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Bain buys into Japan’s TV shopping market

It's taking 50% of Jupiter from Sumitomo

Tokyo — U.S. equity outfit Bain Capital is acquiring a 50% share in Japan’s Jupiter Shop Channel from the Sumitomo trading house, according to company sources, for a reported $1.3 billion.

The deal is an uncommon one for a U.S. equity film in Japan, whose companies usually fight foreign buyout offers tooth and nail.

Bain, however, has a better track record than most, with ownership stakes in the Domino’s Pizza and the Skylark restaurants chains in Japan.

Founded in 1996, Jupiter controls about 30% of the country’s TV shopping market, according to Sumitomo.

It’s available 24/7 on cable, satellite and terrestrial webs and boasts a viewership of 27 million households and $1.24 billion in annual sales.

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