Has Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause?
Dealmaking in Q4 2015 dropped 26 percent from Q4 2014, and January 2016 was downright sluggish. How long will the lull last?

Turnaround Talk

Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy
The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank


Valuations Soared in 2015, Making it Tough for PE Firms to Compete with Strategic Buyers
Prices paid for lower middle-market targets averaged 9.1 times Ebitda, up from 7.8 in 2014, says GF Data’s Graeme Frazier

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Consumer Goods/Retail

Turnaround Talk: Men's Wearhouse Devises Tailored Brands Holding Company to Protect Assets in Potential Bankruptcy

The retailer has suffered financially since its 2014 acquisition of Jos. A. Bank

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney Buys Panos Brands, as Healthy Foods Keep Attracting Buyers

The sale of Panos, which boasts the Ka-Me and Mi-Del brands, marks the fifth exit for High Road Capital Partners

Carlyle Doubles Down on the Middle Market

The PE firm has recently invested in candle maker Blyth, cybersecurity services provider Coalfire and natural gas distributor Rhode Island State Energy

HGGC's Survey Sampling on a Deal Spree

The PE firm is also invested in consumer research companies MRops and MyOpinions

AptarGroup's Purchase of Mega Airless Proves Plastic Packaging M&A Remains Strong

Hillside Plastics and Optimum Plastics have recently been acquired

American Apparel Restructuring Led by Senior Lenders, Judge Rules

Ousted founder Dov Charney loses bid to regain control of the struggling retailer

Swander Pace Nourishes Vitamin Portfolio with Swanson

The PE firm recently bought Captek Softgel

Sports Authority Misses Interest Payment, Resulting in Downgrade

The sports equipment and apparel retailer is backed by Leonard Green

Charlesbank-Backed Varsity Brands Follows up Allgoods with Lids Deal

Also aiming at college team fans, American Eagle Outfitters recently agreed to buy Tailgate Clothing

Snow Phipps-Backed Teasdale Adds Bruce Foods’ Mexican Products

Teasdale is expanding its product line with the Casa Fiesta, Viva Mexico and Mexene Brands

The Weekly Wrap: Charles River, Hudson's Bay, Bain Capial

Charles River buys Wil Research; Hudson's Bay adds Gilt Groupe; Bain Capital purchases American Trailer

Gilt Gives up on IPO Ambitions, Accepts $250M Offer from Hudson Bay

The New York flash-sale startup founded by former DoubleClick CEO Kevin Ryan raised more than $270M in venture capital and was once valued at $1B

Hooker Furniture Expands Offerings, Buys Meridian

With the acquisition, the buyer is adding the Pulaski, Samuel Lawrence and Prime Resources brands

General Mills Nurtures Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese Business with Epic’s Bison Bacon Cranberry

Epic Provisions, which pioneered bars made of meat, fruit and nuts, will operate under Annie’s business, which General Mills bought in 2014

Bowflex Owner Nautilus Picks up North Castle’s Octane Fitness

Christy Sports and Simpson Performance have been acquired in related deals

Retailers are Revamping, and Some will File for Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filings of American Apparel and Quicksilver portend others in the industry

General Mills Expands Breakfast Offerings Beyond Cereal in Purchase of Yogurt Maker Carolina

The Cheerios maker is adding the owner of the Carolina, Gluck and VeryGurt brands

Tyco Picks Up Retail Data Provider ShopperTrak, Following Footfall Deal

The target boasts clients such as Crate and Barrel and Harry & David

Hain Celestial Adds Orchard House, as Buyers Crave Healthy-Food Targets

The maker of Earth’s Best and Healthy Valley has also recently purchased Empire Kosher, Belvedere International and the Mona Group

The Weekly Wrap: Newell Rubbermaid, Cision, Middleby

Newell Rubbermaid buys Jarden; Cision adds PR Newswire; Middleby purchases Lynx Grills

Searchlight Capital Raises Second Fund, Following TouchTunes Purchase

The PE firm, founded by former Apollo and KKR executives, is also invested in Hunter Boot and Roots

Automotive E-Commerce Biz Vroom Buys Texas Direct Auto

PE firm HGGC has also been building automotive-related tech businesses

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