ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld


GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market


Financial Services Companies Heat Up M&A Market
Speakers from Flexpoint Ford, Genstar Capital, Baird Capital, Madison Capital Funding and Katten Muchin Rosenman discuss the various factors playing a role in M&A activity within the financial services space

Expert's Corner

Pursuing Pharma Manufacturing
The fragmented pharmaceutical manufacturing industry provides plenty of opportunities for private equity investors, says JLL Partners founder Paul Levy

The Weekly Wrap

New plays from Baird Capital, Heckmann Corp. and Onex Corp.; other recent deals listed here in alphabetical order according to buyer


Target | Acquirer                                                                                                                                                                                 Synopsis

PayLeap | Acculynk Inc

Acculynk Inc acquired PayLeap, a Warsaw-based payment solutions provider. Terms were not disclosed.

Special Markets Insurance | AmWINS Group Inc

AmWINS Group Inc acquired Special Markets Insurance Consultants Inc, a Chicago-based provider of insurance brokerage services. Terms were not disclosed.

Global Link Technology Inc | Arrow Electronics Inc

Arrow Electronics Inc acquired Global Link Technology Inc, a provider of electronic asset services.

ACI Building Systems Inc | Associated Steel Group

Associated Steel Group, a special purpose acquisition vehicle formed by Promus Capital's Promus Equity Partners unit, acquired ACI Building Systems Inc, a manufacturer of metal buildings and roofing systems. The transaction included ACI's online website, PrecisionBuilding.com.

Century Plastics Inc | Autometal SA

Autometal SA of Brasil, a unit of Instituto Sectorial de Promocion y Gestion de Empresas SA's CIE Automotive SA subsidiary, was granted an option to acquire the remaining 35% stake, which it did not already own, in Century Plastics Inc, a manufacturer of motor vehicle parts. Concurrently, Autometal SA agreed to acquire a 65% interest in Century, for an estimated $23.5 mil.

PC Helps Support LLC | Baird Capital Partners

Baird Capital Partners, a unit of Robert W Baird & Co Inc, acquired PC Helps Support LLC, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based provider of desktop and mobile software application support services, from GI Partners LLP, in a secondary buyout transaction.

Book Wholesalers Inc-Certain | Baker & Taylor Inc

Baker & Taylor Inc, a unit of Castle Harlan Incs Castle Harlan Partners IV LP subsidiary, acquired the certain assets of Book Wholesalers Inc, a Mchenry- based wholesaler of children and young books and audiovisual materials, and a unit of Follett Corp.

Patheon Inc-Clinical Packaging | Bellwyck Packaging Solutions

Bellwyck Packaging Solutions Ltd of Canada acquired the global secondary clinical packaging and distribution services business of Patheon Inc, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products. Terms were not disclosed.

GCA Services Group Inc | Blackstone Capital Partners V

Blackstone Capital Partners V LP, a unit of Blackstone Group LP, definitively agreed to acquire GCA Services Group Inc, a Cleveland-based provider of building maintenance services, from Nautic Partners LLC.

Absolute ATM Services Inc | Burroughs Payment Systems Inc

Burroughs Payment Systems Inc, a unit of Marlin Equity Partners LLC, acquired Absolute ATM Services Inc, a Houston-based manufacturer and wholesaler of ATM systems.

Tarco Steel Inc | Bushwick Metals LLC

Bushwick Metals LLC, a unit of Marmon/Keystone Corp, subsidiary of Marmon Holdings Inc's Marmon Group Inc, acquired Tarco Steel Inc, a Binghamton-based manufacturer of fabricated steel products. Marmon Holdings Inc is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The transaction was to include Metal Fab LLC.

LLM Management Co LLC - Assets | Cherokee Inc

Cherokee Inc acquired the product line business of LLM Management Co LLC, an investment company and a unit of Bluestar Alliance LLC, for $14 million cash, including undisclosed amount in profit- related payments.

LB Foster Co-Precise Bus | Cianbro Fabrication & Coating

Cianbro Fabrication & Coating Corp, a wholly-owned unit of Cianbro Corp, acquired the precise structural products business of LB Foster Co, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer and wholesaler of industrial materials. Terms were not disclosed.

Cape May CS Associates-Store | Cole WW Cape May NJ LLC

Cole WW Cape May NJ LLC, a unit of Cole Credit Property Trust IV Inc's Cole Operating Partnership IV LP, acquired a convenience store, located in Cape May, of Cape May CS Associates LLC, a Cape May-based owner and operator of convenience stores, for an estimated $7.6 million. Concurrently, Cole WW Galloway NJ LLC acquired a convenience store of Galloway CS Associates LLC.

Urgent Treatment Clinics | Concentra Inc

Concentra Inc, a majority-owned unit of Humana Inc acquired Urgent Treatment Clinics, a Lexington-based provider of medical and health services. Terms were not disclosed.

Insulpane of Connecticut Inc.| Consolidated Glass Holdings

Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc, a unit of Grey Mountain Partners LLC, acquired Insulpane of Connecticut Inc, a Hamden- based architectural glass fabricator.

Orchard Glass Distributors | Consolidated Glass Holdings

Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc, a majority-owned unit of Grey Mountain Partners LLC, acquired Orchard Glass Distributors Inc, a Denver- based wholesale dealer of flat glass, mirrors and shower doors.

ActaCell Inc | Contour Energy Systems Inc

Contour Energy Systems Inc merged with ActaCell Inc, an Austin, Texas-based manufacturer of power cells.

Parts Now! LLC | CounterPoint Capital Partners

CounterPoint Capital Partners LLC acquired Parts Now! LLC, a wholesaler of computer printer parts, from an investor group including Parts' CEO Dan Olszewski, Svoboda Collins LLC, and Bank of America Capital Investors, in a secondary buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Message Logic Inc | Data Storage Corp

Data Storage Corp planned to acquire Message Logic Inc, a Woburn-based manufacturer of message archiving technology, for $1.031 million. The consideration was to consist of $0.8 million in cash plus the issuance of 1.538 million Data common shares valued at $0.231 million.

ATI Title Cos | DataQuick

DataQuick, a unit of Acxiom Corp, agreed to acquire ATI Title Cos, a provider of title insurance services, from Rels Title Services LLC.

Air Freight Building Portfolio | DCT Industrial Trust Inc

DCT Industrial Trust Inc planned to acquire a portfolio of four air freight buildings, located in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Midwest Inspection Services LP | Desert NDT LLC

Desert NDT LLC, a majority owned unit of Sterling Partners acquired Midwest Inspection Services LP, a Perryton-based provider of midstream inspection services. Terms were not disclosed.

Connection Engine Inc | DLX

Datalogix agreed to acquire Connection Engine, Inc., headquartered in US, develops digital marketing technologies.

MCV Guam Holdings | Docomo Pacific

Docomo Pacific, a unit of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp's NTT DOCOMO Inc subsidiary, agreed to acquire MCV Guam Holdings, a Guam-based provider of wireless telecommunication services, and a unit of Seaport Capital LLC. Terms were not disclosed.

Method Products Inc | Ecover Belgium NV

Ecover Belgium NV of Belgium acquired Method Products Inc, a San Francisco manufacturer of home cleaning products, from San Francisco Equity Partners.

iLuMinA Solutions Inc | Electronic Consulting Svcs Inc

Electronic Consulting Services Inc acquired iLuMinA Solutions Inc, a California-based developer of enterprise system software.

HSBC Insurance Co Of Delaware | Enstar Group Ltd

Enstar Group Ltd of Bermuda definitively agreed to HSBC Insurance Co of Delaware, a Jersey City- based insurance company, from HSBC Finance Corp's Household Insurance Group Holding Co Inc subsidiary and a unit of HSBC Holdings plc. Concurrently, Enstar definitively agreed to acquire Household Life Insurance Co of Delaware. The two transactions had a combined value of $181 million in cash.

Kaiser Systems Inc | Excelitas Technologies Corp

Excelitas Technologies Corp, a majority owned unit of Veritas Capital Partners LP acquired Kaiser Systems Inc, a manufacturer of high voltage power products.

Capitol City Propane Inc | Ferrellgas Partners LP

Ferrellgas Partners LP acquired Capitol City Propane Inc, a Sacramento, Calif.-based retailer of propane gas. Terms were not disclosed.

Morningstar Inc-Footnoted Bus | Financial Fineprint Inc

Financial Fineprint Inc agreed to acquire the footnoted business of Morningstar Inc, a Chicago provider of online investment research services. Terms were not disclosed.

MicroProbe Inc | FormFactor Inc

Formfactor Inc agreed to acquire the entire share capital of MicroProbe Inc, a Carlsbad-based manufacturer of probe card products, from Astria Semiconductor Holdings Inc, for $116.8 million. The consideration was to consist of $100 million in cash and $16.8 million in Formfactor common shares.

Mobestream Media Inc | Gannett Co Inc

Gannett Co Inc acquired Mobestream Media Inc, a Dallas-based developer of consumer rewards mobile software. Terms were not disclosed.

Paper Magic Grp-Business Asts | Gemmy Industries (HK) Ltd

Gemmy Industries (HK) Ltd of Hong Kong, acquired certain Halloween business assets of Paper Magic Group Inc, a Moosic-based manufacturer and wholesaler of greeting cards, and a unit of CSS Industries Inc.

Family Home Care-Businesses | Gentiva Health Services Inc

Gentiva Health Services Inc acquired home health and hospice businesses of Family Home Care & Hospice, a Liberty Lake-based provider of home health care and hospice services.

TOG Holdings Inc | Global Power Equipment Group

Global Power Equipment Group Inc acquired TOG Holdings Inc, a North Adams- based manufacturer of gas turbine parts, for $12 million in cash. The transaction included TOG Manufacturing Corp.

Copiun Inc | Good Technology Inc

Good Technology Inc, a unit of Visto Corp, agreed to acquire Copiun Inc, a Marlborough-based developer of secure mobile collaboration solution software. Terms were not disclosed.

American Le Mans Series | Grand-Am Road Racing

Grand-Am Road Racing, a unit of National Association for Stock Car Racing Inc, planned to acquire American Le Mans Series, a Braselton- based provider of spectator sports services.

IonLite Inc | Green Bridge Industries Inc

Green Bridge Industries Inc signed an letter of intent to merge with IonLite Inc, a Valencia-based manufacturer and wholesaler of air purifier equipments.

Badlands Energy LLC | Heckmann Corp

Heckmann Corp definitively agreed to merge with Badlands Energy LLC, a provider of oil drilling services, for $530.55 million. The consideration was to consist of $125 million in cash, $150 million in the assumption of existing liabilities and the issuance of 95 million Heckmann common shares valued at $255.55 million. The shares were valued based on Heckmanns closing stock price of $2.69 on August 31, 2012. Originally in September 2012, Heckmann was rumored to be in negotiations to acquire BE.

Seesmic Inc | HootSuite Media Inc

HootSuite Media Inc acquired Seesmic Inc, a San Francisco-based provider of online video sharing, conversation and networking services. Terms were not disclosed.

Mountainland-Identification | IdentiSys Inc

IdentiSys Inc acquired the identification, security, and presentation divisions of Mountainland Business Systems, a Salt Lake City-based provider of identification technology services.

Whentech LLC | IntercontinentalExchange Inc

IntercontinentalExchange Inc acquired WhenTech LLC, a New York-based developer of risk management software. Terms were not disclosed.

Dick Clark Productions Inc | Investor Group

An investor group, comprised of Mosaic Media Investment Partners LLC, Guggenheim Partners LLC and Mandalay Entertainment Group, definitively agreed to acquire Dick Clark Productions Inc, a Santa Monica-based provider of TV program production services, from RedZone Capital Management Co LLC, in a secondary buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed. Originally, in June 2012, Dick announced that it was seeking a buyer for the company and Ryan Seacrest, Colony Capital LLC, Guggenheim Partners LLC and Core Media Group were named to be potential bidders. Previously, RedZone acquired Dick in a leveraged buyout transaction.

Equinix Inc-Data Centers(16) | Investor Group

An investor group comprised of Housatonic Partners, Crosslink Capital and 365 Main Inc planned to acquire the 16 International Business Exchange data centers of Equinix Inc, a provider of data center services, in a leveraged buyout transaction, for an estimated $75 million.

High Pressure Equipment Co Inc | Investor Group

A management-led investor group, comprised of Wasserstein & Co LP, acquired an undisclosed majority interest in High Pressure Equipment Co Inc, a manufacturer of high pressure valves, from the James Family, in a leveraged buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Parfums de Coeur Ltd | Investor Group

An investor group, led by Yellow Wood Partners LLC and the management of Parfums de Coeur Ltd, acquired Parfums, a Darien- based manufacturer and wholesaler of men and womens fragrances and boy care products, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

SPI | Investor Group

An investor group, comprised of Partners Group AG of Switzerland and Avista Capital Holdings LP, acquired Strategic Partners Inc, a Chatsworth-based manufacturer of medical, school, and footwear uniform apparel, in a leveraged buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed, but according to sources, the deal was valued at $200 million.

Bivio Networks Inc-Business | ISC8 Inc

ISC8 Inc agreed to acquire the NetFalcon and Network Content Control System business of Bivio Networks Inc, a Pleasanton- based provider of network control services, for $10. 5 million in cash and ISC8 common shares, and the assumption of undisclosed amount in liabilities.

News Channel 5 Network LLC | Journal Broadcast Group Inc

Journal Broadcast Group, a unit of J Journal Communications Inc, definitively agreed to acquire News Channel 5 Network LLC, a Nashville, Tenn.-based operator of television stations, from Landmark Media Enterprise LLC, for $215 million in cash.

AltaSens, Inc. | JVC KENWOOD Corp

JVC Kenwood Corp of Japan acquired AltaSens Inc a California-based provider of imaging sensors for an estimated $6.379 million.

TIMESLIPS Corp | KDA Group Inc

KDA Group Inc acquired certain assets of TMP Directional Marketing LLC, a provider of marketing services and a majority-owned unit of Audax Group LP.

Kodiak Pacific Constr-Division Kerr Contractors Inc

Kerr Contractors Inc acquired the milling division of Kodiak Pacific Construction Co, a construction company.

Allied Transportation Co | Kirby Corp

Kirby Corp agreed to acquire Allied Transportation Co, a Norfolk-based provider of inland tank barges and tugboats services, from Allied Marine Industries Inc, for an estimated $116 million. The consideration was to consist of $106 million in cash and up to $10 million in profit-related payments.

EDIWatch Inc | LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a unit of Reed Elsevier PLCs LexisNexis Group subsidiary, acquired EDIWatch Inc, a developer of insurance fraud detection and prevention software.

Laurion Mineral Expl-Bell | Lincoln Mining Corp

Lincoln Mining Corp of Canada was granted an option to acquire the Bell Mountain property, located in Reno, Nevada of Laurion Mineral Exploration Inc, a Toronto-based gold and base metal mining company, for $2.35 million in cash.

Reading Bakery Systems | Markel Ventures Inc

Markel Ventures Inc, a unit of Markel Corp, acquired an undisclosed majority interest in Reading Bakery Systems, a manufacturer of industrial baking systems. Terms were not disclosed.

The Hartford Finl Svcs Grp-Ret | Massachusetts Mutual Life

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co definitively agreed to acquire the Retirement Plans business of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc, a provider of insurance and investment services, for an estimated $400 million. Originally, in March 2012, Hartford announced that it was seeking a buyer for Individual Life, Retirement Plans and Woodbury Financial Services units.

Truaxis Inc | MasterCard Inc

MasterCard Inc agreed to acquire Truaxis Inc, a Redwood City-based provider of credit and debit card- linked offers through merchants and financial institutions.

Mattress XPress Inc - Assets | Mattress Firm Inc

Mattress Firm Inc, a wholly-owned unit of Mattress Firm Holding Corp, agreed to acquire the assets located in Florida and Georgia of Mattress XPress Inc, a Fort Myers-based provider of ecommerce retail services, for an estimated $15.8 million.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc - Women's Health Products | Meda AB

Meda AB of Sweden, agreed to acquire the women's health product portfolio of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc, a Palo Alto-based manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, for $95 mil.

PDC Energy Inc-Tennessee Asset | Miller Energy Resources Inc

Miller Energy Resources Inc acquired the Tennessee assets of PDC Energy Inc, a Denver-based oil and gas exploration and production company.

TigerLead Solutions LLC | Move Inc

Move Inc acquired TigerLead Solutions LLC, a Los Angeles provider of online real estate information services, for $22 million in cash.

ThermoEnergy Corp | NEAH Energy Holdings Inc

NEAH Energy Holdings Inc, a unit of Newco Energy Acquisition Holdings LLC, plans to acquire the entire share capital of ThermoEnergy Corp, a Little Rock-based provider of waste management services. NEAH offered 0.5 stock per Thermo common share. Upon completion, the merged entity will be named NEAH Energy Holdings Inc.

NFR Energy-Natural Gas | NorthWestern Corp

NorthWestern Corp acquired the operating and non-operating natural gas production interests of NFR Energy LLC, a Houston- based oil and gas exploration and production company, and a joint venture between First Reserve Corp and Nabors Industries Ltd, for an estimated $19.5 million. The transaction included NFR's 75% interest in the Lodge Creek and Willow Creek Gas Gathering Systems.

SGS International Inc | Onex Corp

Onex Corp of Canada agreed to acquire SGS International Inc, a graphics design firm, from Court Square Capital Partners LP, for $813 million in cash, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

HealthcareFirst Inc | Pamlico Capital LLC

Pamlico Capital acquired HealthcareFirst Inc, an Ozark- based developer of management software, in a secondary buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed. Previously, The Riverside Co acquired HealthcareFirst.

Richmond Plaza,Publix At | PECO-ARC Institutional JV I LP

PECO-ARC Institutional Joint Venture I LP, a joint venture between Phillips Edison-ARC Shopping Center REIT Inc and CBRE Global Investors, acquired Richmond Plaza and Publix At Northridge, an Augusta-based owner and operator of shopping centers.

American Realty Capital Tr Inc | Realty Income Corp

Realty Income Corp definitively agreed to acquire the entire share capital of American Realty Capital Trust Inc, a New York-based owner and operator of real estate property, in a stock swap transaction valued at $3.035 billion, including the assumption of $1.1 billion in liabilities. Realty offered 0. 2874 shares per American Realty share.

Cobasys LLC | Robert Bosch GmbH

Robert Bosch GmbH a unit of Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, planned to acquire planned to acquire Cobasys LLC, a manufacturer of battery system, from SB LiMotive Co Ltd. SB LiMotive Co Ltd. Concurrently, Robert Bosch planned to acquire SB LiMotive Germany. The total deal value was EUR 38 million ($47.889 million).

The Snack Factory LLC | Snyder's-Lance Inc

Snyder's-Lance Inc agreed to acquire The Snack Factory LLC, a producer and wholesaler of pretzel snacks, from VMG Equity Partners, for $340 million in cash.

Metrico Wireless Inc | Spirent Communications PLC

Spirent Communications plc of the UK definitively agreed to acquire Metrico Wireless Inc, a provider of mobile device testing services, for $52 million in cash.

Hoopeston Foods Inc | Teasdale Quality Foods Inc

Teasdale Quality Foods Inc, a unit of Palladium Equity Partners LLC, acquired Hoopeston Foods Inc, a producer and wholesaler of canned bean products. Terms were not disclosed.

DMI Industries Inc-Cert Asts | Trinity Industries Inc

Trinity Industries Inc agreed to acquire certain assets, located in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Ontario, Canada, of DMI Industries Inc, a Fargo, N.D.-based manufacturer of wind turbine towers, and a unit of Otter Tail Corp, for an estimated $20 million.

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp | Valeant Pharm Intl Inc

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc of Canada, definitively agreed to acquire the entire share capital of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of dermatological products, for $44 in cash per share, or a total value of 3.074 billion. Originally, in August 2011, Valeant was rumored to be planning to acquire the entire share capital of Medicis.

Fleet One Holdings LLC | Wright Express Corp

Wright Express Corp definitively agreed to acquire Fleet One Holdings LLC, a provider of payment solutions, from LLR Partners Inc and FFV Management Co LP, for $369 million in cash.

America Metal Export Inc | Ye Chiu Metal Smelting Bhd

Ye Chiu Metal Smelting Bhd of Malaysia, a wholly- owned unit of Yechiu Metal Recycling Ltd of China, planned to acquire the remaining 20% stake, which it did not already own, in America Metal Export Inc, a scrap metal wholesaler, from Ling-Mei Lai, $1.28 million.


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