BEHIND THE NEWS: Private equity players may be primping firms for IPOs

It's an age-old strategy: A private equity firm buys a company, bolsters its performance, then pockets a tidy profit by taking it public or selling it outright. Los Angeles-based Freeman Spogli & Co., the majority owner of Hhgregg Inc. the past two years, last month revealed plans for a $170 million initial public offering for the consumer electronics retailer. You can be sure other private equity firms that have scooped up local companies in recent years have the same exit...

 

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