Google Pours $94M into Four Solar Projects

Google has poured $94 million into a portfolio of four solar photovoltaic projects being built by solar developer Recurrent Energy, the company announced on its blog. The deal brings Google’s investment in clean energy to more than $915 million. Google is investing alongside Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Recurrent Energy in the projects, which are being built near Sacramento, Calif., and are designed to provide energy to the grid. In a blog post, Google said it will provide a $94 million equity investment, and SunTap Energy, a new venture formed by KKR, will provide the remaining equity.

China Tianrui Group Cement Raises $124M in I.P.O.

China Tianrui Group Cement, a company backed by buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., has raised $124 million in an initial public offering in Hong Kong, Reuters reported, citing IFR. The company, based in Henan province in eastern China, priced roughly 401 million new shares at HK$2.41 each, putting the deal at HK$966.17 million ($124.12 million), wrote Reuters.

Former Co-Managing Partner Transitioning Out Of Kohlberg & Co.

Former Kohlberg & Co. Co-Managing Partner Chris Lacovara is transitioning out of the firm as it seeks to raise $1.5 billion for its next fund, sister publication Buyouts reported. The mid-market buyout fund, started by Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co. co-founder Jerome Kohlberg in 1987, has so far raised $520 million for Kohlberg Investors […]

KKR Nears Deal for Capital Safety

Private equity group KKR & Co. is about to secure a deal to buy Capital Safety Group, a British manufacturer of safety equipment to protect against falls, for about $1.1 billion, Reuters reported Monday. Capital Safety Group is currently owned by Arle Capital Partners.

China Development Bank Teams Up with TPG, KKR

China Development Bank Corp. is setting up an overseas investment platform and forming a partnership with private equity firms TPG Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Reuters reported over the weekend, citing the official China Daily.

PE-backed Aricent Group Adds Mick Lopez

Mick Lopez has joined VC-backed Aricent Group as its new chief financial officer. Previously, he worked at Cisco Systems as vice president of corporate finance and operations. The Aricent Group is based in New Jersey, and backed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta Partners, and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

KKR Buys 12% of Saba Infraestructuras

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is buying a 12.5% equity stake in Saba Infraestructuras, a Spanish operator of car parks and logistics parks. KKR joins a consortium of shareholders including Spanish savings bank Criteria CaixaHolding, investment firm Torreal and mid-market buyout shop ProA Capital.

Slideshow: Permira Ramps Up U.S. Activity

In the last six months, European buyout shop Permira has signed as many acquisitions in the United States—three—as it had in the entire eight years since first opening an office in New York in 2002, Buyouts writes in a profile of the firm published Monday.

The deals mark the culmination of an almost decade-long expansion that began with the New York office and continued with a Menlo Park office, opened in 2008. In between, in 2005, the firm hired Tom Lister, a 13-year veteran of Forstmann Little & Co., to lead the effort. Permira’s premise for its U.S. expansion was to help its European-based companies expand here and, eventually, to start buying U.S.-based companies the firm thought it could expand globally.

“We opened the New York office with definitely a ‘walk before you …

Scorecard: American Buyout Shops In Europe

First came word from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that New York buyout shop Vestar Capital Partners is beating a complete retreat from its European operations.

And then yesterday the Financial Times reported that Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG Capital is rearranging priorities in Europe, placing less emphasis on buyouts and more on non-performing loans and restructuring. (Sources confirmed the main thrust of both stories to me; Vestar Capital, which has had offices in Europe since 1999, has decided to focus laser-like on the United States, its primary market over its last several funds. The withdrawal has been several years in the making.)

You’d think buyout firms have had a hard time generating solid returns on their European investments. But, if so, that’s not always been the case, judging from the results of five European funds in the returns database of sister magazine Buyouts. Managed by The Carlyle Group, Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., and Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the five, running from vintage years 1998 to 2005, have generated a median investment multiple of 2x and a median internal rate of return of 21.5 percent.

Perhaps tellingly, the worst performer to date is also the youngest–the 2005 KKR European Fund II, which is just slightly in the black according to backer Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. Click through below to see more details on the performance of this and the other four U.S.-sponsored European funds in our database.

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KKR, TPG Capital Looking into Yahoo Stake

Reuters reported this weekend that buyout firms including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG Capital are mulling the purchase of a minority stake in Yahoo. The firms are reportedly looking to buy stakes of up to 20%. The firms have signed confidentiality agreements with Yahoo.

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