Table: A Sampling of Exxel's Deals

SUPERMERCADOS NORTE

Shelled out $440 million for supermarket chain in 1996. Later sold to Promodes for a 60% return.

OCA

Bought private postal service in 1997 for $450 million. Is now searching for a strategic investor.

MUSIMUNDO

Acquired music retailer for $230 million in 1998. Filed for bankruptcy protection in August.

FREDDO

Paid $82 million for gourmet ice-cream maker in 1998. Ceded control to creditor in September.

Data: BusinessWeek

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