FILE PHOTO: A general view of the lobby outside the Carlyle Group offices in Washington, May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/File Photo

(Reuters) -Australia’s Link Administration said on Friday it would consider private equity firm Carlyle Group’s A$2.81 billion ($2.08 billion) bid for the shareholder registry firm.

This is Carlyle’s second attempt at buying the Sydney-based firm after approaching late last year as part of a consortium with Pacific Equity Partners. After lobbing improved bids, the private equity duo withdrew here earlier this year.

At the heart of a flurry of interest for Link is its stake in online conveyancing firm PEXA Group, which listed here on the Australian stock market in July.

Link said Carlyle’s latest bid includes a A$3 per share bid in cash and a distribution of its stake in PEXA worth A$2.38 a share.

In total, Carlyle values Link at A$5.38 per share, a 24.2% premium to its closing price on Thursday. The private equity did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Link has appointed Macquarie Capital and UBS as advisers and put off its share buyback after having purchased A$101.7 million out of the target A$150 million.

($1 = 1.3514 Australian dollars)

Reporting by Savyata Mishra and Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath and Arun Koyyur



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