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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Private Equity

Carlyle’s Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls 57 Percent, as Asset Sales Slow

The firm, led by David Rubenstein, recently closed a second middle-market fund and is buying back $200 million of its stock

Mason Wells Closes $615 Million Buyout Fund, Beating Original $550M Target

The PE firm recently exited Charter Nex Films and Paris Presents

Apollo Teams with Vistria to Take Private the Owner of University of Phoenix, Planning to Expand

The target recently acquired Career Partner and Sociedade Técnica Educacional

PE Firms Fundraising: Advent, Blackstone and Others

Lime Rock Resources is also raising a fund

GTCR Reunites with Pharma Exec Ed Fiorentino to Launch TerSera Therapeutics

The Chicago PE firm hopes to build on past partnerships with Fiorentino, including Actient and Crealta, in another example of the Leaders Strategy

Arlington Capital Purchases iRobot’s Defense and Security Biz

Omron and Sealed Air have recently made robot related deals

Court Square Adds Silver Oak-Backed Medical Supply Distributor NDC

The purchase follows up C.R. Bard’s recent purchase of Liberator Medical Holdings

Liberty Hall’s Deal for AIM Aerospace Driven by Demand for New Airplanes

The PE firm also owns LaCroix Industries, McCann Machining and Precise Machining & Manufacturing

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?

CenterOak Bets on Housing Recovery with Cascade Purchase

The addition of the windows manufacturer follows deals for WinDoor and USA Wood Door

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney Buys Panos Brands, as Healthy Foods Keep Attracting Buyers

The sale of Panos, which boasts the Ka-Me and Mi-Del brands, marks the fifth exit for High Road Capital Partners

TE Connectivity Purchases Permira-Backed Medical Device Maker Creganna

Similar recent deals include the acquisitions of Bellco, Sage Products and SurgiQuest

Medtronic Adds Another Medical Device Manufacturer in PE-Backed Bellco

The deal for the dialysis machine maker follows Medtronic’s purchases of Aircraft Medical and RF Surgical

Carlyle Doubles Down on the Middle Market

The PE firm has recently invested in candle maker Blyth, cybersecurity services provider Coalfire and natural gas distributor Rhode Island State Energy

Stryker Buys Madison Dearborn-Backed Medical Supplier Sage

3M, Conmed and Medtronic have recently made medical device deals

Private Equity Firms Face Heightened Competition from Family Offices

The Pritzkers of Hyatt fame and other wealthy families are increasingly skipping PE firms and investing directly

As Dividend Recaps Decline, Investors Look Elsewhere

Houlihan Capital's Andrew Smith says PE firms are paying out less dividend recaps with rising interest rates

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

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

PE Firms Fundraising: Ares, Aurora, Sageview and Others

Atlantic Street is also raising a fund

CI Capital-Backed Tech Air Buys 2 More Welding Suppliers

The purchases of Ravena and Hereford bring the total of add-ons to 17 for the distributor of industrial gases and welding supplies

Sentinel Capital Stays Active with Acquisition of Home Show Operator Marketplace Events

The PE Firm has recently invested in Corporate Visions, Driven Performance and Fazoli’s

Gores Group-Backed US Farathane Expands in China with Acquisition

The buyer recently added Tepso Plastics Mex as part of its global growth plans

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