Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

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The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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Teleflex’s Purchase of Vascular Solutions Underlines Consolidation in Medical Devices

– Johnson & Johnson, Tecomet, TPG, Windjammer and Zimmer Biomet have recently invested in healthcare tech companies

Carlyle Closes Fourth CLO, as Debt Funds Rise in Popularity

– The PE firm recently raised an energy-focused credit fund along with CLOs in 2015 and 2014

The Weekly Wrap: AEA Investors, Parker Hannifin; Zayo

– AEA Investors purchases TricorBraun; Parker Hannifin buys Clarcor; Zayo acquires Electric Lightwave

PE Firms Fundraising: Ares, KKR and Others

– CenterGate is also raising a fund

Audax Buys Snack Machine Vendor Accent Food from Silver Oak

– Dr Pepper Snapple, Platinum Equity and Snyder’s-Lance all invested in the food sector

Hastings Taps Third Equity Fund to Buy Oil and Gas Chemical Provider Impact

– Kimmeridge, Sun Capital and Total SA recently sold oil and gas-related companies

AEA Wraps Up Glass Bottle Packager TricorBraun from CHS Capital

– Recent buyers of glass manufacturers include CVC, LKQ, and Vitro

Parker Hannifin Acquires Filter Maker Clarcor to Expand Automotive Reach

– Other car-related purchases were made by Qualcomm, Samsung and Volkswagen

Retailers Need Analytics Now More Than Ever: M&A to the Rescue

– Strategic buyers, like Wal-Mart, and private equity firms, like Blackstone, compete for coveted targets, including JDA Software, Mi9 Retail and ShopperTrak

Accenture Acquires Karmarama to Expand Digital Marketing Services

– Perficient, Trans Word and Web.com also purchased digital ad agencies

Clearlake-Backed Syncsort Buys Data Integration Software Developer Trillium from Harte Hanks

– CNI, That’s How We Roll and Vision Solutions were purchased by Clearlake

7 Sectors to Watch in 2017

– Aircraft parts, packaging for consumer goods, construction materials and cybersecurity are some of the industries expected to see strong M&A activity

Snyder's-Lance Sheds Diamond’s Culinary Nut Line to Focus on Snacks

– Snyder’s is hanging onto Diamond’s Pop Secret popcorn brand; the move comes as consumer goods companies, including Newell and Prestige, sell off assets to hone in on fast-growing brands

McCormick Buys Italian Flavor Maker Giotti to Expand in Europe

– Dealmakers of food ingredient businesses include ConAgra, Highlander and Vantage Specialty

Edwards Lifesciences Buys Valtech Cardio, Expands Heart Valve Repair Services

– Other medical device deals have come Johnson & Johnson, Tecomet and Windjammer

The Weekly Wrap: Dr Pepper, Oracle, Smithfield

– Dr Pepper acquires Bai Brands; Oracle purchases Dyn; Smithfield buys Clougherty Packing

PE Firms Fundraising: Bain Capital Life Sciences, Leeds Equity and Others

– HGGC is also raising a fund

Mezzanine Debt Ruled in 2016, as Other Forms of Debt Faltered

– Audax and Carlyle recently raised mezzanine debt funds

Hot Properties: Digital Marketing Agencies

– Criteo, Trans World and WPP have been among the buyers

Quad-C Buys Stanton Carpet from Norwest Equity Partners

– Ardian, Home Meridian and Mattress Firm recently purchased home decor-related companies

Smithfield Buys Saag’s Specialty Meats and Farmer John to Diversify Consumer Base

– The seller, Hormel Foods, recently bought Justin’s and Applegate Farms

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Absorbs Bai Brands to Grow "Healthy" Beverage Lines

– Danone, General Atlantic, Milk Hain and Pinnacle recently purchased better-for-you brands

Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep

– Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference

M&A Gained Momentum in the Third Quarter

– More deals closed in Q3 than Q2, and transaction professionals feel good about 2017

Oracle Buys Internet Tech Provider Dyn to Grow Cloud Computing Service

– Dyn was recently the subject of a major cyberattack that affected websites including Amazon, Netflix and Twitter

Gryphon Closes Fourth Fund to Back Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Business Services

– The fund has already invested in fire safety consulting firm Jensen Hughes

Boral Buys Stone Maker Headwaters to Boost U.S. Operations

– Other construction purchases have come from ABC Supply, Southwire and United Subcontractors

Advent International Takes Majority Stake in Direct Marketer Ansira

– Marketing firms that provide tech-enabled services, such as Enlighten, Etailz and HookLogic, have become attractive targets

Tesla Moves Beyond Cars with SolarCity Deal

– The electric car maker is also buying Germany's Grohmann Engineering, and Samsung is acquiring Harman, as auto-related M&A soars

The Weekly Wrap: Charoen Pokphand, GPM, Sangetsu

– Charoen Pokphand purchases Michelina's Owner Bellisio; GPM buys Admiral from Sun Capital; Sangetsu acquires Koroseal Interior

PE Firms Fundraising: Halifax, Zebra Capital and Others

– Beech Tree is also raising a fund

The Inkwell Group Hopes to Foster a “New and Inclusive Era of Private Equity Investing”

– The PE firm, founded by Chijioke Asomugha and Marques Martin, launches with vision to build value through creation of diverse leadership teams

Charoen Pokphand Acquires Michelina’s Owner Bellisio to Enter U.S. Frozen Foods Business

– Grey Mountain, Kellogg and Palladium previously invested in food companies

GPM Snags Two Gas Station Brands from Sun Capital

– The buyer’s convenient store brands consist of BreadBox, Cigarette City, Fas Fuel, Jiffi Stop and Scotchman

Retail M&A Poised for Growth, Say Transaction Professionals

– Strategic buyers and PE firms are investing in providers of retail analytics to help merchants figure out what’s working and what isn’t