closing at $18.05 a share. Today, Vanguard’s shares fell 24 cents, or 1.33%, to $17. 81 in afternoon trading. Volume was 1.26 million. With its stock below its $18 IPO price, Vanguard officially became a broken deal.

Top 10 Hub Posts This Week

Want to catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB this week? Here are the posts written by our staff that garnered the most pageviews from March 14 to March 18.

1. Source: Seed-Stage Rounds Up 50 Percent in New York; Valuations Up 30 Percent LINK – by Connie Loizos

2. Scathing Report Details CalPERS Bribery Scandal LINK – by Gregory Roth

3. Who Cares About HCA? Silver Lake, KKR Make Five Fold Gain on Avago Investment LINK – by Luisa Beltran

4. KKR Kinda Sorta Talks Succession At First Ever Investor Day LINK – by Luisa Beltran

5. West Coast, East Coast Investment Rivalries Heat Up LINK – by Mark Boslet

6. Cleantech Far From Down And Out: 83 Funds Said To Be Raising $23.5B LINK – by Mark Boslet

7. Social Scene: Feld Shares TMI for Fitbit, Bathroom Humor at SXSW, 4 Birthdays Coming LINK – by Lawrence Aragon

8. Cleantech’s Nemesis: Consumer Awareness Still Lags LINK – by Mark Boslet

9. BrightSource Raises Another $122M As Speculation Of IPO Increases LINK – by Mark Boslet

10. Winning! or Losing? A Look Into the Super-Fund Movement LINK – by Connie Loizos

Top 10 Hub Posts This Week

Want to catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB this week? Here are the posts written by our staff that garnered the most pageviews from March 7 to March 11.

1. Disqus to Facebook: “We Aren’t Shaking In Our Boots” – by Connie Loizos.

2. Is Savvis Finally Up for Sale? Tech Co. Said to Have Hired Qatalyst – by Luisa Beltran.

3. Schwarzman, At $5.9B, Among Richest LBO Pros (Well Ahead Of Kravis) – by Steve Bills.

4. Summit Partners Raising $3B Growth Equity, $450M Venture Funds – by Mark Boslet.

5. Doerr, Moritz Make Forbes’ Billionaire List; Will They Make the Resurrected Midas List, Too? – by Alastair Goldfisher.

6. Israeli Venture Funds Raised Zero Dollars in 2010; The Situation is “Critical” – by Connie Loizos.

7. HCA Doesn’t Look So Bad. Here’s The Top 10 PE-backed IPOs – by Luisa Beltran.

8. It Took Two Years But Wynnchurch’s Third Fund Comes In at $603M – by Luisa Beltran.

9. This Anti-Registration Campaign Might Have Legs – by Bernard Vaughan.

10. Sequoia, Google Ventures Join $32M Round For HubSpot – by Mark Boslet.

Reuters: Buyout firms see strong year for IPOs

BERLIN, March 3 (Reuters) – Private equity firms see a strong year for IPOs as institutional investors back growing companies and buyout firms hold on to large stakes in the hope of getting even greater returns. After a rocky start in 2010 as public markets rejected a number of private equity-backed initial public offerings (IPOs), […]

Debt Men Tell No Lies: Largest LBOs Remain On Shaky Ground

Recent IPO filings by the likes of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and HCA Inc. may lead some to conclude that mega-buyouts circa 2005-2007, once at grave risk from the recession, are finally in the clear.

That may turn out to be the story. But an article published last week by three credit analysts at ratings agency Standard & Poor’s—Allyn Arden, William Wetreich and Kenneth G. Drucker—suggests many of the largest deals from the golden age of private equity remain at risk of defaulting on their debt obligations (see table, next page). Were the economy to stall, or worse, they could well go belly-up.

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