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KKR’s $2 Billion Sale of Japanese Tools Firm Koki Has Stalled

  • Sale process had drawn interest from strategic players
  • Valuation concerns among key factors behind sale’s halt
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KKR & Co.’s attempt to sell its Japanese power tool and life science equipment maker Koki Holdings Co. has stalled, according to people familiar with the matter.

Potential bidders including industry players couldn’t match KKR’s value expectations for the business at more than $2 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Restrictions on travel to Japan as well as higher supply chain costs also had a material impact on a potential transaction, the people said.