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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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Mergers & Acquisitions, Latest News

The Weekly Wrap: Fedex, Coeur Mining, US Healthworks

– Fedex buys Genco; Coeur Mining picks up Paramount Gold; US Healthworks acquires Acute Care Express

5 Companies for Sale

– See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Jefferies' commodities group and MCW Fuels

Latest PE Fundraising Efforts

– See which private equity firms have been raising capital, including Blackstone, HGGC and Cressey & Co.

PPG to Buy Revocoat from Axson Group

– The coatings company has also acquired Consorcio Comex, MasterWork and Homax Group

GI Partners Adds to Health Care Tech M&A with Logibec Deal

– The buyer closed a $2B fund in April

Riverside Continues M&A Streak, Invests in Brookson

– The investment in the business services group follows a deal for Alcohol Monitoring Systems announced earlier in December

Following IPO, Fifth Street Plans to Expand Business Lines, Open Tokyo Office

– FSAM went public with an amended offering on Oct. 30

Merck Pays $110M for Cancer Drug Group OncoEthix

– The deal follows cancer treatment M&A from Genentech and Celsion

Mozido Adds Big Piece to Its Mobile-Pay Puzzle with CorFire Purchase

– In addition to Dunkin' Brands, Atlanta-based CorFire also provides mobile payment technology to Dairy Queen and various other retailers' mobile payment apps

Exos Expands Fitness Offerings with MediFit Buy

– Recent fitness deals have come from Running Specialty Group and Silver Oak Services Partners

As Middle-Market M&A Thrives, 15 Trends to Track in 2015

– Specialized PE firms, corporate spinoffs and innovations in sourcing will shape dealmaking in the months to come

Strategic Buyers Will Shed Non-Core Assets

– With EBay reportedly selling PayPal and Hewlett-Packard discussing plans to spin off segments, the list of potential targets in 2015 is promising

PE Firms Will Become More Specialized

– “Focused funds perform better than generalist funds, and investors are following the data,” says ParkerGale Capital co-founder Devin Mathews

More PE Pros Will Focus On Deal Sourcing

– To keep pace with the plethora of targets available, more PE firms will implement dedicated deal sourcing, says Rich Prestegaard of High Road Capital Partners

PE Fundraising May Have Peaked

– The largest LPs are moving toward separate account models, says Probitas Partners' Kelly DePonte

Interest Rates Will Rise, But Alternative Lenders Will Rule

– “Interest rates are going to start creeping up in 2015," says Neil Wessan, managing director at CIT Capital Markets

For the IPO Market, 2014 will Prove a Tough Act to Follow

– It seems unlikely the party, epitomized by the $22B debut of Alibaba, will roar on in 2015, given how sensitive and fickle the IPO market is

E-Commerce Will Keep Attracting Investors

– Digital River and Innotrac set a precedent that will continue with more deals in 2015

Private Equity will Drive More
Fracking Deals

– “With the explosion of mid-continent fuel production, especially the Bakken Shale, companies are looking for financing to build pipelines, terminals and processing facilities," says CIT's Mike Lorusso

Financial Services Sector Will Continue to Consolidate

– Low investment yields are a factor fostering an environment for potential consolidation, says Cliff Brokaw of Corsair Capital

Wine and Spirits Will Attract Buyers, and Drinkers, All Over
the World

– “Typically where you see fragmentation, it sets up well for increased M&A activity,” says Jeff Golman, vice chairman of Mesirow Financial

Dentists Will Unite, Just Like Doctors Did

– Mergers like the one conducted by Bregal Partners and Dental Partners have been accelerated by the Affordable Care Act, which has attracted more patients into the U.S. health care system

U.S. Manufacturing Industry Will Continue to Flourish

– "All the equipment needed in the energy sector that remains outdoors needs coding and we are seeing a big demand here,” says Huron Capital's Christopher Sheeren

More Retailers Will Face Real Estate Distress

– Debt loads may spur certain retailers such as American Apparel, RadioShack and Sears to consider Chapter 11

Big and Small, Tech Deals Will Climb

– A mega-merger in the sector seems likely after China’s Alibaba Group raised $21.8B in the largest tech initial public offering ever

U.S. HealthWorks Buys 3 Medical Centers

– Altamont Capital and American CareSource have also invested in urgent care clinics recently

Coeur Mining Makes $146M All-Stock Deal for Paramount Gold

– The buyer has also acquired Global Royalty and Orko Silver

Riverside Continues Deal Spree, Buys Stake in Alcohol Monitoring Systems

– The deal comes two days after the PE firm announced a deal for Soft Medical Europe

LBO Comeback Nears as PetSmart Leads Busy Two Months

– The retail sector is rife with attractive targets offering cheap valuations and ample cash flow, such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Big Lots

TPG Growth, Following Elf Cosmetics Deal, Invests in Beautycounter

– The target sells skin, hair and beauty products with "health protective" ingredients through partners, including J.Crew and Gwyneth Paltrow's website, Goop.com

FedEx to Buy Product-Return Firm Genco in E-Commerce Push

– The deal comes during the busiest season for FedEx, which expects record shipments of more than 290 million packages from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

Turnaround Tuesday: Struggling Jones Soda May Need to Raise Cash

– The beverage company says it would consider a range of strategic alternatives to meet working capital requirements

Interactions Buys Speech Recognition Group AT&T Watson

– The deal follows adaptive learning acquisitions by John Wiley and McGraw-Hill Education

Distressed Company Watch List

– See which companies have recently indicated doubt about continuing as going concerns in SEC filings, including Jones Soda and Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals

Call for Nominations: 2014 M&A Mid-Market Awards

– Our 2013 M&A Mid-Market Awards honored: Fifth Street, GTCR, Hormel, Latham & Watkins, Lincoln International, Vector Capital, Yahoo and the co-CEOs of the Riverside Co. Who should win our 2014 awards?