Table: A Sampling of Exxel's Deals
Shelled out $440 million for supermarket chain in 1996. Later sold to Promodes for a 60% return.
Bought private postal service in 1997 for $450 million. Is now searching for a strategic investor.
Acquired music retailer for $230 million in 1998. Filed for bankruptcy protection in August.
Paid $82 million for gourmet ice-cream maker in 1998. Ceded control to creditor in September.