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Where Private Equity Collides with Donuts and National Security

Pop quiz: What do donuts and national security/intel have in common?  Better stated, what do Dunkin’ Donuts and Booz Allen Hamilton have in common? Answer: They may soon both have the same owner, the Carlyle Group.  Carlyle purchased Dunkin Donuts for a discount at $2.4 Billion back in December of ’05 . . . and now is eyeballing BAH’s government contracting business for around the same purchase price, speculatively valued at approximately $2 billion.

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Pop quiz: What do donuts and national security/intel have in common?  Better stated, what do Dunkin’ Donuts and Booz Allen Hamilton have in common?

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Answer: They may soon both have the same owner, the Carlyle Group.  Carlyle purchased Dunkin Donuts for a discount at $2.4 Billion back in December of ’05 . . . and now is eyeballing BAH’s government contracting business for around the same purchase price, speculatively valued at approximately $2 billion.

As they say, “Only in America” . . . Yes, you have to love the private equity game!

Notably Booz Allen is a key adviser and prime contractor to all of the major U.S. intelligence agencies – the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Security Agency (NSA),  and – as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Defense and most of the Pentagon’s combat commands.

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On the other side of the spectrum, Dunkin Donuts is an organization that sees 80% of its revenue come from the geography between Boston and D.C. . . . and well, makes donuts.

If you’re interested, here’s some more reading:

Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor: Booz Allen Hamilton

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