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Report: HD Supply co-owner to go public

HD Supply has three controlling owners—a partnership of Bain Capital, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Carlyle Group.

Bain has been in the news recently, due to its relationship with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice is a familiar electrical industry name. In the 1990s, it bought WESCO and later took it public. Right now, aside from the significant share in HD Supply, it also owns a large piece (with two other partners) of the controlling share of Rexel SA of France.

The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, is planning to raise $10 billion through an initial public offering of its stock, according to the Dealbook blog on the NY Times website.

According to Fortune magazine, Carlyle is “believed to be the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with $148 billion in assets under management in 89 active funds and 52 fund-of-fund vehicles.”

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