There is always a danger that private equity investors will fall in love with certain portfolio companies and never want to exit. Navis Capital Partners came close with Trimco International Holdings. The Malaysia-based PE player took a controlling stake in the garment label manufacturer in 2005 and came to see it as a consistent, cash generative operation that expanded seamlessly into new markets.
"At some point you have to ask whether you have the chance to monetize the business in a way that is fair and equitable," says Rodney Muse, Navis' co-managing director. "We harvested all the low-hanging...
Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has acquired a 4% stake in S.M. Entertainment, a South Korean music agency, for KRW35.5 billion ($29.8 million).
Oyo Rooms, an India-based budget hotel booking app backed by SoftBank Corp. and other VCs, has acquired industry rival Zo Rooms, which counts Tiger Global Management as an investor.
Chinese online hotel booking site eLong has agreed to buyout led by a consortium of existing shareholders, including Tencent Holdings and Ctrip. The deal values the company at approximately $647 million.
Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners has raised JPY2 billion ($17.7 million) for a venture capital fund that will back start-ups in Japan. The full target is JPY6 billion.