Oct 29, 2009
Hedge fund Och-Ziff buyer of TPG's Debenhams stake
Oct 29, 2009
LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Och-Ziff (OZM.N) has emerged as the buyer of TPG's [TPG.UL] stake in British department store chain Debenhams PLC (DEB.L) after the U.S. buyout firm made its exit from the business earlier this week.
J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams - Photo: www.debenhams.com
Och-Ziff, one of the world's largest hedge fund managers, said in a regulatory filing on Thursday 29 October it now owns 11.52 percent of Debenhams. The fund is also a shareholder in Peacocks, the British privately owned budget retail chain.
TPG sold its entire stake of more than 120 million shares -- about 9 percent of Debenhams stock -- earlier this week to a single unnamed hedge fund, a source said, netting the firm almost 100 million pounds ($164.4 million) and marking its exit from the business it refloated in 2006.
Prior to the transaction, Och-Ziff held some 18 million shares indirectly in Debenhams, according to the filing.
Och-Ziff declined to comment.
($1=.6081 Pound) (Reporting by Simon Meads; editing by Simon Jessop) ([email protected]; +44 20 7542 9969; Reuters Messaging: [email protected]))
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