Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dunkin' Brands: Latest Carlyle IPO?

Dunkin' Brands could go public later this year in a $500 to $750 million offering.  Three private equity underwriters (PEU's) own Dunkin', The Carlyle Group, Bain Capital and Thomas Lee Partners.  Reuters reported:

An IPO by Dunkin' Brands, which owns donut and coffee seller Dunkin' Donuts and ice cream shop Baskin-Robbins, would be the latest in a number buyout-backed deals.
In other words, Carlyle's "Great Cash-In" continues.  It makes Congress' carried interest gift all the sweeter.

Carlyle might need more billions.  It could soon monetize itself, like Apollo Global Management.  Get in line for your PEU gift card, aka stock certificate.  

Update 4-1-11:  Bloomberg noted PEU's IPO frenzy