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Abraaj, TPG Said Near Deal to Buy Stake in Saudi Chain Kudu

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Abraaj Group and U.S. buyout firm TPG Capital are nearing a deal to buy a majority stake in Saudi Arabian fast-food chain Kudu, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The transaction, which is expected to be signed by early September, will value Kudu at $400 million to $500 million, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Abraaj has teamed up with TPG on the deal to benefit from the firm’s experience investing in restaurant chains, including Burger King Worldwide Inc., the people said.

A sale of Kudu, which operates about 200 outlets in the country selling grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers and breakfasts, would be the first investment for TPG Capital in the Middle East. Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG is also among the bidders for Kuwait Food Co., the operator of KFC restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News this week.

Abraaj and TPG are in talks with banks to borrow about 700 million Saudi riyals ($187 million) to finance the Kudu acquisition, people familiar with the matter said in June.

Representatives for Abraaj and TPG declined to comment, while representatives for Riyadh-based Kudu didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dinesh Nair in London at dnair5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Aaron Kirchfeld at akirchfeld@bloomberg.net Elizabeth Fournier, Elizabeth Wollman

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