Hellman & Friedman takes controlling stake in Wood Mac

Private equity group Hellman & Friedman is to take a majority stake in energy analysis group Wood Mackenzie in a deal that values the company at £1.1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion). Wood Mac produces research on the oil, gas, metals and power markets

Vendor Charterhouse will retain a 13 percent interest. The sale means Charterhouse has seen its initial investment double in value, having repaid nearly £150m of the £420m debt it used to acquire Wood Mackenzie from Candover for £553m in 2009.

Hellman & Friedman will take a 63 percent stake in the business, while Wood Mackenzie’s management and staff will hold a 24 percent interest in the company.

Wood Mac’s management and staff led by Chief Executive Stephen Halliday will hold a 24 percent equity stake in the company, valued at 132 million pounds under the Hellman deal.

Wood Mac is projected to make EBITDA of 88 million pounds in 2012, rising to 100 million in 2013.

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