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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Kidd & Co.-Backs Colerain RV, Buys Northside RV's

Bain and Blackstone have also recently made deals in the vehicle sector

ITW Expands Portfolio with Auto Parts Deal

Other recent automotive purchases include Carproof, Coast distribution and Lyft

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

Madison Dearborn-Backed Fleet Complete Makes Second Acquisition

ITmobile, Dutch provider of wireless vehicle data monitoring software, helps Fleet Complete’s expansion in Europe

Harman Takes Advantage of Rising Car Sales with TowerSec Purchase

The target makes cybersecurity technology products under the Ecushield and Tcushield brands

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

E-Commerce Delivers Logistics Deals

To keep demanding customers happy, XPO Logistics and others are making acquisitions to build services

GM Invests $500M in Lyft to Bolster Alliance Against Uber

GM president Dan Ammann expects the automotive industry to “change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50, and we obviously want to make sure we’re at the forefront of that change.”

LKQ Buys Apax-Backed Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts Italia, On the Heels of Coast Distribution Purchase

Compass Automotive, Driven Performance and Wolverine Automotive have recently received buyers

Railroad Equipment Maker Wabtec Makes Another Acquisition

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

Ridgemont Equity Loads Unishippers Global Logistics Deal

The target works with major shipping companies such as UPS

DSV Buys UTI to Expand in U.S.

The logistics company dropped a takeover bid for UTI in late 2014

PE-backed ProTransport Zooms Off with Another Ambulance Business

The deal follows the New Heritage Capital portfolio company's deal for PRN Ambulance

XPO Adds to Deal Haul With Trucker Con-way

The purchase extends the string of transactions that have helped XPO become a powerhouse in the global logistics market

ITT Tests Brakes with Wolverine Advanced Materials

The metals distributor is buying the brakes part maker for $300 million, in another automotive deal

Envision Healthcare Gets a Ride With Rural/Metro

The buyer is purchasing the ambulance operator from Warburg Pincus

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Shipper FreeSeas Raises Cash

The financing comes after FreeSeas bought a stake in an oil tank operator

The Weekly Wrap: Gravity4; XPO Logistics; Google

Gravity4 buys Rocket Fuel; XPO Logistics takes over Bridge Terminal Transport; Google acquires Timeful

The Weekly Wrap: NetSuite, Groupon, SkinnyPop Popcorn

NetSuite buys Bronto Software; Groupon sells Ticket Monster; SkinnyPop Popcorn acquires Paqui

Avis Grows Car-Rental Business in Italy with Maggiore Acquisition

The buyer's previous acquisitions include Zipcar and Payless Car Rental

Stamps.com Buys Newell Rubbermaid's Endicia for $215M

Newell has bought and shed several business units over the past few years as it looks to increase profitability

Adobe Completed $800M Purchase of Photo Service Fotolia in Otherwise Slow January

Despite the lull, dealmakers remain bullish in forecasts for 2015

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