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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4 Companies For Sale

eMarketer and MannKind are rumored to be seeking buyers

Gores Group-Backed US Farathane Expands in China with Acquisition

The buyer recently added Tepso Plastics Mex as part of its global growth plans

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

Hillside Plastics and Optimum Plastics have recently been acquired

ITW Expands Portfolio with Auto Parts Deal

Other recent automotive purchases include Carproof, Coast distribution and Lyft

Wynnchurch Forms New Company to Look for Deals in the Industrials Sector

The PE firm is invested in Fabco Automotive, Loadmaster Derrick and Northstar Aerospace

Graphic Packaging Buys WG Anderson, as Deals for Container Makers Hold Strong

The buyer recently completed its purchase of G-Box and made a bid for Colorpak

GE Continues Restructuring Efforts by Selling Appliances Unit to China’s Haier

The sale of Antares Capital to Canada's CPPIB in August was among GE's divestitures

Packaging M&A Remains Robust as Capital Partners Buys M&Q

The PE firm’s portfolio also includes American Leather, Fintube and Parkway Products

Bain to Buy Another Trailer Builder

The PE firm will merge American Trailer Works with portfolio company Big Tex Trailers, following Blackstone’s purchase of Load King

Blackstone Adds Trailer Maker to Utility One Source

The heavy equipment supplier acquires Load King, the sixth add-on

As Aircraft Industry Updates Planes, Parts Makers Will Bring in Buyers

Interest in the sector has come from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, as well as Heico

GE Continues Industrial Push with Metem Deal

The acquisition comes as the business keeps divesting GE Capital units, including Antares Capital, which it sold in August

GenNx360’s Salford Picks up Aerway, On the Heels of Valmar Purchase

In similar deals, Blount International is being acquired and Dow Chemical is merging with DuPont

Monomoy Invests in Two Home Product Suppliers, as Housing Recovery Spurs Construction M&A

The PE firm has acquired Construction Resources and Builder Specialties

American Securities Sells Robertson to Heico, Amid a Flurry of Aerospace Deals

Some recent deals include Nautic’s acquisition of Aerostar and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of Precision Castparts

The Weekly Wrap: Newell Rubbermaid, Cision, Middleby

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

Platte River Acquires Tool Maker Jameson

The PE firm will combine the target with Huskie Tools, which it purchased earlier in 2015

Viking Owner Middleby Makes Another Acquisition With Century Park-Backed Lynx Grills

The purchase of the Sedona producer comes on the heels of Middleby's deals for Rangemaster and Marsal & Sons

WestRock Buys Cenveo’s Packaging Business and the Sector Remains Active with Deals

Coating Excellence, Hillside Plastics and Optimum Plastics have recently been acquired

American Securities and P2P Capital Harvest Blount in Take-Private Deal

Blount, a farming equipment manufacturer, owns the Carlton, Oregon and Woods brands

PE Firm Gryphon Invests in Laundry with Washing Systems Deal

The firm has also recently invested in the Original Cakerie and One Smile

Railroad Equipment Maker Wabtec Makes Another Acquisition

Wabtec adds Relay Monitoring Systems after snatching up Faiveley, Fandstan Electric, Railroad Controls and Track IQ

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