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Top Five Largest Private Equity-Backed Buyout Deals - 2012 YTD

TransUnion and Bedding Super Holdings are joint fourth on our list of largest buyout deals made this year. TransUnion, a global provider of credit and information management, was acquired in a secondary buyout for $3bn by Advent International and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. Selling shareholders included Madison Dearborn Partners and The Pritzker Group, which bought the company in 2010 for $1.02bn earning them a 2.4x money multiple on their initial investment.

US-based AOT Bedding Super Holdings was also acquired for $3bn by Advent International. The deal was announced this month and is expected to close in September 2012. Ares Management and Teachers' Private Capital, which bought an interest in the company in 2005, would still hold a stake following the transaction with Advent International.

Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial is third on our list. The company was acquired for $3.4bn by BC Partners and Carlyle Group. The deal is supported by debt financing commitments from Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and UBS.

Cequel Communications, a provider of digital TV, high-speed Internet, and telephone service, for the home and office, was acquired in a secondary buyout for $6.6bn by BC Partners and CPP Investment Board. The deal, the second largest in 2012 YTD, is valued at 8.9x EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). The company was previously owned by a consortium of investors including Charterhouse Group, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, Jordan Company, Oaktree Capital Management and Quadrangle Group, which all bought an interest in the company in 2006.

El Paso Corporation Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Assets, completed in May 2012, is top of our list of largest buyout deals in 2012 YTD. The deal is valued at $7.15bn provided by a consortium of investors including Apollo Global Management, Riverstone Holdings, Access Industries and Korea National Oil Corporation. The deal is supported by a $5.5bn debt package. Citi and J.P. Morgan were the co-lead bankers on a $3.5bn bridge to bond loan, while J.P. Morgan was the lead banker on a $2bn revolving credit facility.

Keywords: private equity, buyout deals, 2012, top five largest