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Record private equity buyout made
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TXU is the biggest power company in Texas
A consortium including Texas Pacific, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Goldman Sachs has bought out the US utility TXU in a deal worth $45bn (22.9bn).

TXU is the top power company in Texas and the deal breaks the record for the biggest takeover by private equity.

The new owners say they will strengthen TXU's environmental policies and protect prices until September 2008.

Private equity companies use clients' money and borrowed money to buy whole companies and try to turn them around.

The deal values TXU at $32bn, or $69.25 per share, while the private equity buyers will also assume $13bn in debt.

Third record in four months

James Baker III
Former Secretary of State James Baker III will be advisory chairman

TXU shares rose 6.6% on Thursday and Friday on rumours of a deal.

It is the third time in four months that the record has been broken, most recently with Blackstone's $38.9bn offer for Equity Office Properties.

The new owners are scaling back TXU's $10bn plan to build 11 new coal-fired power stations and will only build three.

A group of investors had been criticising the price-tag on the new stations, saying that TXU would end up paying more as emissions became more tightly regulated.

TXU has prospered in recent years, because most of its energy is generated using coal and nuclear power, but Texas electricity prices are tied to the price of natural gas.

Shares in TXU closed the day 13% higher at $67.93.

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