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Schwarzman Says Walgreens Boots Leveraged Buyout a ‘Stretch’

  • Walgreens would be one of the largest LBOs in history
  • Blackstone co-founder says mega deals ‘straining the system’
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Walgreens Boots Said to Explore Potential Take-Private Deal

A deal to take Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. private would be a “stretch” at a time when investors have become more discriminating, said Stephen Schwarzman, head of one of the world’s biggest buyout firms.

“It might be possible. It’s a huge stretch doing things over $50 billion,” the Blackstone Group Inc.’s chief executive officer said Wednesday at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York. His firm has led some of the largest leveraged buyouts ever, including the Hilton hotel chain and Equity Office Properties Trust.