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Tagged With: Private Equity

Private Equity Could Use a Little Disruption

Lazy Cash Flow I didn’t go to B school. I was far too eager to “get out and start doing it,” building businesses, doing deals. I don’t think I missed anything with that decision, and as I sometimes contemplated returning to school during my career, I’m pretty sure I would have ended up like Rodney … Continue reading »

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Red Lobster – In a Pinch, Clawing Its Way to the Bottom

Darden, the restaurant operator (Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Yard House, Capital Grille ) sold Red Lobster a few months ago. The acquirer was / is Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, that also holds California Pizza Kitchen. Eddie Bauer, Zales and other consumer facing businesses. Golden Gate was formed by … Continue reading »

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What Time Is It in the Bubble?

What’s a bubble?  Wikipedia defined the dot-com bubble of the 90’s as:  The dot-com bubble (also referred to as the dot-com boom, the Internet bubble and the information technology bubble)  was a historic speculative bubble covering roughly 1997–2000 (with a climax on March 10, 2000, with the NASDAQ peaking at 5,408.60  in intraday trading before closing at … Continue reading »

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Another Win for Private Equity and a Loss for America

Rumor today that a deal will be announced Monday, September 22, that Russian brewer Oasis Beverages will pick up Pabst Brewing for USD $750 mil.  In addition to Pabst, the company contracts and distributes Schlitz , Colt 45, Old Miwaukee, and a couple dozen other brands. Private equity group TSG, who likes picking up “orphan … Continue reading »

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Private Equity Deals Hurt Consumers

Private Equity, Part 3: Bad for Consumers In a previous discussions about the private equity industry, I’ve spoken mostly about their lack of contribution to growing the economy – since the function of a private equity deal is to provide a sky high ROI to the firm and “partners,” they have no interest in really … Continue reading »

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The Idiocy of Multi-Billion $ Evaluations

 Part  Deux –  In Which I Continue My Rant On Valuations The other day, I penned my thoughts about private equity. Amplifying on that theme, there are a lot of unprofitable companies out there funded by private equity or venture money, with multi-billion dollar valuations. Oh yeah? Sez who? Apparently only the people who hope … Continue reading »

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