Abu Dhabi’s ADIA is said to invest $1bn in Medline buyout

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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is planning to join one of the biggest leveraged buyouts of all time by investing about $1bn alongside a consortium acquiring medical supply company Medline Industries, according to people familiar with the matter. The biggest sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi will back the takeover of Medline by Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. Singapore’s state-owned investor GIC Pte is also investing in the deal, which values Medline at more than $30bn.

A spokesperson for ADIA confirmed the investment in response to queries. Medline is the biggest private US manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies like gloves, gowns and exam tables to hospitals and doctor’s offices. The private equity consortium beat out Canadian investment giant Brookfield Asset Management, which was bidding on its own, to acquire the business. ADIA has been seeking to take advantage of the relationship it enjoys as a backer...read more...