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Lone Star Funds mulls acquisition of Australian building materials company

U.S. private equity firm Lone Star Funds may acquire Australian building materials provider Boral Ltd. over the next year in a transaction that could be valued at A$6 billion, The Australian reported.

It comes as some expect Boral Managing Director Mike Kane to leave the company soon to return to the U.S., according to the Oct. 16 report, which added that the company's share price was trading at a five-year low.

Some anticipate a break-up of the business if it does come under private equity ownership, but a challenge for the potential buyer will be Boral's A$2.19 billion debt pile compared to a A$5.53 billion market value. Some say the company needs to raise at least A$500 million of equity, the report said.