Carlyle mulls offer for Loscam

The Carlyle Group will consider bidding for Australian pallet maker Loscam, the US private equity giant’s managing director said yesterday, in a deal that could be worth at least A$500m (£300m). Private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners bought Loscam in 2005 in a leveraged buyout, and has appointed Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to advise on exit options, including a possible share market listing.