Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund agreed to buy about a 30% stake in Domestic & General Group, the UK appliance warranty provider owned by CVC Capital Partners.
The deal with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is expected to close by year-end, Domestic & General said in an emailed statement Wednesday. It didn’t disclose financial terms.
The transaction values Domestic & General, which is used by one-third of UK households, at just over 1 billion pounds ($1.25 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said.
CVC opted for a deal with ADIA, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, instead of an initial public offering of the business due to market uncertainty, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
Sovereign wealth funds have been stepping up direct investments as they seek to generate returns in a low interest rate environment. ADIA has teamed up with EQT Partners in its pursuit of Nestle SA’s $10 billion skincare business. The fund was also planning to buy out Vornado Realty Trust’s 25% stake in a Manhattan office tower, a person familiar with the matter said in June.
ADIA doesn’t divulge its assets under management, but it has been estimated to have about $696 billion. That makes it the third-largest in the world, according to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.
Domestic & General has about 16 million customers globally, with a presence in 11 countries including the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Australia, according to the statement.
CVC first invested in Domestic & General, which has about 2,000 employees in the U.K., in 2013. Since then, it has increased annual revenue from 633 million pounds to 811 million pounds, according to Wednesday’s statement. The buyout firm will transfer its remaining 70% holding in the business to Fund VII, which it raised in 2017, the statement shows.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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