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Carlyle to Acquire Minority Stake in a Global Energy Company

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The Carlyle Group CG announced plans to acquire a significant minority interest in Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A.U (“Cepsa”) from Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company.

Cepsa is a Spanish-based integrated energy company that operates assets across the full petroleum value chain in more than 20 countries. It is also a significant oil producer in Algeria and operates in Central and South America, and South East Asia.

Per reports, Carlyle will acquire 30-40% of Cepsa, valuing the company at $12 billion. Markedly, the deal is expected to close by 2019-end. Notably, Mubadala will continue to be a majority shareholder in Cepsa, Europe’s largest privately-owned integrated oil & gas company.

Carlyle International Energy Partners I and II, Carlyle Partners VII, Carlyle Europe Partners V and co-investors provided equity to Carlyle for this investment.

Marcel Van Poecke, head of Carlyle International Energy Partners, said “We are delighted to partner with Mubadala and Cepsa’s management team through our commitment to invest in Cepsa which offers such strong potential and future opportunities in the global energy sector.”

Carlyle continues to evolve through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. In March 2019, the company acquired a 9% stake in India's SBI Life Insurance Ltd. from BNP Paribas. Further, in January, it completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Sedgwick, fully replacing its previous majority shareholder KKR, in a deal valued at about $6.7 billion. These inorganic efforts are expected to continue supporting Carlyle’s bottom-line growth.

The company’s shares have gained 6.3% over the past three months, underperforming its industry’s rally of nearly 14%.

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