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BUSINESS
January 17, 2007 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two private-equity firms have agreed to buy Genesis HealthCare Corp., of Kennett Square, one of the nation's largest nursing-home operators, which operated under bankruptcy protection earlier this decade, for $1.25 billion. The buyers, Formation Capital L.L.C. and JER Partners, also will assume $450 million in debt. Shares in Genesis leaped 16 percent, or $8.41, to close at $61.26 yesterday in heavy trading. The private-equity firms said that they would pay $63 a share and that they had the financing to complete the deal, which also requires regulatory and shareholder approvals.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The buyout industry (members prefer we call it "private equity") has an image problem. Americans tend to admire wealth, success, and investor rescues like Carlyle Group 's 2012 buyout of Sunoco 's aging Philadelphia refinery, followed by a taxpayer-assisted makeover that kept hundreds working. But it's less of a crowd-pleaser when billionaire buyout artists like NBA 76ers owner Joshua Harris and his partners, who control Caesars Entertainment Corp. , do crushing things like telling workers last week that they will shutter Atlantic City's Showboat casino-hotel, ending 2,000 jobs.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Why don't they just hire Vanguard ? The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System thought some explaining was in order. PSERS needed $1.4 billion from state and local property taxpayers last year, and it expects to need $2.7 billion next year, it told legislators in February in its yearly report. That's after paying $552 million to hundreds of private investment firms - more than half the total for private equity, private debt, hedge, venture capital, commodity, and other investments you can't buy from a broker - to keep its assets from sliding farther below its liabilities.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
TIANJIN, China - Three years ago, Gary Biehn, a partner with White & Williams in Philadelphia, wanted to expand his law firm's reach to this port city in northern China, an economic powerhouse that gets special attention from the country's central planners. The firm already had a business tie to a law firm in Shanghai and saw benefits to connecting with Chinese lawyers here. Biehn reached out to the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, and a string of calls and connections that played out over the last year culminated in a business agreement signed here Monday under the eye of Mayor Nutter and his Tianjin counterpart, Huang Xingguo.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2011 | By Jason Kelly, Bloomberg News
Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal agreed to buy the 50 percent stake in two Universal Studios theme parks it doesn't already own from the private-equity firm Blackstone Group L.P. for about $1 billion. The transaction puts the overall value of the Orlando, Fla., parks at about $3.17 billion, Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a statement Monday. Blackstone, based in New York, paid about $275 million for its stake in 2000. Blackstone had set a June 12 deadline for NBCUniversal to buy its stake, after which the private-equity firm would have had 270 days to sell the entire operation.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2005 | By Porus P. Cooper INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Private equity firm LLR Partners Inc., of Philadelphia, said yesterday that it had completed a yearlong process of raising $360 million to invest in young technology companies seeking growth capital. LLR Equity Partners II is the second pool of investment money raised by the firm since its inception in October 1999. An initial $260 million fund has been almost fully invested, and investors in that fund already have realized half that amount in proceeds, said Mitchell L. Hollin, an LLR partner.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2006 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fed up with Wall Street analysts, Washington regulators and restive shareholders, some midsize public companies are begging financiers to help them go private, fund managers told the 11th annual Wharton Private Equity Conference yesterday. "A lot of very good senior managers are coming to the conclusion" that public ownership, under current conditions, "doesn't work," said James A. Quella, senior managing director at Blackstone Group, which controls investment capital worth $32 billion.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1992 | By Jeff Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Philip Behr goes looking to invest in U.S. companies, he doesn't look for cutting-edge electronics makers or promising biotech firms. Instead, this private-equity capitalist goes after manufacturers of mining equipment, prison locks and, yes, toothpicks. Not much pizazz, he admits, but they're able to produce rates of return of more than 60 percent a year. "In one way or another we try to rejuvenate them," said Behr of Advent International Corp., of Boston. "We're looking for tired, old companies.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Private-equity firm Blackstone Group is buying King of Prussia-based AlliedBarton Security Services Inc., a company that employs 52,000 security guards and others in the United States. Terms of the deal, announced yesterday, were not disclosed. AlliedBarton, formerly SpectaGuard Inc., had revenue of $1.5 billion in 2007 and net income of $347,000, according to a regulatory filing. Before taxes, interest payments and other items, or EBITDA, the firm earned $89.1 million. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., which is controlled by financier Ronald O. Perelman, acquired the security firm in 2003 for $263 million.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2007 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PQ Corp., a Berwyn chemical manufacturer, is being sold for the second time in less than three years, bringing its owner a huge profit. The Carlyle Group agreed in a deal announced yesterday to pay $1.5 billion for the company, making it a home run for the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., which bought PQ for $626 million in February 2005. J.P. Morgan bought the 176-year-old company from descendants of founder Joseph Elkinton and managers, employees and retired workers.
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