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Blackstone poised to buy Piramal Glass for $1bn

Bloomberg: Blackstone Group Inc. has agreed to acquire the glass unit of Indian conglomerate Piramal Enterprises Ltd. for about US$1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The transaction could be announced as soon as in the next few weeks, one of the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private.

The U.S. private equity giant is in talks with banks for about a US$ 400 million, five-year loan to fund the deal, another person said. Piramal Enterprises is looking to sell some non-core businesses to boost capital.

In June, the group agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Piramal Pharma Ltd. to private equity firm Carlyle Group Inc. for US$ 490 million, giving the business an enterprise value of US$ 2.7 billion.

Representatives for Piramal and Blackstone declined to comment.