GE Capital's Australian loans business goes for $8.2 billion in the biggest private equity deal since the GFC

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GE Capital has sold its Australia and New Zealand loans business for $8.2 billion to Deutsche Bank and private equity firms Varde Partners and KKR.

The purchase, the biggest private equity sale in Australia since the GFC, comes with three million customers.

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Duncan Berry, GE Capital’s Australia and New Zealand CEO, said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with a well-respected consortium of businesses. Consumer finance has been a great business for GE and is well positioned for further growth.”

Several players were said to have tried to buy the business. These include Macquarie Group, Pepper Group, and a TPG Capital alliance which included Blackstone and Flexigroup .

KKR director Ed Bostock said: “GE Capital is one the most respected providers of consumer finance in Australasia. They are led by a strong management team with an outstanding track record of partnering with leading retailers.”

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