Carlyle, KKR advance in Transpacific NZ waste unit sale-sources

HONG KONG/SYDNEY Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:30am EST

HONG KONG/SYDNEY Dec 19 (Reuters) - Carlyle Group and KKR have advanced in the sale of Transpacific Industries Group Ltd's waste management unit, in a deal that could fetch around NZ$880 million ($725.5 million), people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Australian private equity firm Archer Capital is also among the bidders that have advanced in the auction, the people said.

Transpacific Industries, a recycling, waste management and industrial services company, is selling assets in New Zealand to focus on growing its Australian business as part of a broader corporate revamp.

Carlyle, KKR and Archer are working with banks to put together debt packages to back their bids, the people said. The three firms declined to comment.

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