The Top 10 Largest Private Equity Deals of 2012

The Top 10 Largest Private Equity Deals of 2012

PrivCo, a financial data provider has just published its annual rankings of the Top 10 Largest Private-Equity Deals of the Year.

“Noticeable in last year’s Top 10 Largest Private Equity Deals was the preponderance of secondary sales.  In addition, in 2012 we saw the return of the use of high debt levels in leveraged buyouts by private equity firms, as leveraged financing and high yield debt markets for private equity deals unfroze. 2012’s Top 10 Largest Private-Equity Deals made it clear that — after a several year lull during the recession — multi-billion-dollar private equity deals, as well as debt-heavy leveraged buyouts, are back,” said PrivCos’ CEO & Founder Sam Hamadeh.

The Top 10 Largest Private-Equity Deals for 2012:

1. $7.2 Billion – EP ENERGY CORP (Headquarters: Houston, TX) Acquired By P.E. Buyers: Apollo, Riverstone, Access Industries, Korea National Oil Corporation

2. $6.6 Billion – CEQUEL COMMUNICATIONS (St. Louis, MO) Acquired By BC Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

3. $4.9 Billion – DUPONT PERFORMANCE COATINGS (Wilmington, DE) Acquired By Carlyle

4. $3.7 Billion – FOCUS MEDIA (Shanghai, China) Acquired By Carlyle, Fountainvest, China Everbright, CITIC Capital, Jason Nanchun Jiang

5. $3.5 Billion – HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND INDUSTRIAL (Windsor Locks, CT) Acquired By Carlyle, BC Partners

6. $3.3 Billion – GETTY IMAGES (Seattle, WA) Acquired By Carlyle, Getty Images management, the Getty Family

7. $3.2 Billion – TRANSUNION (Chicago, IL) Acquired By Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Advent International

8. $2.7 Billion – PARTY CITY (Elmsford, NY) Acquired By Thomas H. Lee Partners

9. $2.5 Billion – MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION (New York, NY) Acquired By Apollo

10. $2.3 Billion – USI INSURANCE (Briarcliff Manor, NY) Acquired By Onex Corporation

To access detailed deal terms of each of PrivCo’s Top 10 Largest Private-Equity Deals for 2012 click HERE.

PrivCo is a provider of private company financial data and business research. PrivCo publishes financial data on over 164,000 private companies, as well as over 45,000 private company deal details, including private company M&A, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, pre-IPO activity, and restructurings.  The company is based in New York (

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