Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co in 2003


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Case Code : BSTA072
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1976 - 2003
Organization : Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Corporate Finance

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We are fortunate to have been involved in the creation of an industry. When we founded the firm in 1976, private equity and leveraged buyouts were a foreign language. Today, private equity investing is an integral part of mainstream business and finance.

- KKR1.

Introduction

Henry Kravis (Kravis), the man who was once touted as King Henry, was under pressure in early 2003. The company that he had co-founded in 1976, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR), along with his cousin George Roberts (Roberts) and mentor Jerome Kohlberg (Kohlberg) was at the crossroads. While Kohlberg had left the firm long back, Kravis and Roberts at about 60 were approaching the end of their careers. The leveraged buyout (LBO) business in which the company specialized had been in a slump since the late nineties. Competition from other firms had significantly eroded KKR's market share. Kravis wondered what KKR needed to do under the circumstances...

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1] KKR, Thoughts On A Quarter-Century, March 2001.

 

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