(By Balaseshan) Global alternative asset manager Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) said it has formed a partnership with the management of Getty Images Inc. to buy the visual content provider for $3.3 billion.
The controlling stake in Getty Images is being purchased from private equity firm Hellman & Friedman by Carlyle. Getty Images Co-Founder and Chairman Mark Getty and the Getty family will roll substantially all of their ownership interests into the transaction.
Getty Images management, including Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein, will also invest significant equity in the company. Carlyle believes the digital marketplace for commercial visual content poised for continued growth.
Carlyle Partners V, a $13.7 billion U.S. buyout fund, will provide equity financing for the investment. J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital Markets have provided committed debt financing for the transaction, which is expected to close in 2012.
In 2008, Hellman & Friedman acquired Getty Images due to its strategic direction, growth potential and ability to build on its leading position as a premier media franchise. Hellman & Friedman said the partnership exceeded its expectations, and has resulted in an outstanding investment.
"This partnership with The Carlyle Group reflects and bolsters our ongoing strategy, strong management team and the talent of our dedicated employees. We are delighted to collaborate with Carlyle, with its formidable pedigree and success, and take the business into its next phase of development and growth," said Klein.
CG closed Tuesday's regular session down 0.20% at $24.93. The stock has been trading between $20.00 and $25.95 for the past 52 weeks.