Cybersecurity Firms Draw Buyers, as Hackers Invade Agencies, Campaigns and Companies
Yahoo’s alert of the largest known breach of user information comes in the midst of Verizon's acquisition, underscoring the need for IT due diligence and cybersecurity providers


Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow
Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Private Equity

The Riverside Co. Doubles Down on Small Businesses with Fourth Micro-Cap Fund
The PE firm has backed many small businesses, including The Dermatology Group, Kasasa by BancVue, and SafeBuilt

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Why Private Equity Firms and Strategic Buyers Love Pets

Tractor Supply's purchase of Petsense and Smucker's acquisition of Gravy Train maker Big Heart Pet Brands from Vestar Capital leverage recurring revenue opportunities, from catnip to puppy pads

PE Firm SFW Backs Analytics Manager, as Retailers Turn to Data for Help

Other related acquisitions have come from Blackstone, HGGC and StellaService

Roark Capital’s Stake in Jimmy John’s Reinvigorates PE Interest in Restaurant M&A, Says Duff & Phelps' Josh Benn

Capital-efficient franchise business models, including CiCi’s Pizza, Wetzel’s Pretzels, and PepperJax Grill, have added to the positive sentiment

Retail Data Providers Merge, as E-Commerce Continues to Shake Up the Retail Industry

As retailers, such as American Apparel, struggle, the companies that provide data about them consolidate

B&G Deploys Cash Raised in Public Offering to Soak up Seasonings from ACH

The purchase follows other food acquisitions by B&G including Mama Mary’s, Rickland Orchards and Green Giant

TPG, CPPIB Back Viking Cruises to Accelerate Growth in China

Some of TPG’s previous investments include CAA, Cirque du Soleil, Airbnb, and Uber

Roark Capital Grabs Majority Interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Minority Owner Exits

The target joins Roark’s restaurant portfolio that includes Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Cinnabon

PE Newcomer CenterOak Picks Up Second Investment Following Initial Fund Close

CenterOak's stake in pretzel stand operator Wetzel’s comes as buyers seek chains with national growth potential

Estée Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon Persue Growing Consumer Markets in Asia

Recent acquisitions of beauty product distributors include Elizabeth Arden, Have & Be and IT Cosmetics

Charlesbank Backs Promotional Gifts Supplier Polyconcept, Plans International Growth

In another related deal, Audax bought Halo Branded Solutions

Blackstone, New Mountain Capital Invest in JDA Software to Accelerate Cloud Offerings

NMC, which has been JDA’s majority shareholder since the merger with RedPrairie in 2012, retains majority stake

Nuance Purchases TouchCommerce, Expands Consumer Data Services

Previous similar acquisitions have come from HGGC, Tyco and WPP

TSG Enterprises Acquires Total Hockey Stores and Websites

Struggle for balance between e-commerce and retail stores drives deals for Hanna Andersson, Jet.com and Ashley Stewart

SkinnyPop Owner Amplify Buys Potato Chips Maker Tyrrells, Adds to Snacks M&A

Clearlake, Hershey and Hormel have also recently purchased food companies

Wal-Mart Acquires Jet.com to Fight Amazon

Ashley Stewart, Ebuys and Hanna Andersson have received buyer interest, as they look to grow in e-commerce

Steinhoff Acquires Mattress Firm to Expand U.S. Presence

Mattress Firm recently completed its deal for rival Sleepy’s

L Catteron Purchases Sun Capital-Backed Hanna Andersson, as E-Commerce Grows

The acquisition of the children’s apparel retailer follows deals for Ashley Stewart and Ebuys

Danone’s WhiteWave Purchase and Other Organic Deals Reveal Hidden Gems

Levi Strauss, who made a fortune selling jeans and supplies in the California Gold Rush, provides a good role model, says MHT MidSpan’s Craig Lawson

P&G Sells Tag Deodorants to Ultra Max Owner, Continues to Discard Assets

P&G has plans to shed 40-plus beauty brands; the license of the Christina Aguilera fragrance; and completed the sale of Duracell to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

WPP Buys French Consumer Data Provider in Post-Brexit EU Push

Similar deals have come from HGGC, Summit Partners and Tyco

Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow

Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Evian Owner Danone Buys WhiteWave, Maker of Silk Soy Milk

Other healthy food acquisitions have come from Hain Celestial, Hammond Kennedy and Pinnacle

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