On the Fritz

Martin Fridson

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The leveraged buyout industry rests on a reasonable premise. Many businesses have unrealized earnings potential. The reasons vary. Some have been undermanaged by family owners. Others have languished as divisions of mammoth public conglomerates, overseen by executives with no material financial stake in their success.

A leveraged buyout (LBO) sponsor uses privately raised equity to buy such a company, which it leverages aggressively. The sponsor provides strategic advice to the acquired business

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