DuPont asks PE firms to re-bid for vehicle paint unit

14 May 2012

DuPont has asked private equity firms that have placed bids for its vehicle paint unit, to team up and make new offers after initial bids did not meet the USA chemicals company’s expectations, according to a report by Reuters on April 13.

Private equity firms have formed five groups to bid for DuPont’s performance coatings’ division, sources told the news agency.

Carlyle Group and Apollo Global Management have formed one group, while TPG Capital has teamed up with Advent International and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co with Onex Corp, the report said. Earlier Blackstone Group had teamed up with Bain Capital, while Clayton Dubilier & Rice teamed up with CVC Capital Partners. The private equity groups have held talks with the management of DuPont and raised concerns about the earnings assumptions made by DuPont for the business, as well as the steady decline of volumes of selling paint to auto body shops, the sources said.

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