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2014 Best Year for Middle-Market M&A Since 2007
Dealmakers predict 2015 will prove even better

Strategic Buyers

The Top 15 Middle-Market M&A Stories of 2014
The M&A Mid-Market Awards, the lower middle market, Vera Bradley’s growth story and five technologies driving health care deals were among the most popular transaction topics

People Moves of the Week

Clarus Ventures, Riverside Partners, Siedman & Bancroft
Clarus calls up new managing director; Riverside announces several promotions; Siedman & Bancroft hires associate Maria Garrett

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Energy

After Missing Interest Payment, Struggling Energy Co. Ivanhoe Works To Restructure


The oil company is carrying a $570M deficit and is facing Nasdaq delisting if its stock price doesn't increase

NGP Energy Capital Closes $5.3B Fund


The deal comes one day after Five Point Capital closed an energy-focused PE fund

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

Top 2014 Mid-Market Deals by Industry


Oil & gas, professional services, banks and software are among the top five sectors for M&A

Tailwater Closes Third Energy Fund


First Reserve and Littlejohn also closed energy private equity funds in 2014

1 Company for Sale


See which company has recently hit the auction block

Macquarie Enters Energy Market in Brazil with Stake in Nova Energia


Latin America is attracting many investors, including Advent International, which recently closed a fund focused on the region

Genesis Closes $157 Tanker Deal


The oil and gas company also provides transportation services

Crestview, B-29 Invest $200M in Oil & Gas Services Co.


The partners formed Endurance Lift Solutions to invest in artificial lift companies

Turnaround Tuesday: Troubled Intelligent Thermostat Maker Telkonet Gets $2M Loan


The company, which makes household gadgets under the EcoGuard, EcoInsight and EcoWave brands, has a long history of losses but has been increasing revenue lately

2 Companies for Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Thomas Tools

Amazon Scored September’s Biggest Middle-Market Deal


The e-commerce company paid $970 million for Twitch Interactive, an online community of video gamers

Sulzer Talking With Dresser-Rand About Potential Combination


A merger would combine U.S.-based Dresser-Rand’s compressors and turbines with Sulzer’s industrial pumps to serve oil and gas customers

Hormel's Purchase of Muscle Milk Maker Was Among August's Notable Deals


The middle market closed 168 deals in August, fewer than in July

Turnaround Tuesday: ZaZa Energy Regains Nasdaq Listing Compliance


The struggling oil company has raised money through stock offerings and selling working interests to continue operating

Primoris Adds Ram-Fab to Expand in Gulf Coast


The buyer previously acquired Q3 Contracting in November 2012

Turnaround Tuesday: Ethanol Maker Heron Lake Refinances After Default


The company's lower-than-expected levels of working capital and losses caused Heron Lake's accountant to raise doubts about the company's ability to continue without liquidation

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Leo Motors Raises Working Capital by Issuing Promissory Notes


The electric-energy storage company is looking for a strategic partner to test its electric power train systems

Biofuel Energy Pays $275M for Real Estate Companies from Hedge Fund


The targets buy, develop and finance construction projects

PE-Backed J.A.M. Distributing Buys Jones Oil, High-Tech Equipment


The buyer is backed by PE firm Ridgemont Equity Partners

The Weekly Wrap: CD&R, Harman, Propel Capital


CD&R buys Healogics; Harman picks up AMX; Propel Capital acquires Summit Products and Citiblocs

Hess to Sell Gasoline Stations to Marathon for $2.6B


The deal is part of its effort to streamline operations following pressure from activist investor Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corp.

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