Food & Beverage

Scrutiny of Nutritional Supplements May Scare Off Dealmakers
As GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart pull Echinacea, Ginseng and St. John's Wort off their shelves following tests showing many ingredients didn't match product labels, dealmakers may shy away from the sector


Investors Flow Into Oil & Gas
NGP Energy Capital Management and Five Point Capital Partners have raised recent energy funds

People Moves of the Week:

Venable, Greenbriar Equity, Barnes & Thornburg
Venable hires advisers from Baker & McKenzie; Greenbriar taps new managing director; Barnes & Thornburg names David Cornwell, a go-to lawyer for athletes, a partner

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Rite Aid Buys TPG’s EnvisionRx for $2B to Take on CVS

Rite Aid is shifting toward offering services that help insurers and large employers provide drug coverage

Accessories Companies Jacob Ash and Emanuel Geraldo Merge

The deal brings men's, woemn's and children's winter accessories under one company

Windex Owner SC Johnson Buys PE-Backed Deb Group

SC Johnson, which also owns Raid and Scrubbing Bubbles, says the deal expands its presence in the industrial and institutional markets

Grocer Haggen Adds 146 Stores, Expands on West Coast

The buyer is adding stores that the FTC is requiring Safeway and Albertsons divest as part of their merger agreement

RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The consumer-electronics chain is selling 1,500 to 2,400 of its locations to a unit of Standard General, its biggest shareholder

Under Armour Buys Apps in Bid to Become Top Fitness Tracker

The apparel company ventures beyond clothes to technology, spending $560M for MyFitnessPal and Endomondo

Adobe Completed $800M Purchase of Photo Service Fotolia in Otherwise Slow January

Despite the lull, dealmakers remain bullish in forecasts for 2015

Smucker Agrees to Buy Big Heart Pet Brands for $3.2B

Whistle Labs and Riverside have also picked up pet businesses recently

Macy's to Buy Spa Chain Bluemercury for $210M

Macy's plans to expand the chain of luxury spas, enhance online and mobile selling

Staples to Buy Office Depot in Deal Valued at $6.3B

The FTC previously approved the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, the industry’s second- and third-biggest chains, in 2013

Amazon in Talks to Buy RadioShack Stores

Other potential bidders include Sprint Corp. and the investment group behind Brookstone

RadioShack Said to Discuss Shutdown as Part of Sprint Deal

The locations sold to Sprint in a bankruptcy deal would operate under the wireless carrier’s name, meaning RadioShack would cease to exist as a stand-alone retaile

With Backing from Athletes and Rappers, Whistle Adds Pet Tracker Tagg

Whistle raised $15M in VC funding from Nokia and others, including celebrity investors, such as basketball’s Carmelo Anthony, wrestling’s Stuart Goldfarb and rapper Nas

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.

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

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