After six long years that must feel more like 60 for TPG Capital, the private-equity giant is nearly free of an investment that has made it money, but at a price.
TPG and Strauss Group are near a deal to list Strauss Coffee, the Israeli company in which TPG took a 25% stake in 2008. The deal will allow TPG to exit an investment that has produced more headaches and disappointment than solid returns.
When TPG and Strauss consummated their partnership, both had grand expansion plans and hopes to build a global coffee giant. But TPG’s purchased closed just days before Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the deal-making environment dried up, giving Strauss Coffee few takeover targets. In addition, the company struggled in regions like Russia and Eastern Europe.
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