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KKR Exclusive: Biggest IPO Payoff Yet?

KKR & Co., an American private equity firm, is set to launch Kokusai Electric Corp., a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Henry Kravis of KKR spearheads IPO of semiconductor equipment manufacturer, Kokusai Electric, amplifying investor optimism in Tokyo market. PHOTO: ALP/PInsights/Alamy
Henry Kravis of KKR spearheads IPO of semiconductor equipment manufacturer, Kokusai Electric, amplifying investor optimism in Tokyo market. PHOTO: ALP/PInsights/Alamy

This is the largest initial public offering in Japan since 2018. KKR acquired Kokusai from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. in 2018 through a tender offer, aiming to enhance the performance of Japanese conglomerates.

Kokusai’s value has soared to ¥424 billion (USD $2.8 billion) from its purchase price of

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