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The Weekly Wrap

Yahoo, GB Aero Engine, Sanchez Energy

GB Aero spends $94.39M for EDAC Technologies; Yahoo acquires Jybe Inc.; Sanchez buys assets from Hess for $265M

Target | Acquirer                                                                                                                                                                  Synopsis

2nd Solutions LLC | AERC Recycling Solutions

AERC Recycling Solutions acquired 2nd Solutions LLC, a Richmond-based provider of recycling services for electronic gadgets. Terms were not disclosed.

Cole Credit Ppty Tr III Inc | American Rlty Capital Ppty Inc

American Realty Capital Properties Inc planned to launch an unsolicited offer to acquire the entire share capital of Cole Credit Property Trust III Inc, a Phoenix-based real estate investment trust, in a stock swap transaction, valued at $5.736 bil. ARCP offered a choice of $12 in cash, or 0.8 common share per CCPT III stock, subject to proration whereby 40% of the consideration was to consist of cash and the remaining 60% in ARCP common shares.

Micron Technologies Inc | Arlington Capital Partners LP

Arlington Capital Partners LP acquired Micron Technologies Inc, a Malvern- based provider of pharmaceutical research and development services, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

Firehole Technologies Inc | Autodesk Inc

Autodesk Inc acquired Firehole Technologies Inc, a Laramie-based developer of design and analysis software.

TDG & Associates | Axxess Unlimited LLC

Axxess Unlimited LLC signed a Letter of Intent to acquire TDG & Associates, a Scottsdale- based provider of marketing services.

Solar Project Portfolio | Borrego Solar Systems Inc

Borrego Solar Systems Inc acquired an undisclosed solar project portfolio, located in California.

Cannon County Hospital LLC | Capella Healthcare Inc

Capella Healthcare Inc, through its subsidiary, acquired a 60% interest in Cannon County Hospital LLC, a Woodbury-based owner and operator of medical and surgical hospitals. Upon completion, Cannon was merged with sub and sub's White County Community Hospital LLC unit to form a new entity.

Labotix Automation Inc | Cerner Corp

Cerner Corp acquired Labotix Automation Inc, an Omaha-based provider of clinical laboratory automation services.

Phillips 66-E-Gas Technology | Chicago Bridge & Iron Co NV

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co NV of the Netherlands agreed to acquire the E-Gas Technology business of Phillips 66, a Houston-based manufacturer of refined oil.

Lane Management LLC | Cocke Finkelstein Inc

Cocke Finkelstein Inc planned to acquire Lane Management LLC, an Atlanta- based real estate management firm. Terms were not disclosed.

Palomar Medical Tech Inc | Commander Acquisition Corp

Commander Acquisition Corp, a wholly-owned unit of Cynosure Inc, definitively agreed to merge with Palomar Medical Technologies Inc, a Burlington-based manufacturer and wholesaler lasers, delivery systems and related disposable products, for an estimated $9.854 per share, or a total value of $198. 325 mil. The consideration was to consist of $6.825 in cash and 0.24 in Cynosure common shares per share valued at $60.488 mil. The shares were valued based on Cynosure's closing stock price of $12.62 on March 15, the last full trading day prior to the announcement. Upon completion, Cynosure and Palomar was to own 77% and 23%, respectively, of the merged entity.

iTRACS Corp | CommScope Inc

CommScope Inc, a unit of The Carlyle Group LP's The Carlyle Group LLC subsidiary, acquired iTRACS Corp, Tempe- based provider of automated non-proprietary real-time physical network management systems, in a leveraged buyout transaction. Terms were not disclosed.

Copper One USA Inc | Cornerstone Metals Inc

Cornerstone Metals Inc of Canada signed a Letter of Intent to acquire the entire share capital of Copper One USA Inc, a Reno-based copper mining company, from Copper One Inc, in exchange for 1.5 mil common shares valued at $0.088 mil. The shares were valued based on Cornerstone's closing stock price of $0.059 on March 20, the last full trading day prior to the announcement.

Quintana Kopper Glo | Corsa Coal Corp

Corsa Coal Corp of Canada agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Quintana Kopper Glo Investments LLC, a Knoxville- based investment company, from Quintana Energy Partners LP, for 130.2 mil Corsa Coal common shares valued at $12.709. The shares were valued based on Corsa Coal's closing stock price of $0. 1 on March 20, the last full trading day prior to the announcement.

K-V Pharmaceutical Co | Creditors

KV Pharmaceutical Co (KV) , a St. Louis-based manufacturer and wholesaler of pharmaceutical products, planned to a debt restructuring transaction with Creditors. Senior Secured Notes Claimholders will receive 97% of the New Common Stock of reorganized KV and New Second Lien Term Loan. Convertible Subordinated Note holders will receive 3% of the New Common Stock of reorganized KV. The book value of the existing debt that will be exchanged under the terms of the offer is $425 mil.

Pisano's Restaurant | Davids Steak & Seafood

Davids Steak & Seafood, a unit of Solanbridge Group Inc, signed Letter of Intent {LoI} to acquire Pisano's Restaurant, a Palm Bay-based owner and operator of restaurant, for $1 mil. The transaction was to include Pisano's Restaurant's real estate and building.

Creativebug Inc | Demand Media Inc

Demand Media Inc acquired Creativebug Inc, a San Francisco-based provider of online workshops services.

Open Mile Inc | Echo Global Logistics Inc

Echo Global Logistics Inc acquired Open Mile Inc, a Boston-based trucking brokerage company. Terms were not disclosed.

ETP Holdco Corp | Energy Transfer Partners LP

Energy Transfer Partners LP agreed to acquire the remaining 60% interest, which it did not already own, in ETP Holdco Corp, a petroleum holding company, from joint venture partner Energy Transfer Equity LP, for $3.75 bil, in a stock swap transaction. The consideration was to consist of $1.4 bil in cash and the issuance of $2.35 bil in ETP common units.

Gorman & Gorman-Certain Assets | Enterprise Bank & Trust

Enterprise Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Enterprise Financial Services Corp, definitively agreed to acquire certain assets from Gorman & Gorman Home Loans Inc, a St. Louis-based provider of mortgage banking services. Terms were not disclosed.

Evergreen Helicopters Inc | Erickson Air-Crane Inc

Erickson Air-Crane Inc agreed to acquire the entire share capital of Evergreen Helicopters Inc, a Mcminnville-based provider of air transport services, from Evergreen International Aviation Inc, for $276.3 mil. The consideration was to consist of $185 mil is cash, $17.5 mil in unsecured promissory notes, $47.5 mil in convertible preferred shares and up to $26.3 mil in profit- related payments.

Bk of America-Illinois Branch | First Financial Corp

First Financial Corp agreed to acquire the seven Illinois branches of Charlotte-based Bank of America Corp.

C2 Group | FTI Consulting Inc

FTI Consulting Inc acquired C2 Group, a Washington-based provider of consulting services. Terms were not disclosed.

EDAC Technologies Corp | GB Aero Engine LLC

GB Aero Engine LLC, a wholly-owned unit of Greenbriar Equity Group LLC, definitively agreed to acquire the entire share capital of EDAC Technologies Corp, a Farmington- based manufacturer of precision components, via a tender offer, for $17.75 in cash per share, or a total value of $94.385 mil. The offer was conditioned upon at least 50% of ETC's shares being tendered.

Senior Care Ppty Potfolio(13) | HealthLease Properties REIT

HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust acquired a portfolio of thirteen senior care properties, located in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, for an estimated $141.7 mil.

Datria Systems Inc | Intelligrated Inc

Intelligrated Inc, a majority owned unit of Permira Advisers LLP acquired Datria Systems Inc, a Greenwood Village-based provider of voice-enabled enterprise mobility applications.

StarTrust Federal Credit Union | InvesTex Credit Union

InvesTex Credit Union agreed to merge with Houston- based, StarTrust Federal Credit Union. Terms were not disclosed.

TrustHouse Services Group Inc | Investor Group

An investor group, comprised of Elior SA of France, a unit of Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP's Holding Bercy Investissement SCA unit, and the management of TrustHouse Services Group Inc, definitively agreed to acquire TrustHouse, a Charlotte-based provider of food management services, from Gryphon Investors Inc. Terms were not disclosed.

Kansas Inpatient Services LLC | IPC The Hospitalist Co Inc

IPC The Hospitalist Co Inc acquired Kansas Inpatient Services LLC, a Wichita-based provider of healthcare services. The transaction included Kansas Long Term Care Physicians LLC.

MetroFax Inc | j2 Global Inc

j2 Global Inc acquired MetroFax Inc, a Bellevue- based provider of online fax services. Terms were not disclosed.

myDUIattorney.org | LeadRival

LeadRival acquired myDUIattorney.org, a Hurst- based provider of online legal services. Terms were not disclosed.

Sirens Media LLC | Leftfield Pictures Of NY Inc

Leftfield Pictures Of NY Inc acquired Sirens Media LLC, a Silver Spring-based provider of television program production services.

Texas Hill Country Barbecue | LIG Assets Inc

LIG Assets Inc acquired an undisclosed majority interest in Texas Hill Country Barbecue, a Jupiter-based producer of smoked meat and poultry products, in a leveraged buyout transaction. On completion, LIG was renamed South American Properties Inc.

Signature Systems Group LLC | Linsalata Capital Fund VI

Linsalata Capital Partners Inc, through its Linsalata Capital Partners Fund VI LP unit, acquired an undisclosed majority interest in Signature Systems Group LLC, a New York-based manufacturer and wholesaler of ground surfaces and coverings, from Dubin Clark & Co Inc, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

Packet Design LLC | Lone Rock Technology Group LLC

Lone Rock Technology Group LLC acquired Packet Design LLC, a Santa Barbara- based provider of route analytics solutions services.

Lime Rock Resources-Oklahoma | LRR Energy LP

LRR Energy LP definitively agreed to acquire the oil and gas properties, located in Oklahoma, from Lime Rock Resources, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company and a unit of Lime Rock Management LP, for an estimated $38.2 mil.

Memorial Resource Dvlp-Ppty | Memorial Production Partners

Memorial Production Partners LP definitively agreed to acquire the oil and gas producing properties from Memorial Resource Development LLC, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company, for $200 mil.

Aspen Motion Technologies Inc | Moog Inc

Moog Inc acquired Aspen Motion Technologies Inc, a Radford-based manufacturer of electronic and motorized equipment, from Pentair Ltd, for approximately $34 mil in cash.

ARSgroup | MSW ARS Research

MSW Research Inc acquired ARSgroup, an Evansville-based provider of provides commercial research services, from ComScore Inc. On completion, the new company was to be renamed MSWARS Research.

Beach House,Hilton Head | Northview Hotel Group LLC

Northview Hotel Group LLC acquired Beach House, a Hilton head-based owner and operator of a resort.

Coos Educators FCU | Northwest Community CU

Northwest Community Credit Union merged with Coos Bay-based Coos Educators Federal Credit Union. Terms were not disclosed

NPS Pharm Inc-Assets | NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc

NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc (NPS) acquired Teduglutide and PTH 1-84 assets from Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, an Osaka-based manufacturer and wholesaler of pharmaceutical products, for $80 mil. The consideration was to consist of $50 mil in NPS common shares and up to $30 mil profit-related payments in cash or NPS common shares.

mBlox Ltd-Premium SMS | OpenMarket Inc

OpenMarket Inc, a wholly- owned unit of Amdocs Ltd, planned to acquire the Premium SMS business of mBlox Ltd, a Sunnyvale-based provider of wireless messaging services.

Shouting Ground Tech Inc |Pavlov Media Inc

Pavlov Media Inc acquired Shouting Ground Technologies Inc, a Champaign- based provider of information technology services.

Livestar Inc | Pinterest Inc

Pinterest Inc acquired Livestar Inc, a Seattle-based provider of website, online and mobile services. Terms were not disclosed.

AdExcite LLC | Q1Media LLC

Q1Media LLC merged with AdExcite LLC, an Austin-based provider of digital video advertising services. On completion, the combined entity was renamed Q1Media Inc.

Ally Bank-Mortgage Servicing | Quicken Loans Inc

Quicken Loans Inc agreed to acquire the mortgage servicing rights portfolio of Philadelphia-based Ally Bank, a unit of state majority- owned Ally Financial Inc, for an estimated $280 mil.

Freije Engineered Solutions Co | Refrigeration Systems Co

Refrigeration Systems Co merged with Freije Engineered Solutions Co, a Fishers-based provider of refrigeration repair services. Terms were not disclosed.

Montana Rifleman Inc | Remington Arms Co Inc

Remington Arms Co Inc, a unit of Cerberus Capital Management LP, acquired Montana Rifleman Inc, a Kalispell-based manufacturer and wholesaler of firearms. Terms were not disclosed.

Aerospace Prods Intl Inc | Resilience Capital Partners

Resilience Capital Partners LLC agreed to acquire an undisclosed majority interest in Aerospace Products International Inc, a Memphis- based wholesaler of aircraft parts and accessories, from First Aviation Services Inc, in a leveraged buyout transaction.

Harmony Concepts LLC | Rhema Health Products Ltd

Rhema Health Products Ltd of Canada acquired Harmony Concepts LLC, an Ogden-based manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplements.

Humble Oil Complex,Houston,TX | RLJ Lodging Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust acquired Humble Oil Building, a Houston-based owner and operator of an apartment complex, for $79.5 mil.

Hess Corp-Eagle Ford Shale | Sanchez Energy Corp

Sanchez Energy Corp definitively agreed to acquire the Eagle Ford Shale assets located in Texas of Hess Corp, a New York-based manufacturer of petroleum, for an estimated $265 mil in cash.

Socialize Inc | ShareThis Inc

ShareThis Inc acquired Socialize Inc, a San Francisco-based developer of solutions to make social applications. Terms were not disclosed.

Ideal Dialogue Co | StarTek Inc

StarTek Inc acquired Ideal Dialogue Co, a Lutz- based provider of customer service solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

Veterans Administration Credit | Summit Credit Union

Summit Credit Union planned to merge with Veterans Administration Credit Union, a Milwaukee- based non-profit trade association.

Lilien LLC | Sysorex Global Holdings Corp

Sysorex Global Holdings Corp acquired Lilien LLC, a Larkspur-based provider of enterprise information technology infrastructure solution services.

Agility Health Inc | Thornapple Capital Inc

Thornapple Capital Inc of Canada, signed a letter of intent to acquire the entire share capital of Agility Health Inc (Agility), a Grand Rapids-based provider of rehabilitation services, in exchange for 26.6 mil Thornapple common or restricted common shares, in a reverse takeover transaction. Upon completion, Thornapple and Agility shareholder were to own 7.06% and 92.94%, respectively.

Beeem Inc | TripAdvisor Inc

TripAdvisor Inc acquired Beeem Inc, a Palo Alto-based provider of image software services. Terms were not disclosed.

Cardinal State Bank,Creedmoor | Union Bank NA

Union Bank NA, a unit of the UnionBanCal Corp subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd's Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd unit agreed to acquire, a Creedmoor-based Cardinal State Bank from Yadkin Valley Bank & Trust Co and a unit of Yadkin Valley Financial Corp. Terms were not disclosed.

Hostess Brands Inc-Assets | United States Bakery Inc

United States Bakery Inc planned to acquire the assets of bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc, an Irving-based producer of bakery products, and a unit of Ripplewood Holdings LLC, for an estimated $30. 9 mil, via an auction. The assets were to include the brands Sweetheart, Eddy's, Standish Farms, and Grandma Emilie's, four bakeries, 15 depots, and certain equipment.

Deutsche Bank AG-US Municipal | US Bank - Minneapolis

US Bank National Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a wholly owned unit of US Bancorp definitively agreed to acquire the US municipal bond trustee business, located in Minnesota of Deutsche Bank AG, a Frankfurt-based provider of banking and financial services. Terms were not disclosed.

Obagi Medical Products Inc | Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc of Canada, definitively agreed to acquire the entire share capital of Obagi Medical Products Inc (Obagi), a Long Beach-based manufacturer and wholesaler of skin care systems and products, via a tender offer for $19.75 in cash per share, or a total value of $344.324 mil. The offer was conditioned upon at least a majority of Obagi's shares being tendered on a fully-diluted basis.

Kentrox Inc | Westell Inc

Westell Technologies Inc, through its Westell Inc subsidiary, definitively agreed to acquire Kentrox Inc, a Dublin-based provider of site monitoring, management, and control services, for $30 mil in cash.

Fizzy Lizzy LLC | White Rock Products Corp

White Rock Products Corp acquired Fizzy Lizzy LLC, a Jersey City-based producer and wholesaler of natural sparkling juice brands. Terms were not disclosed.

Jybe Inc | Yahoo! Inc

Yahoo! Inc acquired Jybe Inc, a Menlo Park-based application services provider. Terms were not disclosed.


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