Private-equity firms are showing more confidence that credit-quality problems are ebbing.

Several recent capital infusions have caught the eye of analysts, especially an announcement on Monday by Brand Group Holdings Inc. that it would raise up to $200 million through affiliates of Carlyle Group, Stephens Group LLC and Nonami LLC, owned by the Cousins family in Atlanta. Analysts said the deal is the first time in years that private equity has made a big traditional investment in Georgia, rather than using shelf charters or failed banks.

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