Carlyle’s name comes up again this week in what looks to be this week’s biggest deal, a USD 4.9 billion buyout of DuPont Performance Coatings. Dealbook said that DuPont is selling the automotive coatings business, to reduce its focus to food, energy and protection materials. DuPont Performance Coatings makes the bulk of its money, 43 percent, from sales to auto repair shops.
Carlyle was involved in the recent Getty Images deal which was also a deal of the week. Bloomberg says did some data analysis and reports that Carlyle has been “the most active buyer among the three largest private-equity firms this year” with at least USD 16 billion of acquisitions, Blackstone Group LP, the largest buyout firm, has been involved in USD 6.8 billion of purchases, and Apollo Global Management LLC, the third-biggest, has agreed to buy USD 7.9 billion of assets.