Ten Largest PE Deals of the Year 2012


February 4, 2013

Ten Largest PE Deals of the Year 2012

We found a good analysis of the top deals of the year on PrivCo this week, making it clear that 2012 was a much better year for dealmaking than the ones that went before. Secondary sales kept activity levels up and in the US market there was a return to the use of high debt levels in leveraged buyouts.


More analysis, as well as lists of top advisors and other private equity highlights of the year are in the link above. PrivCo publishes exclusive financial data on over 164,000 private companies, as well as over 45,000 private company deal details.

PrivCo’s Top 10 Largest Private-Equity Deals for 2012 (USD billion)
EP ENERGY CORP (Headquarters: Houston, TX) Acquired By P.E. Buyers: Apollo, Riverstone, Access Industries, Korea National Oil Corporation 7.2
CEQUEL COMMUNICATIONS (St. Louis, MO) Acquired By BC Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board 6.6
DUPONT PERFORMANCE COATINGS (Wilmington, DE) Acquired By Carlyle 4.9
FOCUS MEDIA (Shanghai, China) Acquired By Carlyle, Fountainvest, China Everbright, CITIC Capital, Jason Nanchun Jiang 3.7
HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND INDUSTRIAL (Windsor Locks, CT) Acquired By Carlyle, BC Partners 3.5
GETTY IMAGES (Seattle, WA) Acquired By Carlyle, Getty Images management, the Getty Family 3.3
TRANSUNION (Chicago, IL) Acquired By Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Advent 3.2
PARTY CITY (Elmsford, NY) Acquired By Thomas H. Lee Partners 2.7
MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION (New York, NY) Acquired By Apollo 2.5
USI INSURANCE (Briarcliff Manor, NY) Acquired By Onex Corporation 2.3


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