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Private equity floats are duds — their own research proves it

By cherry-picking data, the private equity sector has come up with a report showing how well private equity floats do. Business director and commentator John Addis looks a little deeper.

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Backed into a corner, Billabong shareholders given only one choice

Billabong shareholders were backed into a corner yesterday with the latest takeover bid. But they’ll get out of it better than they might have thanks to the debt-for-equity sale.

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Private equity cashes in, but will media diversity result?

As media companies change hands for low valuations, private equity see profits. Catalyst is the latest to swoop, but will the injection of private equity cash deliver more media diversity?

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Anatomy of a farce: rights and the wrongs of a DJ dalliance

The withdrawal of a $1.65 billion takeover bid for national retailer, David Jones, has bought to a close one of the most bizarre chapters in the company’s 174-year history.

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Private equity’s long hangover

The private equity players may be suffering from a horrible post-GFC hangover brought on by over-exuberance, a lack of foresight and an over-reliance on debt.

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MFS flogs control of Stella to CVC

The first major fire sale from the Australian credit crunch was announced today when MFS revealed private equity firm CVC Asia Pacific had bought 65% of the Stella travel business for $409 million, writes Stephen Mayne.

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