PE-Backed Bankruptcies Surpass 2008, And It’s Only July

There have now been more PE-backed bankruptcies in 2009 than in all of 2008, based on data compiled by peHUB and Buyouts Magazine. Five more companies filed in July, bringing the yearly tally to 53 — compared to just 49 last year.

Station Casinos was the month’s largest bust (in terms of purchase price), having been acquired by Colony Capital in 2007 for $5.4 billion. The others were all originally sub-billion deals, including CCS Medical (Warburg Pincus) and RathGibson (DLJ Merchant Banking).

You can download the entire 2009 chart below. But first, a bunch of disclaimers: Our data is only for control-sponsored deals that included at least one U.S. sponsor. As such, we exclude foreign-sponsored companies (like Arclin), VC-backed companies (like ProtoStar) and PIPEs (like BearingPoint). We do track minority PE-backed bankruptcies in the chart, but do not include them in the topline numbers.

Here is the info, as of July 31: LBO-backed bankruptcy list.