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November Deal Tally Keeps 2014 M&A on Track to Beat Recent Years
Despite a seasonal pause in November dealmaking, 2014 is still shaping up to be one of the best years for middle-market dealmaking since the recession

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10 Issues that Medical Device Buyers Should Consider
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Strategic Buyers Beat Private Equity Firms


Corporations bought more companies than PE firms in the first eight months of the year

3 Companies for Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Sears Hometown & Outlet and NutriSystem

Apollo-backed Chuck E. Cheese Picks Up Peter Piper Pizza


The announcement comes during an upswing in restaurant M&A

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Supplements Group RiceBran Raises $6M


The capital comes on top of $20M raised previously, which helped RiceBran make an acquisition in January

JAB Pays $374M to Take Einstein Bros. Bagels Private


Merchant bank BDT Capital is making a minority investment in the deal

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Owner of Marley Coffee Hopes to Increase Sales


Jammin Java has incurred an $18.7M deficit while increasing sales

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

Burger King to Buy Tim Hortons Chain for About $11.4B


The purchase gives Burger King access to a coffee brand with a cult following, which may help boost breakfast sales

Burger King Mulls Tim Hortons Deal in Tax-Saving Canada Move


The combined business would have about $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries

Constellation Brands Grabs Casa Noble Tequila


Rock legend Carlos Santana is one of the target's investors

The Weekly Wrap: Lindt Chocolate, InterActiveCorp, Platinum Equity


Lindt buys Russel Stover; InterActiveCorp picks up HowAboutWe.com; Platinum Equity acquires Transworld Systems

CNBC Host Marcus Lemonis and Dippin' Dots Owner Aim to Save Bankrupt Crumbs


The cupcake chain closed all stores on July 7

Crumbs Closes All Stores as Crumbnuts Fail to Revive Chain


The chain defaults despite a surge in cupcake demand over the past decade, enticing shops like Crumbs and Sprinkles to grow across the U.S.

Kroger Takes in Vitacost, Leveraging Increased Appetite for Supplements and E-Commerce


In another recent supplements transaction, Hormel agreed to buy Muscle Milk

NPC International Adds to Wendy’s Franchises for $58M


The deal follows franchise acquisitions by Bain Capital, and TriArtisan and Sentinel

Turnaround Tuesday: Panache Beverage Reaches Forbearance Until June 6


The owner of Wodka Vodka, Alibi American Whiskey and Alchemia Infused Vodka is operating with a $10.4M deficit

Pinnacle Deal Good as Dead Leaves Hungry-Man on Shelf


Observers note lack of bidders for Pinnacle, whose brands range from Birds Eye frozen vegetables to Mrs. Butterworth’s maple syrup

Bain Adds Boost Juice Bars and Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill to Restaurant Franchise Holdings


The PE firm currently backs Dominio’s Pizza Japan, Dunkin’ Brands and Outback Steakhouse

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


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

Creo Capital Pursues Organic Food Deals, Says Partner Rob Holland


After buying ZD Bottling and Atlantic Foods Group, Holland says the private equity firm is bound to do more deals in the organic space

Golden Gate Adds to Restaurant Holdings with $2.1B Red Lobster Deal


The transaction gives Red Lobster owner Darden Restaurants $1.6 billion to pay debt and repurchase stock

Red Robin Grabs 32 Franchises for $40M


The deal follows restaurant transactions by Sentinel Capital and Roark Capital

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