A Look At Micro PE Firm 3G Which Hopes To LBO Burger King
The fund expected to be LBOing $2.4 billion Burger King is heretofore completely unknown PE firm 3G (dyslexic readers note: not the previously rumored 3I). Who is 3G? Apparently it is a fund which according to Thomson One has less than a billion in total assets, the bulk of which, or 83%, is currently held by its CSX investment. This is because fund manager Alex Behring, a Brazilian, sits on the board of the railroad company since 2008, after 3G launched a failed proxy fight for the firm. So does the industrialist whose fund is much smaller than the hoped for acquisition have an expertise in retail? Why yes - according to the fund's latest 13F it has a whopping $56 million invested in Coke, $27 million in Lorillard, and a massive $3 million in Kraft. Burger King employees must be ecstatic, especially since the acquisition will likely be funded almost entirely with debt, meaning that the good ole' LBO model of sucking the equity marrow out of target companies, while paying hundreds of millions in interest expense is back to the forefront. Luckily, courtesy of JPM, the acquisition funding should not be a problem: we are confident the roughly 8x pro forma leveraged balance sheet will end up being rated AAA/Aa1 and pay about 5% interest, with no creditor protections whatsoever. To all those credit investors who wish to collect 2-3 coupon payments before the imminent default, we wish them all the best.
Quick look at 3G: