The private equity group is partnering with the German company’s founding family to buy out minority investors for 3 bln euros. It gets a racy digital listings business at the price of a sluggish newspaper publisher. Yet the lack of control limits KKR’s options if growth slows.
Sales of new collateralised loan obligations are taking off in Europe for the first time since the financial crisis. These packages of high-yield debt were a major culprit behind the last credit bubble. But this time round, lower leverage has made CLOs safer. They even have a useful role to play in refinancing.