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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Algonquin Power to Buy Empire District Electric, as Canadian Power Companies Seek Growth Through U.S. Targets

The deal follows in the footsteps of the planned purchase by Canada’s Fortis of the U.S.-based ITC Holdings utility

Terra Energy Takes on Assets from WPX in $910M Deal

Kayne Anderson and Warburg Pincus are providing equity financing

Fortis Seeks Growth in the Utilities Sector with ITC Purchase

Other recent deals include the acquisitions of AGL Resources and Piedmont

Expectations for Energy M&A Have Plummeted Over Last Six Months

The short-term outlook for the energy sector is the lowest we’ve seen in any sector

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

CI Capital-Backed Tech Air Buys 2 More Welding Suppliers

The purchases of Ravena and Hereford bring the total of add-ons to 17 for the distributor of industrial gases and welding supplies

Chesapeake Skipping Dividend Payment to Buy Back Debt

The oil and gas producer blames plummeting energy prices

Energy Future Holdings' Bankruptcy Exit is in Jeopardy

The company's plan for a tax-free real estate spinoff may get halted by new legislation

SunEdison Caps Wild 2015 Ride With Deals Boosting Balance Sheet

The company agreed to buy Vivint Solar in July

Turnaround Tuesday: Troubled Oil Biz Red Mountain Enters Discussions with Lender After Default

The company is one of many to be hurt by volatile crude oil prices

Energy-Focused PE Firm Carnelian Closes Debut Fund

EIV Capital and NGP have also closed dedicated energy funds

Air Liquide, Led by Benoit Potier, Adds Airgas

The deal puts Air Liquide in a better position to compete with Linde, Air Products and Praxair

Piper Jaffray Buys Energy I-Bank Simmons, as Dealmakers Expect More Sector M&A

For Investment Bank of the Year winner Piper Jaffray, led by CEO Andrew Duff, the deal follows acquisitions of Edgeview, Partnership Capital and BMO Capital Markets GKST

Ridgemont Closes 2nd Fund to Focus on Health Care, Energy and TMT

The firm recently picked up Unishippers Global Logistics, and is invested in Allied 100, and Jam Distributing

Turnaround Tuesday: Arch Coal is Negotiating with Creditors, But May End Up in Bankruptcy Anyway

Low coal prices have hurt the company, which has enough money to operate but not to service its debt

Energy Infrastructure PE Firm ArcLight Buys Wind Farm Assets

The firm also recently formed an oil company, Element Petroleum III

Duke Energy to Acquire Piedmont Natural Gas

The purchase follows recent deals from Southern, Emera and Black Hills

Carlyle Continues Mid-Market Deal Spree with R.I. Energy Center

The purchase follows the PE firm’s recent investments in Blyth and Coalfire Systems

3 Companies For Sale

See which companies hit the auction block this week, including Haliburton and Elmer's Products

KKR-Backed Samson Goes Bankrupt, with Cerberus, Silver Point, Anschutz Poised to Gain Control

Oil and gas companies around the world feel "pressure from the downward spiral in commodity prices, and the fate of many of these companies is yet to be determined," says Samson CFO Philip Cook

ArcLight Capital Invests to Form New Oil Business, as Crude Prices Remain Volatile

GSO Capital, GeoSouthern and Pine Brook have executed deals in the energy sector recently

Turnaround Tuesday: Crude Volatility Shakes Up Victory Energy

Despite a $1.2M net loss in Q2, the oil company is hoping to secure a loan to make further acquisitions

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