Elusive Loans Lead PE Firms to Alternative Lenders
As credit tightens, Balance Point Capital and other non-regulated direct lenders fill the void


Marketers Go Digital, Attracting Buyers
Accenture, IBM and Web.com have made acquisitions, following migration to social media sites and mobile devices

Strategic Buyers

Newell Rubbermaid Capped Growth Strategy with Beloved Elmer’s Glue, Sealing Strategic Buyer of the Year
The company also agreed to buy Yankee Candle owner and sold some non-core businesses

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Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Consumer Goods/Retail

Mid-Market M&A Dropped Again in April

Despite the decline, survey respondents reported higher deal flow in April than most of the dismal first quarter

CD&R Backs Maker of Sausage Casings Kalle, as Buyers Chew on Food Targets

Hershey, McCormick and Peak Rock have also purchased food companies

Buyouts Saddle Stressed Retailers with Debts They Can't Pay

Sports Authority was loaded with debt, a hangover from the 2006 LBO led by Leonard Green & Partners

The Weekly Wrap: Abbott, Peak Rock, Z Capital

Abbott buys St. Jude; Peak Rock backs Diamond Crystal, Z Capital invests Twin-Star

Hanesbrands Latest Target is Australia’s Pacific Brands

The apparel company’s roster also includes Maidenform, Champion Europe and DBApparel

P&G’s Growth Plan Features Selling 105 Brands

To leverage Pampers and other fast-growing lines, Procter & Gamble has sold Duracell and currently has 50 brands in the exit process, says CFO Jon Moeller

Z Capital Follows Up Restaurant Deal with Home Furnishings Maker Twin-Star International

The target owns a wide variety of brands, including fireplaces by Duraflame and home entertainment components by Bell’O

Hershey Adds BarkThins Chocolate Pretzels, as Buyers Snack on Food Deals

Clearlake and Hammond Kennedy have made investments in the sector

McCormick & Co. Picks Up Another Herb Maker

The purchase of Gourmet Garden follows McCormick’s acquisitions of Brand Aromatics, Drogheria & Alimentari and One World Foods

Pyrex Maker World Kitchen Finds New Home in GPIA

In other similar deals, Chef’n Corp and Pacific Market International have received buyer interest

Newell Rubbermaid Capped Growth Strategy with Beloved Elmer’s Glue, Sealing Strategic Buyer of the Year

The company also agreed to buy Yankee Candle owner and sold some non-core businesses

Turnaround Talk: Revlon Recruits New Top Execs, Decreasing Likelihood of Sale to Strategic Buyer

When Ron Perelman said Revlon would explore “strategic alternatives,” a sale seemed imminent, but the new CEO and CFO may seek other outcomes

AB InBev Offers to Sell Beer Brands for Early EU Approval

The Budweiser owner says it will its Peroni and Grolsch brands

Z Capital Shows Buyers Crave Restaurant Deals with Pink Taco Investment

Barteca Holdings and Greene Turtle have also received PE Interest

Hanes Purchases Sportswear Brand Champion Europe, Adding to its Suite of Apparel Brands

The activewear clothing company’s earlier targets include MaidenForm and DBApparel

Hudson’s Bay Restructures HBS Global by Selling Another Stake

The Saks and Lord & Taylor owner recently agreed to buy Gilt Groupe

Bregal-Backed Arcus Continues to Hunt for Deals with Ramcat

Arcus has previously acquired Dead Down and Tink’s

Clearlake Backs Dippin’ Chips Maker That’s How We Roll, After Launching Better For You Holdings

Other acquisitions in the food sector have come from General Mills, Hain Celestial and Hammond Kennedy

Sherwin-Williams Expands Abroad with Acquisition of Rival Valspar

In 2014, Sherwin dropped its bid to add Mexico’s Comex after it was blocked by regulators

Arsenal Backs Maker of Mattress Materials in Another Industrial Deal

The PE firm recently invested in Quadrant’s spray foam division and Premium Spray

Newell Rubbermaid Sells Levolor and Kirsch Window Covering Brands

The purchase of Elmer's earned Newell the 2015 M&A Mid-Market Award for Strategic Buyer of the Year

J.W. Childs Forms Motorcycle Apparel Holding Company

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill and Investcorp have also made investments in the sector

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