Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

  • Why This Bidding War is Heating Up

    By Mike Thiessen - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: KBALB, KKR, LVB

    Many investors believed that it would be just a matter of time before another player jumped into Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts's (NYSE: KKR) bid for Steinway Musical Instruments (NYSE: LVB). Their collective wish came true with the Aug. 12 announcement that privately-held investment firm Paulson & Company had decided to raise KKR's offer price by more than 10 percent. The new proposal is widely regarded as superior to KKR's more »

  • Warren Buffett's Not Afraid of This; Why Are So Many Other Companies?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, KKR, SI

    Warren Buffett, who turns 83 years old in August and has been at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) for nearly five decades, isn't afraid of a little succession planning. While the company's board is keeping the identify of the successor a mystery for now, we know that there's a plan in place, which seems to be enough information to keep shareholders content. Besides, they're more »

  • Finding the Best American Asset Manager

    By Awais Iqbal - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: ACAS, KKR, LAZ, LM

    Since the recession hit the U.S. economy, rising unemployment has been a serious problem, and interest rates have remained incredibly low. This changed the focus of people towards stocks that could provide regular income to run their households. Dividend giving companies have been the main focus for these investors. Also, retired individuals and older people in the U.S. also focus on regular income providing companies rather than growth more »

  • High-Quality Companies Coming off Their 52-Week Highs

    By Federico Zaldua - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: IPAR, KKR, MPC

    Here I chose three companies with high-quality fundamentals and a consistent history of returning value to shareholders. All three companies trade at least 14% off their 52-week highs and meet a variety of appealing criteria:
    1. Positive free cash flow (FCF) per share and operating income per share.
    2. Dividend coverage ratios of 170% or higher.
    3. No negative one-, three- of five-year dividend growth.
    Let's take a one-by-one look at the more »
  • 3 Private Equity Stocks for an Improving Economy

    By Zachary Scheidt - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CG, KKR, BX

    As the US economy slowly rebounds from the financial crisis, private equity companies are capitalizing on new opportunities. These companies are uniquely positioned to capture profits through their highly-leveraged business models.
     
    Investing in the funds that these companies manage will likely yield attractive returns over the next several years. But investing in the stocks of the private equity firms themselves provides potential for a much larger investment gain.
     
    Today, we more »
  • Top 3 Dividend Growers

    By Federico Zaldua - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: KKR, MAT, PM

    I like firms that have a history of rewarding shareholders through cash dividend payments in addition to having an attractive price appreciation potential. Given the S&P 500's 2.1% average dividend yield, I focused on companies that offer yields above 3%. Besides this, the three companies below offer the following characteristics:

    • Positive free cash flow (FCF) per share
    • Positive one-year sales growth
    • Sales coverage ratio of at least more »
  • A Steady Growth Outlook Is Not Fully Reflected in This Company's Share Price

    By Mike Thiessen - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: CG, CO, KKR

    China Cord Blood (NYSE: CO) operates stem cell storage facilities in China and has delivered strong growth over the past year. However, the stock price has not reflected this growth. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (NYSE: KKR) took a 24% stake in China Cord Blood for $270 million last year and could look to increase the size of its ownership position in the company or engage in a buyout.

    China Cord Blood more »

  • This Healthcare Unit Is Attracting Attention From Big-Name Bidders

    By Mike Thiessen - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: KKR, PCRFY, TOSBF

    The recent announcement that beleaguered electronics manufacturer Panasonic (NASDAQOTH: PCRFY) would solicit bids for its non-core healthcare business has cheered investors and spurred renewed interest in the company's stock. Although a final timeline for the division's sale has not yet been established, it was recently announced that the preliminary round of bidding had closed. Panasonic is expected to conduct a follow-up bidding round next month.

    Although interest in more »

  • Building an Income Fortress With Dividends

    By Ken McGaha - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, KKR, O

    The investment universe today is littered with CDs, bonds, and Treasury notes that produce yields slightly above 0% and don’t even come close to exceeding the rate of inflation. Income-oriented investors seeking a reasonable return on their capital can still achieve a solid, safe and growing stream of dividend income if they select their picks carefully. However, selecting investments based on nothing more than a high current yield can more »

  • What Insider Selling Means for This Company

    By Ron Chatterjee - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: DG, GS, KKR

    Dollar General (NYSE: DG) has been in focus as a result of insider sales of late. While around 30 million shares were predetermined to be sold for a total of over $1.5 billion on April 3 this year (as was already reported in this press release), further selling action can follow, resulting in a drop of stock price.

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (NYSE: KKR) sold more than 15 million shares more »

  • Will This Private Equity Stock Continue to Rise?

    By Alex Bastardas - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: APO, KKR, BX

    Many investors want to be able to invest in private equity deals. However, if you do not have $1 million in cash lying around, your options are limited. Nonetheless, there is a small number of private equity firms that are publicly traded, hence allowing small investors to buy into some of the action. One of the most remarkable publicly-traded PE firms is Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), which is a more »

  • Will This Stock Continue to Rise?

    By Alex Bastardas - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: APO, KKR, BX

    Many investors want to be able to invest in private equity deals. However, if you do not have $1M in cash lying around, the options are limited. Nonetheless, there are a small number of private equity firms that are publicly traded, hence allowing small investors to buy into some of the action. One of the most remarkable publicly-traded PE firms is Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), which is a global more »

  • What Insider Selling Means For Dollar General

    By Ron Chatterjee - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: DG, DLTR, FDO, GS, KKR, M, JWN, TGT

    The recent insider selling action has been much in focus for Dollar General (NYSE: DG). While around 30 million shares were predetermined to be sold for a total of over $1.5 billion on April 3rd this year (as was already reported in this press release), further selling action can follow, resulting in a drop of stock price.

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (NYSE: KKR) sold more than 15 million shares more »

  • Hire the Best and Get Paid to Do It

    By Ken McGaha - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, KKR, STT

    Private equity, wealth management and institutional investment services are some of the most lucrative businesses in the world, as long as the people in charge possess the special expertise required to perform the necessary functions with a high level of expertise. The very wealthy, trust funds and pension funds pay top money managers huge sums for their expertise and advice regarding the allocation of vast sums of money. Wouldn't more »

  • Keep An Eye On This Takeover In the Machinery Industry

    By Mike Thiessen - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: GDI, IR, KKR

    Despite approval from the full board of directors of the latter company, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts's (NYSE: KKR) plan to acquire machinery manufacturer Gardner Denver (NYSE: GDI) for just under $4 billion may face some tough scrutiny from market watchers and shareholders. In fact, many independent observers believe that Gardner Denver is worth significantly more than $4 billion.

    Several preliminary legal investigations have been opened into the events that led more »

  • What Private Equity Firms Do and How They Will Make You Money

    By Daniel Paterson - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: CG, KKR, BX

    Private equity (PE) firms have made the headlines recently, most notably with the Silver Lake Management and Michael Dell buyout of Dell and the 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway acquisition of Heinz. These firms and their roles can be quite hazy to the average investor, who may not be in tune with alternative investment strategies.

    Essentially, PE firms seek to acquire, make profitable, and sell companies that are on their more »

  • Private Equity Loves Chicken

    By Mike Thiessen - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: KKR, BX, TSN

    New York-based asset management firm Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) has placed a formal final buyout bid for Australian poultry producer Ingham's Chicken. Along with fellow private equity outfit TPG Capital, Blackstone is vying to take control of Australia's largest bird-products firm in a deal that has been valued at more than $800 million. In a relatively rare move, both of the bidders would need to use substantial leverage more »

  • This Could Become a Tech Buyout Target

    By Mike Thiessen - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: DMD, KKR, YHOO

    Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) recently announced its intention to spin-off its domain-name registration division as a separate publicly-traded company, and trim its operations to focus exclusively on content generation.

    Although Demand's management team has not yet made any announcements regarding the exact timing and structure of this deal, it appears likely that it execute the spin-off during the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014.

    Currently more »

  • Private Equity Looking at a European Coffee Spin-Off

    By Mike Thiessen - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, JAH, KKR

    New York-based private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (NYSE: KKR) has expressed its intention to purchase a controlling stake in German kitchenware and food-processor concern WMF Wuerttembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG (Frankfurt: WMF). First announced in July of 2012, the deal will be valued at around $725 million and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.

    If the deal goes through as currently planned, KKR will more »

  • Buy Blackstone, But Not For the Rental Housing Business

    By Mark Holder - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: APO, KKR, SBY, BX

    Most investors in the market for the last five years see Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) as a sign of the excess that led to the financial crisis. After all, the private equity firm went public back in 2007 at around $25 and has never seen that price again.

    To be fair, investors need to do some historical research. The company is led by Steve Schwarzman, an expert investor--but why would more »

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