Buyout-Backed Busts: Cooper-Standard

#8. Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

Cypress Group and GS Capital Partners acquired the Novi, Mich.-based auto parts supplier company in 2004 for $1.165 billion. The firms contributed $318 million of equity from GS Capital Partners IV LP and an undisclosed Cypress Group fund.

What Went Wrong?
Thanks to a nationwide slowdown in the demand for automotives, the company saw its year-over-year sales nearly halved in Q1. The company blamed its $1.1 billion in debt and the rise of raw material costs for its demise. The company filed for bankruptcy on August 3, 2009

The Aftermath
The company received $175 million in debtor-in-possession financing from Deutsche Bank.

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