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Archer Capital Raises A$1.5 Billion for Private Equity Fund

Archer Capital, the Australian private-equity firm formed in 1996, raised A$1.5 billion ($1.5 billion) from local and international investors for its fifth fund.

Archer, which has invested more than A$600 million this year, announced plans to raise the money in September, the company said today in an emailed statement.

Sydney-based Archer this year made investments in companies including private hospital operator Healthe Care Australia, the Red Rooster and Oporto fast-food chains, and bought a controlling stake in V8 Supercars.

The firm also sold assets, including the sale of financial software company MYOB Pty Ltd. to Bain Capital LLC and iNova Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. of the U.S. This year’s divestitures totaled more than A$2.5 billion and returned 3.2 times the initial investment, Archer said in the statement.

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