The Carlyle Group to Acquire Controlling Stake in Tok&Stok, Largest Specialty Furniture Retailer in Brazil

  The Carlyle Group to Acquire Controlling Stake in Tok&Stok, Largest
  Specialty Furniture Retailer in Brazil

                        Investment Will Support Growth

Business Wire

SAO PAOLO & WASHINGTON -- September 13, 2012

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today
announced that it has acquired 60% of Tok&Stok, Brazil’s largest specialty
furniture retailer by sales, from founders Ghislaine and Régis Dubrule. Mrs.
Dubrule will remain as CEO of Tok&Stok following the transaction and the
founders will retain a 40% stake in the company.

Equity capital for the transaction will come from the $1 billion pool of
capital managed by Carlyle’s South America Buyout Fund and Fundo Brasil de
Internacionalização de Empresas FIP (FBIE), a local fund advised by Carlyle
and Banco do Brasil. The transaction is subject to approval by antitrust
authorities and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. Additional
financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Barueri (SP), Tok&Stok sells a wide range
of furniture and home décor products. In 2011, the company generated
approximately R$1 billion in sales through 35 stores in 12 states across the
country and employed approximately 3,300 people.

Daniel Sterenberg, a Principal with Carlyle’s South America Buyout team, said,
“Tok&Stok is an outstanding business with a superb market position,
exceptional brand recognition and a unique shopping experience for consumers
and we are excited about its growth prospects.”

Juan Carlos Felix, Managing Director with Carlyle’s South American Buyout team
added, “We are proud to partner with the Dubrule family, who has built a
tremendous company over the course of 34 years with a solid growth track
record and an outstanding management team. We look forward to supporting
Tok&Stok in achieving its growth plans.”

Mr. Regis Dubrule said, “Carlyle’s global resources and impressive local track
record were key elements in our decision to have a partner. This is a major
milestone for the company and for the family.”

Mrs. Ghislaine Dubrule commented, “With Carlyle’s support we expect to
accelerate our growth in sales, strengthen our customer service and improve
the relationships with our partners, including suppliers and employees, all of
which are instrumental to deliver our mission of making good design
accessible.”

Carlyle established its South America Buyouts team in 2008. In Brazil, Carlyle
has also invested in CVC, a tourism operator; Qualicorp, a health plan broker
and administrator; Scalina, a lingerie manufacturer and retailer; Ri-Happy, a
toy retailer; and Grupo Orguel, an equipment rental company.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $156
billion of assets under management across 99 funds and 63 fund of fund
vehicles as of June 30, 2012. Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and create
value. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real
Assets, Global Market Strategies and Fund of Funds Solutions – in Africa,
Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.
Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense &
government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services,
healthcare, industrial, technology & business services, telecommunications &
media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs 1,300 people in 32 offices
across six continents.

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Contact:

The Carlyle Group:
Liz Gill
W +1-202-729-5385
Elizabeth.gill@carlyle.com
or
Andreoli MSL -- Brasil
Claudia Mancini
W +55-11-3169-9312
Claudia.Mancini@br.mslworldwide.com
 
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