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Buyout Firms Offering LBOs to Flood U.S. IPO Market

More than half of the U.S. initial public offerings planned for this year are from private equity firms as KKR & Co., Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group try to sell some of their biggest leveraged buyouts.

HCA Holdings Inc., Nielsen Holdings BV, Kinder Morgan Inc. and more than two dozen other companies owned by private equity firms have registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell $14 billion of shares in IPOs, or 53 percent of the amount on file, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The total is more than double the $6.6 billion raised in 2010, when their initial offerings accounted for 15 percent of sales.