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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

Clarus Ventures, Riverside Partners, Siedman & Bancroft
Clarus calls up new managing director; Riverside announces several promotions; Siedman & Bancroft hires associate Maria Garrett

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Consumer Goods/Retail

The Buyside: Deal Pros Shape Up with Fitness Plays

Recent buyers focused on fitness and the outdoors include Bass Pro Group LLC, Finish Line Inc. and Kent International Inc.

SkyMall Lands in Bankruptcy and Explores Sale as In-Flight Shopping Changes

New technology, competition from Amazon and the cost of getting the magazine on planes made the traditional in-flight catalog unattractive to airlines

New Balance Teams with Berkshire to Buy Rockport from Adidas

The deal follows the sale of several other well-known shoe brands, including Stuart Weitzman, Brian Atwood, Dolce Vita and Aerosoles

Retail Companies Attract High Multiples

With few consumer goods and retail businesses for sale, sellers today are able to grab higher multiples, says TSG Consumer's Hadley Mullin. In a recent consumer goods transaction, BRG Sports acquired C-Preme, a sporting goods company. For more on the retail industry see, “Boutique Appeal.” (Video originally published on Oct. 7.)

Wet Seal Joins March of Clothing Retailers Filing Bankruptcy

The retailer is one of many, including Delia's, Deb Shops and Body Central, to close stores as part of a restructuring process

Brazos and Parallel Investment Execs Launch New PE Firm

The firm, Riata Capital, will invest between $10M-$50M in energy, health care, business and industrial services companies

Riverside Makes 2 More Acquisitions

The PE firm continues making consistent acquisitions with Greenphire and Bionic Pet Products

Marquee Buys Luxury Footwear Brand Bruno Magli

The move follows luxury shoe acquisitions of Stuart Weitzman and Brian Atwood brands

Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry

Oil & gas, professional services, banks and software are among the top five sectors for M&A

Sensata's Acquiring of Madison Dearborn-Backed Schrader Tops List of Mid-Market Deals in 2014

A list of selected middle-market M&A deals completed in 2014

Dick's Sporting Goods May Be in Buyout Talks

CEO Edward Stack also has been working to appeal to more female customers and capitalize on the trend of people wearing athletic clothing as streetwear

J.W. Childs Follows Wine Deal with Cycle Gear Acquisition

The PE firm purchased the motorcycle apparel company one day after investing in Kosta Browne Winery

Wet Seal Closing Most of its Stores as Landlords Shun Deals

Mergers & Acquisitions predicts that more retailers will face real estate distress in 2015

More Retailers Will Face Real Estate Distress

Debt loads may spur retailers such as American Apparel, RadioShack and Sears to consider Chapter 11

Bregal Builds Up Hunting Group Acrus with Tink's Acquisition

Arcus previously acquired scent-control brand Dead Down Wind

PE-Backed Taylor Buys Chef’n Amid Other Kitchenware Deals

Taylor's PE backer Centre Partners also picked up Stonewall Kitchen, which makes food and kitchen products, in October

Brentwood Takes Over Excelligence Learning

The educational product maker joins other Brentwood properties in a portfolio that includes Allen Edmonds, Lazy Dog Restaurants, Marshall Retail Group and Z Gallerie

J.H. Whitney Grows Confluence with Boardworks Add-on

Recent buyers focused on fitness and the outdoors include Bass Pro Group LLC, Finish Line Inc. and Kent International Inc.

Wasserstein Acquires Beauty Products Group Paris Presents

The deal follows beauty buys from TPG Growth and Estée Lauder

As E-Commerce Disrupts Retail, Savvy Investors See Opportunities

"E-commerce has been growing at double digits, so if you think about that, you always want to invest in businesses when the wind is at your back," says Sterling Partner senior managing director Rick Elfman in this video shot at the 2014 Midwest ACG Capital Connection. Sterling took e-commerce company Innotrac private in a $109 million transaction. For more, see the cover story Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services.

E-Commerce Will Keep Attracting Investors

Digital River and Innotrac set a precedent that will continue with more deals in 2015

Intertain Closes Purchase Of Vera&John

Intertain caps off a year of expansion that includes buying Amaya Gaming Group, followed by bingo website company Mandalay Media

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